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Healthcare professionals, caregivers, people living with dementia connect at Mayo Clinic Conference

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and community partners working to advance the health of older adults and people impacted by dementia will host a conference Saturday, Nov. 4, to share the newest research and strategies for reducing dementia risk and living well with cognitive decline.

The Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia is hosted with collaborators AARP Minnesota and Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota and offers people living with dementia and their caregivers strategies for managing personal and emotional wellness. The program will also highlight compassionate and culturally informed approaches to improve quality of life for those impacted by Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

"This year's conference strikes a crucial balance — delivering valuable and timely information while capturing people's personal strengths and the capacity to live well," says Angela Lunde, program manager for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic and co-director of the conference.

Healthcare professionals may opt to attend to earn continuing education credits. Participants may attend in person or virtually.

Programming includes:

  • Discussion by experts Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and Kristine Yaffe, M.D., director of the Center for Population Brain Health at the University of California, San Francisco, on ways to reduce dementia risk and updates about treatments for dementia.

  • Practical approaches to day-to-day challenges of caregiving with opportunities to learn self-care practices.

  • The roles of music, art, connection, faith, mindfulness, purpose, movement, community and communication in the well-being of older adults and those affected by dementia.

  • Discussion and activities led by artist Anne Labovitz on creative ways to address isolation, loneliness and disconnection.

What: Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia: "Paths to Emotional Wellness"

When: Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE in Rochester, Minnesota; participants may also register to attend virtually.

Who: The event is designed for people with dementia, care partners, caregivers, families, healthcare professionals and others who serve older adults, and anyone interested in supporting friends and neighbors who may be experiencing memory loss, Alzheimer's, or related dementia.

Registration: For more information or to register, visit the Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia website. The cost to attend is $85 for in-person participants and $50 for online participants. For those seeking continuing education credit, the cost is $170 for either in-person or online attendance.


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