Building Dementia Awareness Conference – October 2018

I know, I know…  It’s not even really spring yet and here I am talking about October…  But you want me to mention this…  In my random searches, I came across what will be perhaps the most inspiring set of keynote speakers coming together at one conference, and I figured the world would want to know about it!

But first, allow me to highlight some facts: Dementia numbers in Canada

5% – The percentage of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s budget invested in dementia research
45% – The greater your risk of developing dementia if you smoke
65% – Of those diagnosed with dementia over the age of 65 are women
16,000 – The number of Canadians under the age of 65 living with dementia
25,000 – The number of new cases of dementia diagnosed every year
56,000 – The number of Canadians with dementia being cared for in hospitals even though this is not an ideal location for care
564,000 – Canadians are currently living with dementia
937,000 – The number of Canadians who will be living with the disease in 15 years (that is a 66% increase!)
1.1 million – The number of Canadians affected directly or indirectly by the disease
$10.4 billion – The annual cost to Canadians to care for those living with dementia

source: Alzheimer Society Canada, 2018

The 5th Building Dementia Awareness Conference, presented by the Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation on October 4, 5 & 6th will feature presentations by Dr. David Sheard, Teepa Snow, Janet Yeats, and Dr. Robert Sutherland.  RIGHT?!

UPDATE: I’ve been sent the Keynote information as well as the event poster, please share with your colleagues!

Event Poster here.
Keynote Speaker Poster here.

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