Conference to assist Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

It’s been 100 years since Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered what is now known as Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Nick Zullo, Program Director for the Utah Alzheimer’s Association, the DNA from the first patient is still being used in research. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Zullo said great strides have been made since that time to help patients and caregivers as well. He says a Dementia Care Conference is coming up on Friday, August 7th where persons in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can gather with their caregivers, family members and professionals to talk about some of the important things that can benefit their lives. Zullo says there will be some real experts there. “We are fortunate to have Professor Maria Norton from Utah State University who has done, and is in the course of significant research on the relationship of dementia and depression,” Zullo said. “Dr. Michael Ballam, even though this is the opera season, will be with us and talk about his life, really discoveries on the relationship and impact of music on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. We’re appreciative of that.” Allison Rich, Alzheimer’s educator for the Bear River Agency on Aging, says there is also a “Maintain Your Brain” workshop coming up on August 5th at 6 p.m. at the Logan Recreation Center. She says its designed to learn about simple lifestyle changes that can help better your failing memory or retain the brain function you now have.

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