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13th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia in Native Americans
Weaving the Old with the New: Pathways Through the Dementia Journey
Conference program description
Alzheimer’s disease/dementia is a growing chronic illness that impacts both the person and their family. As abilities are lost and more care is provided by professionals and family members, the understanding of core concepts, tools and strategies are critical to managing care more effectively. This full-day conference is designed to provide a focus on the fundamentals of Alzheimer’s disease. Through the use of video vignettes from Native American family caregivers, education from dementia experts and the experience of creating art to promote healing; participants will learn strategies to use these in everyday life to promote well-being.
Conference Date – Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Conference Location – Casino Del Sol Resort 5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85757.
Conference Brochure – Check out our conference brochure and this year's dynamic speakers.
Click here to register or call (602) 230-CARE (2273).
Discuss the common symptoms and treatment options associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Understand the difference between normal aging and dementia.
Explore opportunities for diagnosis, treatment and research.
Learn about how dementia may progress in elders.
Develop strategies to manage the changes dementia creates for families in communication and behaviors.
Implement creative art to express ideas and feelings associated with caregiving.
This conference is intended for families and professional caregivers, health care providers, educators and tribal leaders.
Guiding Caregivers: Tools for the Dementia Journey
Pre-conference intensive description
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has put together their ‘best of the best’ to create a Toolkit to help you better help your families who are impacted by dementia. This day-long training will help you understand all provided materials and review real-life scenarios to enable you to use the Toolkit to its fullest potential.
Pre-Conference Intensive Date – Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pre-Conference Intensive Location – Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson.
Pre-Conference Intensive Cost – The $25 pre-conference registration fee includes our exceptional new Toolkit, lunch and materials. Limited seating is available.
Click here to register or call (602) 230-CARE (2273).
Pre-conference target audience
Professionals working with people affected by dementia.
Native American Outreach Program
Get to know us
The Native American Outreach program was launched in 2003 to:
Foster awareness, care and scientific understanding of Alzheimer’s/dementia in Native American communities through education and outreach activities
Support participation among Native Americans in the Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) clinical core, a study of longitudinal aging and dementia
In 2008, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute assumed oversight of the Native American Outreach program and since then has forged working relationships Arizona tribal and urban Indian communities as well as Native American health organizations.
Contact Nicole Lomay, Community Outreach Representative, Native American Outreach program
Phone (602) 839-6858
Native American community and caregiver services
Our Native American Outreach program features these community and caregiver services:
SWICA - Southwest Indigenous Cognitive Assessment
Customized outreach and education programs designed to increase community knowledge and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia as well as offer information about caregiving strategies. Topics include tips to maintain memory, techniques for caregivers to avoid unnecessary arguments when caring for people with dementia and meaningful activities for people with dementia.
Experienced speakers for Native American conferences and outreach events.
Memory screening events in communities where professionals also learn how to identify people with memory loss symptoms that need medical evaluation.
A free statewide “Native American Alzheimer’s and Dementia” conference in locations throughout Arizona.
Programs for professionals
Continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education units (CEU) for tribal health care providers and Indian Health Services.
“Alzheimer’s Disease in Native American Communities” conference, introduced in 2015.
Clinical research and related resources
The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute team sponsors outreach programs to recruit and retain elderly Native American volunteers for the normal aging and cognitive study. Other clinical trials and neuroimaging studies also are available.
Regular teleconferences and webinars to provide caregiver education at your convenience.
The BAI Beacon, a free monthly newsletter for family caregivers featuring practical information about dementia.
- Navigating through Memory Loss: A guide for patients and families, an exceptional resource that addresses current and ongoing Alzheimer’s/dementia medical, emotional, social and financial needs.
Meet our team
Nicole Lomay, BIS (Navajo)
Community Outreach Representative
Lomay is dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease/dementia in Native American communities. In that role she:
Evaluates the culturally sensitive cognitive assessment
Brings brain health programs to tribal communities
Identifies education and outreach activities to meet the unique needs of Southwest tribes
Dawn S. Batchuluun, CCRP (Tuscarora/Navajo)
Clinical Research Coordinator
Batchuluun brings more than 15 years’ experience in clinical trial management at various U.S. research institutions to her role at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. As clinical research coordinator, Batchuluun implements and manages clinical trial protocols for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She also oversees recruitment and retention for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Core (ADDC) study, a vitally important Native American cohort. Batchuluun’s research interests lie in the study of cognition and the development of culturally sensitive measures of ability.
Helle Brand, PA
Stead Family Memory Center at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
As a physician assistant, Brand helps patients and families live successfully with conditions affecting memory and thinking. Her professional interests include education and counseling related to understanding and living with dementia. Brand has a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.