Upcoming Program:

Help for Your Patients with Dementia & Unique Challenges of Caregiving During COVID-19

Fri Apr 3, 2020

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

Our speakers are trained Alzheimer’s Association Community Educators, medical professionals and eldercare experts who have a passion for educating the public in order to improve the quality of life for all affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Program Schedule

All Upcoming Programs

FOR ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ONLY
Help for Your Patients with Dementia & Unique Challenges of Caregiving During COVID-19*

Fri Apr 3, 2020 - 1 hr program

More than 5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2020. The recent COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful and frightening for some people,

especially seniors struggling with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Learn about specific tools that will assist a provider with reliable information on how to enhance care for Alzheimer’s patients and families and how COVID-19 impacts dementia caregivers. Specific information on care and support resources for healthcare providers will also be shared.

*This webinar will include a complimentary 1.0 credit hours of continuing education

REGISTRATION CLOSED
9am Central / 10am Eastern / 7am Pacific
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12pm Central / 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
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Providing Late Stage Alzheimer’s Care with the "Namaste Care" Approach

Tue Apr 7, 2020 - 1 hr program

Caregivers of people in the Late Stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias want to know that they are providing the best possible care for their loved one. Namaste Care is a very simple method of improving the quality of life using easily learned techniques and without special equipment or supplies.

This caregiving approach has been used, studied by universities, and shown to be effective, in several countries. Join us to learn about how you can use the methods of Namaste Care, whether your loved one is at home or in a hospital or residential facility.

10am Central / 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific
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1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific
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Man & woman talking

Effective Communication Strategies

Wed Apr 8, 2020 - 1 hr program

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost,

families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Program Notes

10am Central / 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific
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12pm Central / 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
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6pm Central / 7pm Eastern / 4am Pacific
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People eating healthy

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Wed Apr 15, 2020 - 1 hr program

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age.

Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

9am Central / 10am Eastern / 7am Pacific
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11am Central / 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific
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6pm Central / 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific
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People talking with doctor

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Wed Apr 22, 2020 - 1 hr program

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable.

This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.

10am Central / 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific
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1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific
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4pm Central / 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific
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Gente comiendo sano

Cuerpo y Cerebro Sano es Vida Sana

SÁB 25 ABR 2020 - Programa de 1 hora

Durante siglos, hemos sabido que la salud del cerebro y del cuerpo están conectados. Pero ahora, la ciencia es capaz de proporcionar ideas sobre cómo el estilo de vida le puede ayudar a mantener el cerebro y el cuerpo saludable a medida que envejece. Únase a nosotros para aprender

acerca de la investigación en las áreas de la dieta y la nutrición, el ejercicio, la actividad cognitiva y el compromiso social, y el uso de herramientas prácticas para ayudarle a incorporar estas recomendaciones en un plan para un envejecimiento saludable.

10am Central / 11am Este / 8am Pacífico
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People eating healthy

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Sat Apr 25, 2020 - 1 hr program

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition,

exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

12pm Central / 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
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Man & woman talking

Effective Communication Strategies

Tue Apr 28, 2020 - 1 hr program

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost,

families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

11am Central / 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific
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1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific
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Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Wed Apr 29, 2020 - 1 hr program

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition,

exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

11am Central / 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific
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1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific
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View Past Webinars

ViewVisiting the doctor can be intimidating and even frightening when you are concerned about Alzheimer’s. This is true for an initial diagnosis and for follow-up visits. Join us as we learn from a neurologist about the process of diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and how you can effectively partner with your doctor as you navigate these tricky waters.

Program Notes
Darren Gitelman, MDDarren Gitelman, MD
Board Certified Neurologist

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.

VerDurante siglos, hemos sabido que la salud del cerebro y del cuerpo están conectados. Pero ahora, la ciencia es capaz de proporcionar ideas sobre cómo el estilo de vida le puede ayudar a mantener el cerebro y el cuerpo saludable a medida que envejece. Únase a nosotros para aprender acerca de la investigación en las áreas de la dieta y la nutrición, el ejercicio, la actividad cognitiva y el compromiso social, y el uso de herramientas prácticas para ayudarle a incorporar estas recomendaciones en un plan para un envejecimiento saludable.

Libro de trabajo
Dr. Claudia AmadorDr. Claudia Amador
Especialista en Neurología

Claudia era especialista en neurología con 15 años de experiencia en neurología general. Antes de venir a Chicago fui la organizadora de la primera clínica de memoria en Honduras.

ViewFor centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Program Notes

ViewAlzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The one-hour webinar will cover typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Program Notes
Rose PagonisRose Pagonis, CDP
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator Rose Pagonis is a real estate broker in Naperville, Illinois and co-owner of the Pagonis Group. She has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter for several years in several capacities, including as a Community Educator. She brings passion about the fighting the disease as well as years of experience as the primary caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’s.

