Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to address a worldwide challenge millions of people face every day: caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
To start the discussion, we hosted a global roundtable event called Living with Alzheimer’s: A Journey of Caring, held on September 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The event was planned in conjunction with the release of ADI’s 2013 World Alzheimer Report.
The top North American Alzheimer’s experts, physicians, leaders of industry, people living with Alzheimer’s and those caring for Alzheimer’s patients were invited to discuss the report’s findings and to bring to light the top care concerns of the Alzheimer’s and dementia community.
Roundtable participants included:
Barry Petersen, CBS Correspondent, Author, Jan’s Story on his late wife’s Alzheimer’s struggle
Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International
George Vradenburg, Chairman and Co-Founder, USAgainstAlzheimer’s
Michael W. Hodin, Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging
Dr. David Saucedo, Esteemed Alzheimer’s Physician/Researcher, Mexico
Dr. David Hilfiker, Blogger/Retired Physician with Alzheimer’s
David Troxel, MPH, Co-Author, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care
Linda Lawrence, Caregiver for her mother in Toronto
Karen Garner, Blogger, caregiver to husband with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s
Dr. Amy D’Aprix, Life Transition Consultant/Aging Expert
Dr. Alexander Sandy Halperin, Alumni Member of the National Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Advisory Group—Alzheimer’s Advocate; former dentist with Alzheimer’s
Jeff Huber, President, Home Instead, Inc.
Deb Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Knowledge Development, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Dr. Joel Sadavoy, MD., FRCP(c), Founder Geriatric Psychiatry, FCPA (distinguished)
As a result of the event, we want to provide the community with answers to their common questions and possible solutions to their problems. Until a cure for Alzheimer’s is discovered, this discussion is an important first step to better support those who care for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.
The D.C. event is one of three global roundtable events taking place in international capitals to address the global impact of the disease during September, World Alzheimer’s Month. Each event’s discussion will focus on the 2013 World Alzheimer Report, which provides the most up-to-date comprehensive global study of dementia.