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Virtual Alzheimer’s Event Goes On Saturday | Local News

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is observed in June to highlight Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

On Saturday, the Southside Area Health Education Center will host a free webinar titled “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: Awareness and Action.”

The online event will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to healthcare professionals, caregivers and the community at large. Attendees must pre-register at https://bit.ly/38dd16r or call 434-572-5443 to receive the event’s Zoom link.

The webinar’s guest speaker will be gerontologist and board-certified dementia practitioner, Regina Foster. During the webinar, she will discuss Alzheimer’s disease, the latest research on the disease, and provide resources on preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Foster is a physician assistant and holds a master’s degree in gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator and a Certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Trainer through the National Board of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She is also a professional facilitator and trainer in the Department of Gerontology at VCU.

According to the National Alzheimer’s Association, more than 55 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. The “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease” webinar will shed light on this progressive disease and provide attendees with the tools to take action.