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Bay Area's Largest Dementia Conference Brings in Public Health and Public Policy Experts

Bay Area's Largest Dementia Conference Brings in Public Health and Public Policy Experts
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April 30, 2019
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-Health systems, government, and private stakeholders convene to tackle growing Alzheimer’s health crisis-

SAN JOSE, CA, April 30, 2019 – The Alzheimer’s Association today announced the addition of California state public health and public policy experts to the roster of speakers for its 21st annual Updates on Dementia conference. The conference, to be held May 9th at the South San Francisco Conference Center, attracts approximately 700 health care professionals and other dementia care stakeholders from throughout the Bay Area. 

Robert Oldham, M.D., President of the California Conference of Local Health Officers, will talk about the impact of dementia on California’s public health system, and discuss the role of state and local public health agencies in addressing Alzheimer’s disease.  

“Community engagement, partnership and education are key best practices in addressing dementia as a public health issue ” said Dr. Oldham. “This conference offers a unique opportunity for dementia stakeholders to come together and start working on more comprehensive solutions.” In his presentation, Dr. Oldham will share his action agenda for state and local public health officials, and will describe how health care professionals and other dementia care stakeholders can collaborate on chronic disease management.

Susan DeMarois, the Alzheimer’s Association’s California State Government Affairs Director, will discuss Governor Newsom’s recently announced Alzheimer’s task force, California legislation in progress, and the role of public policy in improving Alzheimer’s and dementia care. “There are things we can do right now to help people living with dementia - starting with early detection and diagnosis,” said DeMarois. “Good public policy will help us build awareness and fund the necessary public health initiatives.” 

This year’s agenda also includes Alzheimer’s researchers from UC San Francisco, Stanford, Palo Alto University and the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is bringing in one of its top scientists, Rebecca Edelmeyer, Ph.D., to provide an overview of Alzheimer’s research in the wake of recent clinical trial news. 

In the San Francisco Bay Area, an estimated 132,000 people live with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and more than 330,000 people serve as their unpaid caregivers. One in three seniors in the U.S. dies with Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia is one of the costliest conditions to society1.

About the Conference

Updates on Dementia is the largest dementia- specific educational conference on the West Coast. Researchers and clinicians present the latest research in the biological, social, psychological, and cultural aspects of aging and dementia with particular emphasis on practical applications. Professionals from all along the healthcare continuum are encouraged to attend. Typical attendees include psychologists, social workers, nurses, administrators, senior service professionals, and researchers. The conference is open to the public; registration is required. Interested parties can learn more at or by calling 800.272.3900. 

Media professionals are also invited to attend. Contact Michele Boudreau at or 408.701.7175.

1Alzheimer’s Association. 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimers Dement 2019;15(3):321-87


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