Alzheimer's Association to host Florida Research and Caregiver Symposium
Free educational program to take place on March 20 in Pensacola
By: Alzheimer's Association Central and North Florida
As director of scientific program and outreach at the Alzheimer's Association, Fargo oversees the Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch® program and coordinates programming for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC). Fargo also manages the publication of the Association's annual "Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" report, as well as managing the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).
"If you look at where we are in research and the progress that has been made in the past decade and a half, it has been enormous," said Fargo. "And while we have not seen the fruit of that progress in the form of a new medication yet, we are on the cusp. And there is more excitement in the research community today than I have ever seen."
Topics discussed during the event will include dementia conversations around driving, doctor visits, legal and financial planning, healthy living for the brain and body, personalized music therapy and estate planning. Among the esteemed presenters is Rodney Guttmann, Ph.D., who will discuss current clinical trials in dementia.
"Without clinical trials, there can be no better treatments, no prevention and no cure for Alzheimer's disease," said Guttman. "Scientists work constantly to find enhanced ways to treat diseases, but improved treatments can never become a reality without testing in clinical trials with human volunteers."
Guttmann is the director of the Center for Aging at the University of West Florida, where he is also a professor at the school of Psychology and Behavioral Science. He focuses much of his study and research on Alzheimer's disease and other age-related issues.
Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in Florida. The disease has no cure, prevention or way to slow down progression. An estimated 560,000 Floridians are currently living with Alzheimer's and more than 1 million Floridians provide more than 1.29 billion hours of unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
"We are always happy to have the chance to work with our great community partners to put on events such as this one," said Audrey Coachman, program manager for the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. "Our hope is that by providing much-needed care, support and education to the community in the Pensacola area, they will know that they are not alone in their struggles and that they have resources to turn to when needed."
Sponsored in part by VITAS Healthcare, the program will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to run through 3:30 p.m., with lunch being provided. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please call 800.272.3900 to register.
In addition to offering programs like the Research and Caregiver Symposium, the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has resources available for the many individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease. To learn more, visit http://alz.org or call 800.272.3900.
Yarissa Reyes, Alzheimer's Association