The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute Regional Milwaukee office will host a two-day community event, “Breaking the Silence,” geared towards the public health issue of Alzheimer’s disease in communities of color.

“The numbers are clear and concerning. African-Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than Caucasians,” said Nia Norris, assistant director of the WAI- Milwaukee office. “This is an opportunity to talk openly about this disease and to learn how it impacts our community. There need to be more discussions so we can move towards solutions and help.”

There will be two sessions: Friday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee, 631 E. Chicago Street; and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Racine Civic Centre at 5 5th Street.

There will be speakers, resources, discussions and the Amazing Grace Chorus will perform. The Chorus, in its seventh season, brings together about 20 singers from diverse backgrounds who either have Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for someone who does.

These community events are part of an outreach effort of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Their focus is on community outreach, professional education, advocacy, service and research in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.