DIMENSIONS Spring 2010

Moments in Mind: the 25th Annual Alzheimer’s Regional Conference

April 15 & 16, 2010 -- Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

Sponsored by: Alzheimer’s Association, Western & Central Washington State Chapter

Moments are defined as specific events in time. Some moments are so significant that they become emotionally etched in our minds. This year’s Alzheimer’s Regional Conference will focus on how to use these moments as well as the value of creating new “moments in mind.”

To do this, we extended a challenge to conference faculty members: increase our knowledge about dementia; create interactive, evidence-based workshops; address issues of diversity; and provide practical tools or skills that are easy to implement and share.

From family caregivers to advanced practice professionals to activities to direct care staff, there is something for everyone. Moments in Mind includes a keynote address and workshop from brain fitness pioneer Gary Small, M.D., Director of UCLA’s Center on Aging and author of several books, including iBrain, The Memory Bible and The Longevity Bible (www.drgarysmall.com).

Penelope Garner, developer of the SPECAL (Specialized Early Care for Alzheimer’s) Method and the focus of the book Contented Dementia by Oliver James, will come to Seattle from England to share her person-centered, evidence-based approach to dementia care that has been a great success in Europe. This will be Ms. Garner’s debut of the SPECAL Method in the U.S. (www.specal.co.uk/)

Other notable faculty at the conference include the ADRC’s own James Leverenz, MD; Murray Raskind, MD; and Elaine Peskind, MD, presenting on development disabilities and dementia; the connection between stress and dementia; and disruptive agitation and pharmacological management, respectively.

Pre-conference intensive workshops offered on April 15 are intended for the advanced practice professional. On the full conference day, April 16, twenty-one workshops include topics such as: improving memory; specialized early care for Alzheimer’s; innovative approaches to dining at home and in a community setting; the art of de-escalating aggressive behavior; home adaptations for independence; using the Wii gaming system; and activities for self-expression, to name a few.

For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s web site at www.alzwa.org, or call the Chapter at 206.363.5500 and ask for Julie Shatzer.

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