Addressing Alzheimer Disease and other dementias is a growing public health priority that will require increased public investments in both research and healthcare supports for aging populations. Citizen engagement with these issues to find our way forward together is critical now and, even more so, in the future. Novel Tech Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University) and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia have partnered to bring forward a series of public educational events for National Alzheimer Awareness month (January 2016) that aim to democratize science and build health literacy with respect to Alzheimer and dementia care for the elderly and the various goals of relevant research. The first module is comprised of three book reviews, to be published on the Novel Tech Ethics Impact Ethics Blog, by leading bioethics and neuroethics researchers. The books to be reviewed are, Still Alice (30 Nov 2015), Wrinkles (7 Dec 2015) and the Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging (14 Dec 2015). The second module will involve public screenings of the film adaptations of Still Alice (11 Jan 2016) and Wrinkles (18 Jan 2016). Each film will be followed by a panel-led discussion featuring patient representatives and experts from Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine specializing in neurology, psychiatry, geriatrics, community health & epidemiology, and bioethics. The final instalment in this series is a public talk featuring Dr. Margaret Lock, a renowned medical anthropologist and author of The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging. A dedicated web page for the series will be featured on the Novel Tech Ethics website in the fall with biographies of the reviewers and panelists, discussion questions for the films, and links to community resources, research projects, and patient representatives’ online stories.
Margaret Lock: “The Alzheimer Conundrum”
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 19:00
Halifax Central Library