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Daylong dementia care conference features national experts

by jmaloni

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Fri, Mar 14th 2014 03:35 pm

Across the eight counties of Western New York served by the WNY Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, it's estimated that 165,000 people provide some kind of care for a person with dementia. Those family and professional caregivers have a strong ally in the chapter, which is sponsoring its annual Dementia Care Symposium April 11.

Nationally recognized dementia experts are the featured speakers for the daylong conference, which will also feature hands-on workshops conducted by local experts to address the concerns of all caregivers. The conference is ideal for those who have recently begun taking care of someone with dementia as well as those caring for someone with advanced cognitive decline. There are also sessions targeted to professional health care providers looking to refresh or update their skills.

"Whether a family member or professional, the symposium offers valuable information that will help you in your caregiving role," said Chapter Education and Training Director Meghan Fadel. "We're honored to have so many brilliant and progressive speakers this year, and I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from national and local experts."

Science Initiatives Director Dean Hartley, Ph.D., who is based in the Alzheimer's Association's Chicago headquarters, will discuss "Updates on Research and Clinical Trials." New York State Health Department Bureau Director David Hoffman, a member of the National Advisory Committee on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services, will discuss public policy as it relates to Alzheimer's disease; and Dr. G. Allen Power, an internist, geriatrician and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, will speak on "Enhancing Well-Being for People Living with Dementia." Power is also a certified Eden alternative educator.

Seating is limited for the symposium, and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Visit www.alz.org/WNY or call 1-800-272-3900 during regular business hours.

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