MEDIA ADVISORY: Why would someone with dementia refuse care?

Why would someone with dementia refuse care? It's one question being addressed at the 2019 Geriatric Medicine Refresher Day. 

London, Ontario – In Canada, an estimated 76,000 new cases of dementia are reported every year. As more and more seniors are diagnosed, some questions arise: What are the best ways to care for people with dementia? What do you do when they balk at receiving care?

Teepa Snow, a leading educator and advocate for those living with dementia, will address these questions at the 33rd Geriatric Medicine Refresher Day on May 1, 2019 in London, Ont. At the conference, Snow will describe why people with dementia may refuse or resist care from health professionals and family members. She will also demonstrate what verbal and physical skills can improve these interactions, eventually lessening the refusal or resistance to care.

Conference features physicians, pharmacists, nurses and more

This one-day conference is hosted by St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Specialized Geriatric Services in collaboration with Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. For a full rundown of the sessions, check out the conference web page.

Teepa Snow will be available for media interviews between 12:30 pm - 1 pm.
Media are asked to pre-arrange interviews with the contact listed below.

Geriatric Medicine Refresher Day

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4 pm
Where: London Convention Centre, 300 York Street, London, Ont. 

About the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada’s preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada. For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research.

Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. For more information, visit

About Western University

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.


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