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Banner Alzheimer’s is hosting a caregiver conference for Native Americans in Tucson

Native Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia than their white peers. That’s one reason why a leading Alzheimer’s organization is hosting a caregiver conference for Native Americans later this week. 

The goal is to help family caregivers deal with some of the unique challenges and barriers they may encounter, like getting a diagnosis or even accessing the internet.

Heather Mulder is with the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix. She says the conference will focus on two areas.

"We always start with, let's just understand what's dementia, what's Alzheimer's disease, how it's not a normal part of aging," she said.

And the second: "We really, we're finding a need for how to advocate for care, how to work best with your doctor, or if the person is in the hospital."

The conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, in Tucson.

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

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Senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.