The Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter held its sixth annual conference at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick on March 31, 2016 for both caregivers and professionals united by their concern and dedication to provide quality care for people with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. This event brought together more than 600 Alzheimer's caregivers, consumers and healthcare professionals to learn about Alzheimer's disease, attend 21 workshops, including a yoga session, and visit 52 exhibitors. We also offered an Adult Day Program to persons living with Alzheimer's and other related dementia. This unique conference offering allowed caregivers to attend knowing their loved one could enjoy their day as well.
This year, along with our keynote address by well recognized Alzheimer's Expert Trainer, Kelly McCarthy, B.S., our National Alzheimer's Association CEO, Harry Johns, joined us as our guest speaker, discussing the future of our vital research efforts throughout the world. On the eve of the Conference, the Alzheimer's Association Board of Directors hosted a conversation on "Transforming the Alzheimer's Disease Cause" with Harry Johns, at the Waterman Grille in Providence. Researchers, physicians, and professionals in the health industry attended this networking event to learn more about the public policy advances achieved by the Association, such as the National Alzheimer's Project Act and the creation of the National Alzheimer's Plan as required by the Act. (See photo from the night below.) "Discussion can change the outcomes of disease. At the Alzheimer's Association, we have raised the public discussion of the disease to a level it has never been," said Harry, "There is no more powerful voice than individuals with the disease and their caregivers. They can help change the very course of this disease."
The Caregiver's Journey Conference Committee, the Board of Directors and the staff at the Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter, want to thank everyone who made the 6th Annual Conference possible.