The keynote speaker is Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, GNP. Ms. Bunn is nationally recognized as a leader, trainer and educator in dementia care. She is a trainer in the DVD and training manual Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. She has been working at Duke University as a Clinical Instructor – Geriatrics rotation since 2002, and is also working at Duke on a HRSA grant developing skills of nurses in long term care.
Ms. Bunns’ topics will include “What Everyone Should Know about Dementia,” “Positive Approach to Communication & Behavior,” “End of Life and Dementia,” and “Finding Moments of Joy.”
Renae Gentry, programs director, said “This conference is designed to provide caregivers with practical information they can use in their day to day care giving. This benefits both the caregiver and the person with dementia.”
Family and professional caregivers, volunteers, clergy, students, community providers, law enforcement and EMS are invited to attend. Those attending will gain an enhanced understanding of dementia, its symptoms and progression and expand skills in providing assistance to optimize caregiving.
Major sponsors of the event are: Milton Ratner Foundation, Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging, Lovingood McGuffey PC, Morning Pointe Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care, and Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging – Georgia Cares.
To register for the conference, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900 or 706-275-0819.