Elder Abuse is everybody’s business

June 15  is World Elder Abuse Awaness Day, and as more than 90% of people living with dementia are over the age of 65, it is certainly a very relevant issue for our members and their families.

Hence, like many other organisations Dementia Alliance International joins the world in speaking out against all forms of abuse, neglect, segregation, incarceration, institutionalisation and exploitation of all older adults.

Our Elders matter.

The World Health Organisation says “… Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it. While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.”

The WHO Key Facts on Elder Abuse state:

  • Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.
  • Rates of abuse may be higher for older people living in institutions than in the community.
  • Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.
  • Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
  • The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.

A study done by Comparitech on the prevalence of Elder Abuse in the USA is deeply concerning, and we imagine studies inmost countries are likely to be much the same.

Key findings:

Only 1 in 23.5 incidents of elder fraud are reported to authorities, according to a 2011 report from the New York City Department for the Aging and Cornell University. Here are some of the key findings at a national level, based on that figure:

  • 1 in 10 elderly people in the US fell victim to elder fraud in the last year
  • More than 5 million incidents of elder fraud occur every year in total
  • The average loss per case reported to Adult Protective Services is $2,415
  • In total, losses due to elder fraud total $27.4 billion each year
  • 38% of fraud cases target the elderly
  • Debit cards were the most common product involved with elder fraud cases (32.9%), followed by credit cards (11.6%) and bank deposit accounts (10%)

Elder abuse is not unique to any country, and in Australia there is currently a Royal Commission in to Aged Care.

An article Australia’s elder abuse scandal ‘beyond belief’ published in September 2018, the following is of great concern.

Community leaders say the true scale of elder abuse is unknown but anecdotal evidence has suggested it is a dark and deep-rooted problem.

“It is a scandal beyond belief,” says Reverend Bill Crews from Australia’s Uniting Church.

“How we can behave to one another – when we are not watched by others – is beyond belief. It started with young people. It is now with old people. We are a society where love is vanishing and the inevitable outcome of that is a lot of pain.”

The rights of persons of any age, with any condition must be upheld, and it is very clear this is not the case for people with dementia,  or indeed older persons who require any form of assistance or care.

Elder abuse is everybody’s business!

 

DAI Statement by Christine Thelker #COSP12

Chrstine Thelker

DAI Board member Christine Thelker was listed to make a Civil Society Statement on behalf of Dementia Alliance International and our Strategic Partners Alzheimer’s Disease International on Wednesday of this week during Round Table 2 of the 12thSession of the Conference Of State Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, also the session being co-chaired by Kate Swaffer.

Round Table 2: Social Inclusion and the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

Read the full stament here which was prepared ij response to the theme of the session. Unfortunately the session was cut from 3 down to 2 hours, so she didn’t get to make the statement on the day. However, there was an opportunity to make a shorter verions of it at a Side Event yesterday, which we will share soon, including with a video of her speaking. The recording of our Side Event, Dementia: the leading cause of disability is also available online now.

Prepared Civil Society Statement:

Distinguished Chairs, speakers and delegates

Thank you for the opportunity to make this statement on behalf of Dementia Alliance International, the global voice of 50 million people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease International today, who are our strategic partners.

As partnering international organisations, we collaboratively advocate for the rights of all persons with dementia and their families.

The 2030 Agenda sets out an ambitious goal vision to reach and empower those left behind.

As one of the 50 million people with dementia, I am being left behind.

Furthermore, women and girls are disproportionately affected by dementia. More women than men live with the condition, they provide the majority of care support and they also face the greatest stigma.

Women also make up 2/3 of dementia care supporters and more than 70% in lower and middle income countries. Older women, especially widows, can be exposed to what has been termed a ‘triple jeopardy’ discriminated against, as a result of their age, sex and condition.

I am here today to ask you to help me claim my rights as a person with disabilities to empowerment and social inclusion and the highest standard of universal health care.

Articles 19, 25 and 26 of the CRPD respectively address my rights to live independently in my own home in the community, without fear of being institutionalised and segregated, due to health and disability services and support not being in place to support me to live independently.

