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Meeting of the Minds: Alzheimer's caregivers, experts connect

By Angela Lunde February 15, 2012

For many years, Mayo Clinic and the Minnesota-North Dakota Alzheimer's Association have joined together to offer the premier caregiving conference. This year, on March 17 in St. Paul, Minn., we will gather once again for "Meeting of the Minds" to hear and connect with some of the leading Alzheimer's researchers including Kristin Yaffe, M.D., professor at the University of California-San Francisco, and Ronald Petersen, Ph.D.,M.D., director of Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

The conference will also feature Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, caregiver, teacher, therapist and author of "Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows". More than 30 breakouts sessions will be offered on topics such as ambiguous loss, compassion fatigue, legal and ethical issues, mental heath problems in dementia, home safety, as well as special sessions on Lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia. There is also a one of a kind "Living Well Workshop" for people with early stage dementia and their support partners.

Please consider joining me and more than a thousand other people to learn, connect and engage. If you do attend, stop by and say hello. I will be at the Mayo Clinic booth much of the day. I'd love to meet some of you. The full conference schedule and registration can be found at: http://www.alz.org/mnnd/in_my_community_13666.asp.

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Feb. 15, 2012