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The Latest Research in Dementia Care: Views from the 4th Annual Canadian Colloquium on Dementia
The 4th Annual Canadian Colloquium on Dementia: An Overview
Speaker: Dr. Ron Keren, MD, FRCPC, 4th CCD Chair; Clinical Director, University Health Network and Whitby Mental Health Centre Memory Clinics; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
At present, an estimated 450,000 Canadians over 65 have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other related dementias. The incidence and prevalence of AD and related dementias is on the rise as the population continues to age. The expected scope and impact of the condition, and the desire to share research findings on the diagnosis and management of dementia, has led to the convening of an annual colloquium for Canadian and international dementia experts known as the Canadian Colloquium on Dementia.
The 4th Annual Canadian Colloquium on Dementia, held October 18-20, 2007 in Vancouver BC, brought together a large, expert faculty of Canadian and international speakers. The conference attracted a record number of residents and fellows compared with years past. As noted by Dr. Ron Keren, who chaired the colloquium in cooperation with co-chair Dr. Howard Feldman, the annual gathering provides a setting for exploring both clinical applications of latest research in dementia care as well as a consideration of future trends in the diagnosis and treatment of a burgeoning condition. Given both the increased attendance and record number of abstracts received by the colloquium’s organizers for the 2007 meeting, Dr. Keren described this interest in the subject as “boding well for the future of dementia care” in his opening remarks.
This report offers a closer look at select presentations from the colloquium that addressed key issues related to the diagnosis and management of dementia.