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Michiganders invited to free virtual educational conference on Alzheimer’s disease in July

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Michigan residents are invited to attend a free virtual educational conference on Alzheimer’s disease in July hosted by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Caregivers, people living with dementia-related illness, professionals and anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease can attend the conference, according to a statement released Thursday by the foundation.

The conference, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST on July 13, will allow people to learn and ask questions from experts in brain health and care. He is part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s 2022 Educating America National Tour.

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Alzheimer Foundation of America

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Conferences were previously held in person, but have gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Knowledge is a useful and powerful tool that can make it easier to navigate any situation, especially something as difficult as caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease,” Charles said. J. Fuschillo, Jr., president of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. in the release.

“Connecting families with useful and practical information and support that can help them now and be better prepared for the future is what this conference is about,” Fuschillo continued. “Whether Alzheimer’s disease affects your family, you’re a caregiver, or you just want to learn more, you can join this free virtual conference from the comfort of your home or office.”

To register for the conference, visit alzfdn.org/tour.

The topics defined for this year’s conference are as follows. Attendees will be able to ask each expert questions after each of the three topics, according to Sandy Silverstein, media relations manager for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

  • Living with dementia and other chronic conditions: how do family care partners influence the health and well-being of others? – Family care partners often put the needs of their loved one ahead of their own. But neglecting their own health can negatively impact them and the person they care for, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. For example, if the care partner has depression or high blood pressure, how will this affect their loved one with dementia? To address this problem, Courtney A. Polenick, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, is set to discuss strategies for maintaining the health and well-being of both partners through l exercise, adopting a healthier diet or other means.

Polenick is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and an associate professor in the Aging and Biopsychosocial Innovations Program at the Survey Research Center at the UM Institute for Social Research.

  • Navigating the maze of estate planning and elder law – When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness, it’s never too early to plan their long-term care and get the necessary documentation in place, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Elders Advocate Glenn Matecun is about to discuss how to plan for long-term care while legally protecting your assets, and what foundation you should be building to protect your loved one and family.


Matecun has been an attorney specializing in estate planning and Michigan elder law for over 30 years. He is an attorney with the law firm Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC.

  • What is dementia? Understand the differences between diseases and types of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are terms that are often used interchangeably, but many people are unaware that there is a difference between them. Or that there are other types of dementia-related diseases besides Alzheimer’s disease. To dispel this misconception, Barry Kaufman is set to provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, outlining the symptoms, warning signs, and other characteristics of each type of dementia. He also plans to share with caregivers what they can expect as their loved one’s illness progresses.

Kaufman, a West Bloomfield resident, has lived with Lewy body dementia for 12 years. He retired from Michigan’s Blue Cross Blue Shield and is an active participant in Lewy Body Dementia research and support groups with the National Institutes of Health and the University of Michigan. He serves on the steering committee of the Michigan Dementia Coalition, a statewide coalition that consists of approximately 200 people from dementia-related fields and backgrounds, representing more than 65 organizations. Kaufman is also a member of the National Council of Dementia Minds.

Additionally, a musical performance by singer-songwriter David Molinari of Senior Sing-A-Long is scheduled to take place during the conference. Senior Sing-A-Long is a West Michigan nonprofit that provides music therapy to people with dementia-related illnesses in long-term care communities.

Its music therapy program consists of small groups of seniors creating music by playing instruments to achieve therapeutic goals, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

More information about the conference is available here. Those unable to attend or who have immediate questions about Alzheimer’s disease can connect with licensed social workers seven days a week through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s toll-free National Helpline in calling 866-232-8484 or chatting on the web at alzfdn.org. To chat on the web, click the blue and white chat icon in the right corner of the page. The feature is available in over 90 languages.