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Meeting to Improve Care of Individuals with Dementia Announced

August 28, 2014 - Public Relations - Information

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The New Mexico Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, housed in the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, has initiated a half day dementia meeting on Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM for people involved in long-term care—from those providing the care, to those who regulate it. The discussion will focus on how New Mexico’s long-term care system can work together to better meet the needs of residents with dementia. Providers, advocates, policymakers, and stakeholders will be attending.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are about 34,000 New Mexicans, aged 65 and older, with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to increase to 53,000 by 2025.

“What’s truly unique about this meeting is that it will bring people from different roles in the long-term care system into one room to talk about improving care for residents,” said Outreach Coordinator for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Shannon Cupka. “It is our hope that this is the first of many coordinated meetings to positively impact the care system.”

Secretary of Health Retta Ward will deliver welcoming remarks. Secretary Ward will also introduce internationally renowned speaker Dr. G. Allen Power. Dr. Power will present “Dementia beyond Disease: Enhancing the Well-Being of Residents with Dementia.” Dr. Power is a board certified internist and geriatrician, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians / American Society for Internal Medicine. Dr. Power will talk about approaches that will change the culture of care for individuals with dementia.

This meeting supports several important quality improvement initiatives for long-term care settings in New Mexico, including Governor Martinez’s Alzheimer’s Plan, the Reducing Antipsychotic Medication Use and Physical Restraint-Free care initiatives.


Meeting Details

Dementia MeetingPublic Relations - Public Meeting08/29/2014 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel
1000 Woodward Pl, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102505-245-7100 Phone

The New Mexico Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, housed in the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, has initiated this half day meeting for people involved in long-term care - from those providing the care, to those who regulate it.


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Anunciada una Reunión para Mejorar la Atención a las Personas con Demencia