–Special Guest Appearance by Dr. Mehmet Oz–
NEW YORK (May 27, 2020)— The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer’s disease during the COVID-19 crisis on Tuesday, June 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference will provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts, as well as special guest speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show. It is free and open to all. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
“Knowledge is a useful and powerful tool that can help make any situation easier to navigate. That’s especially true now as more than 400,000 New York families are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President & CEO. “We want individuals who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s to know about the resources available to help them and steps that they can take to improve their loved one’s care and quality of life. This conference will bring that information directly to families without having to leave their homes.”
Sessions during the AFA virtual conference will include:
- The Caregiver Story – Special guest speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz will share his family’s personal Alzheimer’s story regarding the diagnosis of his mother, Suna Oz, last year. Dr. Oz will discuss how her diagnosis has impacted their family, the importance of getting help with memory concerns and Alzheimer’s disease, and why people should not be afraid or ashamed to talk about these issues. Dr. Oz will also provide tips to promote good brain health and healthy aging.
- COVID-19: Safety and Health While Navigating the Reopening Process – Allison Reiss, MD, will talk about maintaining health and safety for families as we navigate the reopening process. She will discuss COVID-19 symptoms, its transmission, and methods to minimize risk of infection and maintain the health of the individual and caregivers. Dr. Reiss will also discuss the appropriate use of telemedicine and other forms of remote healthcare to minimize exposure to the virus. Dr. Reiss is Head of the Inflammation Laboratory at NYU Winthrop Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, and a member of AFA’s Medical, Scientific and Memory Screening Advisory Board.
Other topics include:
- The Critical Role of Caregiving Technology During COVID-19 and Beyond
- Creating Your Long-Term Care Team During COVID-19
For more information or to register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour. Those who can’t participate in the virtual conference or have immediate questions about Alzheimer’s disease can connect with licensed social workers seven days a week through AFA’s National Toll-Free Helpline at 866-232-8484 or via our online web chat (available in 90+ languages) at www.alzfdn.org by clicking the blue and white chat icon in the right hand corner of the page.