Press Release: Alzheimer’s Association to present the 2017 Beaumont Dementia Conference

Alzheimer’s Association to present the 2017 Beaumont Dementia Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston, TX – May 10, 2017: In Texas, an estimated 360,000 people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Facts & Figures Report. There is no cure, but good communication and collaboration between providers helps those who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia maintain a higher quality of life.

Professionals, caregivers and others affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are invited to attend the Alzheimer’s Association Beaumont Dementia Conference on June 16.

The conference is a joint venture of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas and the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.

It will be held at the CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth & St. Mary Outpatient Pavilion in Conference Room III located at 755 N 11th Street | Beaumont, TX 77702

Topics will include Alzheimer’s disease vs. dementia, working with cognitively impaired patients, and conversations & coping for caregivers with 3.0 CEUs for nurses and social workers available.

“The focus of the conference is to bring together the community and professionals to help work together to address issues facing those with dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said Lindsey Ramey, the Beaumont & Southeast Texas Regional Outreach Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. “We are thrilled to have the support of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas and are looking forward to the conference providing a unique opportunity for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, those who care for them and the professionals who support them to come together for a day of education, sharing and support,” said Ramey.

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding. This year’s Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures features a new analysis exploring the disease’s impact on caregivers’ own health, both physical and mental. According to the report the level of assistance provided by caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias tends to be extensive, compared with caregivers of other older adults. More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care, such as physical, emotional and financial support, for the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia. In 2016, Alzheimer’s caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care, which the report valued at $230.1 billion.

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 Alzheimer’s Association Beaumont Dementia Conference visit www.alz.org/texas or contact Lindsey Ramey at 713-314-1362 or lramey@alz.org

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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.