Inaugural National Conference on Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia in Native American Communities

Posted by AAIP News on 07/20/2015

The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among Native Americans is largely unknown and many tribes lack vocabulary to describe dementia. e growth of Native American elders is at a historical high number, and age is by far the greatest risk factor for developing dementia. Cultural differences, access to care, along with limited training of health and social service providers may result in inadequate reporting, recognition, diagnosis and treatment of ADRD in this population.

Conference Objectives

» Outline the impact and issues of Alzheimer’s disease/related dementia in Native American communities.

» Articulate disparities in health care and support services for Native Americans in order to move toward dementia capable communities.

» Review current health and social policies that impact the treatment and care of Native Americans affected by dementia.

» Share evidence based practices that support the treatment and care of persons with dementia and their caregivers in Native American communities.

» Build competency for health care and social service professionals to address the needs related to dementia care.

Target Audience

The target audience includes professionals working with urban and tribal elders and families including: physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists, public/community health staff and nursing home administrators. Discussions around emerging Alzheimer’s disease and long term care and support service policy warrant attendance and participation from policy makers. Native American students with an interest/focus in health care, social service and/or policy will also benefit from this program at discounted rates. The Scottsdale Plaza Resort is host to this 2-day conference and is located just moments away from the shops, restaurants and art galleries of Old Town Scottsdale. The first night reception will feature Native American artists as conference attendees enjoy networking with views of Camelback and Mummy Mountain.

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