Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Conference For Medical Professionals

Monday, November 12, 2012

Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise.  In Tennessee, over 120,000 people have Alzheimer’s.  It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.  There is no effective treatment or cure, yet physicians and medical professionals are faced daily with the challenge of providing care for those affected by Alzheimer’s.

In response to this growing need, the Alzheimer’s Association is partnering with Erlanger Medical Center to bring an education opportunity to the medical community. “Managing Dementia Care:  Past, Present, Future,” a conference for medical professionals, will be held at Erlanger’s Probasco Auditorium on Thursday.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. William Thies, chief medical and scientific officer for the national Alzheimer’s Association.

“Dr. Thies is respected world-wise as one of the leaders in the field of Alzheimer’s research,” stated Amy French, manager of Programs and Education for the local Alzheimer’s Association.  “It is an honor to have him here, and an outstanding learning opportunity for our medical community.”

In addition to the keynote address, education sessions will be offered on topics that affect the treatment of dementia.  “Dementia can manifest in a variety of ways,” stated Ms. French.  “Our goal is to provide those in the medical field education and training to help treat the disease more effectively.”

For more information on this program contact Ms. French at 265-3600. 

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in research, education, and support for  Alzheimer’s disease.  For more information or assistance visit the website at, or call 800.272-3900.

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