As many as 500 family and professional caregivers, as well as individuals who are living with early-stage dementia, are expected to attend “Equipping Communities to Care,” the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter annual Delaware Dementia Conference, set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Conference Center, 1131 N. Dupont Highway.

Attendees will meet and share experiences with each other, stop by vendors’ and sponsors’ tables for free information and promotional giveaways and learn the latest about dementia care from experts in the field during presentations and specialized breakout sessions.

The event’s keynote speaker is Jan Dougherty, a nurse leader, innovator, author and noted memory care expert, who will present “Words Matter: Changing the Conversation about Alzheimer’s.” Other featured speakers include plenary speaker Jane Meier Hamilton, an educator, author, advocate and national caregiving expert; researcher, educator and former caregiver Tabassum Majid; and elder law attorneys Diana M. Law and co-author of “Alzheimer’s and the Law” Kerry R. Peck.

The daylong conference will consist of several breakout sessions focusing on a number of dementia-related topics for people living with early-stage dementia, advanced clinical professionals, clergy/faith community members, caregivers, friends and care partners.

Conference registration is available at Registration assistance is available by phone at the Delaware Valley Chapter’s free Helpline: 800-272-3900. Continuing education credits are available for professional caregivers.

Registration fees range from $30 to $100.

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