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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 29, 2009

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Partners in Care to Host Free Caregiver Conference in New York

NEW YORK, NY – As more families face having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Partners in Care will host a free educational conference in New York that is designed to give caregivers valuable tools to handle daily challenges.

The conference, “Solutions & Support for Alzheimer’s Caregivers,” will be held on February 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lighthouse Executive Conference Center, BV Hall, 111 East 59 th Street, New York. It includes lunch as well as respite care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

Geared toward family caregivers and healthcare professionals, the conference will address a variety of medical and behavioral concerns, care options and planning issues that typically come up as the disease progresses.

Featured speakers are Richard E. Powers, M.D., chairman of AFA’s Medical Advisory Board, who will provide an update on the latest research and treatment of the brain disorder; Dale Atkins, Ph.D., a psychologist and popular commentator on family-related issues who regularly appears on NBC-TV’s “Today Show,” discussing how to best manage caregiving challenges, and David Cutner, J.D., founder and partner in elder law firm Lamson and Cutner, PC, who will address legal and financial issues.

Additional speakers are Hillory Thorpe, RN, BSN, and case manager for Partners in Care, who will provide information about navigating homecare options, and Susan London, LMSW, QDCP, an AFA social worker who will present strategies to prevent caregiver burnout.

“By learning hands-on solutions to every day problems, caregivers will be empowered to meet the continually changing issues that arise with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s critical that caregivers learn both about the disease and where to turn for help,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer.

“Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating as family members see their loved ones deteriorate mentally and physically at the hands of this affliction. Partners in Care is dedicated to helping these families by providing education and professional home care services that address the difficult challenges that Alzheimer’s disease brings,” commented Marki Flannery, president of Partners in Care.

The NYC Department of Aging estimates that 250,000 people in New York City currently have Alzheimer’s disease. With age the greatest risk factor, the brain disorder affects one in eight adults 65 and older and nearly one in two over 85. Nationwide, the incidence is expected to triple to 16 million by mid-century. Approximately 70 percent of those with Alzheimer's disease live at home, with family and friends as primary caregivers.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.bigeventregistration.com/alzheimerscaregivers or contact Abhi Basu at 212-299-4292.

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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a New York-based national nonprofit organization focused on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families, and is made up of more than 950 member organizations nationwide. Its services include a toll-free hot line, counseling by licensed social workers, a free caregiver magazine and professional training. For more information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

Partners in Care, a not-for-profit organization, is an affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest home healthcare agency in the nation. Composed of more than 6,000 home health aides, RN’s and LPN’s, Partners in Care provides private care services for individuals who need assistance within their own homes. The organization helps New Yorkers afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses maintain their independence and dignity by providing services, including personal care and companionship, private duty nursing, patient review assessments (PRI) and geriatric care management. For more information call 1-888-9-GET-HELP or visit http://www.partnersincareny.org.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484