ALBUQUERQUE ― The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter announces its 7th Annual Professional Conference, themed: “Research Update: Local and National.”
The two-day event is May 10 and 11 in Albuquerque at the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE. The Thursday session runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May 10) and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday (May 11). The conference will highlight updates in dementia research and related fields. Healthcare Professionals, Researchers, Educators, Students and interested parties from all communities in the state are highly encouraged to attend. CEU’s & CME’s will be offered. Seating is limited, so all interested are urged to contact the Alzheimer’s Association now to register: Nika Lawrie, 505.266.4473, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is designed for healthcare professionals, aspiring healthcare professionals and anyone interested in the latest cutting-edge information, research and best practices with regard to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The event is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter, with special thanks to Retreat Gardens, The Retreat Alzheimer’s Specialty Care and Retreat Villas.
A full program of highly informative sessions will include a keynote address on “Where Alzheimer’s Research Currently Stands” presented by Dr. Keith N. Fargo, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach, Medical and Scientific Relations.
Other noted speakers include: Janice Knoefel, MD, MPH, Clinical Director of UNM’s Memory and Aging Center; Kyky Knowles, Secretary Aging and Long-Term Service Department; Julie C. Foster Stevens, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Benjamin Clark, Ph.D., University of New Mexico and many more.
Conferences like this are important because the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast. Today, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia*.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s dementia every 33 seconds. By that same year, as many as 14 million will have the disease.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In our own state, 39,000 New Mexicans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. They are cared for by 107,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest and most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s and dementia science in the world. Currently, the Association’s active investment in research totals nearly $110 million in 19 countries.
Cognitive Decline is a strong indicator of future dementia, and according to figures released by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it is a growing burden in New Mexico. As of 2016, 12.5 percent (or 1 in every 8) New Mexicans 45 and older report confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse (“subjective cognitive decline”); 33% of those with memory problems live alone, and for those with worsening memory problems, 58.2 percent say it has created “functional difficulties”. Nearly 54% of those with memory problems have not spoken to their doctor or healthcare professional about it. If you feel like you may be experiencing memory issues, speak with your doctor about it.
If you need help, call us. Our 24/7 Helpline anytime is available any time, day or night for support or information: 1.(800).272.3900.
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more.
We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1.(800).272.3900.
Source for all statistics: The 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at www.alz.org/facts.