As The Green House Project (GHP) strives to go beyond better in its efforts to revolutionize eldercare,we are pleased to announce a new event known as "DementiaVerse: A New Frontier in Learning, Collaboration & Scholarship."
Scheduled to take place both virtually and in person, DementiaVerse will boldly explore dementia care and its relationship to nature, the built environment, nutrition, and the power of socially integrated communities.
Whether you participate online or on site at Serenbe, a unique wellness community outside of Atlanta, you'll take home practical, actionable insights to foster a more welcoming and inclusive communtiy for all elders, including those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias — setting you up for a fall and winter of resiliency and connection, no matter what the future of the COVID-19 pandemic holds.
DementiaVerse begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 13 and concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 14. Registration covers all sessions and events on Sept. 13 and 14, including the wine and cheese reception on the evening of Sept. 13, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sept. 14.
In-person attendance will be at Serenbe, a biophilic community that connects people to nature and each other, in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga. There are 80 in-person spaces available on site.
Unsure about travel plans? DementiaVerse has a risk-free ticket change policy, so you can switch from in-person to virtual or vice versa with no additional fees — you’ll either receive a refund or simply be asked to pay the difference.
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An all-star lineup of speakers will examine lived experiences, emerging research and strategies that can empower people with cognitive impairments to live full, dignified lives.
Mike Belleville has been happily married for 40 years. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three children and six grandchildren. He was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 52. The diagnosis changed three years later to Lewy Body Dementia. Mike has been a very active advocate with the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter, having served on their board of directors for three years as well as being a National Early-Stage Advisor from 2016 to 2017. Mike serves on numerous national stakeholder and task force groups. He is very active with the Lewy Body Dementia Association. He is a founding member of the Reimagining Dementia Coalition and well as a member of the advisory council of the Dementia Action Alliance. He credits getting involved with them to continuing to have purpose and meaning in his life.
Dale Bredesen, MD
Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Dale E. Bredesen, MD, is a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the founding president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Dr. Bredesen received his undergraduate degree from California Institute of Technology and his medical degree from Duke University. He served as resident and chief resident in Neurology at the University of California San Francisco, and was postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Prof. Stanley Prusiner. The Bredesen Laboratory studies basic mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative process, and the translation of this knowledge into effective therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions, leading to the publication of over 220 research papers.
Managing Partner, Terrapin Bright Green
Bill Browning, MS, is the managing partner at Terrapin Bright Green, an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. He holds an MS in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Browning's clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Marriott, Bank of America, Salesforce, the Inn of the Anasazi, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors.
Jennifer Carson, PhD
Director, Education & Research Program, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Jennifer Carson, PhD, works to envision and develop opportunities for individual and collective growth to combat ageism and ableism, and improve the inclusion and well-being of elders, with a particular interest in persons living with dementia. Dr. Carson is director of the Dementia Engagement, Education and Research (DEER) Program in the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Ornit Chiba-Falek, PhD
Professor & Chief of Division of Translational Brain Sciences, Duke Univ. School of Medicine
Ornit Chiba-Falek , PhD, is professor and chief of the Division of Translational Brain Sciences in the Department of Neurology at Duke University School of Medicine. Her lab studies the genetic complexity and genomic architecture of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, Parkinson’s disease, and other Lewy body spectrum disorders. Dr. Chiba-Falek’s research program has translational implications for informing clinical studies, and for the development of new genetic biomarkers and therapeutic targets. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Program in Aging Award.
Founder & Board Chair, Sharp Again Naturally
Lisa is a board certified health & wellness coach, and founder/Board Chair of Sharp Again Naturally (SAN), a non-profit providing information and tools to help individuals prevent, slow and even reverse cognitive decline. In addition to SAN, Lisa sits on the board of a nursing and rehabilitation facility and understands first hand that the rise in Alzheimer’s and other dementias is often due to diet, lifestyle, and the environment. Lisa writes and speaks about causes of memory loss, and urges everyone to take better care of their bodies and brains so they can reach old age with their minds intact.
Emi Kiyota, PhD
Environmental Gerontologist & Founder of Ibasho
Emi Kiyota, PhD, is an environmental gerontologist and organizational culture change specialist who currently serves as a consultant to implement person-centered care practice in long-term care facilities. Having published journal articles and book chapters in Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States, Emi has done pre-design programming for senior housing and addiction treatment centers in the United States and abroad.
Al Power, MD
Geriatrician, Author & Educator
Allen Power, MD, is an internist, geriatrician, and Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel—University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, N.Y., and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.
Mark and Brenda Roberts
Mark Roberts is a founding member and secretary to the board of directors of the National Council of Dementia Minds. Throughout his life he has worked as a skilled tradesman in heating, air conditioning and construction, while also serving his church and community with active involvement on various boards of directors for non-profit and human service organizations. In 2014, Mark was diagnosed with Young Onset Vascular Dementia at the age of 62. Today, Mark serves as a national dementia advocate and speaker, and especially enjoys being a friend and source of hope for persons newly diagnosed.
Brenda Roberts is the executive director of the National Council of Dementia Minds and the director of quality assurance and education with the Michigan Assisted Living Association. Brenda has more than 40 years of experience in the human service field working with elders and persons living with disabilities. Brenda earned a certificate in advance dementia practices from the University of Michigan. She also holds a MA in education administration and community leadership from Central Michigan University, and a BA in sociology from Alma College.
Founder of Marama and Medical Director of North County Natural Medicine
Heather Sandison, ND, is the founder and medical director of North County Natural Medicine and the founder of Marama. She earned her naturopathic doctorate at Bastyr University in Seattle. Dr. Sandison specializes in neurocognitive medicine and neurohacking. She has been trained to specifically address imbalances that affect the brain, including aritutism, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and Alzheimer’s. disease, and has trained with Dr. Dale Bredesen, Dr. Neil Nathan, Dr. Bill Walsh, and Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, in addition to regularly attending and speaking at integrative medicine conferences throughout the year.
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Contact Hours Available:
This event will be submitted for continuing education contact hours for an estimted 10.5 total participant hours from NAB/NCERS, the Commission of Dietetic Registration, and the Maryland Nurses Association.
Contact Carol Dumond-Stryker at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. In order to receive contact hours, attendees must be present for the entire program and complete the evaluation form.
Hotel Information for In-Person Attendance:
Please note that accommodations for attending the symposium in person at Serenbe must be made on your own. The following hotels are located in nearby Fairburn, Ga.:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Fairburn
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Atlanta Southwest-Fairburn