7th Canadian Conference on DementiaDementia, a term used to describe declines in mental ability, such as memory and thinking, that interfere with daily life, affects millions of people in the U.S. and Canada. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are just two of the debilitating diseases encompassed by the term dementia.

From October 3-5, 2013, a world-renowned faculty of national and international speakers will gather at the 7th Canadian Conference on Dementia in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The conference offers a wide range of topics related to dementia. There will be opportunities for stimulating debate, interactive workshops and exposure to the latest research via oral and poster presentations.

The opening session on the evening of Thursday, October 3 will include an address by Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University on the impact of music on the aging brain and a discussion by Dr. Peter Whitehouse of Case Western Reserve University on the arts as a therapeutic modality.

One session titled “Debate: Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease is Best Practice,” presented by Dr. Peter J. Whitehouse & Dr. Randall J. Bateman, will discuss the challenges of the concept and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s especially early in so called pre-clinical phases.

Other topics range from “Treatment of Common Medical Co-Morbidities in Dementia,” presented by Dr. Paige Moorhouse to “An Exploration of the Challenges of Care Interactions for People Living with Dementia and their Caregivers,” presented by Dr. Elisabeth J. Drance & Kimberley Smith.

Over the course of three days, conference sessions will touch on ethical dilemmas, cognitive testing, neuroimaging standards, sexuality and dementia, care planning in dementia and much more.

The loss of memory and cognitive function characterized by dementia often leads to loss of independent functioning.  And with an aging population, the wide-ranging impact on individuals, families and health care systems is likely to increase.

You can find more information on the conference here.