New York, NY (April 7, 2015) —In celebration of Older Americans Month in May, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host back-to-back free, educational events in New York City. These events will draw attention to the importance of early detection of memory problems and support the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and family and professional caregivers. AFA’s Concepts in Care conference on Friday, May 15, will offer a full day of workshops and exhibitions for professional and family caregivers, as well as individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Remember Together Day on Saturday, May 16, will allow people to recreate significant events from history via a special outdoor photo booth set up at Flatiron Plaza. The event will encourage people to protect their memories and those of their loved ones through early detection of potential memory issues. Remember Together Day will include free memory screenings, an information booth and activities for children and families.
“While the scientific community continues to search for treatments and a cure, there is an immediate and growing need to support people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “Our Concepts in Care Conference brings together some of the nation’s leading dementia experts to share information and best practices with those who are on the front lines caring for people with dementia.”
The Concepts in Care Conference takes place May 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the New York Hilton. Attendees can:
Learn from the experts: Workshops include Non Pharmacological Therapies in Dementia; Dementia Boot Camp; Caring for the Caregiver; Long Term Care: Medicare, Medicaid, Insurance, VA Aid; and The Importance of Building Relationships in Dementia. Three separate tracks of study will be offered: one for professional caregivers, one for family caregivers, and one—featuring recreational therapies led by AFA member organizations—for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.
Get a free, confidential memory screening: Memory screenings are a significant first step toward early diagnosis. Screenings consist of a series of questions and/or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions.
Visit exhibit booths: Educational information will be available to all attendees.
Pay tribute to people affected by the disease: View the visually stunning AFA Quilt to Remember display.
The conference is free to attend, and complimentary breakfast, lunch and program materials are included. On-site respite care, supervised by health care professionals, will also be provided so that family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are able to attend.
Remember Together Day takes place on May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Flatiron Plaza (23rd Street & 5th Avenue). Visitors can:
Recreate a Photo: The event will feature a variety of digital photo backdrops from specific milestones in history. After taking a picture in front of a digital green screen, people will have the opportunity to print their photo and share it through Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
Take part in complimentary memory screenings: Free, private and confidential on-site memory screenings will be available for attendees.
Receive educational information: Attendees will receive information materials on Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of early detection.
Play memory games: A brain game area will engage families and promote further learning and interaction among attendees.
“Alzheimer’s is perceived as a disease that affects only the elderly, but it also has a huge impact on younger people, from family members of the afflicted to individuals diagnosed with the early onset form of the disease,” Mr. Fuschillo said. “As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we call on Americans young and old to do something to protect their precious memories and take advantage of free memory screenings.”
AFA launched its Remember Together public awareness campaign last fall to encourage people to remember the importance of keeping cherished memories alive. The public can participate by recreating a favorite photo and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter using #RememberTogether. To date, more than 800 photos have been submitted, viewable at www.RememberTogetherAFA.org.
AFA carries out year-round memory screenings in collaboration with organizations and healthcare professionals across the U.S. Free, confidential memory screenings are currently available at sites nationwide and only take about 10 minutes. Participating sites include Alzheimer’s agencies, doctors’ offices, senior centers, long-term care residences, in-home care agencies, hospitals, houses of worship, libraries, pharmacies, and other community organizations. For a complete list of sites, visit www.RememberTogetherAFA.org.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,900 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.
Remember Together supports AFA C.A.R.E.S. (Community Memory Screening and Awareness-Raising Education: The Road to Early Detection and Care), a program to expand year-round memory screenings. AFA C.A.R.E.S. is made possible with a grant from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.