ESPANOLA ― Saturday, Nov. 14, Espanola will host the “Northern Regional Family Caregiver Conference”; a very special education event intended for caregivers from all communities of Northern New Mexico; and designed to feed the mind and soul with workshops, camaraderie, resources and fun.
The conference is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Santa Claran Hotel & Casino in Espanola, 460 N. Riverside Dr. The conference is being presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. This project is funded in part by a grant from Con Alma Health Foundation.
Additional support provided by Sierra Vista Retirement Community.
The event is FREE to all family caregivers. The admission price for professionals is $25. To register, or for more information, contact: the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter: (505).266.4473 or (505).473.1297.
This year’s Family Caregiver Conference has placed a particular emphasis on bringing together seniors, families and professionals from all communities and villages of Northern New Mexico; so that together we can celebrate and honor the unsung heroes who care for family members, day in and day out.
Highlights of the conference include workshops on everything from legal and financial issues to caregiver fatigue, with a keynote presentation, free lunch and door prizes thrown in to increase the fun.
Caregivers particularly appreciate the respite care reimbursement provided for loved ones, as well as, the free onsite adult day care generously provided by The Day Out.
This event is also beneficial as an introduction for new, non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a basic knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and an overview of support resources that are available in their area; so that they might better understand how to care for their loved-one or care-recipient.
Educational events like this are crucial because of the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing fast.
It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, with 5.3 million currently afflicted with the disease. Sixteen million are expected to have the disease by 2050. There is no cure, no treatment and no prevention.
In our own state, 36,000 New Mexicans are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a number expected to swell to 53,000 by 2025. They are being cared for by 106,000 unpaid caregivers, most of whom are family members.
The toll on families is immeasurable, but the financial impact is clear and devastating. It is the single most expensive disease in America. The cost for Alzheimer’s and related dementia care in 2015 is expected to reach $226 Billion. By 2050, it is projected to rise to $1.1 Trillion.
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is leading the battle to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease by raising money for the advancement of research; providing care and support for all affected; and reducing the risk of dementia through their advocacy and promotion of brain health.
As part of that mission, the New Mexico Chapter offers free educational classes all across the state to caregivers and families facing the disease.