This Alzheimer's Advocacy Group Is Making Life Better for Individuals and Families

By Kim Warchol | Posted on 07.22.2015 | 0 comments
Last month I got to know a great group of people when I gave the keynote presentation at a conference held by the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County.

From their fabulous education and support event to their innovative adult day program and everything they do to make life better for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, it was a wonderful opportunity to connect and make friends. Check out this video for the details:

Hi there! Kim here—hope you're having a wonderful summer. Just wanted to tell you about a group I had the privilege to get to know when I was asked to keynote at a conference they were holding in Bakersfield, CA. 
Me with Patty Flores and Julie Juarez of the ADAKC.
The group is called the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County. They're really dedicated to making life better for persons with Alzheimer's and supporting their caregivers. They held a caregiver conference where there were many presenters, including a lot of local vendors who shared the services that they offer to support individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers in the Bakersfield area. 
I had the opportunity to present on a very important topic that I love to talk about, which is how to create better lives for individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. I talked about the importance of being able to focus on what people with dementia CAN still do at every stage, instead of what they can't. And also always remembering that this individual is a person first, and not a disease. 
So I had an opportunity to share that, and as a part of it, to get to know many people who were attending the conference. I got to hear a couple of the other sessions, and I think it was a really good education and support event. 
But the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County does even more than that. One of the things they have is an adult day program, and I had the opportunity to go tour that with the CEO. It's a wonderful program, and as soon as I walked in the door, I could feel the love and positive energy. I met many of the people working there—from the people working in the kitchen to those leading the activities to the receptionist, and it was just fabulous.
Activity area at the ADAKC Adult Day Services Program
Upcoming events board at ADAKC
So if you're looking to start an adult day program, I suggest you take a look at what they're doing because it really does seem extremely high quality, and led by a wonderful group of passionate, loving individuals. 
Me with Terri Agcaoili, Events and Outreach Coordinator at ADAKC
I really want to take my hat off to the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County and say, "Job well done!" Wonderful conference, very fantastic adult day program, good people, and I thank you for all you're doing to help make life better for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. It was my privilege to be a part of the conference.

So, everybody, continue to have a great summer, look up the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County, learn a little more about them, and have a great day.

PS. Follow ADAKC on Facebook, and keep an eye out for news about their expansion!
Rendering of future ADAKC building

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