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NICC Hosting Dementia Summit

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is hosting Dementia Summit 3.0 to provide a forum for both non-professional caregivers and healthcare professionals to network and learn from experts in the dementia field. Dementia Summit 3.0 is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, from 8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. at the Town Clock Business Center in Dubuque. The center is located at 680 Main St.

Dementia is a global health challenge. More than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and that number will increase to nearly 14 million by 2050. Millions of Americans provide unpaid care for people with dementias, not realizing that early and accurate diagnosis could save up to $7.9 trillion in medical and care costs. Dementia Summit 3.0 provides the resources you need from experts in the field to care for the ones you love.

Experts and keynote speakers presenting at the summit include:

Lawrence Hutchison, M.D. Dr. Hutchison believes in a holistic approach to healthcare and in care for persons with dementia, through the integration of medical practices that address the entire patient, exploring health, nutrition, stress, environment, and genetics.

Suzanne Bottom-Jones, R.N. Bottum-Jones has more than 15 years of experience working with the management of behaviors and psychological symptoms associated with dementia, brain injury, and other forms of cognitive impairment.

Diane Giddings, B.A. Giddings has spent more than 20 years in healthcare settings, promoting programs that improve quality of life and care for residents in long term care. She has developed many Integrative Therapy programs that improve comfort and function in daily routines for patients with dementia.

“The community of Dubuque has a long history of supporting dementia education and providing caregiver support. Dementia 3.0 will continue this tradition by providing tools for caregivers; realistic strategies for caring for persons with dementia. Our goal is to have family caregivers and professional caregivers leave the conference with concrete sustainable, usable resources,” said Mary McNally, lead health occupations program manager for NICC Business and Community Solutions.

Dementia Summit 3.0 sponsors include: Bell Tower Retirement Community, By Your Side Care, Grand River Medical Group, Insight A Place of Wellness, Luther Manor Communities, Oak Park Place, Radio Dubuque, River Bend Retirement Community, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Statera, Sunset Park Place, Theisen’s Home Farm Auto, and Windsor Park Retirement Apartments.

Cost of the Dementia Summit 3.0 is $89, which includes lunch and parking. Registration deadline is Friday, August 10. For more information on summit events and courses, and to register, visit NICC.edu/DementiaSummit or call (563) 557-8271, ext. 380.

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