Upcoming Program:

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Thu Feb 20, 2020

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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

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

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Thu Feb 20, 2020 - 1 hr program

Alzheimer’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.

10am Central / 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific
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12pm Central / 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
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Caregiver SOS: Resources for Caregivers

Tue Feb 25, 2020 - ½ hr program

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

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

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.

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
David MyersDavid Myers
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Dave Myers lives in Normal, Illinois where he was a caregiver for his wife, Cheryl, along with working a full time job for six years. The Myers family entered the Alzheimer’s family when Cheryl received her diagnosis of young onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. The Alzheimer’s Association provided encouragement, support and resources to David as Cheryl progress through the different stages. David has two grown children that live in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Their love and support is what drove David to provide the absolute best care forhis wife of 31 years.

ViewIf you provide care for someone who lives at least an hour away, you are a long distance caregiver. This type of caregiving can present an array of challenges that may include recognizing when a person needs extra help, and knowing what kind of care is available and where to find it. Learn from an expert geriatric care manager, Esther Hurlburt, about how you can create a plan of action and be ready for the challenges to come.

Program Workbook
Yolonda SimonEsther Hurlburt, RN
Registered Nurse, Ordained Minister

Esther Hurlburt is a registered nurse and an ordained minister. Her career in geriatric care management began in 1994 after having spent many years caring for her own parents who lived on the other side of the country. Esther believes that with careful planning and collaboration, care managers can minimize the trauma of aging and replace it with the hope that our last days can be as enjoyable as our first days.

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
Sarah RoweSarah Rowe, BS
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Sarah Rowe has worked with seniors for about 20 years, including teaching senior fitness and working as a Life Enrichment Director in a senior living community. She also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association in Lexington, KY as a Community Educator. Sarah is the Health and Wellness Chair for the Aging Consortium in Lexington and works as a business development coordinator for a skilled nursing facility Lexington, KY.

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
Jane WilliamsJane Williams, CDP
Memory Care Facility Administrator

Jane Williams, CDP, is the Administrator of an Assisted Living Facility in Southern Illinois. She has over twenty years of experience working with people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and is a Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter.

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
Jill HovanasianJill Hovanasian
Memory Specialist

Jill Hovanasian is a Memory Specialist, working for the Dementia Care Coordination Program at the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Jill received her master’s in Social Work at Salem State University, with a focus on older adults and end of life care. Jill has worked for the Association for two and half years. Prior to her work at the Association, Jill worked in hospice care and at a dementia specific Adult Day Health Program.

ViewAlzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Program Notes
Scott McClureScott McClure, PhD
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

Scott McClure, PhD is a community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. He is an eleven year Air Force veteran, an ordained pastor, and a former neuroscience specialist.

ViewRegardless of skill level, many people with dementia find great emotional and cognitive benefit in making or just viewing art. Join us as we learn the basics from Robin Hamon, co-author of The Best Friends Book of Activities, Volumes 1 & 2. Learn some simple tools you can use at home to aid with communication, mood and behavior management. No art background required!

Program Notes
Robin HamonRobin Hamon, MSW
Family Support Coordinator

Robin Hamon, MSW, is a Family Support Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. During her tenure as program manager for an adult day center, she developed a creative arts training program for staff and volunteers working with persons with dementia. Hamon is co-author of two activity books for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Meet the Experts

Moriah Perry

Moriah 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.

Thu Feb 20, 2020 – Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

BriAnn Hill

BriAnn 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.

Tue Feb 25, 2020 – Caregiver SOS: Resources for Caregivers