You're invited to an event in Seattle for anyone curious about Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is bringing its Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Educational Conference to Seattle on October 17

September 30, 2019
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No matter your age or your circumstances, I'd be willing to bet that someone in your circle of family or friends has been touched by Alzheimer's Disease. 

It's one of those things that we probably don't know enough about until we or someone we love has to deal with it, and then we're scrambling for solid, trustworthy, useful facts at a time when we need all our energy for the situation itself. That's why some advance enlightenment can help, and that's why I want to give you a heads up about an event that's happening in Seattle on October 17:  The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is holding its free Alzheimer's & Caregiver Educational Conference on Thursday, October 17 at the Columbia Tower Club (701 5th Avenue, Columbia Center, 75th Floor, Seattle) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

I had a quick chat with Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., the AFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer -- or as I like to call him, Chuck -- to get the scoop on the event: He said, “More than 110,000 Washington residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease; many others are caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s.  As those numbers grow, it’s critically important to connect people with information that can help them if Alzheimer’s enters their lives,”

Listen to what else he told me:

The conference, which is free and open to everyone, is designed to connect people with information about Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and dementia caregiving.  Participants have the opportunity to interact with Alzheimer’s experts, ask questions, network, and obtain a free memory screening.

There will be several informative sessions led by dementia and caregiving experts, including:

Unraveling Alzheimer’s Disease -  Charles Bernick, M.D., MPH, will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, an update on Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials, and what we can expect on the horizon.  Dr. Bernick is the Associate Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. He is a neurologist who has researched Alzheimer's disease and treatments for 25 years.

Preparing for and Understanding Long Term Care –  Beth McDaniel, an Elder Law attorney and proprietor of the law firm of Beth A. McDaniel, PLLC, and a member of the National Elder Law Foundation, will provide tips for long term care planning.  She will discuss different long term care options and their benefits, along with details that everyone should know when planning their long term care strategies.  She will also teach attendees how to navigate legal, financial, health, and housing issues in their planning efforts.

Expanding and Enhancing Holistic and Creative Arts Therapies in Alzheimer’s Care – Jennifer Vimont, Director of Activities for Living Care Retirement Community, in Yakima, WA, will talk about how creative arts therapies such as art, music and drama can enhance quality of life and improve treatment outcomes for individuals with cognitive impairments by reconnecting them with the world through triggered memories.

Free, confidential memory screenings will be conducted throughout the day.

Registration is free and open to all.  For more information or to register, please visit www.alzfdn.org and click on “events calendar” at the top of the page. Those who can’t attend the conference or have immediate questions about Alzheimer’s disease can contact AFA’s National Toll-Free Helpline at 866-232-8484, or through the Internet at www.alzfdn.org, seven days a week.