REGISTRATION AND MORNING COFFEE
Where Do People Living Alone with Dementia Live?
For two decades the fastest growing type of household in America has been an adult living by themselves—and now with population aging this group is at highest risk of Alzheimer’s and related dementia. We will review the known demographics and describe the different types of households in which people with dementia are living alone.
Interview: I Live Alone
A person with dementia living alone will join us in a conversation about their diagnosis experience, choice and supports in place to live alone and level of risk they are comfortable assuming as their disease progresses.
MORNING NETWORKING BREAK
Practical Tools: Developing CareMaps
Life happens within an ecosystem. All people with dementia are situated in systems of support, connected to others through networks and webs of relationships, shared experiences, and interactions. Explore a practical tool to gain a deeper understanding of their situations to appreciate what is working well and identify what isn’t.
Current Models: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Individuals With Dementia Who Live Alone
Intervention strategies to support this population are being implemented in communities across the United States. Programs to be featured include: medication reconciliation, home-delivered meals, home care services and police and fire department partnerships.
Keynote: The Ethics of Living Alone with AD
Renowned bioethicist and author, Dr. Stephen G. Post, will address specific ethical issues – diagnostic disclosure, the extension of autonomy through advance directives and quality of life in relation to treatment limitations, hospice care, and end of life choices.
AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK
Assistive Technology: Are There Life Hacks for Living Alone?
This will include a showcase of current tools on the market and a discussion of their short and long term utility.
Current State of Local Support System for Persons Living Alone
Panels will feature local community members discussing how they work with persons living alone and how we can we work together to improve systems. Topics will include: paths to early diagnosis, financial and legal considerations and home and community-based services.