CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen Named Keynote Speaker at Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center Inc.’s Annual Education Conference And Expo
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Will Discuss His Wife’s Battle With Alzheimer’s Disease
(Bay Shore, New York)— Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) has announced that Emmy Award-winning CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen will be the Keynote Speaker at its 10th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education Conference and Expo on March 6. The Education Conference and Expo will be held at the Melville Marriott Long Island, located at 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road.
Mr. Petersen will recite excerpts from his 2010 book, Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s, which chronicles his late wife’s battle against Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. In the book, Mr. Petersen explains how he took on the role as her caregiver until her passing in May 2013, and the many obstacles they both faced as her condition worsened. Not only does the book reflect his emotions through years of coping with his wife’s disease, but it gives readers a look into the struggles that caregivers face.
Mr. Petersen has been reporting for CBS for more than three decades. As an accomplished correspondent, he has covered numerous conflicts, wars, and natural disasters from around the globe. To this day, he continues to support Alzheimer’s Disease research by funding countless organizations and donating 10% of the proceeds from his book to nationwide Alzheimer’s Disease programs.
“We are proud to have such an esteemed journalist such as Barry Petersen speak at our event,” says Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Executive Director/CEO, Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. “We feel saddened by the tragic loss of his wife to the disease, but we know that stories like his will help those who currently struggle with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease.
For more information on the upcoming Alzheimer’s Education Conference and Expo, please contact Mary Ann Malack-Ragona, Executive Director/CEO at (631) 580-5100 or visit www.adrcinc.org.
* Photo of Mr. Petersen is attached and available upon request.
Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. — which is headquartered in Bay Shore and has a satellite office in Southampton — is the only local Alzheimer’s Disease advocacy and educational facility whose mission is to provide hands-on support and services to families on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. ADRC works with family members, health care professionals and researchers to ensure quality health care and support to those impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease through care and consultation, information and referral, training, support groups, and caregiver safety products.