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Nov. 8, 2001 -- No. 577

ADVISORY

Panel discussion on state’s role in Alzheimer’s care to feature lieutenant governor

Panel discussion featuring N.C. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue

Friday (Nov. 9), 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Grumman Auditorium, William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The Sixth Annual Conference on Dementia, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing continuing education department and the eastern North Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is designed to present the most current practical information on the care of Alzheimer’s patients.

As a part of the conference, N.C. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue; Karen Gottovi, director of the N.C. Division on Aging; and Doug Barrick, a trainer with the N.C. Division of Facility Services, will discuss state and governmental guidance in promoting the best practice in Alzheimer’s care.

Other speakers at the conference, which began today (Nov. 8), include:

· Jerry Cooper, executive director of the N.C. Assisted Living Association.

· Melanie Bunn, clinical nurse specialist, gerontological nurse practitioner and professional trainer for the eastern North Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

· Dr. P. Murali Doraswamy, affiliated with the Duke University Medical Center department of psychiatry.

The conference will focus on the latest research and medical management information, the best physical environment for function and safety, the optimum caregiving environment for wellness and well-being, the latest drugs and nutrition advice and the best way to match activities to patient abilities.

An estimated four million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is projected to increase to 14 million by 2050 if a cure is not found.

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Note: For more information on the full list of speakers and other schedule information, contact Sunny Smith Nelson at (919) 966-1412

School of Nursing contact: Sunny Smith Nelson, (919) 966-1412