Dementia and memory care are not easy subjects to talk about, but they were the focus of Greystone’s 2015 Management Symposium. With an audience of more than 80 executive directors, caregivers and resident council members from some of the nation’s leading CCRC’s, Greystone hosted two days of discussions on Alzheimer’s, navigating the continuum of care and more.

Kim Campbell, wife of legendary country entertainer Glen Campbell, participated in two sessions with the goal of de-stigmatizing Alzheimer’s. Glen was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, after which he performed a cross-country farewell tour of America with his family that was captured in the documentary film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.

The documentary was produced in part by LeadingAge and Volunteers of America.

Glen moved into a memory care community last year in Nashville, which Kim shared with both the audience and WFAA TV. Kim talked about Glen winning a Grammy, his health and why it’s important to continue the conversation around memory care. You can watch her full interview online.

The Dallas Morning News also spoke with Kim about Glen, caregiving and how she finds the strength to keep going.

2015 Management Symposium Kim Q&A

Greystone was also joined on stage by several leading minds in the field of caregiving:

  • Caregivers Lue Taff and Christy Scrifes helped the audience decipher when seniors need a higher level of care and how to make the transition go smoothly
  • CCRC residents Aubrey Bridges and Art Emory gave first-hand accounts of navigating the continuum. “There’s a time when you have to choose between being a caregiver and a spouse,” said Sue Plasterr, corporate vice president of Greystone operations management
  • Michelle Arms and Annie Dunson from Edgeweood Summit and Redstone Village, respectively, introduced Landmarks for Living, a guide for working with people with dementia
  • Mary Compton of Seasons Seminars shared the ideals of person-directed living: “Let residents have a say in how they live in your community”
  • Natalie Davis of ActivTimes Consulting and Amy Zwierzchowski-Zarate of UT Southwestern spoke about coping with dementia across all levels of living and new developments in Alzheimer’s research and treatment, respectively

Did You Know?

The Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures reveals the following statistics:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60-80 percent of cases
  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s
  • Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, and by mid-century, this will escalate to every 33 seconds
  • More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia
  • Fifty-nine percent of family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia rated the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high

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