CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Studies show that African-Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than other races, and one church in Charlottesville is working to change that.

Pilgrim Baptist Church in Charlottesville is hosting an Alzheimer's conference to raise awareness and help caregivers in the African-American community.

On Friday, March 15, keynote speaker BernNadette Stanis, known for her role on the TV hit “Good Times,” spoke on the impact the disease plays in her life.

“My platform of course is Alzheimer’s because my mother had Alzheimer’s, and so I've written a book about it - my life story and taking care of her and what caregivers go through and the support that we need," Stanis said.

The conference, which runs through Sunday, March 17, also provides six hours of approved professional dementia training for nurses, certified nursing assistants, and caregivers.