Splaine Consulting Updates: March 2018

LivingAloneSMpost.pngGroundbreaking Living Alone with Alzheimer’s Summits Coming in April: Register Now!

Currently, an estimated 1 million people with dementia live alone in their homes and communities. This reality presents unique challenges, and we hope you’ll join us to discuss these challenges — and develop solutions — at one of three locations this spring.
These one-day summit meetings will be held in:
  • Orange County, CA: April 20th 
  • St. Louis, MO: April 23rd
  • Baltimore, MD: April 24th
The Living Alone with Alzheimer’s day-long summit seeks to educate and share best practices about how people are living alone with cognitive impairment, and convenes colleagues from the field who have developed supportive solutions.  Read about our speakers, schedule, sponsors, and more LivingAloneWithAD.com.

 

Splaine Consulting to Present at AiA 2018
Mike Splaine and Kate Gordon are San Francisco-bound this week to present several dementia specific sessions and workshops at the American Society of Aging’s annual Aging in America conference. Attending AiA? Come see us! Can’t make it this year? Stay tuned to our social media pages and next month’s newsletters for highlights. For real-time updates from the conference, follow the hashtag #AiA18.

c8af8a8692Advocates Celebrate Utah State Plan Appropriations Success
Kudos to the dedicated Alzheimer’s advocates in Utah who enjoyed a major appropriations victory this month: the Utah State Legislature recently approved a $1 million appropriation to fund the Utah State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia. The funding will be divided between the Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services, and the Utah Department of Health, Alzheimer’s State Plan Specialist. Key programs to be funded by the appropriation include: home and community based alternatives under the Medicaid Aging Waiver, caregiver services, a Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), and healthcare provider education.

Ronnie Daniel, Executive Director of the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, reports this of the win: “I believe that we have now laid the groundwork for increased engagement with the various departments within the State, as well as with the State Legislature. The future is definitely bright!”

Screen Shot 2018-03-24 at 8.16.58 PMRemembering a Devoted Dementia Advocate and Innovator
Christina Gigliotti, Ph.D., Manager of Clinical Operations at UC San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, reported this tremendous loss in the dementia community last month:

Lisa Snyder, LCSW, and editor of Perspectives newsletter, passed away February 11th due to complications from a prolonged battle with breast cancer. The upcoming spring issue would have been the 90th issue of this much valued and widely distributed publication.
Snyder was beloved by all who were fortunate enough to know her; she was a guiding force at the UC San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a thought leader and innovative program developer in the greater dementia care community.  She worked for 20 years supporting, giving voice to, and advocating for those with memory loss and their families.  We will remember her as a kind and gentle person who cared deeply for persons with memory loss and their families, as well as a committed professional whose career focused on promoting personhood for persons with dementia. 
Archived issues of Perspectives Newsletter are available via the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center website.

Save the Date for the 33rd International ADI Conference in Chicago
What are you doing July 26-29? Mark the date to attend the 33rd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International, to be held stateside this year in the “windy city” of Chicago! Presentations will cover the latest science, care, and treatment of dementia from the global dementia community, Alzheimer associations, and people living with dementia and their care partners worldwide. Learn more at the conference website.

 

Dementia Dialogue Series: Connecting Caregivers to Experts in Dementia Care
Sponsored by Banner Health & the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), The Dementia Dialogue Series: Sentiments and Situations requiring Solutions offers a new, timely topic each month. The Dementia Dialogue Series parallels the monthly BAI Beacon newsletter and expands upon important topics that our readers have requested. 

  • When: April 18, 2018, 10-10:30am MST
  • Topic: Through a Diverse Lens
  • Description: How is dementia and caregiving perceived in different cultures?

Register here for this free educational opportunity.