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Alzheimer’s Foundation Educational Conference Download

00:10 Download April 12th

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) 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.

AFA was founded in 2002 by a caregiver whose mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease from 1980-1992. At that time, there was little information available and nowhere to turn for support.  His goal was to make sure that no other family living with Alzheimer’s disease would have to go through the journey alone.

AFA was created to be that resource for families in their time of need. AFA operates a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484), staffed entirely by licensed social workers, which provides support and assistance to callers, as well as connect them with resources in their area, no matter where in the United States they live.  The helpline has grown into a seven-day a week service.  AFA’s national network of more than 2,700 member organizations serves families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses in each of the fifty states.

To help individuals take a proactive approach to brain health, AFA has a National Memory Screening Program which provides, free, confidential memory screenings at sites across the country. What began as a program on a single day in November has grown into a year-round service which has screened more than 5 million people to date.

AFA also works with professional caregivers and dementia-care settings to provide them with additional training and continuing education to elevate the level of care they provide on a daily basis.  AFA has trained and educated more than 20,000 individuals through its professional training and community education programs.

To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, visit alzfdn.org.

The program shared information about services and resources available to those living with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is inviting Nevadans to join them for their free virtual conference on April 6. The conference is part of the AFA’s 2022 national Educating America Tour and will allow participants to learn from, and ask questions of, health and caregiving experts. In this episode, Wendy speaks with the President and CEO of The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Chuck Fuschillo. Chuck gave details about the conference, including who the speakers are and what attendees will get out of it. Chuck talked about how prevalent the disease is both nationally and here in Nevada, and why it is important that people who are living with the disease have a community to turn to when they needed help and guidance.

Original Air Date: March 20, 2022.

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