Category Archives: A Meeting of the Minds

Watch now: Updates In Precision Medicine and Protocols for Dementia

We are pleased to highlight this #DAI webinar presentation during Dementia Awareness Month, which was a recent discussion style presentation by Dr Nate Bergman was an opportunity to hear about the latest findings in Precision Medicine & Protocols for MCI & Dementia. #WAM2021 #DAM2021 #KnowDementia

Dr Nate Bergman DO, has been passionate about proactive, preventive, and participatory medicine since his days as a research fellow at the NIH. He completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the Cleveland Clinic with emphasis on the aging brain and body. Prior to his current position at Kemper Cognitive Wellness, he co-developed the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine’s program for cognitive impairment.

When not in the office, he hosts and produces the Evolving Past Alzheimer’s podcast, dances, ponders the mysteries of the universe, but mostly enjoys time with his wife and their five children.

This discussion style presentation will primarily be about the latest findings in Precision Medicine & Protocols for MCI & Dementia. Dr Nate Bergman is absolutely convinced that Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases are generally treatable and reversible. Early translational evidence is supports this belief.

Dr Nate Bergman hosts the Evolving Past Alzheimer’s show, which was was born out of both personal experience and frustration with the current state of affairs in medicine. After a short stint in performance art, several years in spiritual retreat and study he embarked on a career in medicine. Nate opted to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine because of the profession’s acknowledgment of the multidimensional nature of humankind, i.e., physical and spiritual beings.

A great number of DAI members have also been convinced that a lifestyle approach, including with a focus on the arts to a diagnosis of dementia is closest they have to hope, and even if not a cure, it will improve our quality of life. This is also the reason DAI started our Brain Health Hub and twice monthly meetings, many years ago, for members and any others. Please send in questions in advance if you have them.

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Webinar – Updates In Precision Medicine and Protocols for MCI and Dementia

You are invited to join us at the DAI “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar, Updates In Precision Medicine and Protocols for MCI & Dementia, presented by Dr Nate Bergman DO, MBA.

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU) – 4 pm CDT
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA) – 6:30 am ACST

Please note this is one event, set in a number of different time zones – it is not being held twice.

Register here…

About the presentation and presenter:

Dr Nate Bergman DO, has been passionate about proactive, preventive, and participatory medicine since his days as a research fellow at the NIH. He completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the Cleveland Clinic with emphasis on the aging brain and body. Prior to his current position at Kemper Cognitive Wellness, he co-developed the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine’s program for cognitive impairment.

When not in the office, he hosts and produces the Evolving Past Alzheimer’s podcast, dances, ponders the mysteries of the universe, but mostly enjoys time with his wife and their five children.

This discussion style presentation will primarily be about the latest findings in Precision Medicine & Protocols for MCI & Dementia. Dr Nate Bergman is absolutely convinced that Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases are generally treatable and reversible. Early translational evidence is supports this belief. He

Dr Nate Bergman hosts the Evolving Past Alzheimer’s show, which was was born out of both personal experience and frustration with the current state of affairs in medicine. After a short stint in performance art, several years in spiritual retreat and study he embarked on a career in medicine. Nate opted to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine because of the profession’s acknowledgment of the multidimensional nature of humankind, i.e., physical and spiritual beings.

A great number of DAI members have also been convinced that a lifestyle approach, including with a focus on the arts to a diagnosis of dementia is closest they have to hope, and even if not a cure, it will improve our quality of life. This is also the reason DAI started our Brain Health Hub and twice monthly meetings, many years ago, for members and any others. Please send in questions in advance if you have them.

Register here…

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)

  • 2:00 pm PDT
  • 3:00 pm MDT
  • 4:00 pm CDT
  • 5:00 pm EDT
  • 10:00 pm UK, BST
  • 11:00 pm Europe

Thursday, August 26, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA)

  • 5:00 am SGT/AWST
  • 6:30 am ACST
  • 7:00 am AEST
  • 9:00 am NZST

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Please check here if your time is not listed above:

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of people with dementia: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • Health Care Professionals: FREE
  • Others: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

WHILST WE HAVE MADE IT FREE FOR YOU TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATIONTO SUPPORT THESE EVENTS AND SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS.

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Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

Maximising Mental Health while Living with Dementia by Dr Monica Cations

In the DAI Webinar, “Maximising mental health while living with dementia”, by Dr Monica Cations shares why many people with dementia and their supporters experience psychological illbeing and illness, including depression and anxiety.