As a person with acquired cognitive disabilities that may cause communication, personality or other changes to my capacity to function without support, I demand my right to non-pharmacological support to live with a high quality of life, and am not chemically or physically restrained.

The lack of education and awareness of dementia of health care professionals and service providers, compromises my right and ability to access adequate services. Article 25 clearly states I must be able to access health care. Currently, people with dementia are being denied this.

Secondary to my dementia, as a person with younger onset dementia, I am being further denied support to live well in my community, support to maintain independence and access to health care.

It is therefore imperative we ensure health care providers are adequately educated in dementia, and those of us living with it are supported as people with cognitive and other disabilities to live a high quality of life in our community.

This is our fundamental right.

Governments, international civil society and partners around the world must get behind this global challenge and unite for a world where no one living with dementia is left behind.

Thank you.

Christine Thelker

Board Member
Dementia Alliance International

Join us online today for the DAI Side Event: Dementia as a disability

Please join us online today for the DAI Side Event being hosted at the 12th Session of the Conference Of State Parties (COSP) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Dementia: The leading cause of disability.

The overarching theme is of social inclusion and health, which are two of the determinants of well-being, both of which are being systematically denied to people with dementia all around the world, including in the developed countries. UN Web TV

Watch live UN Web tv at the following times:

  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 6:45 am Pacific Time
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 7:45 am Mountain Time
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 8:45 am Central Time
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 9:45 am Eastern Time – LIVE IN NYC
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 2:45 pm London, UK BST
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 3:45 pm Brussels, Belgium CEST
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 11:15 pm Adelaide, Australia ACST
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 9:45 pm Perth, Australia AWST
  • Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 11:45 pm Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane, Australia AEST
  • Fri, 14 Jun 2019 at 1:45 am Auckland, New Zealand NZST

Speakers

We will hear from an eminent list of speakers, on the rights of persons with any type of disability, including dementia, to full and equal access to the CRPD, and specifically on the right to rehabilitation and to Universal Health Care:

Mrs. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities: opening remarks

Christine Thelker, DAI Board Member:“Dementia as a disability”

Bethany Brown, Researcher, Older People’s Rights, Disability Rights Division, Human Rights Watch: “Violations of the rights of older people with dementia”

Arlene Pietranton, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “Rehabilitation for dementia and aphasia”

Mr. Antony Duttine, Regional Advisor in disabilities and rehabilitation, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO): “QualityRights” 

Jan Monsbakken, Global Rehabilitation Alliance: “The Rights to Rehabilitation for All”

Kate Swaffer, Dementia Alliance International, Chair/CEO: Closing remarks

Please check your time here if not listed above: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=DAI+CoSP+Side+Event+June+2019&iso=20190613T0945&p1=2416&ah=1&am=15

Statement by DAI Chair Kate Swaffer #COSP12

DAI Chair, Kate Swaffer

Civil Society Statement presented at the Conference of State Parties (COSP) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), on June 13, 2019, presented by DAI Chair, Kate Swaffer.

Tune into the live UN TV webcast here to watch the days proceedings.

Distinguished Chairs, speakers and delegates.

Thank you for the opportunity to make this statement on behalf of Dementia Alliance International, a registered charity providing advocacy and support for people with dementia. We are also celebrating its 5th birthday.

Started in 2014 by 8 people with dementia including me, it has become the global voice of dementia.

We started with a dream, specifically for full and equal inclusion, and to be respected and valued as members of society. We also advocate for equal access to universal health care.

This has become our dream for the more than 50 million people with dementia, and each person newly diagnosed every 3 seconds.

That is also why DAI has organised a Side Event, taking place on Thursday morning.

No one and no organisation has ever represented people with dementia in this way, at this conference before.

Being diagnosed myself with dementia aged 49 taught me what the late Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.  called ‘that sense of otherness’.

I had not been stigmatised or discriminated against, except as a woman.

I had not come from a deeply marginalised group.

However as one of the 50 million people currently living with dementia who’s life was thrown in the bin at the time of my diagnosis, and still experiencing stigmas and discrimination.

