Seniors Active Living Fair hosted by Community Centre 55 to feature Alzheimer’s screening event

Community Centre 55 hosts a Seniors Active Living and Lifestyles Fair on Wednesday, March 13 at Beach United Church.

The free fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 140 Wineva Ave. just north of Queen Street East, and will feature a number of activities, workshops, clinics and exhibitors.

Transportation from Community Centre 55, at 97 Main St., to the fair can be arranged.

For more info on the fair and the transportation options, please call Jade at 416-691-1113.

Among those at the fair will be the Toronto Memory Program and its medical director Dr. Sharon Cohen. She will be discussing dealing with Alzheimer’s, and also conducting a free screening event for those 50 and older.

Cheek swabs will be used to detect a potential genetically-elevated risk of Alzheimer’s. The swabs will be analyzed by the Toronto Memory Program and those who provided samples will be contacted with the results.

They will then be offered a chance to join a clinical trial of potential prevention drugs and other Alzheimer treatments of which the Toronto Memory Program in North York is a part of.

The non-invasive cheek swab test is used as a research tool and reveals the individual’s ApoE genotype. Certain ApoE genotypes could be linked to increased risk for Alzheimer’s.

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