'Monk' Actor to Appear at Educational Conference
'Monk' Actor to Appear at Educational Conference
While some celebrities like to get their names on tabloids for all the wrong reasons, a number of others are exerting their time and efforts towards meaningful causes such as charity fund-raisers and awareness events.  Such is the case for Hector Elizondo, who plays Dr. Neven Bell in the hit USA series, Monk.  In fact, the 71-year-old Emmy-award winning actor will join California’s second lady, Patricia Garamendi will be headlining an event called the 3rd National Concepts in Care Conference sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  The event will take place in San Francisco on September 18.

Elizondo, who also recently appeared in the series Cane as Pancho Duque, will be speaking to audiences about his experiences caring for his mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a fact he shares with Garamendi.

The goal of the conference is to provide more information about caring for a loved one diagnosed with the disease, and to provide caregivers the latest updates on the research regarding the strategies on how to deal with diagnosed individuals.  He will be opening the conference with the feature presentation, “My Family’s Experience and the Value of Support.”

Additionally, Elizondo pointed out that aside from fully supporting the cause of the event, he sees the importance in providing more information on how to deal with various behavioral and communication challenges posed by the disease.

"Back when my family faced this disease, information and support were almost non-existent.  While my family had nowhere to turn, it's important for today's caregivers to recognize that medical treatment, educational information, resources and support organizations are available to help," Elizondo explained.

More importantly, he pointed out, "I want other families to understand how important it is not to go it alone."

The event, which will take place at the Fairmont Hotel at 950 Mason Street, from 8am to 4:15pm, will be followed by the special titled Quilt to Remember, which will showcase the nation’s first grand-scale quilt that will pay tribute to those afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease.  Elizondo will also take part of the said event by presenting a quilt made in memory of his mother, Carmen Reyes Elizondo.

"On one hand, education empowers caregivers and eases some of the practical burden of the disease.  On the other hand, the AFA Quilt to Remember enables families to creatively express their feelings about their loved ones and alleviate some of the emotional toll," President of AFA, Eric J. Hall explained.  "Together, they serve to raise awareness of the all-encompassing nature of Alzheimer's disease."

Interested participants should visit the Quilt to Remember event on September 19, from 11am to 5pm and September 20 from 9am to 5pm at Union Square, Geary and Stockholm Streets.  For more information, log on to ALZFDN.org.

-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: FOX Business
(Photo courtesy of USA)