Sponsorship Opportunity – Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Research Symposia

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A list of sponsorship opportunities and a commitment form is available, please contact Susan Sandler, corporate relations and foundations manager, at (703) 766-9013 or susan.sandler@alz.org.

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Families of individuals stricken by Alzheimer’s are thirsting for knowledge about the disease and the hope for future treatments, prevention strategies, and ultimately, a cure. In June 2007, the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter will host two Alzheimer’s Research Symposia: one on Saturday, June 2 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and the other on Friday, June 8 at the Riderwood senior community campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. Both will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The goal of each Alzheimer’s Research Symposium is to provide caregivers with an understanding of the latest research findings, trends, and future research projections. An estimated 200+ individuals will attend each symposium. The program will feature an evidence-based information exchange””in laymen’s terms””targeting persons in the early stages of dementia, people with early onset Alzheimer’s disease (diagnosed before age 65), family members, professional caregivers, and health and long-term care professionals. The program will focus on the following research areas:

– Basic Alzheimer’s disease overview (characteristics, manifestations, etiology)
– Prediction, prevention, and risk studies (epidemiology, genetics, mild cognitive impairment, contributing lifestyle factors, environmental concerns, cultural impacts, etc.)
– Medications, current and future (cognitive and behavioral symptoms, pharmacological treatments)
– Alternative treatments

The program will include presentations by prominent, nationally recognized researchers and will afford the opportunity for families to network and share experiences with one another. Marcelle Morrison-Bogorad, Ph.D. of the National Institute on Aging, Jim Olds, Ph.D. of George Mason University, and Ann Morrison, Ph.D., RN, CS of Johns Hopkins University are among the featured speakers. The cost to the participants will be modest to maximize participation. Recognizing that many family members are balancing caregiving with work and other responsibilities, the program has been limited to a half-day, and we will provide written materials and suggestions of other Chapter programs of which participants can take advantage (e.g., our 24-hour toll-free Helpline, telephone education programs for caregivers, training opportunities, etc.).

A list of sponsorship opportunities and a commitment form is available, please contact Susan Sandler, corporate relations and foundations manager, at (703) 766-9013 or susan.sandler@alz.org.

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