Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter to Host 2019 Dementia Education Conference – Aug. 28

The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter will be hosting its 2019 Annual Dementia Education Conference on Wednesday, Aug. 28. This year’s theme is “All Communities | One Mission” and will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church located at 3400 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.

The all-day event – presented by Sharon Towers – is the largest educational conference about Alzheimer’s disease in the central and western part of the state and will bring together those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

“This conference is a wonderful opportunity for the Alzheimer’s community to come together to engage, discover and connect,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “Through thegenerous sponsors and exhibitors, talented experts, and our dedicated staff and volunteers, we are able to host this educational day complete with invaluable information, resources and connections.”

Featuring a variety of discussions led by researchers and other leading experts, some of the session topics will include:

  • Working with First Responders for Positive Outcomes -How to prepare for and work with first responders when a medical emergency, wandering, or a behavioral disturbance take place.
  • What’s Faith Got to Do with It? – Exploring the role of faith and faith communities for caregivers and individuals with a dementia diagnosis.
  • Diagnosis of Dementias – Learn the currently recommended process for evaluating individuals with complaints of memory loss, how providers should assess if dementia is present, and the cause.

Exhibitors will be present from organizations and companies that provide services and products for the Alzheimer’s and dementia community. Additional event highlights will include the AlzAuthors, Healing Arts 4 Caregivers, and the Lake Norman Community Singers.

Rebecca M. Edelmayer, Ph.D., Director, Scientific Engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association will shareAdvancing the Science: The Latest in Alzheimer’s Research as her keynote presentation. Dr. Edelmayer leads efforts to accelerate the scientific agenda of the Alzheimer’s Association through the creation and delivery of ongoing research education. In addition to engaging with more than 75 Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the country, she manages initiatives to unite researchers and clinicians with leaders of industry, regulatory agencies and the government.

The educational conference is open to the public, but pre-registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 15. The cost is $20 for caregivers, $30 for general public, and $60 for healthcare professionals seeking CEUs. Price includes light breakfast, lunch, informative breakout sessions, exhibitor resources and giveaways. Scholarships and respite care are available. For more information or to register, call 800-272-3900 or visit