Join Us for the Dementia Care Conference at the
SeniorLeaf Senior Expo
Do you have a friend or family member who is concerned about their memory, thinking or behaviors that affect their ability to perform everyday activities? The Dementia Care Conference is worth attending. This educational event put on by the Utah Department of Health covers:
- Risk factors
- Disease prevention
- Warning signs
- Diagnostic evaluations
- Caregiver strategies
- Hands-on training
After the Dementia Care Conference is over, enjoy the Senior Expo free of charge.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dixie Convention Center
1835 S. Convention Center Drive
St. George, Utah
$10 (includes a box lunch)
HOW TO REGISTER
Call Memory Matters at 435-319-0407
Dementia Is Increasing in Utah
People often chalk up memory decline as simply having “senior moments” or “a natural part of aging,” but it’s not. Dementia — which refers to a wide range of memory disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia — is a serious condition that needs attention. The Alzheimer’s Association reports:
- 82% of seniors believe it’s important to receive regular cognitive assessments, but only 16% actually do.
- Since 2000, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s has grown by 190% and is expected to grow another 30% in the next five years.
- Dementia is currently the fourth-leading cause of death in Utah.
- 155,000 Utahns currently provide care to dementia patients.
Caregivers can be friends, family members or neighbors. Collectively, they provide 177 million hours of unpaid care each year to those living with dementia. Understanding this disease and knowing what resources are available is essential to preventing caregiver burnout and enabling our community to age well.
Learn How to Look After Your Loved One Better
The Dementia Care Conference brings valuable information, instruction and resources to a single place. The schedule includes a class taught by a geriatrician and a panel discussion with local associations specializing in elder care.
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Introduction to Dementia
What are the warning signs of dementia? Ronnie Daniel, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter, offers an overview of how dementia differs from normal aging, identifies risk factors associated with the disease and discusses ways to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Early Diagnosis and Management of Dementia
Dr. Kyle Gulbranson, a geriatrician practicing at Dixie Regional Medical Center, explains the evaluation process to make a medical diagnosis for memory problems and talks about dementia treatment strategies.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Advanced Care Planning: What You Need to Know
Lunch provided by AARP.
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Interactive Caregiving Classes
Visit the stations of your choice and receive hands-on training for bed transferring, sheet changing, caring for wounds, getting dressed, reducing aggressive behavior, increasing mobility skills, etc.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Resources Available in Southern Utah
Nancy Madsen, a certified dementia dialogue trainer, is moderating this panel discussion. A former caregiver herself, Nancy also holds a master’s degree in gerontology and is a licensed social service worker. Representatives from Memory Matters, Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Center, Live Well Center and Five County Area Agency on Aging make up the panel.
3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Get free health screenings, take courses on genealogy or participate in pickleball lessons. There are many activities to choose from at the Senior Expo.