Alzheimer’s Association hosts conference to address inclusivity in dementia care


The Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter will be hosting their annual caregiving education conference in the middle of June, National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The event, titled “Breaking Down Barriers: Working Toward Inclusive Dementia Care,” will be held at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building on June 15 from 10:00am-3:30 p.m.

Today, more than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and by 2050, that number is projected to reach 14 million. In addition, African Americans are twice as likely and Hispanics are one and a half times as likely to develop the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association strives to address the need for inclusive care for people of all races and ethnicities through this conference, which will explore approaches to creating inclusive and equitable care for people with Alzheimer’s in diverse communities.

“We are excited to present this year’s spring conference,” says Jamie Hochman Herz, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. “Our speakers will specifically discuss challenges unique to the LGBT, black/African American, and Developmental Disability communities, and how to minimize these inequities to provide the best care possible. With more than 500,000 caregivers in Michigan alone, we know that there are many families and professionals in our community who could benefit from their perspectives.”

The conference will feature Dr. Jamie Mitchell, professor of social work at the University of Michigan who focuses on the relationships between black/African-American men and physicians during chronic disease and cancer care; Judy Lewis, certified trainer for SAGE Metro Detroit and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and co-founder of the Jewish Gay Network of Michigan; Kate Pierce, LMSW, Dementia and Disabilities Supportive Services Program Director at the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter; and a number of additional family caregivers.

This event, which is presented in partnership with the University of Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC), also offers continuing education credits to nursing, social work, and other professional attendees.

To learn more about the event, visit Registration is $20 for family caregivers and $75 for professionals and closes on June 8. For more information, contact Ashley Elliston at or 734.369.2716.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit


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