24th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Education Symposium & Early Stage Forum

DENVER — Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado in partnership with University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine presents the 24th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Education Symposium sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions. “Strategies for Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Memory Loss” will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center.

The Alzheimer’s Association one day Symposium, Strategies for Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Memory Loss brings together experts on Alzheimer’s who will help transform the way we think about this disease.  The symposium will offer local and national speakers who have revolutionized our ideas about public policy and advocacy, research and treatment, and person-centered care for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Join us for this dynamic and innovative day as we discover strategies for living with and providing care for those with Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia and memory loss.

More than 600 healthcare professionals, people with dementia and family caregivers will be in attendance to learn how to rise to the challenges precipitated by Alzheimer’s. More than 40 exhibitors will be available offering community resources, book sales and opportunities for early holiday shopping in the fiber arts booth.

During the opening session Huntington Potter, Ph.D. will host A Conversation About Alzheimer’s which includes a family living with the disease. Potter is Professor of Neurology and Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Programs in the Department of Neurology and the Linda Crnic Center for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado, Denver. He is devoted to studying the relationship between Alzheimer’s Disease and Down Syndrome in recognition that studying these two diseases together will best hasten the development of new treatments for both

Maestro David Dworkin will close the event in the afternoon with CONDUCTORCISE®. Dworkin who reportedly “Sparkles with high-spirited virtuosity” (The New York Time), has led orchestras across America and abroad. In 2002 he created the acclaimed exercise program CONDUCTORCISE®, where “you feel the beat as well as the burn” (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA) which has received rave reviews across America and been featured in publications from the New York Times to Symphony and Town & Country Magazines. CONDUCTORCISE® was named one of North America’s six most innovative active aging programs.

Some of the featured breakout sessions include Spark of Life: A Whole New World of Dementia Care Strategies for Families From Families, The Sandwich Generation is Stuffed, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Non-Pharmacologic Behavior Management, I Need Help! Changes in Family Roles and Relationships, and Myth Busters: Sorting out the Truth in Alzheimer’s Research.

The Alzheimer’s Association Education Symposium also features the Pat and George Sugerman Excellence in Caring Award sponsored by Silverado Senior Living. The award will be presented during the lunch sponsored by Azura, and nominations are now being submitted. Go to alz.org/co to learn more or for an application form.

This year’s Symposium contains the Early Stage Forum, which is for people with early stage memory loss. This thoughtfully paced Forum supports and respects the needs of those with early stage memory loss in a comfortable, safe setting. This special program is specifically designed for those with dementia, however, caregivers, family members, or friends accompanying the person with dementia are welcome to attend the Early Stage Forum.

Registration is $149 per person for the Symposium. Organizations sending more than four registrants to the Symposium qualify for a reduced rate of $129 per person. Family caregivers and care partners are $59 and students are $59. For those with early memory loss or in the early stages of dementia attending the Early Stage Forum registration is $59. Scholarships are available and made possible by Touching Hands at Home. Register online at alz.org/co. To become a sponsor or exhibit at the event call 303-813-1669 ext 253.

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 72,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups, Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® and a 24-hour Helpline, at no cost to families, and funds advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association advocates for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For information call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900, or visit alz.org/co

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