Long Islanders Invited to Come Learn About Alzheimer’s Disease, Get Free Memory Screenings & Hearing Exams, and Hear from Experts.
Long Island, NY - August 24, 2017 - On Tuesday, September 26, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is hosting a free Concepts in Care educational conference which will provide Alzheimer’s-related education and services to Long Islanders living with Alzheimer’s, their family and professional caregivers, and the general public. The event, part of AFA’s national Educating America Tour, will be held at the Marriott Melville (1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville), from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
“There are more than 50,000 people on Long Island who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This conference will help give people a better understanding of the illness, enable them to learn from experts and help them be more prepared to work with, and care for, people who are impacted by the disease.”
Peter Davies, Ph.D., Director of the Litwin-Zucker Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, will keynote the conference, providing an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, research and clinical trials. Dr. Davies is also a professor of pathology and neuroscience at Hofstra University’s Northwell School of Medicine. For more than 35 years, Dr. Davies’ research has been focused on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease, with a specific interest in the development of new treatments and diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease.
Jane Stelboum, certified yoga teacher and owner of Sarasvate, will present Yoga Designed for the Brain, where she will teach attendees how simple, effective yoga tools can help the caregiver stay grounded, calm and focused. In this session, she will teach breathing technique and meditation to help reduce stress and improve your mood. Her company, Sarasvate, focuses on preventing memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and helping those already impacted by the disease to live an enhanced quality of life for as long as possible.
Bert Brodsky, Founder of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Chairman of its Board of Directors, and Jared Finkelstein, Co-Chair of AFA Young Executives, will both share their stories as caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, there will be a session taking a look inside some of AFA’s local member organizations, including The Bristal Assisted Living, EAC Network and the Town of Babylon.
A Q&A session will be held following each session to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Participants will also be able to receive a free memory screening, a free hearing exam, and have the opportunity to network with one another. The event will also feature a display of the AFA Quilt to Remember, the nation’s first large-scale quilt that pays tribute to the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease.
AFA’s 15th Anniversary Educating America Tour is made possible by a grant from The Edward N. and Della L. Thome Foundation, with the support of Allergan, Eli Lilly and Company, and Merck (gold national sponsors); Avanir Pharmaceuticals and Mylan (bronze statewide sponsors); Biogen, CVS Health, Eisai, Purdue Pharma and Senior Helpers (teal statewide sponsors); the Bristal Assisted Living (supporting statewide sponsor); and Kmart Pharmacy (community statewide sponsor); and is also supported by a grant from Genentech.
For more information or to register, please call AFA’s national toll-free helpline at 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org/events.
About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational conferences and materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, the National Memory Screening Program, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.