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Alzheimer Society Speakers Series Presents: Mild Cognitive Impairment Panel Presentation

April 23, 2015

By Editor
The need for helpful and accurate information on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias has never been greater. Technological development over the last couple of decades, specifically the internet and the devices that can easily access the web has given us volumes of information, literally at our fingertips. Unfortunately some of that material can be inaccurate, misleading and sometimes just plain wrong.

As part of its mandate and mission, the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex is positioned to be a reliable source of education and information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Across the province and in each of the 32 Society offices, a Public Education Coordinator (PEC) is charged with gathering and disseminating the latest and most accurate dementia related information. Last year in London and Middlesex, our PEC was involved in over 120 health promotion and educational sessions involving close to 5000 participants. And for the first time, those sessions included a public forum - The Speakers Series, where panels of experts were brought in to share their dementia-related knowledge and expertise with the public.

The Alzheimer Society Speakers Series continues in 2015. This past January, the year’s first Speakers Series involved the showing of the documentary Alive Inside which was followed by a panel discussion featuring a cognitive neuroscientist, a social worker and a caregiver discussing how music impacts people with dementia.

Our second Speaker Series takes place this Monday, April 27 (7:00 – 8:30pm) at the Kiwanis Seniors Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive. Our expert panel will be presenting on the topic of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The panel consists of Dr. Michael Borrie, a dementia specialist at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute, Carolyn Underwood a Social Worker at the Alzheimer Society and a co-facilitator in our “Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI” program and Maurice Davidson, a client enrolled in the program.

Their presentation will touch on various aspects of MCI, such as; what MCI is, how it differs from natural memory loss on one end of the spectrum to how it differs from dementia on the other end, what one should do if diagnosed with MCI and what the lived experience is like with the condition. A question and answer session follows the panel presentation.

 Admission and parking is free for these important informational sessions. For those who can’t attend, the Alzheimer Society will be streaming the Speakers Series live on our website. For more information about this Speakers Series, upcoming sessions and the link for the webcast go to our website at www.alzheimerlondon.ca.