Communicating with older adults can be difficult, but communicating with those who have even mild cognitive impairment can be overwhelming. The 2019 Family & Community Caregiver Conference is a unique opportunity family care provider, and caregivers of loved ones living with cognitive impairments to all learn from experts in the fields of memory loss and dementia. The speakers and trainers are geriatric specialists from the University of Utah, State Office of Aging and Adult Services, and Dementia Assist.
Non-professionals including family members, friends, and neighbors who care for older adults with cognitive impairment or dementia.
The one-day conference will help identify the risk factors as well as signs and symptoms of dementia. There will be an emphasis on early detection and diagnosis. You will learn skills to improve your communication with individuals with dementia, and gain empowerment as part of a care team knowing how to find the appropriate resources, and finally learning how to care for yourself to avoid caregiver burnout.
All attendees of the Caregiver Conference will be treated to a special performance of Portrait of a Caregiver, an “ethnodrama,” using the documented conversations of real family caregivers as the script for this powerful one-act play. The conversations were recorded in a series of caregiver support groups with the permission of the participants. Support groups provide a space for family caregivers to discuss many facets of the their life experience: frustration, exhaustion, loss of personal identity, humor and heartbreak. This performance allows the real words and feelings of family members who care for elder relatives to be shared with the audience in an authentic way.