Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health & Dementia Recap
The Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health & Dementia was hosted virtually on Friday, October 29th in collaboration with AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association. Thousands of people in the U.S. and globally participated to learn about research updates and innovations, the arts, living well and finding a hope inspired, better path forward.
“There ARE ways to improve the lives of those living with dementia. Individuals, organizations, and communities are finding solutions that address the isolation, loneliness, sense of marginalization and the emotional needs of those impacted by dementia and their care partners. This important conference was focused on showcasing many of these initiatives, resources, and opportunities for uncovering what is sure to be: A Brighter Path Forward,” said Conference Director Angela Lunde.
Steve and Anne Wagner welcomed attendees at the start of the conference and then closed out the general session by sharing their experiences of living with dementia and finding hope in each day.
- Jason Karlawish shared the history of Alzheimer’s Disease and provided insight on how we can support those living with dementia and their caregivers at the policy level.
- Carl Hill presented on diverse populations who have an increase likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. He focused on important work at the individual, research, and policy level that is needed to decrease disparities and improve health and well-being.
- Expert panelists from Mayo Clinic, AARP, Alzheimer’s Association, and the University of Minnesota answered questions and discussed current happenings and progress in dementia and caregiving research.
- A collection of national and community innovators working to improve the lived experience of those impacted by dementia came together in a session called HOPEFEST. Some examples included: virtual reality, music, and dementia friendly community building in diverse neighborhoods.
Three workshops rounded out the day and included sessions on mindfulness in dementia caring, a panel discussing challenging ethical issues in dementia, and an inspirational and engaging workshop on the power of singing in a chorus.
Portions of the conference will be available for viewing. To find these recordings, visit theDementia Hub on Mayo Clinic Connect.