Conference on Help and Hope for Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Alzheimer’s Association has organized a conference on dementia called, “Today’s Help; Tomorrow’s Hope” to be held at the Radisson Quad City Plaza, 111 E. 2nd St. Davenport, on Thursday, Nov. 4.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The opening session begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event concludes at 4pm. The cost to attend is $65 for professionals prior to Oct. 1, and $35 for family caregivers and non-professionals. After Oct. 1, the cost is $75 and $45. The fee includes CEUs or certificates of attendance, a hot lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and all conference materials.

The conference will give professional and family caregivers current, state-of-the-art information about the best ways to care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and will offer an up-to-date look at prevention, treatment, and the promise of medical research.

Spokesperson Jerry Schroeder says that this conference is particularly timely because of how much researchers are learning about dementia and about the best ways to care for people afflicted. Schroeder adds that the conference presenters are exceptional. They are:

Anna Ortigara: RN, MS, FAAN, a well known educator and practitioner who has focused her practice in the field of gerontology and Alzheimer’s disease for the past 30 years.  She is currently the Director of Communication and Outreach for THE GREEN HOUSE® Project at NCB Capital Impact funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She will speak on The Green House Project and on “Getting to the Heart of Dementia Care: It’s About Relationships.”

Dr. David Bennett, featured in the 2009 HBO series on Alzheimer’s, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  He is the Director of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, a large, multi-disciplinary clinical and research center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. His presentation is called “Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: Building a Better Brain as We Age.”

James Vanden Bosch is the founder and Executive Director of Terra Nova Films, a not-for-profit company that produces and distributes videos on aging-related issues.  He has produced several award-winning videos on the dynamics of caregiving (“My Mother, My Father”; “A Thousand Tomorrows” and “He’s Doing this to Spite Me: Emotional Conflicts in Dementia Care”).  He presentation, called “The Dance of Belonging: Caring with People With Alzheimer’s” is a multimedia perspective on the history and evolution of caregiving approaches and skills.

Participants will be given an opportunity to interact with all three presenters in a town-hall, question and answer format for the last session of the day.

The conference is sponsored by Genesis Health Group-Memory Clinic, Trinity Health System-Robert Young Center Memory Clinic, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and Iowa Hospice.

To register or for more information call 563-324-1022.