National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform’s Annual Conference

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Dear ProAging Members, I thought that you might be interested in information about the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform’s Annual Conference this Oct. 22-24th in Arlington, VA. Our conference theme this year is “CARE Matters: Choice, Accountability, Rights & Empowerment.” One of our featured speakers this year will be Erin Brockovich, Consumer Advocate.

Additional information about the conference can be found on our website at:

In addition to our regular conference program, NCCNHR is offering several pre-conference intensives and one in particular that may be of interest to your readers. The intensive (see description below) titled “Dementia Care: The Wizard of Alz” featuring Barbara Helm with the Alzheimer¹s Disease Center of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Lexington, KY is being planned and targeted to family members and long-term care staff. This intensive will be Sunday, October 22, 2006 in Arlington, VA. Below is a written description of the session. The attached flyer has the details about registration and location, etc. We are offering a special discounted rate to long-term care staff.

Please feel free to contact me at the number below should you have any questions. Look forward to speaking with you.

Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 12:30 ­ 3:30 pm

Dementia Care: The Wizard of AlzTM

The Wizard of AlzTM is a trademark of Barbara J. Helm, MA © 2006

CARE Matters ­ Choice, Accountability, Rights, Empowerment. Individuals with Alzheimer¹s Disease make up a large segment of the long-term care population. Yet most of us do not understand how this disease impacts their experience of day to day living. Oftentimes we are uncertain about how to communicate and how to have a meaningful interaction. This unique intensive will take participants on a journey through the “land of Alzheimer’s disease” using the familiar story of Dorothy and her companions. Analogies from the well known story will be used to explain the experiences of a person living with AD.

Target audience: family members, friends, advocates, and care providers who want to better understand the disease and who seek meaningful visits and interactions.

Presenter: Barbara Helm, MA, Clinical Research Assistant, Alzheimer’s Disease Center, University of Kentucky, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Lexington, KY; Moderator: Carol Dupin, District Ombudsman, Lincoln Trail Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Louisville Legal Aid, Elizabethtown, KY

Julia Meashey, MAG
Ombudsman Specialist
National Ombudsman Resource Center
National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform

1828 L Street, Suite 801
Washington DC 20036

– 5104
Phone: (202)332-2275; Fax (202)332-2949

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