March 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Center
1840 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Matt Okada, Director of Programs

Special Lecture: Challenges of Dementia and the “Kono Method” with Dr. Michio Ono

A FREE lecture on dementia and the “Kono Method” of dementia care for health professionals, caregivers, and family members of those affected by dementia

Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
RSVP: (415) 567-5505 or e-mail programsevents@jcccnc.org



Dr. Michio Ono will be making a special guest lecture at the Center on his work treating dementia patients, including an overview of types of dementia and treatments. Dr. Ono will introduce the “Kono Method” of dementia care developed by Dr. Kazuhiko Kono, which has been used to treat over 20,000 dementia patients in Japan. The Kono Method has shown to bring patients dramatic improvements and put smiles back on the faces of the patients, family and care workers. Join us for this informative talk!

As Japan’s society ages, by 2025 an estimated 7.5 million people in Japan will suffer from dementia. Including patients with mild cognitive impairment, a third of Japan over the age of 65 will have dementia. This crisis can be coined the “Explosion of Dementia.”  No one is immune to this phenomenon. It not only makes it challenging for the patients themselves, but it can affect their family, community, and an entire nation. Dementia is not simply memory loss, it can affect your ability to walk, communicate, and swallow. It can also affect your personality and lead to irritability, anger, and unethical behavior. Some patients report visual hallucination, delusion, depressive and somnolent state. As you can imagine, dementia patients can become a heavy burden on family members and caretakers both physically and emotionally if not treated correctly.

Families and caretakers must work closely together with their physicians in order to successfully treat these patients. Dementia is not only Alzheimer’s or vascular disease. There are many other important types that present various symptoms and need different medications. Each elderly patient reacts very differently to the same medication. In many cases, patients are in fact misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly with the wrong type and dosage of prescription medication. The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to accurately diagnose these patients and evaluate their symptoms at home simply by observing their changes and using easy scoring charts. You will also learn how to choose the correct medication and supplements to use and what not to use. As physicians, we must treat every patient individually and be in tune with their own unique responses to drugs and circumstances in order to provide the best treatment and care. Now is the time to learn and collaborate with one another to battle this epidemic.

About Dr. Ono: 

Dr. Michio Ono graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1976 and completed neurosurgery residency at the University of Tokyo. He continued his research studies at the University of Florida and University of Zurich (microneurosurgical anatomy). He then traveled to Brazil, Argentina, and Zambia to teach and perform neurosurgery. Looking to explore other fields of medicine, he moved to England where he studied tropical infections and public health at the University of London. Upon completion, he studied international health at Harvard University and conducted a “School and Community Health project” in Nepal. He then moved to Kerala State in India to work on community programs for long term and palliative care. In 2004, he returned to Japan to study emergency medicine. For the past 8 years, Dr. Ono has been working in a clinic and long term care facility focusing on elderly and dementia patients.