Dementia Awareness Conference Set For Red Deer

September 30, 2015

Article Submitted by Bernie Travis

Third Annual Building Dementia Awareness Conference

  • October 30th, 31st, 2015
  • Red Deer, Alberta

Please register through Early Onset Dementia Alberta (EODA) via e-mail by Oct 9th

e-mail: [email protected]

Friday October 30, 2015

  • Time: 4:30 pm registration, speakers start at 5:00 pm
  • Location: Margaret Parsons Theatre, Red Deer College, Red Deer,Alberta


Mollie Cole –Appropriate use of Antipsychotics in the Care of persons with Dementia.

Mollie3Mollie Cole is an advanced practice nurse with more than 25 years’ experience focused in care of older adults, specializing in care of those with dementia. She is currently the manager of the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network. In this role, she is the lead on a quality improvement project called “appropriate use of antipsychotics.” Mollie will share key messages of this approach, including the role of family members in discussions around the use of antipsychotics in the care of persons with dementia.


Dr. Duncan Robertson –Senior Director Senior’s Health Strategic Health Network and co-chair Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan. He is a specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine from Victoria BC.

DuncanDr. Robertson will provide an overview of what may be done to prevent or delay cognitive impairment, the challenges of recognizing and diagnosing dementia, the strategies developed in Canadian Provinces and in other countries to address the increasing prevalence of Dementia and the steps being undertaken in Alberta that will lead to a Dementia Strategy and Action Plan for Alberta.


Saturday October 31, 2015

  • Time: 8 am registration, program 8:30 am 4 pm
  • Location: Sheraton Red Deer Inn, 3310 50 Ave,
  • Red Deer, Alberta


Donna Durand Alberta Council on Aging – Executive Director

DonnaDonna Durand is a recreation therapist and singer songwriter currently employed as Executive Director of Alberta Council on Aging. As seniors’ advocate and educator, Donna is passionate about delivering the message that there is hope. She has had the privilege of sharing her workshops and presentations with thousands of community members. Donna has worked front line to administration in health care and housing and is sensitive to the issues around healthy aging, aging in place and dementia care.


Larry Quintilio Red Deer Representative with EODA

LarryLarry is a retired Red Deer businessman who lost his wife last year after a thirteen-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He is passionate about raising awareness to conquer this ugly disease.