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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).

Conference objectives

  • 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.

Target audience

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 NativeAmericanArtrelationships Arizona tribal and urban Indian communities as well as Native American health organizations. 

Learn more:

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

(602) 839-6858

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.

(602) 839-4897