About the Session:
Dementia friendly communities is a relatively new term. My poster will address what dementia is and how to recognize the early warning signs. As well, it will provide practical tips and suggestions for how all of us within our communities can reduce the stigma associated with dementia by increasing our understanding of the condition and by taking action to make our workplaces, public places and community events safe and welcoming places for persons with dementia and their caregivers. The number of individuals affected by dementia is growing and we need to get prepared so that persons with dementia can continue to live fulfilling lives and make positive contributions to society. Without taking the step of educating people about dementia and what they can do to become dementia friendly, persons with dementia will continue to experience the negative consequences of a dementia diagnosis.
Rosanne Burke is a Certified Dementia Care Trainer. She teaches families and health care professionals knowledge and skills that transform how they care for a person who has dementia. She has been a dementia care partner to her father for four years and is a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Society.