2nd Annual Sacred Journey of Dementia
une 7, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE! Click here to view them



A gathering for persons with dementia, caregivers, family members, professionals, and community members.

Last year, this conference was the first of its kind in this area, and organizers are excited to continue with new speakers and more great programming this year. Most conferences on dementia focus on data, symptoms, legal planning. The Sacred Journey of Dementia is designed to give a voice to all who are impacted by a diagnosis: those who receive the diagnosis, spouses, children, friends, neighbors and the professionals who interact with them (clergy, doctors, CNA’s, social workers). Focus will be given to the individual stories and to engage the community in the challenges of living with dementia ~ from all perspectives.


Keynote Talk:  The Thread You Follow  by Mahan Siler, Doctor of Sacred Theology 

Also presenting will be Dr. Virginia Templeton, Executive Director and Physician at MemoryCare.



Breakout Sessions
A. Care Partner Options - Planning for the Future   

Lisa Kaufmann, MSW, GCM, Carol McLimans, MA, and
Leah Brown, MSW, LCSW
Planning for future care can be challenging. This session will help care partners identify and
negotiate options for care in home and
community settings. Resource information will be provided.

B. Building Resilience in the Midst of Change  
Jane Sherman, Memory Loss Collaborative
Change is a constant in living with dementia and constant change can be stressful. Becoming
intentional about building resilience is an
important part of creating one’s own well being, whether you have a diagnosis, are a care partner, a family member, or a friend.

C. “Cannan and James’ Story” (video)
Dan Snyder, PhD
James Hyde was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) in 2010.  Later, his diagnosis was changed to early stage Alzheimer’s disease. This video shows how James and his wife,
Cannan, are dealing with some of the challenges they are facing. Discussion of the issues it raises will follow.

D. Art as a Tool for Reflection
Lisa Bovee-Kemper, MDiv
Participants will engage in an open art studio process designed to illuminate our personal experiences of the conference, an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the information and
emotions of the day. No experience or artistic ability is necessary.

E. Strategies for Self-Care
Sandy Norbo, AAS
Asking for help is a sign of strength, not a
weakness! This session will help the care
partner define the help they need and learn ways to actually GET the help they need.

F. Dementia and Me
Michael Hester, MDiv, PhD
A diagnosis of dementia can bring out
unresolved issues and uncertainty in how to respond. This session will provide an
opportunity for friends and family to explore feelings including denial, frustration, and anger.

G. The Pathways of Music
Libby Red, LRT/CTRS
Music is most enriching when the songs provided are those that shape an individual’s life.  We will experience the Music and Memory program at Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center where personalized playlists are created for dementia patients. Neuroscience research supports the power of music in igniting the brain. This practice is effective for everyone, but especially for those with a diagnosis.




Click here for a video featuring our keynote speaker from the 2013 conference, Dr. Lisa Verges.

Click here for the video of Cannan and James Hyde that was shown during the 2013 Conference.






 We are grateful for First Baptist Church-Asheville for allowing us to host this webpage.