Upcoming Program:

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: What’s the Difference & Why it Matters

Thu Jul 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.

*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

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: What’s the Difference & Why it Matters

Thu Jul 19, 2018

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.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11-Noon EST
REGISTER » 1-2 pm CST / 2-3 pm EST

Over & Over: How to Deal with Repetitive Actions & Questions in People with Dementia

Wed Jul 25, 2018

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.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11-Noon EST
REGISTER » 1-2 pm CST / 2-3 pm EST

Caregivers Speak: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now!

Wed Aug 8, 2018

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.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11-Noon EST
REGISTER » 1-2 pm CST / 2-3 pm EST

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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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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Coping with Difficult Behaviors in Dementia: Strategies You Can Use Today » Mar 28, 2018

Margaret M. BaumannMargaret M. Baumann, MD
Chief of Geriatric Medicine, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center – Chicago, IL

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.

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.

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Researching Alzheimer’s Treatments: Where are We Now? » Feb 21, 2018

Raj C. ShahsRaj C. Shah, MD
Associate Professor, Family Medicine & Rush Alzheimer’s, Disease Center Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, IL

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.

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.

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The Caregiver Balance Beam: Burnouts, Breakdowns & Bustle » Jan 16, 2018

Christine Turo-ShieldsChristine Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC
Co-owner of Kenosis Counseling Center, Inc

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.

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.

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Meet the Experts

Mike Bius

Mike Bius

Multimedia Education Manager, Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter

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.

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

Becky Doiron

Becky Doiron

Manager of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter

Becky Doiron works for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter as a manager of Education and Outreach in the Carbondale office.

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.

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

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