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WHY is it important for VNA Health to bring PHORUM to our community even during a pandemic? Simply stated, to help each of us LIVE WELL through education and empowerment.
PHORUM is our healthcare symposium where national, regional and local health care leaders share and discuss relevant issues that impact the health and well being of our communities. This year’s PHORUM takes an important look at Alzheimer’s Disease from the perspective of music.
The Alzheimer’s Association 2021 Facts & Figures Report indicates that more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s; and in less than 30 years, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million. Also, Alzheimer’s impacts not only patients; it impacts their families and caregivers. There are more than 11 million Americans providing care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Finally, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Our Medical Director, Dr. Michael Bordofsky, has shared that the unfortunate reality is that people with Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia have become the largest group of patients we care for at VNA Health.
Until there is a cure for this disease, VNA Health will provide care for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. One of the life enrichment programs we offer is Music Therapy, which integrates with our palliative and hospice care services. Music Therapy offers emotional support for patients and their families and provides an outlet for reflection and expression of feelings. Thanks to generous donors, our Music Therapy is offered free of charge to our hospice patients.
Emmy Award-winning Actress Jane Seymour presents the documentary, I’LL BE ME, a touching film about Glen Campbell — Oscar® Nominee, GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and Country Music Hall of Fame member — and his personal journey with Alzheimer’s Disease as he embarked on his nationwide “Goodbye Tour”. In the film, Gene shares a unique perspective on living with Alzheimer’s and shows how music can loosen the grip of this disease.
Following the movie, our Medical Director Dr. Michael Bordofsky, moderated a panel conversation with: