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Meeting of the Minds conference on dementia set

By Angela Lunde February 10, 2017

In case you haven't heard, Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference is the premier conference for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early dementia, families, friends and professionals.

OK, I may be a little biased since the conference is a partnership between Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter. However, I do feel it is one of the highest quality conferences you'll find anywhere.

The conference is coming up on March 18 at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn.

I'm proud that people living with dementia not only attend the conference, they're involved from the beginning. Persons living with dementia have participated in focus groups to help determine the logistics and format, as well as themes, topics and speakers.

Together, we've worked to create a day filled with education, information, resources and opportunities for reuniting and meeting new friends. This year, we anticipate more than 1,000 participants and more than 70 sponsors and exhibits.

A wide range of sessions are on tap including:

  • The Importance of Telling Your Story
  • Living with Dementia (from the perspective of the person with the diagnosis),
  • Mindfulness Practices for Caregivers
  • The Power of Music
  • After the Diagnosis — What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You,
  • Caring for Hmong Elders with Dementia
  • Timely sessions on research

Keynote speakers include Drs. Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., and Cliff Jack, M.D., from Mayo Clinic, and Gwen Yeo, Ph.D., from Stanford Geriatric Education Center & Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Feb. 10, 2017