Native people are living longer than ever before.
There are about 570,000 Native elders who are 65 years or older in the United States. By the year 2050, this number may triple in size. Alzheimer’s disease is becoming a larger concern for Native communities. About 1 in 3 American Indian and Alaska Native people 65 years or older will be diagnosed with dementia during the next 20 years. But many tribal communities are unaware of the nature, presentation, and extent of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among their older members. Indeed, key signs and symptoms are often mistaken as a part of aging.
This webinar seeks to promote a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and highlights advances that promise to improve assessment and care.
• Peter S. Pressman, MD, Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, University of Colorado
• Karen Hoffman, ANP-BC, Director of Primary Care, Denver Indian Health and Family Services
• Becky Bendixen (Alaska Native), Wisdom Warriors in Bellingham, WA. Becky was a caregiver for her mother who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.
Included in this symposium is a screening of a short film about Alzheimer’s disease in Native communities. The webinar will also note preliminary results of a local needs assessment with respect to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among AI/AN elders 55+, focusing on urban and rural communities.
Register for the webinar via the form below.
For questions, please contact Jennifer Williams.