FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 16, 2007
Tenor Ronan Tynan to Address Alzheimer’s Foundation of America National Conference
Other Events in Philadelphia, Nationwide to Mark National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
NEW YORK, NY— World-renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will offer his encouragement—and his personal thanks—to family and professional caregivers as they gather for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) 2 nd National Concepts in Care Conference in Philadelphia on October 28 and 29.
Tynan’s feature presentation comes at an emotional time: his mother passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on July 31.
“The kindness, care and genuine love by her caregivers was extraordinary. I cannot lavish enough praise on these wonderful people. My mom always said, ‘Put courage in your dreams and the man above takes care of the rest.’ How right she was!” said Tynan.
The conference is one of several events that AFA will be holding in Philadelphia and nationwide on the brink of and during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November to educate the public and raise awareness of the brain disorder.
AFA’s national conference will kick off with a half day of sessions focused on prevention, presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, Tucson, AZ. Leading experts will explore the latest research into mental stimulation, meditation, diet and other lifestyle choices that help successful aging, as well as discuss the importance of memory screenings as a step toward early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
Other highlights of the two-day event include top-notch experts who will address medical, behavioral and practical issues; first-hand experiences from individuals with the disease; an exhibit hall; and tracks for family caregivers and healthcare professionals. Free on-site respite care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and continuing education units for professionals are available.
Tynan, a motivational speaker as well as a vocalist and physician, will deliver his presentation entitled “Hitting the High Notes: Living Life to the Fullest” during lunch on October 29.
AFA’s 2 nd National Concepts in Care Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., with registration and breakfast beginning at 9 am on October 28. Fees are $50 in advance and $60 at the door for family caregivers, and $140 in advance and $150 at the door for healthcare professionals.
Also in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, AFA will roll out a display of the AFA Quilt to Remember in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia on October 26 through October 28 and at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City on November 2 through 4. This powerful initiative marks the nation’s first dementia-related quilt that is grand in scale and will continually grow in size.
Then, on November 8, community organizations throughout the nation will light “candles of care” during ceremonies as part of AFA’s National Commemorative Candle Lighting; and on November 13, qualified healthcare professionals at hundreds of sties from coast to coast will offer free confidential memory screenings on AFA’s National Memory Screening Day.
“It is time for the nation to focus its attention on this heart wrenching disease. In the absence of a cure, people are crying out for care for themselves and their families. We need to educate the public about taking advantage of medical treatments and support services that are available, and to be proactive about brain health in general,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s chief executive officer.
For more information about the conference and other initiatives, visit www.alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484.
The multiple events are occurring as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple in the United States by mid-century, up from an estimated five million currently. In Pennsylvania, it about 280,000 people aged 65 and older have the brain disorder, which causes loss of memory and other intellectual functions and eventually death.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families. For more information, visit www.alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484.
Contact: Carol Steinberg