Alzheimer's Foundation of America Hosts Free Conference in New York

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Hosts Free Conference in New York 
'5 Boroughs Concepts in Care' Event Offers Caregiving Strategies and
Solutions 
NEW YORK, NY  -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/13 --   The rising number of
people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers often feel alone
and unequipped to handle the daily challenges the brain disorder can
bring. To offset this, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)
will offer a hands-on opportunity for people to gain support and
practical skills at its free "5 Boroughs Concepts in Care Conference"
in New York on June 26.  
This daylong educational event, which will be held at the New York
Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, will feature three "tracks"
of study -- one for family caregivers, one for healthcare
professionals and one for people with Alzheimer's disease or a
related illness. Presentations by top health and caregiving experts
will range from an understanding of the disease and tips for daily
living to more hushed-over topics, such as heading off potential
violence and how to handle inappropriate sexual behavior. 
In addition, the conference will feature various dementia-related
activities, including confidential memory screenings, the "Virtual
Dementia Tour" -- an interactive simulation of what it feels like to
have dementia, and an exhibit hall. On the emotional side, AFA will
display three dozen quilt panels from its powerful and heartfelt "AFA
Quilt to Remember," and Raymond W. Holman, Jr., a Philadelphia
photographer, will show insightful portraits of family caregivers.
For more information and to register, call AFA at 866-232-8484. 
"Families affected by Alzheimer's disease as well as healthcare
professionals are starving for information about the brain disorder,
especially as the incidence continues to climb," said Carol
Steinberg, acting CEO of the New York-based national organization.
"The best way to approach this devastating disease is to not go it
alone." 
AFA introduced its "5 Boroughs Concepts in Care Conference" last year
to fill the gap left by the discontinuation of the long-time annual
"Mayoral Conference on Alzheimer's Disease." In New York state, it is
estimated that more than 300,000 people are living with Alzheimer's
disease or related disorders. 
Presenters will include Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D., a clinical
neuropsychologist and founder and president of Brain Health Center,
Inc., opening in Pittsburgh this fall, which will take a holistic
approach to wellness and brain health; Susan Glister, Ph.D., RN,
renowned speaker on the disease and a founder and former executive
director of the Alois Alzheimer Center, Cincinnati, the first
dementia-specific facility in the United States; and Melanie Bunn,
RN, a dementia training specialist for Alzheimer's North Carolina,
Raleigh, N.C. 
In addition, Molly Arnold-Gay, granddaughter of Frank Broyles, former
athletic director of the University of Arkansas and author of "Coach
Broyles' Playbook for Alzheimer's Caregivers," will provide insight
into intergenerational caregiving. Arnold-Gay spent her teenage years
helping to care for her grandmother, who had Alzheimer's disease. 
For individuals with Alzheimer's disease, facilitators will engage
attendees in horticultural, art, dance and other creative activities
that showcase the benefits of social and mental stimulation. AFA will
also offer respite care -- supervised by professional caregivers --
for people with more advanced dementia who are unable to participate
in the sessions.  
The "AFA Quilt to Remember" is an extraordinary work of art that
marks a moving tribute to people living with dementia and their
families. Introduced in 2005, as the nation's first large-scale
dementia-related quilt, it now consists of more than 150 unique
panels. The majority are embellished with photographs, sentimental
mementos and love notes.  
Several panels that will be on display were made in the tri-state
area, including one created by clients attending the adult day
program at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, East Hills, N.Y. 
"We're showing people [with Alzheimer's disease] as productive
people, and that is the goal of our program," said Connie Wasserman,
an associate executive director at the JCC. "These are people who
just happen to have Alzheimer's disease. We don't define them by the
disease." 
Attendees will also receive free breakfast, lunch, program materials
and giveaways. Eli Lilly and Company, and Forest Laboratories, Inc.
are the presenting sponsors of the family caregiver sessions.  
About Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)  
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a
national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 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 hot line, 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 (@alzfdn),
and "like" us on Facebook
(www.facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica). 
Contact information
Amanda Hirschhorn
866-232-8484 x121
media@alzfdn.org