Dementia is a significant global issue; it is the 7th cause of death globally, the 5th cause of death in America, and the 2nd cause of death in Australia.

However, after a diagnosis, we do not receive access to universal health health care.

We do not receive post diagnosis rehabilitation or most other allied health services to support our independence or social inclusion.

We are segregated from others when we require assisted living. 

We are institutionalised.

We are restrained physically and chemically, with no consideration of our rights.

In society, clinical practice is only provided, when supported by strong evidence based research.

However, the use of the concept Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) was implemented, with no evidence based research was implemented.

This has lead to further chemical and physical restraint.

Secure dementia units, also a breach of many of our rights, including our right to freedom, are evolving into dementia villages, again with no evidence based research for their value.

Disease or disability specific villages are little different to ghettoisation of groups of people.

They are not a solution to those people with dementia who do need assisted living.

We are daily and systemically being denied our human rights.

Unfortunately, people with dementia who decide to manage their symptoms as disabilities and proactively seek disability support, are also often demonised for daring to live positively.

Approximately 5 years ago the Dementia Envoy for the World Dementia Council Dr Gillings said people with dementia may need to take to the streets and march on the steps of parliaments.

This is the beginning of that march, so that people with dementia are not left behind in the 2030 Agenda.

Thank you

Kate Swaffer
Chair, CEO & co-founder
Dementia Alliance International

Brian Le Blanc: Into the fog

It’s wonderful to share a recent Vimeo produced sharing the story of Brian Le Blanc with our other DAI members. Brian is a past Board Member of DAI, and an active advocate and international speaker.

He was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s disease (Early onset is the term used in the video). Thanks for all you do Brian and for this insight into your life with dementia.

Two of the founders of DAI (the late Dr Richard Taylor and Kate Swaffer) almost always ended their emails with ‘Onwards and upwards in the ever increasing fog!’

Fog is a definitely a good way to describe it!

And it’s a heartwarming break from the COSP this week!

Civil Society forum at the COSP

Tamara, Kate and Christine

This week Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is representing its members, and indeed, all people with dementia globally in New York at the Conference Of the State Parties (COSP) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Christine Thelker braved travelling alone from Canada, and arrived in spite of a complete lack of disability support from Westjet airlines. Kate Swaffer traveller”d from Australia, also alone thankfully with excellent disability support. Airlines and airports in particular have a long way to go!

DAI is very blessed to also have a volunteer attend to support them this year, Tamara Claunch from Houston, who’s also a member of our soon to be announced Professional Advisory Council.

Remarkably, she has self funded to support our organisation, and we thank her sincerely for this incredibly generous gift to us all.

Stay tuned here, as our next blog will provide the times and the link to the first ever Side Event at this Conference on dementia as a disability.

The link to the United Nations live tv can be accessed here to watch the proceedings.

It may not be obvious to all, but this week really is one of the most significant actions of advocacy to improve the lives of 50 million people currently living with dementia.

Update on the upcoming 12th session of the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD

Next week, the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities takes place from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 June 2019 at UN Headquarters in New York. On Monday 10 June, a Civil Society CRPD Forum will be held to complement the Conference.

DAI will be attending both events, aiming to represent the 50 million people currently living with dementia, and each person who is  newly diagnosed every 3.2 seconds. It is a hostorical moment in the advocacy of, by and for people with dementia. That this DAI Side Event was accepted is a first, and highlighting. Dementia as a disability has never been represented  at the CoSP conference ever before.

The Themes and Sub-Themes

The overarching theme of the Conference is “Ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities in a changing world through the implementation of the CRPD”.  This is highly relevant to people with dementia and our families.

