Alzheimer's Association hosting conference to discuss issues - Tucson News Now

Alzheimer's Association hosting conference to discuss issues

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Southern Arizona health care leaders will be talking about Alzheimer's disease this morning. 

A new report out shows that 500,000 die from Alzheimer's each year and every 70 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with the disease or dementia. 

Happening today the Alzheimer's Association is hosting a conference to talk about the issue affecting so many.  The conference is open to the public, especially those who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.

The organization is holding smaller sessions to help family members deal with specific problems associated with their loved ones who are battling this debilitating brain disease.  The hope is to find solutions to these problems through extensive research.

Something new for the 20th annual conference, the Alzheimer's Association has a virtual dementia experience that gives people the chance to feel firsthand what it feels like to have the disease.

The conference began this morning at 8 a.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

For more information about the Alzheimer's Association please call (800) 272-3900 or go online to www.alz.org.

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