TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter will host its second annual Meeting of the Minds dementia conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 455 S. Broadway in Tarrytown.
The conference will feature talks by keynote speakers, a lunchtime speaker, and morning and evening breakout sessions with various tracks catering to specific groups, including people with early-stage Alzheimer’s, family members, caregivers, professional caregivers and Spanish-speaking caregivers.
The first keynote speaker of the day will be Dan Cohen, founder of Music and Memory, Inc., who was recently featured in the documentary "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory.”
Music and Memory’s goal is to provide iPods with personalized playlists for dementia patients across the country. The documentary shows the profound effect that giving people with dementia an iPod with their favorite music on it can have.
Several severely withdrawn patients are shown becoming emotionally engaged after listening to music. Because it is processed by a different part of the brain not damaged by Alzheimer’s disease, music offers a pathway into the inner lives of people no longer accessible through other means. The music’s impact may even last beyond when it is played by helping people stay engaged in the world around them.
Other breakout sessions include: "Celebrating Creativity in Eldercare" by Gary Glazner; "Elder Law Issues; Estate and Medicaid planning, advanced directives, and supplemental needs trusts," by Martin Hersh; “Driving & Dementia" by Andrea Sullivan; “Medicaid and Long-Term Care Options" by Colin Sandler; "Living with Alzheimer's" by Greg O'Brien; “Stress Management Techniques" by Carole Brill and “The Journey's End: Finding Comfort and Meaning at the End of Life" by Curtis Au.
Two breakout sessions will be offered for Spanish-speaking caregivers: "Demencia 101: Desde la Perspectiva de la Trabajadora Social” and "Manejando Comportamientos Difíciles," both by Licet Valois of Weill Cornell Prevention Clinic. Call 800-272-3900 with questions.