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Center for Positive Aging Offers Community Conference March 25
3/17/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Center for Positive Aging invites health care providers who work with clients with dementia to "A Community of Caring: A conference for those who care for older adults with dementia" 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 25 at the Center for Positive Aging in the Charlotte County Cultural Center.
     The conference is organized to meet the educational needs of professional guardians, nurses, therapists and other health care providers who work with clients with dementia in primary care, hospital, assisted living, nursing home and home care settings.
     Participants will learn three grassroots ways a community can help people with dementia, discuss possible actions a community can take to build more positive lifestyles for caregivers and people with dementia, be able to identify five new opportunities from recent research that provide a higher quality of life for people with dementia, and be able to detail what he or she can do in the acute care, community based, or nursing home setting to improve the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.
     Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by keynote presentations, lunch and afternoon breakout sessions on topics such as Emerging Legal and Ethical Issues, Family and Caregiver Needs, Cultural and Diversity Issues, and Spirituality and Dementia Care.
     Keynote speakers include associate director of the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center Kathleen Buckwalter. She is co-director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, co-director of FGCU's Center on Aging, and holds joint appointments in the University of Iowa College of Medicine departments of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine.
     Professor of geriatrics and associate chair of the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University Lisa Granville is a keynote speaker. Granville has taught at the University School of Medicine, conducted research with the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Miami Veterans Medical Center, and has added certification in qualifications in geriatric medicine.
     Registration is $65 for professionals and $25 for students, caregivers and seniors, and includes lunch, breaks and conference materials. FGCU will award .7 Continuing Education Units to participants who attend the full day.
     For more information, contact the FGCU Center for Positive Aging at (941) 883-2425 or cfpa@fgcu.edu.

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