Smoothing the Rough Road: Addressing Dementia Challenges at #MACoCon

Dementia is more than just “forgetfulness,” as many people often believe. Memory problems are certainly one element of dementia, but communication, emotional, and behavioral issues are often also present. Caregivers are often surprised when their loved one suddenly experiences problems in one of these areas, especially if the only early symptoms were limited to problems with memory. At this year’s annual MACo Summer Conference, learn how counties are collaborating with stakeholders to provide citizens with resources to assess, treat, and manage cognitive impairment.

Smoothing the Rough Road: Addressing Dementia Challenges

Description: Local governments play a key role in ensuring communities are vibrant, inclusive, and supportive of all citizens. As we begin to see a rise in the number of dementia cases due to our aging population, it is crucial for local governments to work in collaboration with stakeholders to mitigate pressure on services and develop new and innovative service systems. In this session, panelists will discuss the impacts of dementia, the challenges facing family caregivers and those with a dementia diagnosis, and the practical actions government, individuals, businesses, and community stakeholders can take to improve the day-to-day well-being of residents.


  • Jay Kenney, Chief, Aging and Disability Services, Montgomery County
  • Gloria Lawlah, Former Maryland Secretary of Aging and Dementia Friendly Lead, Prince Georges County
  • Celene Steckel, Bureau Chief of Aging and Disabilities, Carroll County
  • Michael Buckley, Vice President, Public Affairs, BrightFocus Foundation
  • Nora Super, Chief of Programs and Services, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Moderator: Rushern L. Baker, County Executive, Prince George’s County

Date/Time: Friday, August 18, 2017; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The MACo summer conference is August 16-19, 2017 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year’s theme is “You’re Hired!”

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