Changing the Culture of Aging in the 21st Century
Sept. 1, 2020
Rachel Neal of PCU and Jim Kinsey of Planetree International talk about engaging in dementia friendly communities.
Rachel Neal of PCU and Jim Kinsey of Planetree International will be presenting on engaging in dementia friendly communities.
Speaking Engagement Topic: Engaging in Dementia Friendly Communities
Speaker(s): Rachel Neal & Jim Kinsey
Date: September 1st
Time: 10:45 am - 11:45 am CDT
Description of session/event:
There are 50 million people living in our world with dementia. Many of them are living in our communities and accessing businesses and services to complete activities of daily living to remain independent within their community. With the population of people who are diagnosed with dementia only expected to rise, it is important we learn how to best support these individuals through dementia-friendly culture and design changes. In this session, the presenters will provide practical ways to inform dementia inclusive environments, and provide a look into what it’s like to live with dementia in the community.
Planetree International was started by a patient in 1978. To date, Planetree has partnered with more than 700 healthcare organizations across the continuum of care in 27 countries to implement person centred quality improvement approaches.
Since 2019 we have worked together to provide training and consulting across North America, specializing in person centred dementia care.
Vice President of Continuum Care Services, Planetree International
Rachel is a dedicated individual who takes great pride in providing compassionate care for the aging community. Caring for her grandparents first ignited her desire to pursue a career in the field of gerontology and to working with older adults living with Alzheimer's and dementia. In addition to obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology from St. Thomas University, she has obtained a certificate from the University of Graz in Austria in a seminar on Aging and the Life Course. Rachel has worked in several roles within regional care facilities and after graduation as an activity coordinator in an adult day program as well as in an assisted living facility in the Fredericton area. In her spare time she volunteers as a committee member with the Alzheimer's Society of New Brunswick's Memory Cafe program. Rachel sees the growing need for enhanced services within this field and is passionate about being a part of the effort to provide services that greater meet the needs of older adults in our community.