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Spring Caregiver Conference
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The Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter and Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center are proud to present our annual Spring Conference, “Breaking Down Barriers: Working Toward Inclusive Dementia Care”, on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building.

The conference is geared towards family and professional care partners to explore ways we can create more inclusive and equitable care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Conference speakers will cover topics that address barriers faced by diverse communities in dementia care and healthcare broadly. Caregivers will share their personal stories, and share strategies they used to overcome obstacles and attain resources to address cultural barriers.

Speakers will touch on issues related to:

  • LGBT individuals and their care partners,

  • people with developmental disabilities and dementia,

  • and black/African-American families and caregiving.

In addition to talking about obstacles and barriers, speakers will highlight community resources that can be used to minimize these inequities and allow caregivers to provide the best care possible.

Speakers will be a mix of professionals in the field and people who are on their own caregiving journey. Although everyone's experience is different, we hope that by having important conversations about these inequities and how we can push back against them, we can work together towards creating more inclusive dementia care practices.

Speakers include:

Dr. Jamie Mitchell, professor of social work at the University of Michigan who focuses on the relationships between black/African-American men and physicians during chronic disease and cancer care

Judy Lewis, certified trainer for SAGE Metro Detroit and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and co-founder of the Jewish Gay Network of Michigan

Kate Pierce, LMSW, Dementia and Disabilities Supportive Services Program Director at the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter.

Registration will close on Friday, June 8th at 5pm. For additional information, please contact Ashley Elliston at or 734.369.2716.

Thank you to our sponsors


Gilbert Residence

Regency at Whitmore Lake

Visiting Angels

Livingston County Catholic Charities (Be Our Guest)

Advanced Medical Solutions




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