This webinar discusses evidence-based strategies for both people with dementia and their supporters to maximise their psychological health and wellbeing. It also provides advice and strategies for health care professionals about how to identify and meet the psychological needs of the people with dementia and supporters they are working with.

Maximising mental health while living with dementia

 

Watch now: LGBTI people Kindness and Dementia

To ensure we have Brain Health, we need Kindness!

The recording of our March Webinar with Dr Catherine Barrett is available now.

Her presentation outlines the work of the Celebrate Ageing program, including the Museum of Love – which explores the importance of love in the lives of people with dementia. It then outlines the key challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people face when they are diagnosed with dementia – in particular the lack of knowledge and compassion from families and service providers.

The presentation concludes by exploring how the stories of people living with dementia have been embraced by the Kindness Pandemic (a project set up under the Celebrate Ageing umbrella with over ½ million members) and how kindness is changing the way some people live.

About DAI: Dementia Alliance International (DAI is a non-profit group of people with dementia from around the world seeking to represent, support, and educate others living with the disease that it is possible to live more positively than advised with dementia. It is an organization that promotes a unified voice of strength, advocacy and support in the fight for individual autonomy, improved quality of life, and for the human and legal rights of all with dementia and their families. Since you’re here… … we’re asking viewers like you to support our members, by donating to our organization. With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavirus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world, our work has never been more important.

Donating or partnering with us will make a difference to the lives of people with

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Review of Webinar – Living with Dementia by Bobby Redman

DAI “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar – Living with Dementia: Supporting those who have it and care partnersby Laurie White.

Review by Bobby Redman, Vice Chair, Dementia Alliance International

Another successful Meeting of the Minds Webinar took place on the February 24th / 25th, with 147 registering to attend.  Although not everyone who registered, made it to the presentation by Laurie White from Dementia Care Consulting, there were 55 attendees, with a good mix of people living with dementia, care partners, health care professionals and researchers.

Laurie’s extensive experience, in working with people with dementia and their families became clear during her presentation: Living with Dementia – Supporting those who have it and care partners. Her perspective showed empathy and insight into the world of people living with dementia and their care partners.

Although we are all aware that peoples’ experience of dementia differs and not everyone thinks and acts in the same way, I could relate to many of the quotes and suggestions made by Laurie. Her focus on the “humanity of the person”, recognising that we all have our own stories and urging carers to put themselves in the shoes of those living with dementia, who may feel that they are still the same inside, was heart-warming.

For me, the recognition that dementia is not all about memory was particularly meaningful, as this is often missed by health professionals, who often fail to identify the real issues because they are constantly measuring for loss of memory.

I also enjoyed her perspective on how to communicate better with people living with dementia, reminding people to meet our personal needs in that area – a true person-centred approach.

Laurie clearly captivated the audience judging by the numerous questions following the presentation. Laurie generously responded to queries, both related to her presentation and the many other questions about unrelated areas, thrown her way.  Without a doubt there are still many, out there, seeking a better understanding of dementia and a practical presentation, such as this, hopefully, provided this, as well as some insightful ideas on providing supportive care.

For those who missed the presentation, Laurie has given us permission to share her PowerPoint.  This is available now, and a recording of the actual presentation, which covers a great deal more that will be available down the track, once edited.

Download Laurie’s slides here.

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Webinar: BAME family carers coping with caring for dementia

Please join us for the next DAI “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar, on October 28/29, 2020

Title: BAME family carers coping with caring for dementia

Presenter: Mohammed A. Rauf, MBE, Founder & Director Meri Yaadain CiC

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 (AU/NZ/Asia)
  • Please note this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

About the Webinar: The prevalence of dementia amongst the BAME population may be underestimated due to issues impacting on these communities, including greater stigma, lack of awareness, a mistrust of service providers and the psycho-social factors arising from cultural or faith-based expectations. Understanding the complex nature of family dynamics is a key component of being able to decipher the roles and responsibilities within family care given their circumstantial situation.

Even though national policy has tackled some of this through a drive to encourage earlier diagnosis as well as interventions to support people with dementia, it can be argued that policy directives have failed the BAME population given that inequalities amongst the BAME people with dementia and their carers are still significantly higher for these communities than the White British population.

Exploration of psychosocial as well as religious influences on familism and cultural expectations will enable families to better understand roles and responsibilities whilst enabling policy makers and commissioners to recognise needs before putting into place culturally competent supportive interventions.

The notions of equality versus equity are inevitably linked with access to appropriate information, diagnosis and post-diagnostic services to support South Asian families where they are caring for a relative with dementia.

