Alzheimer's conference aims to help caregivers and families

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Updated: 5/06/2014 12:46 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- In an aging society Alzheimer's Disease is becoming more and more prevalent. Community members are invited to an educational conference this week where caregivers and family members can learn new research on Alzheimer's and Dementia.

It seems in this present day and age everybody knows somebody who's been affected by the disease. As our society continues to grow older, experts expect to see the numbers of those impacted to increase. Because of these statistics, the Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter along with the University of Nevada, Reno's Sanford Center for Aging have partnered to host the 2014 Alzheimer's Conference in Reno on Friday.

Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter Program Director Dolores Ward knows what an impact Alzheimer's has on everyone involved.

"People who are affected with this disease tend to lose their identity themselves," so a main goal for the association is to "help the caregivers cope and go through this on a daily basis, and provide a more enriching life," Ward said.

Renowned speakers from all over the country will address culture change within the Dementia community. The goal is for family members and caregivers to come and learn innovative and constructive ways to deal with the progression of the disease in a positive way. By doing so it can help prevent caregiver burnout.

Ward says it's a disease of aging that can be difficult to cope with, not only for the patient, but for their caregivers.

"The hope with this conference is that we will revamp and change everybody's outlook and misconceptions on the disease. That way it will benefit them in the long run, so they can continue to care for their loved ones as long as they possibly can," Ward says.

More than five million Americans are battling Alzheimer's. Ward says in Nevada there are about 29,000 people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and about 10,000 in northern Nevada.

Living Well With Dementia 2014 Alzheimer's Conference will take place on Friday, May 9th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on 3800 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89502.

If you are unable to pay the registration fee of $25, scholarships are available for family caregivers and members ONLY. If you are in need of respite care for your loved one while you're attending the conference, the Alzheimer's Association has respite funds available. For more information, please contact Dolores Ward at 800-272-3900 or 775-786-8061 or email
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