Splaine Consulting Updates: June 2018

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Splaine Consulting Team to Convene Town Hall Meetings in August for Rhode Island State Plan Update

Rhode Island is currently updating their Alzheimer state plan, and we’re looking forward to gathering input and feedback from the dementia community. If you’re a resident of Rhode Island and are connected to Alzheimer’s as a person living with the disease, an advocate, caregiver, or a community partner/provider, we welcome your attendance.
View the dates, times, and locations for these August meetings in this post on our website (scroll down to see the information). 

 

Splaine Consulting Headed to ADI International Conference

Heading to Chicago for the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference? Come see Mike and Kate at Booth 403fromJuly 26th-29th. We look forward to chairing sessions, hosting posters and meeting with colleagues from around the globe.

 

Mike Splaine to Be Featured Speaker at Alzheimer’s Conference in India

This September, Mike Splaine will be the featured speaker atDementia 2018: Research, Implement, Improve in Bangalore, India. Sponsored by NMT Eldercare, Nightingales Medical Trust, and the Bangalore Chapter of the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India, Mike will join experts and stakeholders committed to improving life for persons with dementia and their families. A major goal of the conference, and one that’s particularly germane to Splaine Consulting? Finalizing and submitting a National Dementia Strategy to the Indian government. Learn more about the conference here, and stay tuned to our social media pages and our website for updates.

 

ADI and Karolinska Institutet Release Global Estimates of Care Report 

An update to the 2015 World Alzheimer Report, the primary aims of this newly released one are as follows:
  • presenting global estimates of informal care hours, 
  • comparing the global distribution of caregiver time estimates with that of costs, and 
  • highlighting gender patterns.
The report estimates the annual global number of informal care hours provided to people with dementia living at home was about 82 billion hours in 2015, equating to 2,089 hours per year or 6 hours per day. This is the equivalent of more than 40 million full-time workers in 2015, a figure that will increase to 65 million full-time workers by 2030. An estimate of annual global costs in 2015 totaled $818 billion USD; currently, the report suggests the annual global costs have surpassed $1 trillion USD. Read the entire report here.

European Carers Report Focuses on Timely Dementia Diagnosis 

What keeps people in 5 different European countries from getting a timely, accurate dementia diagnosis and vital post-diagnostic support? Find the answer in this new Alzheimer Europe survey

Film Tackles Alzheimer’s Stigma in Asian Communities

In her unique and powerful documentary, Trang Tu, an advocate for Asian funding and Alzheimer’s awareness in the community, shares her experiences as a full-time caregiver to her mother, who lives with Alzheimer’s. Although mental and neurological diseases are a global health issue — and one which affects millions of Asians — a word does not exist in their culture to describe the disease. In GAPS, Tu explores the lack of awareness of mental disease in the Asian community, what contributes to the shame and embarrassment surrounding these issues, and more. Watch it here.

ABA Commission on Law & Aging Releases New Guardianship Report 

The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging has recently published a new legislative fact sheet,Guardianship and the Right to Visitation, Communication, and Interaction, which offers assistance to lawyers, bar associations, allied professionals, legislative staff, and advocates to make policy recommendations, improve practice, and raise professional awareness about visitation and guardianship. Review it here, then share with your networks. 

 

Care Needed: New OECD Report Evaluates Ways to Improve Life for Persons with Dementia

This new OECD report “advises a set of policies that can help countries to improve diagnosis, strengthen access to care services, improve the quality of care, and support the families and carers of people living with dementia.” These goals align well with the work of Splaine Consulting, across the US and around the world. Read highlights or download the full report here.