COAACH Featured
T ALKBACK With Marita Golden, 
Award Winning Journalist, Best Selling Author, and Speaker

The Center for Outreach in Alzheimer's, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) hosted award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Marita Golden, for Talkback Receptions on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Golden engaged students on the North Carolina A&T State University campus and shared experiences on her journey as a writer.  She provided tips on how a young writer can find his/her voice and what it means to write for advocacy.

Later, Book Clubs from around Greensboro participated in an evening Talkback Reception at COAACH.  Discussions featured Golden's latest book, The Wide Circumference of Love which many of the clubs had read or are planning to read.  The novel details the impact of Alzheimer's disease on an African American family.  For more on Marita Golden, visit .

COAACH in the Community

Southern Guilford New Generation Rotary Club Delivers Fidget Blankets, Tours COAACH

When the Southern Guilford New Generation (SGNG) Rotary Club visited COAACH in March, they also donated gifts of colorful fidget blankets for Alzheimer's patients.

These popular handmade items are known for being a source of comfort and support for those with Alzheimer's and fidgeting hands. 

The Center for Outreach in Alzheimer's, Aging and Community Health will distribute the fidgets blankets at events and activities, including the monthly Lunch and Learns, Support Groups, and the Annual Caregiver Education Conference. 

Thank You Southern Guilford New Generation Rotary Club!

COAACH Staff Visits the Smith Senior Center

Several COAACH staff members volunteered at the Smith Senior Center in January. They helped prepare mailing materials for this year's  Greater Greensboro Senior Games  which will be held April 3 - May 4. For information about the Senior Games, visit: .

COAACH Spotlight - From Aggie to Aggie

Congratulations to Tyrone Bethune, COAACH Intern, on his acceptance to Texas A&M University, where he will pursue a master's degree in Health Policy and Management in the fall of 2018.  The Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University graduate plans to become a physician and work in underserved communities.  Bethune is involved in a variety of outreach efforts to support caregivers and those with Alzheimer's, including the popular Lunch and Learn series, Reading for Health, the African-American Alzheimer's Disease Research Study, and the creation of Aggies Against Alzheimer's.  We will miss you, Tyrone!

Welcome to the COAACH Team

Jia Ma
Data Analyst 
COAACH welcomes Jia Ma. She will lead data management and analysis for the center's research program, and develop statistical research methods for COAACH projects.

Before joining COAACH, Ma was a research assistant for the vice chancellor of Research and Economics at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Ma has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is completing her Ph.D. in educational research methodology.

Alvin Kidd, Psy.D
Dr. Alvin C. Kidd, an educational psychologist, recently joined the COAACH team and serves as a consultant for the COAACH Caregiver College (C3) and the Family Navigation Program. Prior to joining COAACH, Dr. Kidd worked in the field of special education where he served for 22 years as a school psychologist for the San Diego Unified School District. 

Dr. Kidd earned his master's degree in education, with an emphasis in multicultural counseling, from San Diego State University; and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Alliant International University. An active mentor and community volunteer, Dr. Kidd supports young professionals entering the field of school psychology. He also volunteers with programs that support African-American and at-risk youths.

COAACH in the News
Dr. Goldie Byrd Honored with Local and National Awards
Dr. Goldie S. Byrd, COAACH's founding director, was honored at the YWCA Greensboro's first Academy of SHEroes gala in February.  Dr. Byrd was recognized for her pioneering work on Alzheimer's and efforts to raise more than $65 million to advance disease research as well as students and women in biomedical and STEM fields.
Earlier this year, Dr. Byrd also received the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) for STEM Innovation at the annual BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in Washington, DC. Each year, the BEYA STEM Conference brings together professionals and students to partner and share experiences and information.

Caregiver Tips

Responding to Combative Behavior
  • Sometimes, when patients need to be changed, bathed, fed, or to take part in some other activity, they may refuse to comply. And repeatedly asking them to comply could trigger combative behavior. If this happens, take a break, stop asking and try to restore calm. Then, if necessary, try making the request at a later time. Having another caregiver or caring person work with you can be helpful if combative behavior erupts. Sometimes having someone with a different voice, face or approach may be what's needed to provide a sense of calm and relief.

Providing Patient Care
  • Try to keep germs and infections away. Start by regularly cleaning and sanitizing wheelchairs and walkers.
  • Change and wash bed linens in hot water at least every 2-3 days.
  • Check for incontinence every few hours. Not regularly changing a person's incontinence pad can lead to skin breakdown, rashes and other irritations.

Healthy Recipe

 Banana and Spinach Power Smoothie


1 cup plain soy, vanilla or almond milk

3/4 cup packed fresh spinach leaves

1 large banana, sliced


Blend soy milk and spinach leaves together in a blender until smooth.
Add banana and pulse until thoroughly blended.

Nutrition Facts
Per Serving: 257 calories; 4.8 g fat; 47.1 g carbohydrates; 10.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 143 mg sodium. 

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Upcoming Events

N.C. A&T Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

April 16, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Movie and Popcorn Evening
May 21, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Resource Day
 June 18, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Healthy Aging Lunch & Learn Monthly Series

 April 5, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 May 3, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 June 7, 2018 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

For more information about the Support Group and Lunch & Learn please contact Dora Som-Pimpong at 336.285.2200 or click on the link below:

COAACH Mission

The mission of COAACH is to improve the health and well-being of communities by providing education, community empowerment and evidence-based research so that individuals, particularly the most vulnerable, can live life with quality, dignity, and independence.

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