The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will host a free virtual Alzheimer’s educational conference for New York and New Jersey residents from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, as part of its 2021 national Educating America Tour. The conference, which is free and open to everyone, will allow participants to learn from and ask questions of health, caregiving and long-term care experts. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
“Knowledge is a useful and powerful tool that can help make any situation easier to navigate, especially something as challenging as caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “Connecting families with useful, practical information and support that can help them now and be better prepared for the future is what this conference is all about. Whether Alzheimer’s is affecting your family, you are a caregiver or just want to learn more, you can participate in this free virtual conference from the comfort of your home or office.”
Sessions during the AFA virtual conference will include:
√ Living Well with Alzheimer’s Disease: What we can do now and a look at a promising future – When Alzheimer’s enters one’s life, there are adaptations that caregivers need to make to help their loved ones live a high quality of life and maintain optimal health while living with Alzheimer’s disease. This includes certain lifestyle changes, such as continuing to be socially and physically active.
Dr. Allison Reiss, an internal medicine physician, educator, and a molecular biologist, who is the head of the inflammation laboratory at NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island, associate professor of medicine at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, and a member of AFA’s medical, scientific and memory screening advisory board, will provide tips for maintaining optimal health and quality-of-life while living with Alzheimer’s disease. She will talk about lifestyle factors, current treatments and future developments. She will discuss some of the newest, cutting-edge approaches that have promise for a real breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research.
√ Putting Your Healthcare Team Together – Organizers said having a strong network is essential for caregivers to reduce stress, prevent burnout, and ultimately provide the best care possible. Peter Ross, the CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers, and member of the board of directors of the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), and Melissa Sheehan, director of business development for 305 West End Assisted Living and The Bristal Assisted Living at York Avenue, will offer tips on how to build that support structure to aid in caregiving. They will also provide tips for long-term care planning, discuss different long-term care options and their benefits, and details that everyone should know when planning their long term care strategies.
√ Healthcare Advisory and Management Services for the Alzheimer’s Client and Family – Having a care manager to assist can make a world of difference and help improve quality of life, independence and overall well-being. Dana Reisch, LMSW, CMC, co-founder and co-president of Concierge Health, will discuss the role of a care manager and how one comes into place, knowing when it is the right time to ask for help, and tips for connecting to health care resources.
For more information, or to register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour. Those who cannot participate in the virtual conference or have immediate questions about Alzheimer’s disease can connect with licensed social workers seven days a week through AFA’s national toll-free helpline by calling 866-232-8484, web chatting at www.alzfdn.org by clicking the blue and white chat icon in the right-hand corner of the page. The web chat feature is available in more than 90 languages.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide and to fund research for better treatment and a cure. Its services include a national toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for health care professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow on Twitter or connect on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. AFA has earned Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating for six consecutive years.