ViewCommunication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Program Notes
Ruth RekoRuth Reko
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Ruth Reko has had a longstanding career in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Director of Lutheran Disaster Response with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Formerly she was Director for Leadership, where she worked with more than 270 health and human service organizations. Ruth has expertise in board development, leadership transition, organizational review, and volunteer management. She has a Ph.D. in Organization Development. Active in her community, Ruth is a board member for the Seafarers and International House in New York City. She served as a helpline responder for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter for 8 years and now is a community educator for the Association. She is a member of the Advisory Council of AgeOptions - the Suburban Cook County Area Agency on Aging, where she also is engaged in developing a volunteer-friendly culture for professional level volunteers. She is a member of the planning team for Dementia Friendly River Forest.

ViewWhat 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 30-minute webinar will feature a presentation of some of the best ways you can get help quickly.

Program Notes
BriAnn HillBriAnn Hill
Community Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association

BriAnn Hill is a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter. She is a licensed social worker and graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. BriAnn’s previous experience as a nurse and personal caregiving journey has led her to be an advocate for caregiver support.

ViewAlzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Program Notes
Moriah PerryMoriah Perry
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Moriah Perry began volunteering as a Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association in 2017 after the death of her mother due to dementia. The Association was such a wealth of knowledge and help for her family, she strives to give back however she can, and hopefully help other families. She is involved with Walk, Education, and Advocacy.

ViewAlzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause changes in a person’s ability to communicate. Understanding these challenges and adjusting our communication patterns can make all the difference in the world for both caregivers and those with dementia. This webinar will share some simple rules of thumb to communicate more effectively, both verbally and non-verbally.

Program Notes
Elizabeth RhodusElizabeth Rhodus, PhD
Gerontologist

Elizabeth Rhodus, PhD engages in research aimed at improving lives of older adults with neurodegenerative disorders at Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, a nationally recognized National Institute of Health Center of Excellence for research specific to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She holds a PhD in Gerontology and is also an occupational therapist with specialization in dementia care and care provider training. Elizabeth has developed a line of research related to behavioral management in dementia care, sensory-based assessment and intervention, and environmental aspects related to behaviors associated with dementia. Elizabeth values meaningful and empathetic care provision for individuals who suffer from cognitive impairment.

ViewWhen someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.

Program Notes
Jami KingJami King
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Jami King is a Community Educator with the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. She is a family care partner, with two parents living with Alzheimer’s/dementia. Jami is passionate about helping others to learn about and advocate for people impacted by dementia.

Meet the Experts

Melissa Tucker & Gene Kuhn

Melissa Tucker & Gene Kuhn

Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter

Melissa Tucker is the Director of Family Services for the Alzheimer’s

Association Illinois Chapter. She oversees Care Navigation, Early Stage services, and Caregiver Support Groups. As Support Group Manager, Melissa provides training and support for over 100 volunteer facilitators throughout Illinois. She also works with families during and after wandering incidents as the Illinois Medic Alert + Safe Return liaison. Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Mentor through the Chicago Bridges program for new professionals in the field of aging. Melissa joined the Association in 2012, after earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in health psychology.

Gene Kuhn is the Senior Manager of Health Care Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. He is responsible for enhancing and managing the Chapter’s health care outreach efforts, with special emphasis on outreach to rural and underserved communities. He also works to educate and engage health care professionals about the Association and other dementia related programs and services available to assist individuals and families post-diagnosis. Gene joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2014 and has worked extensively in the healthcare industry for over fifteen years. While at the Alzheimer’s Association, Gene has also provided community based education and resources for families facing Alzheimer’s disease in their lives.

Fri Apr 3, 2020 – Help for Your Patients with Dementia & Unique Challenges of Caregiving During COVID-19

Joyce Simard, MSW

Joyce Simard, MSW

Professor, Author, Founder of Namaste Care

Joyce Simard is an Adjunct Associate Professor School of Nursing,

University of Western Sydney Australia and a private geriatric consultant residing in Land O Lakes, Florida. She has been involved in long-term care for 37 years serving as Alzheimer’s specialist for many healthcare companies providing services in skilled nursing homes, assisted living communities and hospice organizations. Ms. Simard has written numerous articles and chapters in healthcare books and has authored three books: “The Magic Tape Recorder”, a book for children about Alzheimer’s disease and “The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia” now in its second edition.

Tue Apr 7, 2020 – Providing Late Stage Alzheimer’s Care with the "Namaste Care" Approach

Yolanda Simon

Yolanda Simon

Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Yolonda Simon is a retired educator, mother and grandmother from Southern Illinois.

She was a caregiver for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s. Additionally, Yolonda’s uncle died with Alzheimer’s and her oldest sister is currently living with Alzheimer’s. Describing the book “The 36 Hour Day” as her ‘saving grace,’ she now spends time educating others about this disease to help as many people as possible improve the quality of their lives.

Wed Apr 29, 2020 – Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research