Silverado Leadership to Present at Alzheimer’s Conference in Budapest
Kathy Greene, MSW, Senior Vice President, Programs and Services Integration and Kim Butrum, MS, RN, GNP, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services will be representing Silverado at the 31st annual Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference (ADI), held April 21 through 24 in Budapest. In addition to participating in discussions with some of the world’s preeminent Alzheimer’s experts, they will be discussing the Nexus at Silverado early-stage dementia program as a part of the conference’s poster presentation exhibit.
The conference, which hosts more than 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries, serves as a resource for medical professionals, researchers, professional & family caregivers, people living with dementia, volunteers and anyone else with an interest in Alzheimer’s. Experts attend to share the latest information in medical research, care, wellness and policy related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Attendees have a variety of dynamic presentations and workshops from which to choose, in addition to informative exhibits like the poster presentation.
Silverado’s poster presentation exhibit will showcase the innovative Nexus program, which is designed to help people who are living with early-stage dementia maintain and build cognitive ability using five pillars of activities. These pillars include physical exercise, stress reduction, cognitive exercise, purposeful social activities and support groups. Nexus residents at Silverado participate in a mix of activities per week, totaling 20 hours.
The Nexus pillars are based on research findings from reputable institutions, studied in detail and incorporated into activities appropriate for those living with dementia in the earlier stages. Silverado’s engagement teams are extensively trained in conducting these activities to ensure participants, which include not only residents but also families and associates, have the most beneficial experiences. Participants are regularly measured on tests of mood, behavior, cognition and function to monitor for stabilization, improvement or progression of their symptoms.
Kim Butrum, Silverado’s head of clinical services and co-creator of Nexus remarked “Society’s mindset has continually shifted over the past several decades. For example, we know there are a lot of things we can do to prevent heart disease, and that’s empowering. That same mindset is how our children will view dementia, as something they have control over. At Silverado, we’re at the forefront of this paradigm shift."