More than 400 family and professional caregivers, as well as individuals who are living with early-stage dementia, are expected to attend “Creating a Caring Community,” the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter annual Delaware Dementia Conference, set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Conference Center, 1131 N Dupont Highway.
Attendees will meet and share experiences with each other, stop by vendors’ and sponsors’ tables for free information and promotional giveaways and learn the latest about dementia care from experts in the field during presentations and specialized breakout sessions.
“The conference is designed to provide both family and professional caregivers — as well as people living with Alzheimer’s disease — with strategies and best practices for coping that can be easily digested and adopted,” said Kristina Prendergast, manager conference and program outreach.
The event’s keynote speaker is Jennifer Fitzpatrick, a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and author who will present, “Creating a Caregiver-Inclusive Culture.”
Other featured speakers include James M. Ellison, from the Swank Foundation Memory Care Center in Wilmington, and Olivia Carter-Pokras, a health disparities researcher with experience leading NIH-funded research projects.
The daylong conference will include breakout sessions focusing on a number of dementia-related topics geared for people living with early-stage dementia, advanced clinical professionals, caregivers, friends and care partners.
New to the conference this year will be an Alzheimer’s Community Forum from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. This input session — open at no charge to all members of the community as well as to conference attendees — will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss followed by an open dialogue for attendees to share their thoughts about how the Alzheimer’s Association can help people in their communities. Forum registration is requested by Nov. 7 by calling the Alzheimer’s Association free, 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Conference registration is available at alz.org/delval/helping_you/conferences. Registration assistance is available by phone at the Delaware Valley Chapter’s free Helpline, 800-272-3900.
The conference offers contact hours for nurses and social workers.
Registration fees range from $45 to $100 with scholarships available. Questions about conference registration, CEUs and more may be addressed to Kristina Prendergast, conference manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-272-3900.