SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter will present the program “What Alzheimer’s disease is and what you can do about it" on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Scarsdale Women’s Club.The program is presented under the auspices of the Scarsdale Forum.
The topics to be covered will include the following:
- Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s.
- The importance of early detection.
- Research trends and clinical trials.
- Getting a diagnosis.
- Living with Alzheimer’s.
Legal and financial issues related to dementia will also be discussed, as will innovative free programs and services available from the Alzheimer’s Association for families living with dementia.
Barry Meiselman, chairman of the board of directors for the Hudson Valley Chapter, will offer an introduction and introduce the panelists, who will include Alzheimer’s Association staff members Jody Addeo, community engagement manager for Westchester and Rockland counties, and Patricia Gaston, a care consultant and director of professional education and research-related activities.
The panel will also include Alzheimer’s Association board member Moira Laidlaw, an attorney and elder-law expert.
Alzheimer's disease is a public health crisis affecting more than five million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only one among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed, according to a release statement from the Alzheimer’s Association.
While advanced age increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the disease also strikes people in their 50s and 60s, the release said. Alzheimer’s requires support from millions of caregivers and is the most expensive disease in the nation.
Two-thirds of those suffering with the disease are women, and 40,000 individuals in the Hudson Valley have Alzheimer’s, according to the release.
The program will begin at 3 p.m.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's.
The Scarsdale Women’s Club is at 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale.