The University at Buffalo (UB) has invited Ann Kolanowski, internationally renowned expert on dementia and complex care needs of the elderly, to speak on caring for the nation’s rapidly aging population during the UB School of Nursing’s 21st Annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture.

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the healthcare costs associated with care for patients with dementia takes its toll on the economy. Dementia affects more than 5 million Americans, roughly 1 in 10 people age 65 and older. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of people diagnosed with the disease is expected to triple by 2050.

Kolanowski will present “The Challenge of Delirium in People Living with Dementia,” an exploration of the differences between delirium and dementia, and caring for people with both conditions. Her presentation is the keynote event of the School of Nursing’s 6th annual Research Day, which unites scholars across Western New York to discuss and share advancements in the study of pressing health care issues.

Yu-Ping Chang, PhD, Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor and associate dean for research and scholarship in the School of Nursing, tells Buffalo.edu, “Having Dr. Kolanowski as a speaker for this year’s event is not only relevant to the community, but is important for our school’s students and mission. Nurses often provide the front-line health care for older adults. Along with nurse scientists, they have been leaders in elder care and will continue to play increasingly critical roles in the care for older adults in the decades ahead.”

With no cure or effective treatment for dementia currently available, there is an urgent need for research that will improve health and financial outcomes for people living with these diseases, their families, and society.

To learn more about Kolanowski’s presentation at UB Nursing on caring for our rapidly aging population, visit here.

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