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SPEAKER: DR. POKI’I BALAZ, DNP, APRN
- What is dementia and how does it affect the brain?
- 6 pillars to a healthy brain
- Social interaction, nutrition, exercise, sleep & stress, health, mental stimulation
- Local caregiver resources
- Self-care tips & tricks for Caregivers
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Dr. Balaz is a local girl who grew up in Hawai’i. She attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and received a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in Nursing, along with a leadership award for her service as class president. Dr. Balaz received her Masters of Science (MSN) degree in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma, graduated with honors and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. After working in Los Angeles she returned to Hawai’i to obtain her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Dr. Balaz describes herself as a lifetime learner and is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Dr. Balaz is also a full-time caregiver to her father who has Alzheimer’s disease, facilitates a support group, and co-facilitates the Savvy Caregiver Program which helps to address the needs of caregivers.