Conference focused on preserving dignity

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On Friday, Oct. 25, at Walsh College in Troy, three nonprofit organizations collaborated to present “Preserving Dignity: Identifying the Types of Dementia and Providing Care.”  The all-day conference was created to bring awareness to the different types of dementia and how those involved in the process of care can make the appropriate decisions regarding finances, living arrangements, and more to preserve the dignity of the individual. Representatives from the three nonprofits – the Oakland County Medical Society (OCMS), the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), and the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter – worked together to develop the conference.  Former Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Fred Mester was the chair of the OCBA Medical/Legal Committee that initiated the idea for the conference.  Among those on hand for the conference were (left to right) Marty Knollenberg; retired Judge Fred Mester; Libby Carpenter, social worker at CNS Homecare; Jean Barnas, program services manager-metro Detroit, Alzheimer’s Association; Suzanne Lewand, vice chair of OCBA Medical-Legal Committee; Susan Voydanoff of Westlake Health Campus-Trilogy Health Services; OCBA Assistant Executive Director Jan Anson; Dr. Sami Barmada; Dr. Bruno Giordani; Matt Phelan, public policy manager at Alzheimer’s Assoc.; Andrew Morton of TimeSlips; OCMS Executive Director Cindy Dady; Mike Plaskey; Dr. Peter Lichtenberg; Alexander Lebedinski, chair of OCBA Medical-Legal Committee; and Wendy Jones, “Next Steps 4 Seniors” radio show.

– Photo by John Meiu

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