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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
When a person with dementia experiences agitation, the resulting behaviors can be difficult to manage. While medications can provide benefits, there are effective non-pharmacological strategies that can be employed. Geriatrician Margaret Baumann, MD, will show us how making simple changes in how we relate to a person with dementia can make a world of difference in mitigating difficult behaviors. Read more »Read less «
Margaret M. Baumann, MD, is a 1982 graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the West Side VA Medical Center (now the Jesse Brown VA). Dr. Baumann was a Fellow in Geriatric Medicine at Harvard University in Boston from 1986-1988. Following her clinical fellowship, she continued at Harvard as a Research Fellow. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. In 1990, she returned to Chicago as the Chief of Geriatrics & Extended Care at the West Side VA Medical Center. In 1997, Dr. Baumann moved to Hines VA Hospital as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care. She returned to Jesse Brown VA in 2015, where she serves as the Chief of Geriatric Medicine, and the co-chair of the Dementia Committee.
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Raj Shah about the latest in Alzheimer’s research. We will learn about some of the many clinical studies that are being conducted to identify ways to reduce one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease, to identify the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, and to find better treatments. Information will be shared on the importance of involvement in clinical studies, and how you can get involved. Read more »Read less «
Raj C. Shah, MD, is an associate professor of family medicine with the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is board-certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics. He is a principal investigator for clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease and other common age-related conditions. Dr. Shah oversees education, community engagement and recruitment efforts of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, especially in communities under-represented in aging research. He serves on the Rush Institutional Review Board and has served on various other research-focused committees at Rush.
Achieving balance between caregiving and self-care can be a difficult process, but learning how to manage caregiver stress doesn’t have to be! Discover ways to approach stressful situations and become a more balanced caregiver, both for your loved one with dementia and for yourself. Read more »Read less «
Christine Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC is co-owner of Kenosis Counseling Center, Inc, a community-based outpatient practice. She maintains a successful private practice with specialized training in trauma, including CISD and certification as an EMDR therapist. She is a state board member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Indiana Chapter) as well as a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Family Advocacy Outreach Network. Much of her clinical work is dedicated to those who are in a caregiving role of a loved one, whether from dementia, mental illness, addictions, suicide loss, etc. She encourages family members to attend to self-care in order to sustain energy for continued caregiving. Additional specialties include anxiety management, women’s issues, marital enrichment, as well as working with gifted and profoundly gifted children, teens and families.
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 Read more » Read less «
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.
Becky Doiron works for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter as a manager of Education and Outreach in the Carbondale office. Read more » Read less «
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.
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. Read more » Read less «
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.
Dr. Stephanie van Ulft, a graduate of University of Missouri School of Medicine, completed her psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Read more » Read less «
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.