The Alzheimer's Association, RI Chapter's 8th Annual ''Caregiver's Journey''
A Conference for Alzheimer's Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals
April 26, 2018 - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a labor of love. The Alzheimer’s Association wants to help! The Rhode Island Chapter is pleased to announce the return of our annual Caregiver's Conference. The 2018 all-day free conference for caregivers, named "Caregiver's Journey" will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick on April 26, 2018 from 8:00AM-4:30PM. The conference provides healthcare professionals and caregivers with the tools they need to carry on their journey of supporting someone with dementia.
In Rhode Island, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that about 23,000 Rhode Islanders are living with the disease. The disease also affects their 53,000 unpaid caregivers. With the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease on the rise, the "Caregiver's Journey" conference is timely. The demands on a person taking care of elderly parents, spouses, or friends can result in a great deal of stress. “Our ‘Caregiver’s Journey’ conference is a great opportunity to provide a day of resources for those who are taking care of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or related dementia,” said Donna McGowan, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Chapter. “All attendees will be provided with education sessions to enhance their skills on person-entered care, ways to cope, stress management, and more.”
This year’s conference will feature the keynote address "Developing Breakthroughs for Alzheimer’s: What Rhode Islanders Can Do" by Stephen P. Salloway, MD, MS. Dr. Salloway is the Director of Neurology and the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital and Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is an internationally recognized leader in clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Salloway works closely with the national Alzheimer’s Association on key initiatives to advance research and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to the keynote address, the conference will offer a variety of workshops with topics ranging from "Care Planning through the Stages of Dementia," "Habilitation Therapy: A Non-Pharmacological Approach to Dementia Related Behaviors," "Dementia 101," “Expressing the Inexpressible: The Use of Music with Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” “Tax Tips for Seniors and Caretakers,” “Home Safety and Home Adaption,” “A Walk in Their Shoes: Virtual Tour” and more! There will also be more than 40 vendors providing resources related to Alzheimer's care. This year, a duet ensemble will provide lunchtime entertainment, followed by an update on the Rhode Island State Plan on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias presented by Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee. If you are a caregiver or healthcare professional, or want to learn more about Alzheimer's disease, you don’t want to miss this! On-site respite is available for your loved one with Alzheimer's disease, with advanced registration.
Visit our website at www.alz.org/ri to register online or call the Chapter office to receive a brochure. Although the conference is free to family caregivers, advanced registration is required. There is a fee for professionals who wish to receive contact hours. There are also opportunities for sponsorship of the conference and vendor space available. Please visit our website or call the Chapter office at 1-800-272-3900.