The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), based in New York, is a non-profit organization with over 2,600 member organizations. The AFA is committed to providing services to people living with dementia and to their caregivers and families. One way the foundation does that is through a national, multi-year tour that brings educational conferences, free screenings and resources to several cities.
Learn more about these free conferences and how they can help you and your loved ones coping with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Foundation’s Free, Educational Programs
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has announced the second leg of their multi-year national tour, “Educating America.” The tour aims to bring Alzheimer’s-related educational conferences to several cities in the United States each year.
The conferences have three main goals, which are:
- Promoting early detection
- Providing information about Alzheimer’s related programs, research and support services
- Raising Alzheimer’s awareness
Bert Brodsky, AFA’s Founder, Board chairman and conference participant says:
“As a former family caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, I know first-hand the challenges that caregivers face. No one should have to deal with those challenges alone. We want everyone to know about the resources and information available to help them in their time of need, because education is an invaluable support tool.”
Each tour stop will feature a “Concepts in Care” conference that allows conference participants to engage with leading experts in Alzheimer’s and dementia. Participants can also receive free, private memory screenings and wellness checkups to test cognitive ability. Results are provided on-site and while a diagnosis will not be given, it will help participants determine if they should seek further screening.
- Caregiving strategies and support
- Communication skills
- Healthcare and memory care planning
- Other topics covered at each tour stop include
- Public policy
- Safety precautions to protect people living with Alzheimer’s
- Therapy programs
AFA’s president and CEO Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. says, “Knowledge and awareness are empowering, which is why we are bringing these free educational programs directly into communities throughout 2018. As Alzheimer’s continues to affect more and more families, providing resources, education and support remains critical. Whether you want to learn about services available to help with early detection, caregiving and quality of life, get answers from an expert or just find out more about Alzheimer’s, we invite you to join us.”
Alzheimer’s Foundation 2018 Tour Dates and Registration
This year’s dates are:
- March 9: Tempe, Arizona
- March 19: Boston, Massachusetts
- April 13: Nashville, Tennessee
- April 23: Charleston, South Carolina
- May 1: Birmingham, Alabama
- May 18: New York, New York
- June 14: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- September 21: Cleveland, Ohio
- September 27: Fairfax, Virginia
- October 12: Little Rock, Arkansas
- October 19: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- October 24: New Orleans, Lousiana
- November 8: Atlanta, Georgia
- November 14: Austin, Texas
Register for the 2018 Education America Tour and learn more about the Alzheimer’s tsunami and resources available to caregivers and those living with the disease.
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