Dementia Care 2015, Central New York’s only conference for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, will take place on May 20 at the Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, NYS Route 298, East Syracuse. Conference registration is $75 and includes access to all presentations, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and a resource guide.
“Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia experience a myriad of changes that can be confusing both to the person living with the disease and their caregivers,” Katrina Skeval, chief program officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, said. “We assembled our keynote and small group presentations with the intent of explaining the process of these diseases and how caregivers can manage their environment to provide the highest quality of life for the person diagnosed.”
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The program features nationally- and internationally-recognized speakers on topics of Alzheimer’s disease and empowerment. Auburn’s Gwendolyn Webber-McLeod of Gwen Inc. will offer a keynote presentation on “Self Care: The Key to Effective Caregiving,” focusing on specific strategies that can be used to thrive through the joy and challenge of the caregiving journey. The morning keynote speaker, Jed Levine of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, will present “Finding Hope in Alzheimer’s Disease,” which zeroes in on validating the caregiver experience, acknowledging the emotional impact of the disease, and addressing challenges of acceptance.
Small-group presentations include:
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behaviors, which reviews the relationship between dementia and behavioral difficulties, their triggers and how to reduce the impact on a person with dementia. Presented by Melinda Sobrado, Associate Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter.
- Navigating and Advocating at the Hospital, which provides an overview of the admission, observation and discharge processes, as well as how to ensure quality care at every stage of treatment. Presented by Eileen B. Welch, LMSW, Veterans Administration Medical Center.
- Nutritional Needs for Dementia, which confronts the challenges of eating for a person with a form of dementia, as well as providing proper nutrition at mealtime. Presented by Chaya Lee Charles, MS, RD, CSG, CDN, Outpatient Dietitian, Sodexho at The Centers at St. Camillus.
- The OTHER Dementias, which compares and contrasts the different dementias, including vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Parkinson’s disease, among others, and discuss each disease’s unique challenges. Presented by Dr. Andrea I. Berg, M.D., Upstate Medical University.