New PSAs from Ad Council, Alzheimer’s Association, and Lopez Negrete Communications highlight the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s that can be mistaken for normal aging
NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2023 – The Ad Council, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and creative agency Lopez Negrete Communications, launched new public service advertisements (PSAs) “Some Things Come with Age” in an effort to increase early detection of Alzheimer’s and other dementias within the Hispanic community by raising awareness of the early signs and symptoms. The new campaign, which celebrates the positive aspects of aging while educating about changes that could be signs of Alzheimer’s, will be available in English and Spanish nationwide.
“Early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia offers important benefits to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s, but even more so today with the advancements of new dementia treatments,” said Carl V. Hill, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “Hispanic and Latino Americans are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s, but are diagnosed later in the disease or not at all. This important campaign is designed to address this disparity by providing equitable information and other resources for Hispanic and Latino communities in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementia.”
Since June 2019, the Ad Council and Alzheimer’s Association have partnered on multiple efforts to promote early detection of Alzheimer’s and encourage family members to talk about visiting a doctor together. However, with Latinos having a longer life expectancy than most other ethnicities, according to 2022 CDC data, and quickly becoming the fastest-growing group of older adults in the U.S. with an older adult population expected to quadruple by 2060, the Hispanic community remains disproportionately at-risk for Alzheimer’s. Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to the 2023 Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.
Due to overlapping systemic and cultural barriers that make access to diagnosis more challenging than for non-Hispanic Whites, early signs of cognitive change typically go unnoticed or undiscussed in Hispanic families, and too often a diagnosis happens only in a moment of crisis and/or emergency.
“We know that for many families, it can be difficult to distinguish between early signs of Alzheimer’s and normal signs of aging,” said Heidi Arthur, Chief Campaign Development Officer, Ad Council. “With this new campaign we aim to educate individuals, especially in Hispanic communities, to recognize changes in their loved ones’ behavior that could be Alzheimer’s and empower them to have a conversation.”
Created and produced pro bono by Lopez Negrete Communications, this new campaign seeks to encourage Hispanic pre-care partners to recognize the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias in their loved ones. By celebrating the positive changes that come with getting older (like feeling more confident), the campaign also seeks to raise awareness around cognitive and behavior changes that aren’t normal aspects of aging, and could be signs of Alzheimer’s. The PSAs will run in Spanish and English on television, radio, out-of-home, and digital sites across the country, including donated media support.
“This body of work brings to life the idea that, as Latinos, we tend to expect certain illnesses with aging. The “waving off” of early signs of any disease, Alzheimer’s in this case, in the name of normal aging is keeping many Hispanic families from having the necessary conversations and doctor consultations," said Lopez Negrete Communications President and CEO, Alex López Negrete. "We’re hoping this campaign will open an important conversation about what getting older really brings, so we can avoid misconceptions that also reinforce ageism.”
The campaign’s website 10signs.orgin English and 10señales.org in Spanish, offers tools and resources to help families recognize early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, tips for facilitating conversations about cognition, benefits of early detection and diagnosis, a discussion guide for use with doctors and health providers, and other disease-related information.
About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia®. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.
About the Ad Council
The Ad Council convenes creative storytellers to educate, unite and uplift audiences by opening hearts, inspiring action and accelerating change around the most pressing issues in America. Since the non-profit’s founding, the organization and its partners in advertising, media, marketing and tech have been behind some of the country’s most iconic social impact campaigns – Smokey Bear, A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Love Has No Labels, Tear the Paper Ceiling and many more. With a current focus on mental health, gun safety, the opioid epidemic, skill-based hiring and other critical issues, the Ad Council’s national campaigns encompass advertising and media content, ground game and community efforts, trusted messenger and influencer engagement, and employer programs, among other innovative strategies to move the needle on the most important issues of the day.
About Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc.
Lopez Negrete Communications stands as the largest independent, Hispanic-owned-and-operated, full-service agency in the United States, specializing in providing marketing services to corporations wishing to reach and engage with America’s large and influential Hispanic consumer segment. Founded in 1985 by Alex and Cathy López Negrete, the agency offers thought leadership and a full range of marketing, advertising, and communications services, including strategic planning, brand strategy, creative and production, research and consumer insights, media planning and buying, digital/social/mobile marketing services, public relations, and promotions. Award-winning throughout a rich 38-year history, Lopez Negrete counts as clients some of the nation’s largest corporations and their prestigious brands, such as Bank of America, Walmart, McDonald’s, Hyundai Motor America, Sam’s Club, Mattress Firm, Phillips 66 Company, and Motiva Enterprises LLC. With headquarters in Houston, Texas, Lopez Negrete employs over 100 professionals who are dedicated to delivering the promise of Maximum Return On Cultural Intelligence™ and is a founding agency member of both the Hispanic Marketing Council and the ANA’s Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM).