Living well with dementia event comes to York Region

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Chaplain Tom McCormick (left) and Chaplain Ron Wilson are the music team leading the "Dementia-Friendly Hymn Sing and Worship" at St. Mary's Anglican Church Chapel, 10030 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. Spiritual health is one of the issues to be discussed at the free "Living Well with Dementia" event set for Jan. 26. - Mona Lancaster photo

If you, or someone you know, is living with dementia, you are not alone.

More than 15,000 York Region residents are coping with the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of York Region.

Caregivers, health-care providers, church leaders, and the public who want to be informed and inspired by new care initiatives are invited to attend next week’s free, half-day conference Living Well With Dementia in York Region.

As part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Memory Lane Home Living Inc., a not- for-profit dementia initiative, is hosting the conference to promote awareness and share ideas for caregiving.

Dementia expert Dr. Elizabeth Kelson, from Ryerson University, will present her research on person-centered care and its effects on dementia, and the Alzheimer's Society will discuss the Dementia Care Strategy released in the Ontario budget May 2017.

There will also be representatives from dementia services (for profit and not-for-profit) to share their approaches, including a new weekly dementia-friendly hymn sing and worship service for caregivers and their loved ones in Richmond Hill, Memory Cafes, that provide social connections for caregivers and loved ones, electronic care (GPSs to give caregivers peace of mind), and new creative arts approaches.

Experts will provide consultation and advice, and a new initiative will be presented to share caregiving costs with other families.

All net proceeds raised from the exhibitors will be donated to the Alzheimer's Society of York Region.

Good to Know

Living Well with Dementia, Friday Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., McConaghy Seniors’ Centre, Richmond Hill

Registration required because of limited seating. Call 905-876-8666 or email