Three round tables will address the following themes:

  • Technology, digitalization and ICTs for the empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • Social inclusion and the right of the highest attainable standard of health
  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities in society through participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sports

Highlights for the week:

  • The Civil Society Forum on Mon 10 June will address what is the current state of play; capacity building; and protection of the rights of children with disabilities.
  • Civil Society representatives speaking in all official sessions of the CoSP and co-moderating all three round-tables from Tues 11 to Thurs 13th June.
  • On Wednesday 12,  Matters related to the implementation of the Convention (item 5 (b) (ii): Round Table 2. Social inclusion and the right to the highest attainable standard of health – will be co-chaired by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay of Hungary, Vice President of the Conference and Ms. Kate Swaffer Civil Society representative from Dementia Alliance International, also Chair and CEO of DAI.
  • The Chair of the International Disability Alliance will speak at the opening of the CoSP, as a representative of the Civil Society Coordination Mechanism, and alongside UN Secretary-General
  • 100 side-events are being organised, covering a broad range of topics
  • IDA and its members will also be co-sponsoring and/or speaking at over 20 side-events, including DAI’s.
  • DAI is hosting its own and first Side Event on Dementia as the leading cause of disability on June 13, with live web  cast, International Sign and Closed Captioning services provided, to ensure accessibility to and for as many people as possible

Don’t miss watching the DAI side-event “Dementia: the leading cause of disability”.

DAI will be not only be celebrating our 5th Birthday at this exciting event,  but also ensuring dementia as a disability definitively joins the global disability stage. This event is being held on Thursday June 13, 9.45-11.00 am in Conference Room 11.

Note: We will be posting a blog with the times and link to the live webcast as soon as the link is available to share.

 

June Webinar: Living with dementia in New Zealand

Join us for the next DAI “A Meeting Of The Minds Webinar, Living with dementia in New Zealand, presented by Liz Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

About the Webinar: Alzheimers New Zealand asked Litmus to research what it is like to live with dementia. For the research, we talked to people with dementia, their care partners, and couples living with dementia. I want to share what I learned from listening to 49 New Zealanders living with dementia. These people generously shared the stories of their lives after receiving a dementia diagnosis, the support services they need, how they live meaningful lives, and the impact on their relationships.

In the webinar, Liz will share six findings from the research.She has chosen these findings as they made her reflect on my understanding of dementia and challenged my attitudes.

About our speaker: Liz is a co-founding partner of Litmus – a leading research, evaluation, and design agency in New Zealand. She says: I have a curious mind. I am a solution seeker. I never claim to know the ‘right’ answer, but I have the tools and expertise to find one. I am a champion for equitable health and disability services. I believe people’s stories matter. Understanding people’s lives are central to creating positive system and social change. I have led research into the lives of disabled people, people living with cancer, families with disabled children, people living remotely, and those living with addictions.

I am happiest when I step out of my comfort zone, and I am dealing with complex issues and working with multi-disciplinary teams. I have worked on some of the leading social issues facing New Zealand – bowel screening, cancer care, well child, and mental health and addictions.

Register here…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (USA/CA/UK/EU)

  • 11:30 am Honolulu
  • 2:30 pm Pacific
  • 3:30 pm Mountain
  • 4:30 pm Central
  • 5:30 pm Eastern
  • 10:30 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 11:30 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, June 27, 2019 (AU/NZ/JP/SGP/TWN/CHN)

  • 7:00 am Adelaide AU
  • 7:30 am Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania AU
  • 5:30 am Perth AU/Taipei//Beijing
  • 9:30 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above by using this link:

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members/Care partners: FREE
  • Employed people: DONATIONS APPRECIATED
  • Full time Students: DONATIONS APPRECIATED

Register here…

 

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Dementia as a Disability

Announcing the DAI Side Event during 12thSession of the Conference of States Parties to the UN CRPD.

Dementia Alliance International is pleased to announce we have been accepted to host a Side Event at the upcoming 12th Conference Of State Parties (CoSP) on the Convention On the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations in New York on June 13, 2019. We are honoured to have a number of co hosts supporting this event, and to be supported by the United Nations and World Health Organisation, as well as the Australian government.

Dementia: the leading cause of disability

DAI Side-event during 12thSession of the Conference of States Parties to the UN CRPD

In 2019, the Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is celebrating 5 years of existence, and at this Side Event, we recognise the progress that has been made by people with dementia in the advancement of the rights of persons with dementia, as persons living with acquired cognitive disabilities.

