Press Release: 2017 Houston Alzheimer’s Professional Conference Draws Professionals and Dementia Community Leaders

2017 Houston Alzheimer’s Professional Conference Draws Professionals and Dementia Community Leaders

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Houston, TX: It was a dynamic group at the Houston United Way on May 10th as more than 150 researchers, health care practitioners, direct care providers, activity directors, community leaders, and students from all over Southeast Texas gathered for “Rethinking Alzheimer’s” – the 2017 Professional Conference hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.

The conference included vendor exhibits, breakout sessions and a keynote presentation by Dr. Joseph Kass, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Jim Ray, Head of Research for the Neurodegeneration Consortium at MD Anderson’s Institute for Applied Cancer Science.

Whether attendees were professionals new to caring for those with Alzheimer’s or experienced caregivers looking to refresh knowledge, the conference challenged all to think about Alzheimer’s care in innovative ways.  Sessions addressed a variety of topics, from cutting edge drug discovery to unique dementia capable communities and inspiring support systems. Attendees also learned about community resources and novel ways to connect with families and clients.

“We were delighted with the turnout this year,” said Dr. Julie Kutac, Professional Education and Research Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association. “Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis that affects more than 5 million Americans. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is challenging and there is a growing demand for information about the latest research, treatment and approaches to care.” says Kutac.

For the first time, total payments for caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias exceeded a quarter trillion dollars ($259 billion), according to findings from the 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.

Additionally, despite support from Medicare, Medicaid and other sources of financial assistance, individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias still incur high out-of-pocket costs. The average per-person out-of-pocket costs for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are almost five times higher than average per-person payments for seniors without these conditions ($10,315 versus $2,232).

Alzheimer’s By the Numbers:

  • Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, 5.3 million people are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s) including 360,000 in Texas.
  • Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly triple from 5.3 million to 13.8 million by 2050.
  • Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By mid-century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
  • Approximately 480,000 people—almost half a million—age 65 or older will develop Alzheimer’s dementia in the U.S. in 2017.
  • Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.3 million) are women.
  • Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth-leading cause of death for those ages 65 and older. In Texas, 6,772 died with Alzheimer’s in 2014, the most recent figure available.
  • Alzheimer’s remains the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association or to learn how to get involved with the 2018 Alzheimer’s Professional Conference visit www.alz.org/texas or contact Dr. Kutac at 713-314-1306

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About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org

Media Contact:
JJ Lassberg, Marketing/Communications Manager – jjlassberg@alz.org | 713.314.1320

 

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.

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