Conference Offers Information and Assistance in Spanish for People Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

FRESNO – Latinos are greatly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. For example, Latinos are 1 ½ times more likely than non-Latinos to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and they are usually diagnosed during later stages, which greatly impacts those living with the disease, their caregivers and family systems. The “Central Valley Alzheimer’s Caregiver & Wellness Conference,” a free conference aimed at providing education and resources in Spanish for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s, will be held from 8:30 am to noon, Saturday, June 4 at California State University, Fresno in the North Gym.

There are currently more than 1,573,000 caregivers in California caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Sixty-seven percent of caregivers are between the ages of 35 and 64. Approximately 70 percent of caregivers are women, half of which are employed with caregiving responsibilities. In California, there are 92,000 Latino’s living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to increase to 278,824 in just five years.

More than 100 health professionals, caregivers, care partners and families who are caring, advocating, and researching treatments for those living with Alzheimer’s disease are expected to attend the conference. The event is sponsored by Valley Caregiver Resource Center, UCSF Fresno Alzheimer & Memory Center and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Parking is free and a light meal will be served.

For more information and to register, please call Ana Salazar at 559-227-4810 ext. 201.