I expected a few brochures - and I left the office with hope.
On June 19, Dementia Network Calgary hosted ‘Dementia Re-imagined’ – a symposium, designed to encourage conversation and inspire change around person-centred care for people with dementia. International experts and local stakeholders gathered at Mount Royal University for an intensive day of workshops followed by an evening event open to members of the public, with more than 400 attendees.
Daniella Greenwood from Australia, Dr Allen Power from the United States and Dr Claire Surr from the UK led discussions about innovations in dementia care around the world. During the day, a working round table focused on identifying challenges and opportunities to shift the culture of dementia care. The evening session gave members of public an opportunity to hear from the experts, as they shared their insights in a fireside chat with local personality, Dave Kelly.
Other highlights of the event included a graphic recording artist, who captured key learnings on paper as they emerged; uplifting melodies from music therapist Jennifer Buchanan; the showcasing of a dementia-friendly bicycle; and in-person demonstrations of Opening Minds through Art (art therapy) for people with dementia.
The event, created in partnership with Alzheimer Society of Calgary and Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Centre for Alzheimer’s Research and Education Society, culminated in a true sense of hope and optimism for the future of dementia care in Calgary.
Dementia Network Calgary is a multi-stakeholder group of knowledgeable, capable and passionate individuals from across public, private and nonprofit sectors in Calgary and area that is taking a collaborative approach to tackling the complex challenge of dementia.