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Free virtual conference helps families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease

Help is there for anyone struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. A free virtual conference is taking place on Wednesday, March 9 to help people with dementia, as well as their caregivers, and an added bonus for anyone hoping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The disease is becoming even more prevalent with 400,000 Texans living with it right now. This number is expected to increase by 30% in the next three years alone.

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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is sharing free information and resources to help families through the free online conference. One thing they will focus on is challenging behaviors caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

“Some of them can be quite disturbing: things like hallucinations, aggression, different neuropsychiatric symptoms. There will be a session on steps caregivers can take to help manage these symptoms,” says Chris Schneider of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Because dealing with these situations can be difficult, they will focus on caregiver trauma and burnout, as well as resources to help address these issues.

“There will also be a session on pets and how pets can also help with dementia, so there really is something for everyone here,” encourages Chris.

They will also highlight available clinical trials and medical help that families may not be aware of.

“There’s going to be a session on Alzheimer’s research: where we came from, where things are right now, and hopefully where we’re going in the future,” says Chris.

Finally, the virtual conference will include tips on healthy aging for everyone!

“People can make many different lifestyle choices that can help lower their risk of dementia. Things like diet, exercise, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, reducing alcohol, quitting smoking, staying socially engaged, learning new skills, those are all things that can help reduce your risk of dementia.We’ll talk about some of that at the conference, but that information is also available on our website,” says Chris.

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Again, the Educating America – Texas tour will take place on March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. You can register for the conference on the day of the conference.

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