Through the side-event, DAI aims to highlight the progress made towards claiming their rights as persons with cognitive disabilities over the past 5+ years, aiming to highlight dementia as a disability, and identify areas of further collaboration between the members of DAI and its international partners and all relevant stakeholders, including United Nations agencies.

The overarching theme is of social inclusion and health, which are two of the determinants of well-being, both of which are being systematically denied to people with dementia all around the world, including in the developed countries.

We will hear from an eminent list of speakers, on the rights of persons with any type of disability, including dementia, to full and equal access to the CRPD, and specifically on the right to rehabilitation and to Universal Health Care.

Speakers:

We are honoured to have Mrs. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities to open the Side Event. Other speakers will discuss the relevance of their work to dementia as a disability; e.g. Bethany Browne from Human Rights Watch will discuss the abuse through chemical restraint of people with dementia living in USA nursing homes, from the Human Rights Watch report, “They Want Docile.”

Mrs. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities: opening the Side Event

Christine Thelker, DAI Board Member:“Dementia as a disability”

Bethany Brown, Researcher, Older People’s Rights, Disability Rights Division, Human Rights Watch: “Violations of the rights of older people with dementia”

Arlene Pietranton, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “Rehabilitation for dementia and aphasia”

Mr. Antony Duttine, Regional Advisor in disabilities and rehabilitation, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO): “QualityRights” 

Jan Monsbakken, Global Rehabilitation Alliance: “The Rights to Rehabilitation for All”

Kate Swaffer, Dementia Alliance International, Chair/CEO: Closing remarks

Background and history

Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is a 501(c)3 registered charity, and is the world’s leading organisation exclusively for people diagnosed with any type if dementia. It is an advocacy and support group of, by and for people with dementia, and the “theglobal voice of dementia”currently representing members in 49 countries. DAI’s vision is “A world where people with dementia are valued and included”. DAI represents the 50 million people currently living with dementia, and the projected 82 million in 2030 and 152 in 2050. Our membership is currently represented in 49 countries around the world, including many members living in the Low and Middle Income Countries.

From grassroots advocacy to global activism, DAI seeks to claim the human rights of people with dementia and ensure that our rights as disabled persons are secure. Dedicated to empowering all people to live a better life with dementia, DAI believes in the power of energy, creativity, human connections and joy as the shared inheritance of every human on earth. Our members advocate and educate locally, nationally and internationally. We speak at professional conferences and lead vast online communities of people. We work to reduce stigma and discrimination, bringing awareness to the truth that life can be well-lived beyond any diagnosis or disability, including dementia.

Concluded by the OECD in 2015, “people with dementia receive the worst care of any disease in the developed world” and indeed, DAI members report, anywhere in the world.

While it is challenging to fix serious problems that are global in scale, we have done it before. As a species, we have eradicated smallpox and polio. We have increased global life expectancy and we have reduced global childhood mortality rates.

The challenges we face are big, but this will not drive us to inaction and hopelessness, for we each carry the burden of making things better in our own chosen sphere.

We didn’t choose to have dementia, but we do choose to work towards a world where we have equal social inclusion as all others, and full and equal access to universal health care, including rehabilitation, and proactive disability assessment and support immediately after a diagnosis.

At Dementia Alliance International, we believe it is imperative to change misconceptions about dementia, address stigmas associated with it, discourage psychological and physical abuse of all disabled people, and demand that the voices of people with dementia be included in decisions directly affecting us. The stigma and discrimination experienced by people with dementia – and their families – is very real and incredibly disabling. Countering the myth that people with dementia go from the point of diagnosis, immediately to the end-stages of the disease, is extremely important.

At present, people with dementia are disenfranchised upon diagnosis. Our legal and social status is immediately reduced, and our human rights are stripped away.  We are excluded from equal and full inclusion in public spaces and activities and even viewed by some as “less than human”. Much of our work centers on reducing stigma and discrimination, bringing awareness to the truth that life can be well lived beyond any diagnosis – including dementia. Disability rights are another important arena. Like other disabled persons, we have the right to equal and full inclusion in public spaces and activities. And with appropriate disability support, we can continue to live meaningful and positive lives.

