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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 21, 2010

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Educational Conferences in North Carolina

NEW YORK, NY — North Carolina’s older population with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias is on the threshold of a boom: it is expected to increase by 59 percent between now and 2030. Recognizing this, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host free care-focused conferences for family caregivers on August 6 in Charlotte and on August 7 in Raleigh.

During each of AFA’s “Concepts in Care” conferences, P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., chief of the Division of Biological Psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, and the author of “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan,” will provide an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of early detection and treatment.

Other experts will offer hands-on strategies to positively address behavioral challenges and activities of daily living. Ann Louise Barrick, Ph.D., director of psychology at Central Regional Hospital, Butner, NC, and author of “Bathing Without a Battle,” will present in Charlotte; and Teepa Snow, a dementia care training specialist and a consulting associate at the Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, will present in Raleigh.

In addition, AFA will offer confidential memory screenings and the Virtual Dementia Tour, an interactive tool developed by Second Wind Dreams that helps people better understand what it feels like to have dementia. These activities will be available free to conference attendees and the general public throughout the day.

The conference also includes breakfast and lunch, as well as respite care for individuals with dementia while their family members attend the conference.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 6 at the Hilton Charlotte City Center, 222 E. Third St. in Charlotte, and on August 7 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. The conference is sponsored by Accera, Inc .

For more information or to register, please call 866-AFA-8484.

Currently, more than 170,000 older adults in North Carolina have Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, and the number is projected to rise to more than 288,000 in the next two decades, according to the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services. The progressive brain disorder results in loss of memory and other intellectual function, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

“Nothing in life can really prepare someone to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why education is so important,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “By understanding the disease and learning practical care strategies, family members can better meet a person’s individual needs and improve quality of life.”

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of more than 1,400 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional and practical needs of families. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

 

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484