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Dance helps those with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans.
That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this type of dementia – an irreversible, progressive brain disease and the sixth leading cause of death among all adults and the fifth leading cause for those 65 and older.
No one is more aware of that than the local non-profit Music for Alzheimer’s.
“We started it in 2013 to honor our mom (Frances Loureiro),” said Georgiann Rose.
The Manteca product and owner and operator of Spaces was among those who helped start Music for Alzheimer’s in 2013.
“Our mom’s love for music, at times, would be our only connection towards the end of her life,” said Rose of Loureiro, who passed away in 2011. “We wanted to give back to other families that might experience the same gift with their loved ones.”
One such way is the upcoming live performance of the Daniel Castro Band.
The San Francisco-based band has played at many of the Blues festivals from throughout the state.
On Saturday, May 19, the Daniel Castro Band will be at the MRPS Hall at 133 N. Grant St., performing from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Tickets are $25 (must be 21 or older) with door opening at 6:30 p.m. with a no-host bar.
Castro is a highly accomplished guitarist and singer / songwriter.
He has a strong musical point of view and is grounded in the very best Blues traditions, according to Rose.
“(Daniel Castro) wanted to be part of this,” she said of the upcoming Music for Alzheimer’s event.
Proceeds will go towards the group’s continuing effort to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Included is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s – held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide – is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Locally, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Oct. 13 at Weber Point.
Rose and her group consisting of friends and family were recognized at the top fundraising group at last year’s event, bringing in $25,000.
They’re working to surpass that figure.
On Oct. 13, Music for Alzheimer’s will also be hosting the third annual Rib Dinner featuring a live and silent auction.
For more information or tickets to see the Daniel Castro Band, call Rose at Spaces (209.815.9021) or go to Hi 5 Nutrition, 1325 W. Yosemite Ave.; Progressive Designs, 243 N. Maple Ave., Suite B, or Fagundes Meats, 142 Jason St.