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Scammers and con artists often target older people, and elders may be more likely to fall victim to fraud, either because they are unfamiliar with some common scams or because the effects of early Alzheimer’s or other dementia allow them to be more easily taken advantage of. Of course, when older loved ones are no longer able to make financial decisions for themselves, then a power of attorney is appropriate. But when elderly parents are living independently, but potentially at risk of being taken advantage of, knowing how to protect them can be tricky…

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An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a life-changing event for the patient, and also for the person who will become the patient’s primary caregiver.  Most people who have the disease, and who provide care, are women.  The Working Mother Research Institute, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, has conducted a survey of about 2,500 women, including  1,200 who have served as caregivers to people with Alzheimer’s, to determine how much they know about the disease, and learn more about the effect it has had on their lives.

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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host an educational conference on Alzheimer’s disease on May 18, 2012, in New York City.  The conference is free and open to the public.

The event, entitled “Five Boroughs Concepts in Care Conference,” takes place throughout the day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square.  The conference is care-focused, and will feature practical ways to meet daily challenges.  There will be separate presentations for people with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, medical providers and family members.

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