TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The "Meeting of the Minds" dementia conference on May 13 in Tarrytown will features keynote speaker David Troxel, author of “A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care.”
Troxel will be among the speakers at the second annual conference the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter is hosting at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 455 South Broadway in Tarrytown.
Along with the talks, there will be a research update, and morning and evening breakout sessions with various tracks catered to people with early-stage Alzheimer’s, family members, caregivers, professional caregivers and Spanish-speaking caregivers.
Keynote speaker Troxel is a consultant on dementia care and training for the long-term care industry. He is also an experienced caregiver, having cared for his mother while she had Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
“We’ve tremendously increased awareness about dementia and the need for services, but where are we in terms of delivering quality of life?” said Troxel. “On one level, we’ve had such success with education. People are still making a lot of mistakes. I think there’s an endless need for coaching, education for the care partners.”
Frustration with the behaviors associated with the disease can sometimes make it easy for caregivers to treat those with dementia in a dismissive manner.
Troxel talks about the "Best Friends" to tackle this problem stressing the importance of empathy for those with dementia and working to maintain their dignity.
He will share ideas on how to create a healing atmosphere for people with dementia and offer strategies to family members and professionals on ways to create a "healing environment" and get people involved in "meaningful activities."
"In many ways, boredom is the enemy," Troxel said.
”Respite care is available during the conference - call Meg Boyce at (800) 272-3900.
To register for the conference, visit AlzDementiaConference.org
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