World-recognized geriatrics doctor to speak about emerging research, outreach and the impact of compassion at Breakfast to Remember
“There are things that we all can do to help support individuals living with dementia to stay in the community longer,” says Dr. Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. “Everyone can play a role by showing compassion for people living with dementia. We can also use accessible technology.”
As a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UBC and Consultant Physician of the Geriatric Consultation Program at Vancouver General Hospital, Dr. Wong has devoted much of his professional life to dispelling myths about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as improving quality of life for people living with dementia. On Thursday, March 7, he’ll bring his expertise to Breakfast to Remember, an opportunity for guests to have breakfast and network while supporting people affected by dementia.
“The number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has been on the rise for a number of years now, and yet there are still a lot of people who do not understand or appreciate what it’s all about and what we can do about it,” he says.
Dr. Wong is particularly active sharing his knowledge within Chinese and Asian communities, as well as online, where his Tedx Talk, available here, has become a resource to people interested in learning more about dementia.
“People think that dementia is a normal part of aging, which clearly it’s not.”
Dr. Wong’s clinical research focuses on hospital medicine in vulnerable older adults and led to his recognition as the 2017 Trevor Howell Guest Lecturer in London, an honour given to an eminent physician or scientist by the British Geriatrics Society. His talk at Breakfast to Remember will delve into the importance of community outreach and steps we can all take to help build dementia-friendly communities – as well as the latest advancements in dementia research.
Joining Dr. Wong at Breakfast to Remember in Vancouver is keynote speaker Caren McSherry, founder and CEO of The Gourmet Warehouse and host of Cooking 101 on Global BC’s Global News Morning on Sundays. This eighth annual event is an opportunity for business leaders in Vancouver to take a leading role in creating change for people affected by dementia. Funds raised at the event will be used for dementia education, support services and research.
For more details, or to purchase tickets, visit www.breakfasttoremember.ca.