Community Dialogue on Dementia Research
South Vancouver Island
Thu. December 14th, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island* invites persons with dementia, informal and unpaid caregivers, families, and friends to come together for a lively, interactive afternoon of idea sharing. Together, we will discuss how to integrate research into the continuum of dementia diagnosis and care, including how to learn about research opportunities here on Vancouver Island.
We are excited to share that two special guests will be joining us: Maria Howard, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of BC, and Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s Seniors Advocate!
The motivation to host this community dialogue stems from the official announcement made by the Victoria Hospital Foundation in early October to honour Mr. and Mrs. Neil Manning. The Mannings, formerly from Alberta and who are now Victoria residents, pledged 2.5 million dollars for dementia research in a 5-year initiative known as the Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative. Over the five years, CHI researchers and doctors aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of dementia on Vancouver Island through the development of a ‘learning healthcare system’ and digital tools. The Vancouver Island Centre is working closely with the CHI partners, including UVic’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health to organize this event.
WHO: Individuals with dementia, and those people who have lived experience of caring for a loved one, family member or friend with dementia or other cognitive disorders.
Registration is FREE, but required. If you’re interested in joining us, please register through Eventbrite by clicking the website link below our contact information, or connect directly with Taylor Hainstock (Taylor.Hainstock@viha.ca; 250-370-8496)
Light refreshments will be served and parking is FREE.
*Island Health’s Research Program has partnered with the University of Victoria to form one of the BC SUPPORT Unit regional centres tasked with supporting patient-oriented research across the Vancouver Island region.