Los Angeles is staring at a catastrophic epidemic. 300,000 Angelenos are going to be affected with Alzheimer’s in the next 10 years. And at the moment, there are nearly 300,000 Americans in the 50-65 demographic who are affected with 'Early Onset Alzheimer’s’. Alzheimer’s Association’ recommends annual cognitive assessment for everyone after crossing 50. Yet, unlike a blood pressure checkup or a Physical, Alzheimer’s risk assessment or Early Assessment is not easily accessible to all - even if one has insurance.

Early Assessment at times helps in delaying or reversing Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI, a precursor to Alzheimer’s and other Dementias. It also helps us take control of our aging process by giving us time to take advantage of available low cost resources or make care and safety plans. Through our Take the First Step program we at Mind LA are making Early Assessment accessible to everyone over 50. We are working with churches, community centers, public libraries to access large groups of 50+ population to administer this test free. We are connecting those who are exhibiting signs of impairment to available low cost or free healthcare resources. For others, we are trying to inculcate the practice of annual cognitive assessment.

You can help us in our important mission by connecting us to those who don’t yet know they need our help - which is essentially every 50+ individual living in Los Angeles. Anyone can call/email us and make an appointment for a free early assessment. If it is a group of twenty or more people then we visit their location to organize a ‘Brain Health Drive’. Help us connect. Help us increase awareness of ‘Early Assessment’.

Till a cure is found, the power of knowledge through Early Assessment is our only weapon to battle Alzheimer’s - the fatal disease knocking at an American home every 66 seconds.

The Cycle of Unawareness

A new case of Alzheimer's develops every 66 seconds in the US; increasing to every 33 seconds by 2050. And yet more than half of the affected are unaware of their condition. Most people assign older age as the primary cause of early signs of cognitive impairment; consequently, the early signs of cognitive decline in older adults often go unreported or neglected. This results in a cycle of unawareness which only aggravates the suffering of the affected and their families. 

The Power Of Knowing

An early cognitive assessment followed by a timely diagnosis is extremely important for the affected and their families to take advantage of early medical intervention and therapy trials, to help delay the onset at times or to make plans for future in other. An early assessment of cognitive decline and the knowledge of associated risk factors provides a significant leverage to every older adults above 50 yrs and their families. The power of knowing early is a crucial step to manage the deadly impact of this epidemic. 

Know the Signs

Alzheimer's early signs include difficulties in managing daily life activities, difficulties in remembering recent events, difficulty in speech and difficulty in grounding in the environment. Usually the patient, close family members, friends or colleagues notice these changes. Even though all or some of these signs might arise from other issues, the importance of these signs should not be underestimated. Learn about these signs and their importance.

The Triangle of Hope

'Triangle of Hope' embodies the essence of the first flagship project 'Take The First Step' of Mind LA. The three arms of the triangle are the tools with which Mind LA aims to bring changes to the community. These three arms are: 1. Assessment 2. Assistance and 3. Advocacy. By employing the Triangle of Hope Mind LA seeks to disrupt the exponential growth of Alzheimer's in the city of Los Angeles.

Who We Are?

Mind LA is a nonprofit based in Los Angeles, California, committed to bridge the need gap of 'awareness' of ‘early cognitive assessment’ and provide free access to assessments and assistance to the underserved elderly communities of Los Angeles. Mind LA's fight is against this prevalence of 'unawareness' amongst the demographically high risk individuals. In order to do so, Mind LA has built a strong base of trained volunteers to administer tests and is in the process of building a pipeline of available resources for those who are in immediate need of urgent medical interventions.

What We Do?

1. Take The First Step deals with Alzheimer’s as an out-of-size health issue. Ubiquitous unawareness in older adults about the benefit of early cognitive assessment deprive many of timely assistance and caregiving. Take The First Step provides free access to early assessment to anyone over the age of 50. 

2. Art and Anguish - This yet to be launched project is designed to build a platform to capture through art, music, films, photography and literature the extraordinary suffering of ordinary people affected by mental health diseases.