Every year, 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia. Presently, 2,537 Islanders are living this journey. 1 in 3 people will be affected or know someone affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. But dementia is more than just numbers. That’s why every January the Alzheimer Society of PEI joins our colleagues across Canada to launch a national awareness campaign to challenge public perceptions of what it means to live with dementia. We want to convert judgment into compassion and assumptions into understanding so that people with dementia feel supported in our communities. As our main event, we are pleased to offer an Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Conference.
The Alzheimer Awareness Conference is an annual event designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities for caregivers, health professionals and the general public. Knowledge on dementia care is crucial to maintaining a safe, supportive caregiving environment for all.
This year, we were thrilled to welcome Teepa Snow, renowned dementia care educator and advocate for people living with dementia, for our 6th Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Conference on January 22-23, 2018. She believes that Life with dementia can be lived fully and Until there’s a cure, there’s care.
With Teepa’s leadership, we were able to host three unique educational opportunities including the Health Education Session, Family Caregiver Education Session and Care Skills Awareness Training.
On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Health Education Session was held at the Murchison Centre from 8:30am -4:00pm. Teepa shared her expertise on topics including understanding personality traits, hygiene, nutrition, and hospital care. We were delighted to have over 150 people in attendance for this session.
On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Family Caregiver Education Session was held at St. Pius X from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Teepa shared tips and strategies for Making Moments of Joy throughout the caregiving journey. We were delighted to have over 100 caregivers in attendance for this session.
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Care Skills Awareness Training Session was held at Stratford Town Hall from 8:30am-4:00pm. Together, we learned hands-on Positive Approach to Care techniques to incorporate into all areas of caregiving. An additional 50 caregivers were able to join us for this session.
A special thank you to everyone who made this year’s event so successful. We could not have done it without our many volunteers, community organizations and the support of our generous sponsors.
Our 7th Annual Alzheimer's Awareness Conference will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Murchison Centre in Charlottetown. Stay tuned for more details!