On Friday, March 11, 2022, Alzheimer’s LA hosted the 6th Annual Visionary Women’s Afternoon Tea hosted by SAG Award winning actress Sharon Lawrence. The event, which to honored two remarkable women who have made a profound difference in our local community, was broadcast virtually and raised over $133,000 in support of Alzheimer’s LA’s critical programs and services.
This year’s honorees included the incomparable expert and advocate for the aging community, Dr. Laura Trejo, who received the Connie Keiter Breaking Boundaries Award for her innovative, creative, and groundbreaking efforts related to Alzheimer’s advocacy, care, and research.
We also recognized caregiver Carol Albright with the Caring Hearts Award for her selfless efforts in bringing comfort and encouragement to others.
The annual Visionary Women’s event highlights the harsh fact that women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s at a significantly higher rate than men. Alzheimer’s is now the third leading cause of death for older women in Los Angeles. Two-thirds of those affected by Alzheimer’s are women – that’s 3.8 million women, including over 113,000 that live in LA County.
“Alzheimer’s truly is a women’s health issue,” said Randi Jones, event chair and Alzheimer's LA Board member. “Women are more likely to be diagnosed, and women make up the overwhelming majority of caregivers in our community. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can have high physical, emotional, and financial costs. With the funds raised from this event, Alzheimer’s LA provides support, education, and emergency assistance to caregivers on the brink of exhaustion.”
“It’s also very important that we shine a light on the impact that women like Dr. Trejo and Ms. Albright have on our community during Women's History Month, which is dedicated to reflecting on the often-overlooked contributions of women in our society.