Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2019

South Florida Residents Invited to Learn About “Alzheimer’s Disease

 

From A to Z” with Alzheimer’s Foundation of America on October 30th   

Boca Raton, FL —The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is holding a free educational program designed to teach South Florida residents about Alzheimer’s disease from “A to Z.”

The event, part of AFA’s Lecture Series and cosponsored with Alzheimer’s Community Care, will take place on Wednesday, October 30th at Junior League of Boca Raton (261 NW 13th St., Boca Raton).  Registration will begin at 8:30 am, with the program running from 9:00am to 11:00 am.

“As Alzheimer’s affects more and more people, it’s important for individuals to know about the warning signs and what to do if Alzheimer’s becomes a part of their life,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “This program is designed to raise Alzheimer’s awareness, educate individuals about the disease, and teach them practical steps that can help them plan for care as they age.  We invite everyone to attend.”

Participants will learn about topics such as:

  • Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses.
  • How to communicate concerns about memory.
  • Planning and preparing a road map for care as you age.

Licensed social workers who attend the program are eligible to receive two continuing education contact hours free of charge.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one in the top 10 without a cure or disease modifying treatment.  More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, including more than 560,000 in Florida.  The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is expected to as much as triple by 2060, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 “Health and wellness are important to all of us,” said Molly Fisher, LCSW, AFA’s director of education and social services, “which is why we’re helping people be proactive and get information that can help them, regardless if they’re currently affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  After all, knowledge is power.”

Individuals can register for the October 30th program by calling AFA at 866-232-8484 or visiting AFA’s website at www.alzfdn.org and clicking on the “events calendar” tab at the top of the page. Registration is free and open to all.

Those who can’t attend the program or have an immediate question about Alzheimer’s disease can contact AFA’s National Toll-Free Helpline at 866-232-8484 and speak with a licensed social worker.  The Helpline is open from 9 am to 9 pm (ET) on weekdays and 9 am to 3 pm (ET) on weekends.

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure. Its services include a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, 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

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