Upcoming Program:

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

Tue Jan 15, 2019

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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

Tue Jan 15, 2019

Alzheimer’s disease is the number one cause of dementia, but there are many other causes as well. Without a proper understanding of the differences of the major types of dementia, getting the proper treatment and education to cope can be difficult. Join us as we learn about the top five diseases which account for over 90% of all cases of dementia.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11 am-12 pm EST
REGISTER » 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Thu Jan 24, 2019

Alzheimer’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.

REGISTER » 10 - 11 am CST / 11 am-12 pm EST
REGISTER » 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

Tue Jan 29, 2019

Feeling unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss?  By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can make more meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer’s disease. This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and their effect on communication and behavior. It will also introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11 am-12 pm EST
REGISTER » 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST

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

Wed Feb 6, 2019

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.

REGISTER » 1-2 pm CST / 2-3 pm EST

Effective Communication Strategies

Tue Feb 19, 2019

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. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11 am-12 pm EST
REGISTER » 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST

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

Wed Feb 27, 2019

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.

REGISTER » 10-11 am CST / 11 am-12 pm EST
REGISTER » 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST

View Past Webinars

Dave MyersDave Myers
Care Partner

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia » 12.19.18

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Alzheimer’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.

Dave Myers lives in Normal, Illinois where he cares for his wife, Cheryl, along with working a full time job. Six years ago the Myers family entered the Alzheimer’s family when Cheryl received her diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association provides encouragement, support and resources to David as Cheryl progresses through the different stages. David and Cheryl have two grown children that live in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Their love and support for their parents is what drives David to provide the absolute best care for his wife of 31 years.

Program Notes
Melanie PerryMelanie Perry, MS, CDP, CADDCT
Director of Memory Care Support Services

Under Which Roof? Residential Placement vs. In-Home Care » 12.04.18

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As the roles transition from care partner to care giver, we find that there is no way one person can do it all alone. However, not every situation calls for a placement in a residential facility. Join this webinar to learn about the different options and levels of in-home care that are available before a residential placement becomes necessary.

Melanie Perry, MS, CDP, CADDCT, has been caring for those living with dementia for 27 years. She started as a Personal Care Assistant and progressed to a Memory Care Consultant 19 years ago. Melanie developed the current program for the Auguste’s Cottage Memory Care program for American Senior Communities, where she serves as the Director of Memory Care Support Services.

Program Notes
Rebecca
FreimanRebecca Freiman, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist

The Art & Science of Music & Dementia » 11.29.18

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Music has been shown to improve mood, behaviors and quality of life for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Log in to learn from a board certified music therapist about the science behind music therapy, and how you can employ music to help your loved one with dementia.

Rebecca Froman Freiman, MA, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist serving adults with various types of dementia through Greater Chicago Music Therapy Inc., her private practice. A clinician since 2005, Rebecca has worked as a staff member in long term and sub-acute care, established and implemented a music therapy program for a local hospice, and has facilitated music therapy individual and group sessions for a variety of clientele in many different settings through her private practice.

Program Notes
Liana G. ApostolovaLiana G. Apostolova, MD, MSc, FAAN
Alzheimer’s Researcher

Is it Time to See the Doctor? Alzheimer’s Symptoms vs. Normal Aging » 11.06.18

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If you or someone you know is experiencing changes in memory and cognition, how can you tell if it’s normal aging or something more serious? Join us as we speak to a board certified physician to learn about the symptoms of dementia and the diagnostic process.

Liana G. Apostolova, MD, MSc, FAAN joined the Indiana University School of Medicine as The Barbara and Peer Baekgaard Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Professor in Neurology, Radiology, Medical and Molecular Genetics in June of 2015. Dr. Apostolova is a prolific researcher, who focuses on the early symptomatic and presymptomatic stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and on the development and validation of sensitive imaging and genetic biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing disorders. She directs the Clinical Core of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Indiana University and serves as Editor for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Disease Assessment and Monitoring journal.

