More than 200 people, including staff from Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center in New Milford, recently attended the 14th Annual Conference of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

The day-long conference was sponsored by TransCon Builders, parent company of CVHRC and five facilities in Greenwich, Wilton and Hamden.

Attendees had a choice of educational sessions ranging from "Reducing the use of Psychotropic Medication" to "Dementia and Driving."

"Quality of life for Alzheimer's patients works best when caregivers work as teams," said Shipe Hajdari, director of staff development at Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, who, along with Jason Barcomb, recreation director at Hamden Health Care Center, led a workshop "Overcoming Obstacles: Creation of Care Teams."

"A sobering statistic is that every 60 seconds, someone in the US develops Alzheimer's Disease," reported Dr. Steven T. DeKosky, professor of neurology and dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, keynote speaker, who is on the Association's National Board of Directors.

He traced the past 25 years of progress, which has led to advances in early detection, disease modifying drugs and genetic links to the disease, while at the same time, creating more complex questions still to be answered.