About Mohammed A Rauf: Mohammed is the Founder & Director of Meri Yaadain CiC, which looks to support BAME people living with dementia, family carers looking after a relative living with dementia and working with service providers to embed cultural competency in practice. He has 20 years of experience of working with BAME communities with regards to engagement and access to information and services. He is currently completing his PhD studies looking at how South Asian family carers cope with the transitions associated with looking after a relative with dementia. He was awarded an MBE from the Queen in recognition of his efforts for ‘Services to people with dementia and their carers’.

Register here…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU):

  • 1:30 pm Pacific
  • 2:30 pm Mountain
  • 3:30 pm Central
  • 4:30 pm Eastern
  • 8:30 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 9:30 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, October 29, 2020 ( AU/NZ/ASIA):

  • 4:30 am Perth, AU/Taipei/Singapore
  • 6:30 am Brisbane, AU
  • 7:00 am Adelaide, AU
  • 7:30 am Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania/Brisbane, AU
  • 9:30 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above with this link.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of DAI Memers: FREE
  • Healthcare professionals: $20.00
  • Researchers: $20.00
  • General public: $20.00

YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT US IN MANY WAYS:

  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 200.00 covers the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

PLEASE DONATE TO DAI OR BECOME AN ASSOCIATE OR PARTNER. WITHOUT THEM, DAI COULD NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE CURRENTLY FOR MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES & THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

Using Montessori Principles to Radically Improve Engagement for Residents and Staff

 

 

DAI was honoured to have two very eminent experts present at the May 2020 “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar. Dr. Camp is the Director of Research, at the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, and a highly published author. Gary Johnson is a Partner and Consultant, at Monarch Pathways. His passion is improving the relationship that happens between frontline staff and their leaders.

It is already day 25 of Dementia Awareness Month #DAM2020 and we are delighted to highlight the recording of this webinar. Thank you Cameron and Gary.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Help more people with dementia people with dementia to have a voice, by  supporting DAI.

 

About the webinar: These are challenging times and call for innovative methods. Two nursing homes decided to draw upon and apply the teaching and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori believed the most important task of a teacher was not to teach but to observe the students and create an environment that encouraged students to teach themselves and each other what they needed to know when they needed to know it. She achieved amazing results! Similarly, amazing results are achieved when her approach is applied to persons living with Dementia, such as a dramatic reduction in drug use to control unpleasant or aggressive behaviours, reduction in staff & resident injuries, and an increase in level of activity of residents.

How powerful it would be if these same principles were applied at the same time to front line staff and those who supervise them. Effectively, this would create a new architecture for workplace culture, making it possible for employees to be the best versions of themselves as often as possible. We will review two case studies from organizations on their successful journey to breathe Montessori Inspired Principles into their organizations. It’s a Human Thing®

About Dr Camp: Dr. Camp gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning and quality of life of persons with dementia. He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

About Gary W. Johnson: Gary’s passion is improving the relationship that happens between frontline staff and their leaders. He has served as a Vice President of Operations for a large CCRC in central Pennsylvania. Gary is a licensed nursing home administrator. He has served on numerous boards and presented at regional and national conferences. He also served as adjunct faculty for Temple University. He is skilled at creating healthy teams, cultures and operational efficiencies. Gary has the unique ability to see to the heart of things and help people to be the best versions of themselves.

Gait Retraining and Dementia, by A/Prof James McLoughlin

In July this year, DAI hosted a webinar Gait retraining and Dementia, by A/Prof James McLoughlin. It was very well attended, and we are pleased to share it during Dementia Awareness Month 2020.

James is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio), a MSc(Clinical Neuroscience), and a PhD, and is an experienced neurological physiotherapist and Director of Advanced Neuro Rehab in South Australia, a neurological and vestibular rehabilitation clinic.

James is passionate in promoting best practice for people with neurological & vestibular conditions. He has previously presented to us on Rehabilitation and Dementia.

About the Webinar: People with all forms of dementia can experience changes to their walking and balance. There are many factors that can contribute to these issues that can be targeted within an individualised rehabilitation program. James will discuss some of the proactive ways neurological physiotherapy can help with treatment, training and support.

Watch the webinar recording  here:

#DAM2020 #DAIisLifeChanging #WAM2020

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Webinar: Human Rights as a Practice Model in Residential Aged Care

We invite you to join us for our September 2020 “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar,  Human Rights as a Practice Model in Residential Aged Care, presented by Daniella Greenwood.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 (AU/NZ/Asia)
  • Please note: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

Human Rights in residential aged care have never been so important!  At this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, when lockdowns and other restrictions have been enforced on families and residents, the many breaches of human rights these people already face have increased.  On top of that, the number of deaths in aged care due to this pandemic is truly tragic. Please do join us for this inspiring speaker, and an innovative and new way of supporting people living in residential aged care (nursing homes).

