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Alzheimer’s virtual education conference offers advice

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Michigan residents have an opportunity to attend a free Alzheimer’s educational conference on July 13.

The virtual sessions, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, provide education on the brain disorder that affects around 6 million Americans.

“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., president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America , in a news release.

The sessions cover a variety of important topics for those with loved ones affected by chronic conditions. One portion of the event focuses on how to manage one’s own health while being a caretaker and the effects of taking on this role. Dr. Courtney A. Polenick shares ways to maintain well-being while being a caretaker.

Another portion features Barry Kaufman, a West Bloomfield resident living with Lewy Body Dementia. Kaufman provides an overview of Alzheimer’s and dementia to educate on the symptoms and warning signs of different types of related illnesses. This first-hand perspective raises the necessary awareness to prepare caregivers.

Attorney Glenn Matecun discusses the legalities of planning for long-term care, protecting assets, and setting up the necessary documentation for caregiving.

Singer-songwriter David Molinari of Senior Sing-A-Long will give a performance on behalf of the organization providing music therapy to individuals with dementia-related illnesses.

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Everyone is welcome to join in the virtual learning session to strengthen their knowledge on individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s. The conference takes place from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm; register here.

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