May 20, 2020

Clinical Trials Awareness Day

May 20th is Clinical Trials Awareness Day! Many experts believe Alzheimer’s research is nearing a breakthrough, and Alzheimer’s scientists are working hard to keep up the momentum towards a cure despite COVID-19. Diversity is essential to our studies. To find a cure that works for everyone with Alzheimer’s, we need a diverse group of participants in clinical trials. Despite being disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s, African Americans and Hispanics make up less than 10% of Alzheimer’s clinical trial volunteers. We need people of color to join clinical trials! If you are over age 50 the best way to support local Alzheimer’s researchers is to join the APT Webstudy:




May 19, 2020

Webinar: Ensuring Equity in the Response to COVID-19

Join Mass General Brigham for a webinar: Ensuring Equity in the Response to COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 19th from 12-1:30pm EST. Hospital leaders will discuss the key initiatives that were developed across our health care system and the important lessons learned. The webinar is open to the public and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. To access the webinar:



May 14, 2020

Brain and Mental Health Tips

Listen as Brent Forester, MD, MSc offers advice on brain and mental health during the #COVID19 pandemic. Dr. Forester is Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Medical Director for the Behavioral Health Integration Program within Partners Healthcare primary care practices. He is a collaborator with MADRC in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!

May 13, 2020

Comcast/Xfinity Free WIFI Service Information

Comcast has temporary COVID-19 policies in effect until June 30th, including things like free internet packages, no shut offs/fees, free hotspot for all. For more information click here:

Additional information can be found on the Xfinity COVID-19 resource page:


Comcast/Xfinity has also opened up their citywide hotspots so anyone can use them during COVID-19, not just people who are signed up. Here's how to locate them:

May 5, 2020

Blood Donors Needed

Hospitals continue to encourage healthy individuals to donate blood and platelets during COVID-19. Donations are crucial for keeping the blood supply strong and sustainable. Donating blood is considered an essential activity under the Governor’s stay at home order. Individuals can make an appointment with the Red Cross, which supplies blood to hospitals throughout the state or can contribute directly at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For more information:

American Red Cross 

Mass General Blood Donor Center 

Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Screening and Education Site at Tobin Community Center

Brigham Health is continuing its work to expand access to those communities most in need of testing. Starting Monday, May 4, we will offer COVID-19 testing for Mission Hill and Roxbury residents who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. In addition to testing, we will be performing Social Determinants of Health screenings, and educational resources will be available at the site related to food, housing and safety.
Location: Outside of the Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
- The temporary testing site will open Monday, May 4, at 9 a.m., and will close on Saturday, May 9, at 5 p.m.
- COVID-19 testing will be available for Mission Hill and Roxbury residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. No appointment is necessary.
- In order for patients to eligible for testing, they will need to meet specific criteria. More information is available here.
- Residents do not need to be Brigham patients, do not need health insurance and will not be asked about their immigration status.

May 1, 2020

Resources for Patients, Caregivers & Providers

The Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core of MADRC has a wealth of helpful resources for both families facing Alzheimer's/related dementias, and the professionals/providers who work with them. To access the resources click here.