National leader in dementia care brings lifetime of knowledge to Breakfast to Remember
Dr. Heather Palmer’s earliest memories are the moments she spent with her grandparents: baking with her grandmother and visiting with her grandfather in assisted living. Her grandparents both lived with dementia and passed away early in her childhood, but their memories and Dr. Palmer’s connection to seniors have lasted a lifetime.
From a role of Research Director at the Alzheimer Society of Canada to her current role as National Director of Cognitive Well-Being at Amica Senior Lifestyles, Dr. Palmer has devoted her impressive career to caring for seniors, understanding the brain of older adults and diseases that affect cognition. On March 5, Dr. Palmer will share her expert knowledge of dementia and the latest methods of providing the best memory care possible at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Breakfast to Remember fundraiser in Vancouver.
“A big part of the work I do stems from my belief system,” Dr. Palmer says. “I’m naturally drawn to seniors and in particular people who are cognitively compromised and in a more vulnerable position. I can’t stand the stigma associated with dementia.”
Dr. Palmer is driven by the desire to change the conversation about dementia. While most people wouldn’t give a second thought to using devices like glasses, hearing aids or walkers for their physical symptoms, many are still hesitant to acknowledge changes in their cognition.
Dr. Palmer brings her empathy, understanding of dementia and desire to break down stigma to her work in training health-care providers. Her approaches to providing care, however, are not limited to care home staff. Dr. Palmer will be focusing her talk at Breakfast to Remember on actions everyone can take to make their businesses more dementia friendly.
“I know through the work I’ve done in cognitive rehabilitation just how much opportunity there is for people to live extremely well and have a fantastic quality of life while living with dementia.”
Dr. Palmer will be joined by keynote speaker Greg D’Avignon, President and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia at the event, which will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 7 – 9 a.m. on March 5. Greg will offer insight into his personal experience with dementia and the innovation needed to navigate the public health challenges presented by dementia. The ninth-annual Breakfast to Remember fundraiser is an opportunity for local business and community leaders to network while raising funds to help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. support people affected by dementia.
For more details, or to purchase tickets, visit BreakfastToRemember.ca.