Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
May 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Nicole McGurin and Faith Parker
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

We are fortunate to have two speakers with us today, Nicole McGurin and Faith Parker. Nicole will present basic information of these two conditions, including the differences between Alzheimer's and Dementia. Faith will speak about Lexington Goes Purple, an awareness fund raising event for Alzheimer’s.

Learn basic information on the difference between Alzheimer's

and dementia, stages, risk factors, research and FDA-approved treatments.

Presenter: Nicole McGurin

Bio: Nicole McGurin is the Programs and Services Director at the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter. She has a Master's Degree in Gerontology from U Mass Boston and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of dementia care and senior services in home and residential care settings.

Faith would also like to share a few slides and make a brief presentation about Lexington Goes Purple. Nicole will provide Faith that opportunity to inform us about Lexington Goes Purple.


Awareness Fundraising Event: Lexington Goes Purple

Presenter: Faith Parker

Bio: Faith Parker holds a BA from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in Human Services Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She worked for 14 years in the human resources field managing corporate pension and executive benefit plans at Boston companies including Avery Dennison and BankBoston. In 2000 she retired from corporate life and co-founded the Parker Family Foundation, a private family foundation whose funding priorities include education, the arts, and health care/Alzheimer’s. Faith has served on the Board of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for eight years and was Board President for two years. Faith’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2002 and passed away in 2008. Faith also serves on the Fiduciary Board of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Governing Board of EdVestors, and the Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston’s “Authors On Stage” program committee. Faith resides in Lexington with her husband, Glenn.

In 2017 Faith co-founded “Lexington Goes Purple”, an awareness and fundraising event held every June under the umbrella of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” Program. Now in its fifth year, Lexington Goes Purple 2021’s activities will include a talk on caring for dementia patients at home, a virtual purple-themed cooking class, Social Bridge tournaments, a Coloring & Memory Book project, and The Purple Puppy Promenade!