Caregivers and professionals who work with people who have Alzheimer's disease are gathered in Meridian this week.
The 15th Annual Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults began Wednesday at the MSU Riley center.
Hundreds of people from all over the state, and some from Alabama are participating. Vendors who provide services for older adults are also there.
The theme for this year's conference is 'Making Every Day Count'.
"We have to open this dialogue. It's not something we can ignore," said Kathy Van Cleave. "And with the baby boomers coming, we know those numbers are going to triple by the year 2050. So this is something that if it doesn't affect you now, it will soon. So we have to open that dialogue and we have to support the people around us."
The conference continues through Friday.