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Researching Alzheimer’s Treatments: Where are We Now?

Wed Feb 21, 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

Researching Alzheimer’s Treatments: Where are We Now?

Wed Feb 21, 2018

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.

Register » 11-Noon CST / 12-1 pm EST
Register » 1-2 pm CST / 2-3 pm EST

Coping with Difficult Behaviors in Dementia: Strategies You Can Use Today

Wed Mar 28, 2018

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.

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

Managing Multiple Medications with Dementia: How to Get the Most from Your Medications

Tue Apr 3, 2018

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.

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

Legal and Financial Considerations for Alzheimer’s disease: What You Need to Know Right Now

Wed May 16, 2018

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.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11-Noon EST

Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s: Separating Fact from Fiction

Wed Jun 6, 2018

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

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11-Noon EST
REGISTER » 2-3 pm CST / 3-4 pm EST

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The Caregiver Balance Beam: Burnouts, Breakdowns and 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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Alzheimer’s, Supplements and Rumors: What Does the Research Say » Dec 6, 2017

Darren Gitelman, MD, FAANDarren Gitelman, MD, FAAN
Senior Medical Director, Advocate Memory Center

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about supplements supposedly helping fight Alzheimer’s disease. However, anecdotal evidence is not the same as validated research. Join us as we hear from a board certified neurologist about what the latest research says about what is really proven in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

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, N.Y. 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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Lights, Sound & Touch: Multisensory Tools that Can Help People With Dementia » Nov 9, 2017

Bailey Kemp, AD, CDPrBailey Kemp, AD, CDP
Memory Care Coordinator& Activity Director, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community

Stimulating the senses has been shown to help the cognitive function of people suffering from dementia, as well as helping to reduce their anxiety and agitation. Join this webinar to learn why multisensory rooms are being used more, and what you can do, even at home, to harness the power of sensory stimulation to help people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Bailey Kemp is the Activity Director and Memory Care Coordinator at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa, Illinois. She has 10 years of experience and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Bailey has seen firsthand the benefits of music and sensory stimulation, which caused her to oversee the creation of a multisensory room in her facility. This has been a crucial tool in reducing the anxiety and increasing the quality of life for her residents.

Over and Over: How to Deal with Repetitive Actions and Questions in People with Dementia » Oct 31, 2017

Becky DoironBecky Doiron, BS
Manager of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois

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.

Becky graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. 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. She serves 26 counties in the southernmost area of Illinois.

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When to See a Doctor: Alzheimer’s Symptoms vs. Normal Aging » Oct 24, 2017

Concetta M. ForchettiConcetta M. Forchetti, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Memory Disorder Center Amita Health Neurosciences Institute

It is important to determine whether cognitive changes are normal and nothing to worry about vs. possible signs of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Join us as we hear from a board certified neurologist about when we should be concerned enough to see a doctor, and learn about several common causes of dementia symptoms that are easily treatable.

Dr. Forchetti has more than 20 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. In addition to being a board-certified neurologist, she has a doctorate degree in neuropharmacology and completed postgraduate fellowship training with the National Institutes of Health. She is a recognized innovator of memory loss treatments.

I have Alzheimer’s disease: A Discussion with Tom Ostreicher » Sep 27, 2017

Tom OstreicherTom Ostreicher, MA
Historian, Author, Teacher

It is difficult to imagine all the ways that Alzheimer’s affects a person, their identity and their relationships. This webinar will feature an interview with a person who is living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will have the chance to ask questions, providing valuable insights into the challenges of dementia.

Tom Oestreicher enjoyed a long career teaching History at the high school and college level. He is an American Civil War expert and has lectured on this subject for 40 years. He has also published four books: With Full Honors: The Search for the last Civil War Veteran; Plantation; Present and Accounted for; and Mr. Pumpkin & the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: a 50 year History. Tom has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, and serves as an advocate and volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. Tom currently serves as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Early Stage Advisory Group.

Meet the Experts

Raj C. Shah, MD

Raj C. Shah, MD

Associate Professor, Family Medicine & Rush Alzheimer’s, Disease Center Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL

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.

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

Margaret M. Baumann, MD

Margaret M. Baumann, MD

Chief of Geriatric Medicine, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center – Chicago, IL

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.

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

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, CGP, FASCP

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, CGP, FASCP

Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Louisville - Louisville, KY

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.

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

Claire Lewis

Claire Lewis

Elder Law Attorney - Indianapolis, IN

Claire Lewis has more than 30 years of experience in the field of elder law.

She was the first President of the Indiana Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. 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 Awar

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

Gregory A. Jicha, MD, PhD

Gregory A. Jicha, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

Gregory A. Jicha, MD, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Neurology and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky (UK).

Dr. Jicha serves on the Executive Committee and is the Director of the Clinical Core of the UK, NIA-funded Alzheimer’s disease Center. He also directs the Telemedicine Cognitive Clinic at UK, designed to reach out to rural populations across KY for both clinical and research-related activities in the area of AD and related disorders. Dr. Jicha holds the Robert T & Nyles Y McCowan Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research at UK. His current research interests lie in the areas of mild cognitive impairment, clinic-pathological correlations in early preclinical disease states, and clinical trials of disease modifying therapies for AD. He is the principle investigator at UK for the National Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Group and also serves on the Clinical Task Force and Steering Committee for the National Institute of Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center Program.

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