Virtual conference

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering a free virtual conference for Michigan residents

Every minute someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in America. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is offering a free virtual conference for Michiganders next week for those living with dementia-related illness and their loved ones.

The talk will feature a conversation with a Michigan resident living with the disease. There will also be a presentation by a researcher from the University of Michigan Medical School on the health conditions of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. To conclude the conference, a singer-songwriter providing music therapy services in Michigan will give a performance.

“Knowledge is an empowering tool, and it’s something that can help make it easier to navigate any situation, especially something like caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. or some other disease related to another dimension,” says Chris Schneider, AFA’s Director of Communications.

Michigan isn’t the only state they’re tailoring information to. The AFA makes sure to have state-specific resources and information at every conference on its Educating America tour.

Events are localized to ensure each attendee has the most accurate information regarding their country of origin. What is available in one state may not be available in another.

Either way, Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis with 6 million people in America living with it.

“In 2060, the [Centers for Disease Control] projects that will more than double,” says Schneider. “And in Michigan right now there are about 190,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s expected to increase over 20% by 2025, which isn’t that far off and it doesn’t even hold up. not count all the family members who take care of these people.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America also celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. They were founded by a carer whose mother was living with the disease who felt she had no resources from people who understood the experience.

In 20 years, AFA has been able to expand its services, including a helpline with access to experts you can call at 866-232-8484.

All Michigan residents can attend the free virtual conference on July 13. Visit here for more details and to register.