MINNESOTA - The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free virtual Alzheimer’s educational conference for Minnesotans on Tuesday, March 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as part of its 2021 national Educating America Tour. The conference, which is free and open to everyone, will allow participants to learn from, and ask questions of, health, caregiving and legal experts. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
One session during the AFA virtual conference will include How Mindfulness Can Help Family Caregivers – Presented by Angela Lunde, M.A., Co-director for the Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic Education, in Rochester, MN. Lunde will discuss what mindfulness is and the role it can play in the well-being and quality of life for both the caregiver and the person in their care.
Another session comes from Hannon T. Ford, Certified Elder Law Attorney and Founding Attorney of The Ford Law Office, L.L.C., of Windom, MN. Ford will present Planning in Crisis. Having the necessary legal documents in place is extremely vital when a family is confronted with a dementia diagnosis. Ford will talk about estate planning and medical assistance plans. He will discuss wills, trusts and powers of attorney, which are all vital in helping families to plan their long-term care.
Pam Ostrowski, Certified Dementia Practitioner, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Family Consulting, L.L.C., will present It’s Not That Simple – Helping Families Navigate the Alzheimer’s Journey. Ostrowski will provide quick tips on how to best cope with the legal, logistical, and medical decisions caregivers must make while also handling the emotional rollercoaster and communications challenges of being a caregiver.
Those who can’t participate in the virtual conference or have immediate questions about Alzheimer’s disease can connect with licensed social workers seven days a week through AFA’s National Toll-Free Helpline by calling 866-232-8484 or web chatting at www.alzfdn.org by clicking the blue and white chat icon in the right-hand corner of the page.