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Care to Cure Alzheimer's Conference to Help NH Families

Friday, April 23, 2010 Mental Health News J E 4
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CONCORD, N.H., April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alzheimer's disease can be devastating to families who become caregivers. Anyone seeking more information about Alzheimer's is invited to attend the Alzheimer's Association's "Care to Cure: the latest in research and care giving" conference on Saturday, May 22 in Concord. Open to individuals and families free of charge, and with a modest registration fee for health care professionals, the program is an effort to bring information and help to those affected by the disease.

"There are more than 22,000 people with Alzheimer's in New Hampshire. This is a fatal, degenerative disease of the brain that creates serious challenges for family and professional caregivers," said Susan Antkowiak, Manager of the Alzheimer's Association's New Hampshire office. "We teach people how to live with Alzheimer's. We are hoping that this half-day program changes the way we manage Alzheimer's here in New Hampshire."

Dr. Michael Wolfe, internationally recognized researcher at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School Hospital and Harvard Medical School will discuss the reality and hopes around Alzheimer's research. Jo Ann Jordan, RN, M.Ed, a dementia specialist, nurse and educator, will cover practical information about providing care for a person with Alzheimer's.

"In addition to the great foundation information about the disease, people will also learn about the services and programs that can help them right now, as well as the best ways to maintain our brains and fight back against the disease," said Antkowiak.

The conference runs 9 a.m.-noon at NHTI: Concord's Community College, at Sweeney Auditorium. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

The Alzheimer's Association provides education and support to those affected by the disease. For information on programs, support groups and community resources and to register for the Care to Cure conference call 603-606-6590. For information on other Alzheimer's Association programs visit www.alz.org/MANH.

SOURCE Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter
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