Hawaii has 25,000 people over age 65 diagnosed with dementia, according to 2014 figures from the Alzheimer’s Association. It is anticipated that this number will grow to 35,000 by 2025, an increase of 40 percent. That increases the chances you, or someone you know, will face the challenging and complex task of caring for a loved one with dementia.  

On Sunday, June 10th, Caring Manoa, a 16-bed, private Type II Adult Residential Care Home with Expanded Care, is hosting a public event for dementia caregivers or anyone affected by or interested in learning more. The event will be offsite at a larger venue (details below.)

The care home flew in Philadelphia-based dementia care consultant Rachael Wonderlin, who authored When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community: Words to Say and Things to Do. Wonderlin draws on her Master's degree in Gerontology and her experiences working with older adults for over ten years.

“Dementia can be a lonely diagnosis, especially for the caregiver; their challenges are many. And their questions are many, too,” says Wonderlin.

She will cover topics like how to make your home dementia-friendly, pitfalls to identify when searching for care, and how to successfully transition into a care community.  Her focus is on giving caregivers the tools, support and knowledge they need.

Wonderlin's speech launches a new initiative for Caring Manoa. The "Expert in Residence” program brings experts in senior care to Hawaii to exchange knowledge with the local community. 

Wonderlin will be with Caring Manoa from June 3 to 18 and will be available for private consultation. Reach her through Caring Manoa at 2383 Beckwith Street, or call (808) 952-9990.

Vice President of Caring Manoa Todd Pang says, “Dementia-related issues impact many in our community. Rachael and her book are invaluable resources. We are fortunate to have her come to Hawaii and spend some time with us."

Pang will also speak at the June 10th event. He will outline elderly care options in Hawaii.

“Most people want to remain at home for as long as they can, but what many do not realize is their quality of life can become so much better in the right setting. Focusing on the transition to leave home is a very important for long term planning, and a natural complement to the topic of dementia,” shares Pang.

Event details:

When: Sunday, June 10, 2018, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Manoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Culture Center, 2454 S. Beretania Street in McCully

Parking: Onsite parking in the Japanese Culture Center will be validated.  Street parking on Beretania Street.

Admission: $25 advance purchase, $35 at the door