Hundreds of attendees turned out for the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium’s 37th annual caregivers conference, the largest dementia conference in the region specifically for family members and professional caregivers of those with memory decline.
Held Nov. 10 at Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, the sold-out conference focused on the theme, When Caregiving Calls: Building a Framework for Resilience, and featured Aaron Blight, Ed.D., as keynote speaker.
Blight is the founder of Caregiving Kinetics and has been recognized as a “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare.
Founded in 1986, the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium provides educational resources for caregivers who provide care and support at home or in a facility. Sponsors included Goodwin Living, AARP of Virginia, ACC Family & Akota, LionHeart ElderCare & Consulting, Retirement Unlimited, Synergy Home Care and GraceFul Care, who provided free home care services for caregivers to attend the conference.
The Sentimental Journey Singers, a choral program for singers with early to mid-stage cognitive change and their care partners, performed at the conference under the direction of Dr. Mary Ann East, the director of arts for life with Encore Creativity for Older Adults.