On October 21, 2017, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department will host the African American Caregivers Forum for caregivers of those experiencing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. The forum will be held at the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel from 10 am to 3:30 pm, and will feature presentations on topics such as brain health, diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and legal and financial planning for caregivers.
“Our department offers support services for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as for family members and those individuals who provide critical day-to-day care for their loved ones. This forum is a wonderful opportunity to offer support to caregivers and to share important resources that will assist them in their caregiving role,” said HSD Director Catherine Lester.
The African American Caregiver Forum will have presentations and panel discussions from medical professionals, current caregivers and legal experts. This forum is intended for family caregivers, senior living professionals, social service providers, hospital administrators, physicians and nurses, aging and disability services advocates, and long-term care professionals.
According to U.S. data, older African American adults are twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias than older white adults. Alzheimer’s is the sixth cause of death in the United States, the third leading cause in Washington State, and the third leading cause in King County. This disease not only affects long- term care costs, but has a devastating toll on the health and wellbeing of families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.