AFTD hosted the kick-off event, at the World Trade Center on Thursday, October 1st, for the United States of America’s participation in 2015 World FTD Awareness Week. View videos that were some of those which played during the evening and helped underscore the importance of AFTD’s mission: to improve the quality of life of people affected by FTD and drive research to a cure.
To commemorate the week, the AFTD announced that the print version of today’s New York Times includes a full-page ad to raise FTD awareness in the front section. In the NYC edition, it’s on pg. 15.
The AFTD created a page on their web site to accompany the ad: NY Times Ad Page
I’ll be talking about my experience as a caregiver using the iPad to engage and communicate with my wife, at Arden Courts in Avon tomorrow, October 3, noon to 1:30. They will be providing lunch.
“Using the iPad with a Person who has Dementia”
Keeping a loved one with dementia engaged in activities is very challenging for caregivers.
Ed Fitzgerald, a technology consultant whose wife is living with Frontotem-poral Dementia, looked for ways to use technology to help her. After some trial and error, he began using the iPad and created a home screen of activities combining, apps, links, games, videos, pictures and more, which he uses when they are together.
During this seminar, Ed will demonstrate how he uses the iPad, the process by which he created a customized set of activities that are of interest to his wife and offer advice on how to proceed if someone is interested in pursuing it with their loved one.
He talks about getting other family members involved and the benefits to both the loved one and caregiver. While he uses an iPad, some of what he talks about applies to a Kindle and Nook as well.
Click here for a PDF flyer.
World FTD Awareness Week, October 4-11, 2015, activities and events are being planned by at least 10 countries, including: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. From conferences in Australia and The Netherlands, to a concert and art gallery in Spain, to a citywide proclamation in Canada, constituents around the world are making their voices heard in the fight against FTD.
See what International Events are planned.