Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference

Dementia Conference

The 2018 Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference was held at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Saturday, March 3rd. Over 1,200 people attended this year!

The day kicked off with a keynote presentation and then time to visit exhibitors and marketing booths. The rest of the day was broke out into three sessions. This is where the learning (or presenting depending on who you are) happened.

We always look forward to attending the conference every March. It is such an honor to support the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic during this event. The conference goes hand in hand with our mission to not only support residents and families, but to educate as well. Education can make a huge impact on helping families and guiding them through this journey.

“It is a pleasure to sponsor such a wonderful event that aligns with our mission to support and educate those on the Dementia journey,” said Vicki Martini, VP of Operations and Marketing.

Part of the uniqueness of this conference is it isn’t just for professionals. Caregivers, family members and those living with dementia are encourage to attend. Real life feelings and stories are shared.Dementia Conference

“This dementia conference is special in that patients and families attend as well. It allows for a lot of personal stories and unique perspectives to be shared. It truly is inspiring,” said Jennifer Moore, RN – Director of Health Services.

Jayne Clairmont, owner and CEO of English Rose Suites and b♦home Home Care, had the opportunity to present during one of the breakout sessions. Clairmont’s session was based on Transformative Practices in Residential and Community Based Environments.”

“The session will provide a unique opportunity to receive knowledge and rich content that will help transform practices and approaches in creating an environment where employees thrive and contribute, residents, clients, members have true well-being and families are supported and their interest for quality care is achieved.” 

Renee Riedel, Professional Caregiver – English Rose Suites & b♦home Home Care and Anna Hilleren – Support Partner for her father living with FTD presented on “The Lived Experiences of Professional and Family Caregivers When It’s Frontotemporal Dementia.”

“This session offers a candid and insightful look at supporting someone living with FTD. Told from the real life experiences of a daughter and a professional caregiver, attendees will learn that with a person-centered approach the possibilities for limiting challenges and enriching the life of someone with FTD can be achieved in ways you may never imagine.”Dementia Conference

“Both Anna and Renee gave an outstanding, inspirational presentation on Frontotemporal Dementia. By far my favorite part of the day,” said Clairmont.

Next on our calendar is the 2018 Alzheimer’s Associations Annual Purple Gala. The Gala will be Saturday, May 5th at The Depot, downtown Minneapolis.