Virtual Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health Set for Oct. 29

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People affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are invited to register for the Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia, which also pays tribute to all that the community has been going through during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Held virtually on Oct. 29 from 9:15am to 2:15pm CDT, the free event is a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic, AARP, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Even though we aren’t gathering in person during the pandemic, this event will be an opportunity to learn, gain a renewed sense of hope and remind this community that we are all in this together,” Angela Lunde, from the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and one of the conference’s co-directors, said in a press release.

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The conference coordinators are encouraging patients, caregivers, and all those interested in supporting those affected by Alzheimer’s or other related dementias to attend. Continuing education credits are available.

The program’s highlights include a presentation by Jason Karlawish, MD, author of “The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture and Politics Turned a Rare Disease Into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It” and Hopefest, a celebration of new programs to help improve the welfare of those affected by dementia. Experts from the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, AARP, and the Alzheimer’s Association will be discussing the latest research on Alzheimer’s, associated dementias, and brain health. An optional workshop will follow the main conference proceedings.

The conference will serve to bring together both practical applications for those affected by Alzheimer’s, as well as cutting edge science and expert advice.

The Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center focuses on promoting research and education about healthy brain aging, among other things. AARP works on supporting adults as they age, and the Alzheimer’s Association supports those affected by Alzheimer’s.

For questions about registration, contact Nick Rethemeier at [email protected]