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  • Alzheimer's Association to hold sixth Meeting of the Minds Regional Dementia Conference

    The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter will host its sixth Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference on Wednesday, May 25, at the Sleepy Hollow Conference Center in Tarrytown. The event is intended primarily for people with early-stage dementia and their family caregivers, but professional caregivers and health care workers are also welcome to attend. The first 200 people with dementia and family caregivers who register will be admitted for the discounted rate of $25. For more details or to register, visit AlzDementiaConference.org
     
    “We’re excited to offer this discount to make it easier for caregivers and those in the early stages of the disease to attend. We hope people will take advantage of this great opportunity and look forward to having everyone gather in person at this conference for the first time since 2018,” said Meg Boyce, Vice President of Programs and Services for the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter.

    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Claire Sexton, Director of Scientific Programs & Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association, who will speak about the latest research advances into risk reduction, early diagnosis and treatment for Alzheimer’s and other dementia, highlighting how the Alzheimer’s Association is accelerating research through both its funding and convening of researchers.
     
    The keynote address will be followed by five breakout sessions on dementia-related topics: A panel discussion on “Understanding Medicare, Medicaid and Long-Term Care Insurance” featuring three experts in the field; a talk on “Family Dynamics in Dementia Care” exploring how family roles, emotions and expectations can change when a loved one has dementia; a talk on “Communicating Clearly,” that explores modified communication techniques for interacting with the elderly and memory-impaired; a presentation on “Dementia, Delirium and Depression”; and a talk on “Making Difficult Decisions” that offer tips for making the difficult decisions faced by dementia caregivers and when these decisions should be made.  
     
    After this, lunch will be served, featuring a panel discussion on legal and financial issues by three experts in the field. This will be followed by an educational program, “Healthy Living for the Brain and Body,” before the event closes at around 3 p.m. 

    This biannual event was last held virtually in 2020 as a series of webinars over a five-day period. It was last held in person in 2018. 

    About the Hudson Valley Chapter
    The Hudson Valley Chapter serves families living with dementia in seven counties in New York, including Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. To learn more about the programs and services offered locally, visit alz.org/hudsonvalley.

    About the Alzheimer’s Association
    The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.