An estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimers disease and an important conference, Improving the Journey, is coming up on Friday, May 20 to help educate caregivers and the general public about Alzheimers. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bridgerland Applied Technology College at 130l North 600 West. The conference is sponsored by the Utah Alzheimers Association and the Cache County Alzheimers Coalition. Coalition member Carolyn Christensen, who is a physical therapist at Sunshine Terrace, says exercise can be very helpful in preventing falls or loss of muscle strength. Dennis Wildman, social worker with Caregivers Support Network, says the conference will hopefully help caregivers with their very challenging roles. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Wilder said there are some great educational programs, such as the Bear River Association of Government’s “Maintain Your Brain” classes. Christensen says there will be a lot of other helpful tips at the conference on Friday. Wilder says in addition to caregivers the conference will bring helpful information to family members and the general public. For information or registration, call 752-7242.
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