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Experts will answer Idahoans’ questions about Alzheimer’s, dementia care

By: - August 5, 2021 4:15 am
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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will host a free virtual event with health, caregiving and elder law experts. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will host a free virtual Alzheimer’s educational conference for Idaho residents from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Aug. 17.

The event will include health, caregiving and legal experts. It is open to older Idahoans, families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, caregivers or anyone else with an interest in elder care and elder law. Visit to register.

“Knowledge is a useful and powerful tool that can help make any situation easier to navigate, especially something as challenging as caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease,” Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “Connecting families with useful, practical information and support that can help them now and be better prepared for the future is what this conference is all about.”

Virtual sessions will cover topics including:

  • Tips to reduce risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s, with Troy Rohn, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University.
  • How to make a home more dementia-friendly, with Jennifer Reeder, a licensed clinical social worker and the foundation’s director of educational and social services.
  • Elder care and estate planning to protect yourself and your loved ones, with David J. Wilson, elder law attorney with the National Elder Law Foundation and partner of the Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group in Boise.

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Audrey Dutton
Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more.