Alzheimer’s Association announces conference in Scottsdale

The Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter presents the 25th Annual Alzheimer’s Education Conference on Friday, March 11, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd.

The day long event will offer two general sessions and over 20 workshop options.

The conference is designed to meet the needs of family and friend caregivers, professionals, people in the early stages of memory loss, and community members wanting to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s, according to a press release.

The conference features nationally and locally recognized experts in the fields of medicine; research; caregiver well-being; behavior and communication; legal concerns; and financial issues; among others. A workshop track is dedicated specifically to those living in the early stages of memory loss.

Pre-registration is required. Early bird individual registration is $50 and professional is $90 through Feb. 16. Registration increases $5 beginning Feb. 17.

Professional registration includes 5.5 CEUs for social workers, nurses, and nursing home administrators/assisted living facility managers.  CEUs for Activity Professionals are pending, the release stated. Continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and conference materials are included with registration.  Space is limited; register early to secure attendance.

Visit www.alz.org/dsw click on “Special Events” and click on “Central Arizona Annual Education Conference” for a conference brochure or to register online. Contact Mindy at 602-528-0545 or mwakefield@alz.org for questions about the conference and sponsorship opportunities.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging and affects mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. Currently, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the release stated.

By 2025, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to increase by 40 percent nationally; Arizona is expected to realize an even greater increase of 67 percent.

“Diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are increasing and families, professionals, and those affected need information and support. This conference provides the opportunity to gain education, tools, and techniques for all people affected by dementia,” stated Alzheimer’s Association Regional Director, Cindy Vargo in the release.

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