Originally created 03/09/06

Speaker to impart Alzheimer's effects



A 50-year-old Alzheimer's disease patient who has told her story throughout the country will be the featured speaker at Saturday's educational symposium on Alzheimer's in Augusta.

Athens, Ga., resident Kris Bakowski, who has appeared on CBS' morning show and been featured in Delta Air Lines' Sky magazine, will talk about how her diagnosis four years ago has affected her life.

Kathy Tuckey, the local director of the Alzheimer's Association, said this will be the seventh year for the conference but the first time the main speaker will be someone with the disease.

Ms. Bakowski is known for her dynamic talks, Ms. Tuckey said. Prior to her retirement two years ago, the former journalist was a marketing and booking director for the Classic Center in Athens.

"She is a great advocate for the early onset of Alzheimer's," the association's director said. "We're excited to have her."

Other speakers at the event will be Dr. Suzanne Smith, the director of the Medical College of Georgia's memory disorder clinic, and Georgia Jopling, of the Area Agency on Aging.

The conference, geared primarily for caregivers and health care professionals, will be held at the Gordon Club at Fort Gordon.

Although registration is closed, Ms. Tuckey said people can sign up until Friday by calling her at 731-9060.

Reach Dena Levitz at (706) 823-3339 or dena.levitz@augustachronicle.com.