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Wyoming Residents Invited to Free Virtual Alzheimer’s Educational Conference on Thursday, April 15th

Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 8:18 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Press Release) - The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free virtual Alzheimer’s educational conference for Wyoming residents on Thursday, April 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST as part of its 2021 national Educating America Tour. The conference, which is free and open to everyone, will allow participants to learn from, and ask questions of, health, caregiving and legal experts. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.

“Knowledge is a useful and powerful tool that can help make any situation easier to navigate, especially something as challenging as caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President & CEO. “Connecting families with useful, practical information and support that can help them now and be better prepared for the future is what this conference is all about. Whether Alzheimer’s is affecting your family, you’re a caregiver or just want to learn more, you can participate in this free virtual conference from the comfort of your home or office.”

Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, will be a guest speaker and share his family’s personal Alzheimer’s story regarding the diagnosis of his mother, Suna Oz.  Dr. Oz will describe how the diagnosis impacted his family, as well as share tips to promote good brain health and healthy aging.

Sessions during the AFA virtual conference will include:

  • The Importance of Relationships for People with Dementia and Their Family Members – Robin Barry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wyoming, Project Director for Enhancing Dementia-Capable Wyoming, and Program Evaluator at the Wyoming Center on Aging, will review research findings about how close relationships influence the well-being of people with dementia and their family members.  She will provide recommendations on how families and care providers can apply this knowledge to improve the lives of individuals with dementia and their family members.
  • Maintaining Dignity and Control with Effective Powers of Attorney – As people age, being able to maintain one’s dignity and control over their lives becomes more critical.  This is especially true for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disabilities. Their diagnosis does not mean that they must surrender all control over their financial and healthcare decisions.  Kelly Davis, Esq., a partner in the Cheyenne-based law firm of Davis, Johnson & Kallal, LLC and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, will talk about the importance of planning ahead.  He will discuss properly drafted powers of attorney which can help caregivers avoid the necessity of a guardianship.  He will review how they can be used, the language required, risks involved in using out of-date or do-it-yourself power of attorney forms and the duties of an agent acting under a power of attorney.
  • Navigating the Caregiver Journey – Stella Montano, President of Life Link of Sheridan County, Sheridan Chamber Ambassador for AARP, and a member of AARP Wyoming Sheridan’s Community Action Team will provide tips for family members as they embark on their caregiving journey.  She will offer strategies to help improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers and provide information on local services and resources.

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 by calling 866-232-8484 or web chatting at www.alzfdn.org by clicking the blue and white chat icon in the right-hand corner of the page. The web chat feature is available in more than 90 languages.

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