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Caregiver SOS: How to Get the Help You Need

Thu Sep 20, 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.

*With the Adobe Connect app installed on your mobile device. Available at Google Play & App Store.

Equipment You Need

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

Caregiver SOS: How to Get the Help You Need

Thu Sep 20, 2018

What do you do as a caregiver when you feel like you are just treading water? There are resources available that are tailor-made to your situation, but you must know about them. This webinar will feature a presentation of some of the best ways you can get help quickly.

REGISTER » 10-10:45 am CST / 11-11:45 am EST
REGISTER » 12-12:45 pm CST / 1-1:45 pm EST

Prescription Medications for Dementia: Pros, Cons & Watchouts

Wed Sep 26, 2018

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.

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

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Caregivers Speak: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! » Aug 8, 2018

Our panel has experienced family caregivers, representing spouses & adult children

If you care for a person with dementia, you know that there is always something new to learn. Whether your concern is how to best interact with the person, managing medical decisions, or learning how to take better care of yourself, you could probably use a coach! Join us to listen to experienced caregivers share their stories and wisdom.

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Over & Over: How to Deal with Repetitive Actions & Questions in People with Dementia » Jul 25, 2018

Becky DoironBecky Doiron
Manager of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

Whether you’ve answered the same question a dozen times or find yourself unnerved at watching your loved one’s pacing, it can be difficult to deal with repetitive behaviors of dementia. Join us to find out some of the causes behind these behaviors and learn some strategies for dealing with them effectively.

She serves 26 counties in the southernmost area of Illinois. Before coming to the Association, she served as the Director of Activities at a local memory care unit. Alzheimer’s has been her passion since her grandmother received her diagnosis, 10 years ago. Becky works diligently to spread awareness, and educate the community about his relentless disease.

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Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: What’s the Difference & Why it Matters » Jul 19, 2018

Mike BiusMike Bius
Multimedia Education Manager, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

All people with memory loss do not have dementia, and all people with dementia do not have Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding the difference between memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is important in getting the right treatment and follow-up care. Learn what to do when your doctor suspects Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Mike Bius serves as the Multimedia Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. He joined the Alzheimer’s Association in January of 2012 meshing his talents and expertise in corporate training and education with his passion for seniors, adult learners, and caregivers. Mike has conducted hundreds of in-person education programs throughout the state, though he now focuses on webinars, Programs by Phone and conferences.

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Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s: Separating Fact from Fiction » Jun 6, 2018

Claire LewisDarren Gitelman, MD, FAAN
Senior Medical Director, Advocate Memory Center

Today, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Can anything be done to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, or to delay its onset? Dr. Darren Gitelman, a board-certified neurologist, will share the latest research on the management of risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Dr. Gitelman studied medicine at Washington University in St Louis, MO. He completed an internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, NY. He was then a neurology resident and chief resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. From 1994 to 2014 he was on the neurology faculty of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL and he continues to be an adjunct associate professor at Northwestern. Since December 2014 he is the Senior Medical Director of the Advocate Memory Center, which was made possible by a generous gift from Charles Frisbie. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Gitelman is board certified in neurology and in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. He has published over 100 articles on functional and structural brain imaging in dementia and various other neurological disorders.

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Legal & Financial Considerations for Alzheimer’s disease: What You Need to Know Right Now » May 16, 2018

Claire LewisClaire Lewis
Elder Law Attorney - Indianapolis, IN

Families caring for someone with dementia often deal with a host of unknowns. Planning ahead can help to reduce those unknowns. In this webinar, we will learn about proactive steps to take in legal and financial planning from an experienced elder law attorney.

She was also a founder and first Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section. Claire is the editor of the Laws of Aging and is a past recipient of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Law Related Education Award and its General and Solo Practice Hall of Fame Award.

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Managing Multiple Medications with Dementia: How to Get the Most from Your Medications » Apr 3, 2018

MDemetra AntimisiarisDemetra Antimisiaris
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Louisville - Louisville, KY

Polypharmacy, or the use of multiple medications and supplements at the same time, is a special concern for people with dementia. Join us as we learn about balancing the benefits with the side-effects of medications commonly prescribed for people with dementia.

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1989. She then completed a clinical pharmacy residency in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy at the UCLA-WLA VA program. Dr. Antimisiaris is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and leads the Frazier Polypharmacy and Medication Management Program at the University of Louisville, which is dedicated to education, research and outreach to help solve the problems associated with Polypharmacy. She authors continuing education for MDs, PharmDs, NPs, SWs and other interdisciplinary learners, serves on the editorial board of several peer reviewed journals, and is dedicated to pharmacology education.

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Meet the Experts

Kristen Jenkins

Kristen Jenkins, MPH

Information & Referral Manager, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.

Kristen Jenkins oversees the 24/7 Helpline across the state of Indiana, the TrialMatch and MedicAlert+Safe Return programs, and the statewide education conference and symposiums.

She writes a monthly article on caregiving tips and tricks for the Greater Indiana Chapter. Kristen spends at least one day each week at the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Indianapolis, providing in-person appointments for those diagnosed with dementia and their families.

Wed Sep 20, 2018 – Caregiver SOS: How to Get the Help You Need

Dr. Stephanie van Ulft

Dr. Stephanie van Ulft

Medical Director, Senior Behavioral Health Services, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL

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.

Wed Sept 26, 2018 – Prescription Medications for Dementia: Pros, Cons & Watchouts