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Symposium addresses number of topics for dementia patients and caregivers

Connecticut residents Geri and Jim Taylor will be the keynote speakers at the annual Dementia Care Symposium organized by the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter on April 27.

The day-long symposium will be held at the Millenium Hotel in Cheektowaga and early bird registration ends Friday <April 13>. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“One morning about six years ago, I woke up and looked into the mirror and said to myself, ‘Is that what I look like?’ I didn’t recognize my own image,” Geri Taylor said, recalling the moment in 2012 that ultimately led to a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). MCI often leads to Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

The Taylors will discuss the triumphs and challenges her diagnosis has brought to their marriage, including a determination to live life to its fullest.

“I am much more present and in the moment,” Taylor said. “I laugh more spontaneously and feel the warmth of others more readily. I know that I am limited, and at the same time, I feel expanded by the opportunity of knowing that what I experience is to be cherished and that every moment is special.”

The Taylors participated with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Early Stage Advisory Group in 2016.

The April 27 symposium will offer targeted breakout sessions on a number of topics in the afternoon for family caregivers, healthcare professionals and students, and those living with dementia. The conference also includes a continental breakfast, full lunch and access to dozens of local exhibitors.

Early bird family registration is $30 per person and after Friday, it’s $35.   

For more information or to register, call 626-0600 or toll free 1-800-272-3900.


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