Register here…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU):    

  • 2:00 pm  Pacific
  • 3:00 pm   Mountain
  • 4:00 pm   Central
  • 5:00 pm   Eastern
  • 10:00 pm  London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 11:00 pm  Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, September 24, 2020 ( AU/NZ/ASIA):

  • 5:00 am  Perth, AU/Taipei/Singapore
  • 6:30 am   Adelaide, AU
  • 7:00 am   Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania/Brisbane, AU
  • 9:00 am   Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above with this link.
Donate to DAI or become an Associate or Strategic Partner.
Volunteer for DAI: [email protected]

Register here…

YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT DAI IN MANY WAYS:

  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 200.00 covers the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

PLEASE DONATE TO DAI OR BECOME AN ASSOCIATE OR PARTNER; WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT, DAI COULD NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE CURRENTLY FOR MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES & THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

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You can view videos of previous DAI “A Meeting Of The Minds” Webinars on the on the DAI YouTube Channel

Please note: Whilst we usually publish the recording of the event on YouTube afterwards, it does not include the Q & A sessions, and occasionally, we do not publicly publish recordings of your online Webinars at all, so if you don’t register to attend, you may miss seeing our events.

Webinar: What People Living with Dementia Teach Us About Our Shared Humanity

We invite you to join us for our August 2020 “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar”,  What People Living with Dementia Teach Us About Our Shared Humanity presented by Professor Emeritus Steven Sabat.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 (AU/NZ/JP/SGP/TWN)

Please note: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

Register here…

About the Webinar: How we view and approach people with dementia in the process of providing care is critical to whether or not we see and facilitate many of their intact cognitive and social abilities.  Approaching people diagnosed mainly with their presenting symptoms in mind and viewing one’s job as performing particular physical care-oriented tasks will not facilitate the expression of such persons’ remaining abilities and will often prevent those abilities from surfacing.

“Engaging with” people diagnosed with genuine human interest in learning about the person’s past life and interests, proclivities, desires, creates an “I-Thou” connection that will have the opposite effect: their often substantial cognitive, social, and emotional abilities will be revealed.

Thus “dementia care” requires human interaction with someone who is much more than a “dementia patient”, but is viewed and honoured as a human being who deserves to be treated as a person, not just as a patient.  I shall discuss a host of valued attributes that are shared by people living with dementia and those deemed healthy so as to illustrate the commonalities we all share.

About Professor Sabat: Steven R. Sabat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgetown University. His research for the past 39 years has focused on the intact cognitive and social abilities and the subjective experience of people with moderate to severe dementia, as well as enhancing communication between people living with dementia and their care partnerrs. He is the author of numerous articles in scientific journals and in books.  As well, he is author of The Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease: Life through a Tangled Veil (2001), Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: What Everyone Needs to Know (2018) and co-editor of Dementia: Mind, Meaning, and the Person (2006)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU):

  • 2:00 pm Pacific
  • 3:00 pm Mountain
  • 4:00 pm Central
  • 5:00 pm Eastern
  • 10:00 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 11:00 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, August 27, 2020 (AU/NZ/ASIA):

  • 5:00 am Perth, AU/Taipei/Singapore
  • 6:30 am Adelaide, AU
  • 7:00 am Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania/Brisbane, AU
  • 9:00 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above with this link.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of DAI Memers: FREE
  • Healthcare professionals: FREE (Donation to attend appreciated)
  • Researchers: FREE (Donation to attend appreciated)
  • General public: FREE (Donation to attend appreciated)

Register here…

 

YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT US IN MANY WAYS:

  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 200.00 covers the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

PLEASE DONATE TO DAI OR BECOME AN ASSOCIATE OR PARTNER. WITHOUT THEM, DAI COULD NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE CURRENTLY FOR MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES & THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

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You can view videos of previous DAI “A Meeting of the Minds” Webinars on the You can view videos of previous DAI “A Meeting of the Minds” Webinars on the DAI YouTube Channel

Please note: Whilst we usually publish the recording of the event on YouTube afterwards, it does not include the Q & A sessions, and occasionally, we do not publicly publish recordings of your online Webinars at all, so if you don’t register to attend, you may miss seeing our events.