Program Notes
Lee MoriartyLee Moriarty, CTRS/BS
Healthcare Consultant, IL Pioneer Coalition

How to Choose the Best Residential Care for Your Loved One » 10.24.18

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The move to a residential facility can be traumatic for all involved. Financial pressures, guilt, sadness and anxiety are all part of the process of transitioning to residential care. Learn how to select the best level of care for your situation. Once chosen, learn how to manage the process of choosing which option is best, from making the first phone call to making the most out of your first tour.

Lee Moriarty, CTRS/BS is a healthcare consultant and a founding member of the Illinois Pioneer Coalition, which has a mission of bringing about culture change in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Lee’s mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors who are in residential facilities by educating management and staff, as well as the general public, about person-centered care.

Program Notes
Daryl CarlsonDaryl Carlson
Mgr of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

Sundowning, Sleeplessness & Alzheimer’s: How to Cope in the Evenings » 10.16.18

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Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can not only have a tough time making it through the day, but the nights can be especially challenging. Day and night can become confused, and late afternoons can be difficult due to a variety of contributing factors. We will look at those factors and discuss effective strategies for dealing with late day confusion, lethargy and sleeplessness.

Daryl Carlson serves as Manager of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter out of the Peoria office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication along with several certifications in advanced communication models and coaching. In his position with the Alzheimer’s Association, Daryl educates people throughout Central Illinois to raise awareness as well as to empower people to excel as caregivers. Through sharing stories, best practices, and using humor, community members gain invaluable information they can apply immediately.

Program Notes

Meet the Experts

Mike Bius

Mike Bius, BA

Multimedia Education Mgr, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

Mike Bius serves as a Multimedia Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and group communication.

Mike 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. In his initial position with the Alzheimer’s Association as Manager of Education and Outreach, he has conducted hundreds of education programs throughout the state. Now, as a Multimedia Education Manager, he focuses exclusively on educating the public through virtual learning platforms.

Tue Jan 15, 2019 – Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: What’s the Difference & Why it Matters

Dave Myers

Dave Myers

Care Partner

Dave Myers lives in Normal, Illinois where he cares for his wife, Cheryl, along with working a full time job. Six years ago the Myers family entered the Alzheimer’s family when Cheryl received her diagnosis.

The Alzheimer’s Association provides encouragement, support and resources to David as Cheryl progresses through the different stages. David and Cheryl have two grown children that live in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Their love and support for their parents is what drives David to provide the absolute best care for his wife of 31 years.

Thu Jan 24, 2019 – 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Hadi Finerty

Hadi Finerty

Sr Mgr of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

Hadi Finerty has been an Alzheimer's educator for five years and is passionate about improving the quality of life for all those affected by dementia. She learned about the disease first hand

as a family caregiver for her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s, and shares her personal experience and insight to help others in their journey.

Tue Jan 29, 2019 – Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

Sarah Rowe

Sarah Rowe, BS

Volunteer, Life Enrichment Director, Health & Wellness Chair

Sarah 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 is the Business Development Coordinator for Brookdale Richmond Place in Lexington, KY.

Wed Feb 6, 2019 – Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Denise Raley Saxman

Denise Raley Saxman, MSW, LCSW

Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater IN Chapter

Denise is Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter and is responsible for managing all client and professional services for

the 73 counties served by the chapter. These services include the statewide Care Consultation services, Early Stage Programs, Support Groups, Family Education, Conferences, Clinical Engagement and the 24/7Helpline. Her previous work experience includes 10 years as a home hospice social worker in Maryland.

Tue Feb 19, 2019 – Effective Communication Strategies

Kristen Webster

Kristen Webster, MPH

Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater IN Chapter

Kristen is the Information & Referral Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter. She received her BA degrees in Health Communications

and Medical Anthropology, and her Master’s in Public Health of Social Behavioral Sciences, from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Kristen oversees the 24/7 Helpline across the state of Indiana, the TrialMatch and MedicAlert+Safe Return programs, the statewide education conference and symposiums.

Wed Feb 27, 2019 – Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning