The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present a half-day, hybrid conference for women who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in their lives or as caregivers, focusing on the themes of research, resilience and hope.
The conference will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, located at 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga, and online via Zoom. Individuals can register online at bit.ly/WNYWomen23 or by calling 800-272-3900.
“Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease, making up two-thirds of Americans living with the disease and more than 60% of dementia caregiver,” says Andrea Koch, director of education and training at the WNY Chapter. “Our conference will address women’s unique experiences and concerns, offering updates on the latest Alzheimer’s research, as well as guidance on how to best care for themselves when dealing with the demands of this disease.”
Guest speakers will include Meg Boyce, vice president of programs and services for the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, who will speak about the latest research on dementia, brain health and women, including approaches to risk reduction for those at risk.
Sue Engel, RN, MSN, CNS, a retired nurse and Alzheimer’s support group facilitator, will discuss self-care for caregivers. “The Energetics of Caregiving is an introductory presentation to explore the untapped or forgotten resources we hold to become ‘Instruments of Care’ in someone’s life,” Engel says. “Whether you are a newbie or have been holding on for a while, this program offers another layer of protection against caregiver burnout.”
Boyce and Engel also will take part in a panel discussion celebrating the strength and love women bring to the fight to #ENDALZ. Other panel members will include Robin Hodges, WNY Chapter board member and vice chair of the African American Veterans Monument board of directors; Judy Wagner, Esq., of Harris Beach LLC, who offers education programs about estate planning for the WNY Chapter; and Barbara Wier, a former caregiver and support group participant.
Koch says free respite services during the conference may be available for those caring for someone in the early stage of dementia or Alzheimer’s and attendees should call (726) 262-0600, ext. 313 for more details.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, call 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.