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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help Wisconsin residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease during the COVID-19 crisis on Thursday, August 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m CST. The conference will provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts. The conference is free and open to all. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
“Knowledge is a useful and powerful tool that can help make any situation easier to navigate. That’s especially true now as more than 120,000 Wisconsin families are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President & CEO. “We want individuals who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s to know about the resources available to help them and steps that they can take to improve their loved one’s care and quality of life. This conference will bring that information directly to families without having to leave their homes.”
Dr. Mehmet Oz will share his family’s personal Alzheimer’s story regarding the diagnosis of his mother, Suna Oz, last year. He will describe how the diagnosis impacted his family. Dr. Oz will also share tips to promote good brain health and healthy aging.
Sessions during the AFA virtual conference will include:
- Brain Health in the Time of COVID-19 – Keynote speaker Nathaniel Chin, MD, will talk about prevention of COVID-19 as well as dealing with the consequences of isolation. He will also discuss prevention of cognitive and functional decline as we are still in the midst of the pandemic, especially as it affects seniors. Chin will also provide healthy lifestyle tips. Dr. Chin is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Geriatric division at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. He is also Director of Medical Services at the WI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Medical Director for the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) Study, and a UW Geriatric Memory Clinic Physician.
- Powers of Attorney, Worth Their Weight in Gold – Jennifer A. O’Neill, Certified Elder Law Attorney and Founder of O’Neill Elder Law in Hudson, WI, will provide tips for long-term care planning, preparing for the unexpected, and prioritizing and delegating responsibilities. She will discuss the importance of powers of attorney and the different types of powers of attorney that are available to you.
- Finding Hope, Humor, and Heart in Caregiving – Elaine K. Sanchez, Caregiver Lecturer, Author, and Co-Founder of CaregiverHelp.com, will share stories based on her book, “Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver.” She will teach how to develop an attitude of creative indifference towards caregiver anger, guilt, depression, and grief. She will also explain why having negative feelings doesn’t make you a bad person.
For more information or to register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour. Those who can’t participate in the virtual conference or have immediate questions about Alzheimer’s disease can connect with licensed social workers seven days a week through AFA’s National Toll-Free Helpline at 866-232-8484 or via our online web chat system (available in 90+ languages) at www.alzfdn.org by clicking the blue and white chat icon in the right hand corner of the page.