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Banner Alzheimer's Institute conference on dementia in Native Americans Oct. 19

Event helps families, caregivers, providers and tribal leaders understand disease

TUCSON. Ariz. (Oct. 10, 2023) – Banner Alzheimer’s Institute’s Native American Outreach Program will hold the 17th annual Caregiver Conference on Alzheimer’s disease in Native Americans from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Desert Diamond Casinos, 7350 S. Nogales Highway.

The event will help families and professional caregivers, health care and human service providers, educators, and tribal leaders better understand how dementia may impact tribal communities.

One in 5 Native American adults aged 45 and older reports experiencing memory or thinking problems that might be a sign of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Native Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia than their White counterparts.

“Dementia can present a multitude of barriers for caregivers and elders living with dementia, especially for our Native American communities,” said Lori Nisson, Family and Community Services director for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. “This conference is designed to help address these unique challenges and provide culturally appropriate tools.”

Topics will include how to have a useful conversation with a medical provider; recognizing and managing stigmas related to dementia; acknowledging and understanding grief; and the importance of wellness for caregivers.

A pre-conference intensive event for professionals who serve tribal community members affected by dementia will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 18 at Desert Diamond Casinos.

Helping families living with dementia can present complicated situations and questions. Topics will include understanding Alzheimer’s disease; helping families have productive conversations with their medical provider; simple strategies for home safety; and managing difficult conversations around driving and getting additional help.

Cost for each event is $25. Registration is required. Call 602-230-2273 (CARE) or visit, using keywords “Native Americans.”

About Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Since its inception in 2006, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has sought to find effective Alzheimer’s disease prevention therapies without losing another generation, establish a new model of dementia care for patients and family caregivers, and forge new models of collaboration in biomedical research. It has made groundbreaking contributions to the unusually early detection, tracking, diagnosis and study of Alzheimer’s, and aims to find an effective prevention therapy by 2025. It includes the pioneering Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, an extensive profile of research studies and clinical trials, comprehensive clinical, family and community service programs, a leading brain imaging research program, and strategic partnerships with public and private research organizations around the world. Learn more at


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