Dementia Capable Care at the 2014 Environments for Aging Conference

I’m so pleased to share the good news that my colleague Sharon Host, OTR/L, will be presenting at the Environments for Aging annual conference this spring. Taking place May 3–6, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, the conference is all about designing functional living environments and improving care for our seniors.
Sharon will be conducting our Dementia Capable Care: Foundation Course on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for professionals who are working to raise the standard for dementia care. The course will offer attendees—including architects, owners, developers, design professionals, government officials, aging experts, and others—a person-centered framework for helping people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia be safe and feel a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and joy. Sharon will share our perspective that quality dementia care must focus on a person’s abilities—not disabilities. She’ll also discuss:
  • The stages of dementia
  • Care techniques that focus on the whole person’s needs and preferences
  • Considering stage-specific information when designing communities to facilitate individuals’ abilities, safety, orientation, and feelings of home and belonging
We're so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the conference's focus on sharing best practices with key leaders in the senior care industry. It's going to be a great experience sharing our approach with like-minded professionals who are passionate about doing more to help those living with the disease.
My mission, and Sharon's, and the mission of all of us here at DCS and CPI, is to help people with dementia not suffer. In order for that to really happen, it requires a Dementia Capable Society—individuals from all walks of life working together to make life better for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This includes family members; health care workers; care facility architects, owners, designers, and developers; service industry workers in grocery stores, banks, and airlines—it requires everyone to really believe that dementia is not the end, but that quality of life is possible if we create the support system that all people with dementia need and deserve. 
A warm thank-you to the Vendome Healthcare Media Group for putting on the conference and partnering with us to help create a Dementia Capable Society!
Register for the Environments for Aging annual conference. 
Learn more about Sharon and our dementia care consultants.
Find out how you can raise the standard for memory care.

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