The Alzheimer’s Association has launched a series of virtual statewide Alzheimer’s education programs in an effort to reach more New York families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
“Until the day we find a cure for Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, we will be relentless in our commitment to offering programs like this to raise awareness and offer education about the disease,” said Rochester and Finger Lakes Chapter Executive Teresa Galbier. “We won’t stop until we live in a world without Alzheimer’s.”
Each free program features a special presentation by an expert in their field, as well as a question and answer period where concerns about diagnosis, research, treatment and support may be addressed. More information can be found at alz.org/newyork.
“Across the state, we are only reaching a fraction of those who are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia,” said Christopher Smith, New York state regional leader for the Alzheimer’s Association. “Along with creating more awareness about the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia in New York, we hope this series of virtual programs will allow us to bring people together across the state to learn from experts on a variety of topics and ask questions that will empower them to communicate more effectively with loved ones living with dementia as well as manage the challenging behavioral symptoms of the disease.”
The series began on April 1, and continues on April 7 with A Glimpse into the Life of a Younger Caregiver, featuring Jessica Zwerling and Teresa Santos from Montefiore Hudson Valley Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease in Yonkers. Other topics include: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors; Legal and Financial Planning; and COVID-19 and Caregiving: Finding Hope from What We’ve Learned; among others.
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive, fatal brain disease. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 410,000 people in New York.