It was so awesome to meet so many wonderful caregivers @ Caregiver’s Conference: The Art of Friendship in Caregiving sponsored by northern va Dementia Care consortium.
David Troxel, Co-author of The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care
David Troxel has become internationally known for his writing and teaching in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and long-term care. He has co-authored six influential books including his latest book, The Best Friends
Approach to Dementia Care, and written numerous articles relating to dementia care and staff development and training. His areas of expertise include best care practices for persons with dementia, caregiver support,
staff training, and long-term care program development. David has also been a family caregiver, supporting his mother, Dorothy, who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.
Melissa Andrews, President and CEO of LeadingAge Virginia
LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not-for-profit aging services providers. Under Melissa’s leadership, Dementia Friendly Virginia was launched in collaboration with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative
Services, and the Dementia Friends initiative was launched in Virginia. Melissa is a frequent speaker at conferences, educational events, and has been featured in media interviews about dementia and aging issues.
Dr. Tabassum Majid, Executive Director of Integrace Institute
Dr. Tabassum Majid has both a personal and professional passion in caregiver-care recipient dyads in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since she was a caregiver for her grandparents. Dr. Majid
has taught, mentored, and supervised many undergraduate and graduate students in her capacity as an adjunct faculty member with the Interdisciplinary Studies department at University of Maryland, Baltimore
County, and as the executive director of the Integrace Institute. The Integrace Institute is a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization focused on participatory research, evidence-education, and meaningful partnerships for all those impacted by neurocognitive disorders.
Dr. Michael Gillette, President of Bioethical Services of Virginia, Inc.
Dr. Michael Gillette is an ethics expert who has presented numerous keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Additionally, he contracts with dozens of healthcare organizations and other agencies to provide ethics case consultations and policy work. He has taught at colleges and universities, published articles in the field of clinical ethics, and has received several teaching awards.