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Alzheimer’s Association Conference Highlights
Here are 5 key learnings from the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).
- Initial research suggests that some older adults may suffer lasting cognitive impairment which may include memory issues after recovery from COVID-19 infection.
- Multiple studies show that air pollution build up has been linked to increased risk of ADRD. Improved air quality may improve cognitive function.
- Research has found that transgender adults are nearly twice as likely to report subjective cognitive decline.
- Global prevalence of Alzheimer’s is predicted to triple to 152 million by 2050 due to upward trends in smoking, high body mass index (BMI) and high blood sugar.
- Minorities have historically been underrepresented in clinical ADRD research and these are the very populations at a higher risk for developing ADRD. Clinical trial diversity is crucial to the success of clinical trials.
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Some of Splaine Consulting’s work with IPA was showcased at AAIC in a scientific poster headlined by Dr. Kate Zhong on agitation and dementia.
National Indian Council on Aging Conference
Highlights from the conference include:
- Role of Tribal Leaders in Reaffirming the Value of Elders In Preserving Tribal Cultures
- Tribal Perspective on Aging in Indian Country
- Native American Veterans: Issues and Concerns as They Age
- The Aging Network: Challenges & Opportunities in the Next Decade
Mike Splaine presented at the conference on how State AD plans have and have not included participation by and issues for Indian Country.
Mike’s friend and colleague Dave Baldridge was given the Juana Lyon Award for demonstrating superior leadership and innovation in service delivery to AI/AN Elders.
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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Policy Continuing Education
The University of Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Policy and Practice Certificate Course will run for 6 weeks. The course is designed for gerontology and social work students, advocates, community care providers and other health and aged care professionals.
It be taught by Mike Splaine and Kate Gordon on Tuesdays, October 5th – November 9th at 7pm – 9pm EST.
Registration for the course is now open! To learn more and register visit here.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Upcoming Events
Splaine Consulting will be in attendance or presenting at these upcoming events. Hope to see you there!
- Namaste Care International Virtual Conference on Septmeber 24th. This event is designed for care and nursing staff and managers and CEOs. The latest information, research, and best practices will be presented. Learn more here.
- Annual Aging Conference on October 1st. Mike Splaine will be presenting: Supporting Persons Living Alone with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia. The webinar will be on reaching individuals living alone, the challenges reaching them, and the challenges experienced by people living alone with dementia. Learn more here.
- National Adult Day Services Association on October 14-16th. Mike Splaine and Jeff Klein of Nevada Senior Services will host a workshop on their hospital2home work. Learn more here.
Living Alone and Connected!
Living Alone and Connected! (LAAC) is an online community made for persons living alone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Through dynamic content and interactive online events, LAAC’s mission is to lessen the effects of the existing social isolation many people with Alzheimer’s already faced, isolation that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Living Alone and Connected! hosts events and programs that include happy hours, live museum tours, arts nights, and educational presentations, all held live through the Facebook group. Through creativity we will create connectivity! You might live alone, but you don’t have to feel alone.
Living Alone and Connected! is a Facebook group hosted and moderated by Cognitive Solutions, LLC. Living Alone and Connected! is supported in part by a cooperative agreement #NV90ALGG0015 from the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
If you, or someone you care for, has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and lives in a single household, please join or share the Living Alone and Connected! Facebook group.
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