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June ODIC Stakeholder Call


Join the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) on June 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET to learn about emergency preparedness resources to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Date: June 22, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



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Event Details

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  People with Alzheimer’s disease can be especially vulnerable during disasters such as severe weather, fires, floods, earthquakes and other emergency situations.

Learn more from FEMA and our partners about emergency preparedness for caregivers, as well as first responders training resources.

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Welcome Remarks Linda Mastandrea Director FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

Speaker Presentation Susan Frick, MSW, LSW  Social Worker/ Recruitment-Education Coordinator Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center People with dementia have trouble planning, carrying out a task, and thinking clearly. These changes in cognitive ability can put the person at risk and this is especially true in an emergency. Ms. Frick will discuss how critical disaster preparedness is for any dementia caregiver, and how often those who support the person with dementia make plans to address daily needs, but they do not always make plans to address what would be needed in an emergency, such as floods, fires, earthquakes, or storms. Dementia Friend USA: https://dementiafriendsusa.org/

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Speaker Presentation Monica Moreno Senior Director, Care and Support Alzheimer’s Association Ms. Moreno will discuss the Alzheimer’s Association Approaching Alzheimer’s: First Responder Training program. Developed in collaboration with the Department of Justice, this free, online training resource is aimed at helping local police, firefighters. EMTs and other first responders respond to emergency situations involving someone living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. The course allows first responders to explore topics relevant to their roles. Dementia Friend USA: https://dementiafriendsusa.org/

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Speaker Presentation Laura Thornhill Senior Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs Alzheimer’s Association Ms. Thornhill will discuss the role of public policy in supporting persons living with dementia, caregivers, and families in emergency situations. This will include recent legislation on training for justice personnel and the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.

*subject to change

More information on this topic:

Disaster Preparedness for Alzheimer's Caregivers | National Institute on Aging (nih.gov)

Alzheimer’s Association Encourages Americans to Make Brain Health A Priority as Part of Their Return to Normal

Last updated June 21, 2021