Upcoming Program:

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Wed Dec 19, 2018

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What Is A Webinar?

“Webinar” is short for “web-based seminar.”

The Alzheimer’s Association now offers these live, interactive programs conducted through the Internet. Participation is easy and is a great solution if you cannot easily attend a program in person. Instead, you attend via your computer, smart phone* or tablet*.

If you can open an email and click a link, you can join our webinars – it’s that easy!

We offer a variety of topics, professional speakers, and an opportunity to ask questions if you desire. Webinars are convenient and designed to meet the needs of busy caregivers and family members.

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You will need an internet connection AND a computer (PC or Mac) OR a mobile device with Adobe Connect app (Android or iOS).

How to Register & Join

Register online below by selecting the program(s) you are interested in. After registering, you will receive an email with a link to the webinar. On the day of the webinar, click on the link and launch the webinar.

Expert Speakers

Best-in-class experts who have extensive knowledge of the topic. All speakers are curated for their expertise.

Program Schedule

All Upcoming Programs

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Wed Dec 19, 2018

Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

REGISTER » 11 am-12 pm CST / 12-1 pm EST
REGISTER » 1-2 pm CST / 2-3 pm EST

View Past Webinars

Melanie PerryMelanie Perry, MS, CDP, CADDCT
Director of Memory Care Support Services

Under Which Roof? Residential Placement vs. In-Home Care » 12.04.18


As the roles transition from care partner to care giver, we find that there is no way one person can do it all alone. However, not every situation calls for a placement in a residential facility. Join this webinar to learn about the different options and levels of in-home care that are available before a residential placement becomes necessary.

Melanie Perry, MS, CDP, CADDCT, has been caring for those living with dementia for 27 years. She started as a Personal Care Assistant and progressed to a Memory Care Consultant 19 years ago. Melanie developed the current program for the Auguste’s Cottage Memory Care program for American Senior Communities, where she serves as the Director of Memory Care Support Services.

Program Notes
FreimanRebecca Freiman, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist

The Art & Science of Music & Dementia » 11.29.18


Music has been shown to improve mood, behaviors and quality of life for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Log in to learn from a board certified music therapist about the science behind music therapy, and how you can employ music to help your loved one with dementia.

Rebecca Froman Freiman, MA, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist serving adults with various types of dementia through Greater Chicago Music Therapy Inc., her private practice. A clinician since 2005, Rebecca has worked as a staff member in long term and sub-acute care, established and implemented a music therapy program for a local hospice, and has facilitated music therapy individual and group sessions for a variety of clientele in many different settings through her private practice.

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Liana G. ApostolovaLiana G. Apostolova, MD, MSc, FAAN
Alzheimer’s Researcher

Is it Time to See the Doctor? Alzheimer’s Symptoms vs. Normal Aging » 11.06.18


If you or someone you know is experiencing changes in memory and cognition, how can you tell if it’s normal aging or something more serious? Join us as we speak to a board certified physician to learn about the symptoms of dementia and the diagnostic process.

Liana G. Apostolova, MD, MSc, FAAN joined the Indiana University School of Medicine as The Barbara and Peer Baekgaard Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Professor in Neurology, Radiology, Medical and Molecular Genetics in June of 2015. Dr. Apostolova is a prolific researcher, who focuses on the early symptomatic and presymptomatic stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and on the development and validation of sensitive imaging and genetic biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing disorders. She directs the Clinical Core of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Indiana University and serves as Editor for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Disease Assessment and Monitoring journal.

Program Notes
Lee MoriartyLee Moriarty, CTRS/BS
Healthcare Consultant, IL Pioneer Coalition

How to Choose the Best Residential Care for Your Loved One » 10.24.18


The move to a residential facility can be traumatic for all involved. Financial pressures, guilt, sadness and anxiety are all part of the process of transitioning to residential care. Learn how to select the best level of care for your situation. Once chosen, learn how to manage the process of choosing which option is best, from making the first phone call to making the most out of your first tour.

Lee Moriarty, CTRS/BS is a healthcare consultant and a founding member of the Illinois Pioneer Coalition, which has a mission of bringing about culture change in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Lee’s mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors who are in residential facilities by educating management and staff, as well as the general public, about person-centered care.

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Daryl CarlsonDaryl Carlson
Mgr of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

Sundowning, Sleeplessness & Alzheimer’s: How to Cope in the Evenings » 10.16.18


Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can not only have a tough time making it through the day, but the nights can be especially challenging. Day and night can become confused, and late afternoons can be difficult due to a variety of contributing factors. We will look at those factors and discuss effective strategies for dealing with late day confusion, lethargy and sleeplessness.

Daryl Carlson serves as Manager of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter out of the Peoria office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication along with several certifications in advanced communication models and coaching. In his position with the Alzheimer’s Association, Daryl educates people throughout Central Illinois to raise awareness as well as to empower people to excel as caregivers. Through sharing stories, best practices, and using humor, community members gain invaluable information they can apply immediately.

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Stephanie van UlftDr. Stephanie van Ulft
Medical Dir, Sr Behavioral Health Services, Decatur Memorial Hospital

Prescription Medications for Dementia: Pros, Cons & Watchouts » 9.26.18


What medications are currently available to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? Are the benefits worth the side effects? Learn from a physician how these medications are prescribed, how they work and what you can expect from them.

Dr. Stephanie van Ulft, a graduate of University of Missouri School of Medicine, completed her psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked in private practice, developed a nursing-home based practice for the metro-St. Louis area, managed her own corporation of long-term care providers, served as the medical director for Heartland Human Services (community mental health center in Effingham, IL), worked as medical director at St. Mary’s Hospital (Centralia, IL) and joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in January, 2016. She currently serves as Medical Director of Senior Behavioral Health Services at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL. Board certified in both adult and geriatric psychiatry, she particularly enjoys treating patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.

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Meet the Experts

Dave Meyers

Dave Meyers

Care Partner

Dave Meyers lives in Normal, Illinois where he cares for his wife, Cheryl, along with working a full time job. Six years ago the Myers family entered the Alzheimer’s family when Cheryl received her diagnosis.

The Alzheimer’s Association provides encouragement, support and resources to David as Cheryl progresses through the different stages. David and Cheryl have two grown children that live in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Their love and support for their parents is what drives David to provide the absolute best care for his wife of 31 years

Wed Dec 19, 2018 – Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia