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WATCH: Memory Loss in African Americans

memory loss in african americans

Juresha Alemayehu grew up in a household with a vibrant mother. She fondly recalls how her educator mother loved music and making sure her kids used proper English. Her mother, Julia Maples, still loves music. In fact, she was the first one to get up and join African Soul International when they performed at Silverado, a memory care facility in Los Angeles. 

Julia Maples is one of the more than five million Americans suffering from some form of memory loss. And according to recent research, Blacks in America are especially at a higher risk for memory loss diseases. 

In our latest short documentary, we speak with Juresha and other family members who are now faced with caring for family members who suffer from memory loss. And not all of these family members are elderly. 

Watch the short doc below. 

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Roman Debotch

Roman Debotch is a filmmaker, photographer, and co-founder of Through the platform that is Black Excellence, she has been able to marry her passion for story telling and issues affecting the black community.
Roman earned her B.A. in Film and TV Studies and ventured into the world of video production after college. She produced music, corporate, and event videos for years before co-founding Since then, she has been working as a contributor to the platform as well as continuing her video production business.
The very limited time Roman is away from either writing or shooting a video, she can be found hiking or enjoying one of Southern California's beautiful beaches.