February 28, 2013

Maintaining well-being in the face of dementia can be challenging for those with the illness, for the family members who care for them, and for the health-care providers who support them along the journey. The ME in Dementia: Living a Person-Centred Journey will provide information on what person-centred care really means, some advocacy work that is being done, how to begin planning for the road ahead and an update on current research.  It will also provide people with dementia, family members and health-care providers with an opportunity to meet separately to discuss issues particular to them.

“The conference explores how to maintain well-being throughout the dementia journey, and will create dialogue on the meaning of a “person-centred” approach to living with dementia,” says Michelle Hallgren, Support and Education Coordinator for Kelowna and the North/Central Okanagan for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Dementia is an important topic for Kelowna residents. Age is one of the major risk factors for the disease, with one in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 having Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Already, more than 19 per cent of Kelowna`s population is 65 or older, and another 25,000 residents will hit that age within the next decade, according to population projections.

The conference will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express in Kelowna.  The cost of $25 includes lunch.  For people with dementia attending with a care partner, the cost is $25 total.  Seating is limited so pre-registration is required. To register, call toll-free 1-855-742-4923.

For more information, including profiles of conference presenters, click here.
 



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