WVU Medicine hosted a one-day ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia University’ conference on Wednesday.
Caregivers and healthcare experts heard from the Alzheimer’s Association and guest presenters about the disease in an effort to help them provide better care.
“One of the things that happens when someone gets a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia is that the family can become isolated from their community, and so this day is all about family members and caregivers. People living with Dementia know that they’re not alone and that there are resources in the community and that there’s education available for them,” said Carolyn Canini of the West Virginia Alzheimer’s Association.
Currently, 38,000 people in West Virginia suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Help can be found at the Alzheimer’s Association Hotline at 1-800-272-3900, or here.
Other conferences were recently held in Martinsburg, Beckley, Wheeling, and Charleston.