The misguided under-estimations of the potential of people with dementia continue to create oppressive and humiliating barriers to our full and equal engagement in society, and the continuing major breaches of our human rights through the systemic and endemic overuse of chemical and physical restraints, and though segregation and institutionalisation continue. Hence DAI members individually and collectively advocate for rights, and educate locally, nationally and internationally, at professional conferences, and in the vast online communities they have built, so that we are not reduced in legal or social status. DAI is dedicated to empowering all people live a better life with dementia.  It advocates for the right to equal and full inclusion in public spaces and activities.

DAI Chair, Kate Swaffer was an invited keynote speaker at the WHO First Ministerial Conference on Dementia in March 2015, and made rights and access to Universal Health Coverage the focus of her presentation. DAI’s global focus has been on human rights and disability rights, and we continue to work with organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations and others, to ensure that since the WHO Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017 – 2025, was adopted, national, regional or local dementia plans will include human rights, and people with dementia have full and equal access to the CRPD.

DAI is working hard towards ensuring dementia is not left behind in the 2030 Agenda, and its Sustainable Development Goals’ are not only achieved, but that dementia is also realised as a condition causing cognitive disabilities in its own right.

Co-sponsors: the Australian Government, the International Disability Alliance, Human Rights Watch, Alzheimer’s Disease International, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, and the Global Rehabilitation Alliance.

Download the event flier here…

May Webinar: Learnings from patients and families by Dr Daniel Potts

DAI is delighted to announce our speaker for the May “A Meeting Of The Minds Webinar is eminent neurologist, Dr Daniel Potts. Please register now and join us for this exciting and more posiive approach to dementia.

 

Faces of Change: How Relationships with Persons Living with Dementia Have Changed My Neurology Practice

Presenter: Dr Daniel Potts, MD, FAAN, Founder, Cognitive Dynamics, Neurologist, Tuscaloosa VA, Faculty, University of Alabama

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
Thursday, May 30, 2019 (AU/NZ/JP/SGP/TWN)

Please note: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

Register here…

 

About the Webinar: A neurologist and care partner for his father, Lester, who became an artist after the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, Daniel Potts found his life and practice have changed because of the experience with his father. He feels the experience has produced greater empathy, compassion, and understanding, which has increased his own effectiveness as a physician and educator. Dr. Potts will highlight his experience with his father, show some of Lester’s art, will speak about specific ways his practice has changed, and will give some suggestions that may be helpful for other providers. Additionally, he will discuss some realistic expectations persons living with dementia and care partners should have of their providers and looks forward to gaining knowledge and understanding from the webinar audience, as well.

About our speaker: Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN is a neurologist, author, educator and champion of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners. Selected by the American Academy of Neurology as the 2008 Donald M. Palatucci Advocate of the Year, he also has been designated an Architect of Change by Maria Shriver. In 2016, he was chosen by the University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association as a recipient of the Martha Myers Role Model Award,which honors physician alumni whose lives epitomize the ideal of service to their communities. Inspired by his father’s transformation from saw miller to watercolor artist in the throes of dementia through person-centered care and the expressive arts, Dr. Potts seeks to make these therapies more widely available through his foundation, Cognitive Dynamics. Additionally, he is passionate about promoting self-preservation and dignity for all persons with cognitive impairment. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 (USA/CA/UK/EU):
11:00 am Honolulu
2:00 pm Pacific
3:00 pm Mountain
4:00 pm Central
5:00 Eastern
10:00 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
11:00 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, May 30, 2019 (AU/NZ/JP/SGP/TWN/CHN):
7:00 am Adelaide AU
7:30 am Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania AU
5:00 am Perth AU/Taipei TWN/Beijing
9:00 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for 1.5 hours.

Register here…

See you there!

COST TO ATTEND:

DAI Members/Care partners: FREE
Employed people: DONATIONS APPRECIATED
Full time Students: DONATIONS APPRECIATED

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO DAI OR BECOMING AN ASSOCIATE OR PARTNER.

WITHOUT YOUR DONATIONS, DAI COULD NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE CURRENTLY FOR MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES & THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

$US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
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$US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

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