Conference Monday to help participants better understand Alzheimer’s disease, dementia

Published Sep 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente plan to co-host a free educational conference with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Mohawk Valley Community College Rome Campus, 1101 Floyd Ave.

The conference is designed to help participants better understand dementia-related illnesses and how to talk about them with family and friends.

Free confidential memory screenings will also be available, the event announcement added.

Space is limited at the conference. To register for the event or for more information, visit www.alzfdn.org or call the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 866-232-8484. Space is limited. 

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, language skills and the ability to carry out simple tasks, according to the national Alzheimer’s Association.

Some 50 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, including nearly 5.7 million Americans — with 5.5 million of them age 65 and older.

The association warns that by the year 2050, that figure could rise to more than 14 million Americans. It is the most common disease of dementia and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.