Creating A Dementia Friendly Kansas City
Program: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Become part of the movement to make Kansas City more dementia friendly.
An estimated 5.7 million Americans now are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, including some 50,000 in the greater Kansas City area, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The latter are looked after by about 200,000 family members and care partners. Nationally renowned consultant, planner, policy analyst, and sociologist Emily Kearns shares ideas for increasing awareness, creating strategic collaborations, and enacting changes to make communities – including ours – more accommodating.
She is joined by Michelle Niedens of the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center, who shares her vision for Kansas City and ways to get involved.
Kearns, who care partnered closely with both of her parents who lived with dementia, is president and founder of Andover, Massachusetts-based Kearns Consulting, currently offering, Dementia Ways and Reiki Well-Being. Niedens is director of MyAlliance for Cognitive Health, a community-based program focused on early detection.
The event is co-presented by the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Creativity Connection, Prairie Elder Care, and Reach LTC.
This short informational program is open to everyone, including faith communities, neighborhood leaders, legal and financial services experts, health care providers, hospitality, arts, sports, and cultural organizations, senior centers, schools, retail establishments, and more.