JSU to co-host Alzheimer’s disease conference

Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Jackson State University College of Public Service, School of Social Work, the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Links Inc., Lefleur’s Bluff Chapter, will host the conference, “Strengthening Our Community’s Circle of Care,” from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU, 1230 Raymond Rd. in Jackson.

Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic that continues to escalate as Americans are living longer.  Currently, more than half of all Americans know someone living with Alzheimer’s. This conference will help attendees to understand and be able to clearly define dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as understand current treatments and limitations of therapy. The conference will also address risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease among people of color, as well as issues and concerns faced by caregivers.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Monica Parker, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. There will be sessions by experts providing information on legal and financial matters, nutrition, end-of-life care, spirituality, and personal caregiver perspectives.

The conference is free to caregivers and the general public. There is a $20 fee for 3.5 continuing education hours for social workers.

For more information, contact Sara Murphy of the Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter, at 601-987-0020 or info@msalz.org, or Anna Marshall at the JSU School of Social Work at 601-979-3676.

– JSU –

About the Jackson State University School of Social Work
The School of Social Work at Jackson State University was established in 1994. The school offers three degree programs – the baccalaureate, the master’s and the doctorate. For information regarding the three programs within the College of Public Service visit www.jsums.edu or call 601-432-6819.

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer 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 or call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.


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