Upcoming Program:

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

Mon Nov 18, 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 - NEW ½ hr Program!

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

Mon Nov 18, 2019 - 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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2pm Central / 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific
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Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Tue Nov 26, 2019 - 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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Effective Communication Strategies

Tue Dec 3, 2019 - 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.

1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific
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Caring from Afar: Tips for Long Distance Caregiving

Tue Dec 17, 2019 - 1 hr program

If 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.

10am Central / 11Am Eastern / 8am Pacific
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12pm Central / 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
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View Past Webinars
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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 the Helping Hand Day Center, she developed a creative arts training program for staff and volunteers working with persons with dementia. Hamon is co-author of the two Best Friends™ activity books.

ViewJoin this Alzheimer’s Association webinar to learn more about the science of dementia, the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, and the latest in research, including new studies that highlight the importance of lifestyle in reducing the risk of developing dementia.

Program Notes
>Hadi FinertyHadi Finerty
Sr Mgr of Education & Community Volunteers

Hadi Finerty is the Senior Manager of Education and Community Volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. She has been an Alzheimer’s educator for six 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.

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
Laura DakeLaura Dake
Volunteer Community Educator

Laura Dake is a volunteer community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association in Lexington, KY. She is also Community Partnership Liaison with Bluegrass Care Navigators (previously Hospice of the Bluegrass), and previously worked in the senior services field for over a decade running a nonprofit senior transportation program. Laura knows all too well the stresses and challenges Alzheimer’s and other dementias put on patients and caregivers, and is passionate about supporting them in every way possible.

ViewA diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be especially challenging for families. Family dynamics between adult children and parents can quickly become problematic and seem like an overwhelming obstacle to focusing on caring for the person with dementia. Dial in to learn some strategies for navigating the difficult waters of family and dementia.

Program Notes
Julia PerrielloJulia Perriello
Manager, Helpline & Community Referrals

Julia Perriello is the Manager of Helpline and Community Referrals at the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter. She previously worked at the Alzheimer’s Association home office in Chicago as a Care Consultant on their 24/7 helpline. Julia has a masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her clinical experience includes work in a substance use disorder rehabilitation program and in a residential memory care setting, where she worked directly with people with dementia and their care partners.

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.

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Yolonda SimonYolonda Simon
Caregiver

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.

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.

Program Notes
Lisa SobhianLisa Sobhian, MSW, LICSW, CDP
Director, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Services, Life Enrichment Programs

Lisa Sobhian is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has been a nursing home social worker and nursing home consultant, specializing in working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and other caregivers. Since 2007, she has been in charge of Alzheimer’s care at D’Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell, where she is the Director of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services and Director of Life Enrichment Programs.  A volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for the last 10 years, Lisa has been part of its Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s as Chairperson and currently their Mission Chair, and as an advocate and a Family Support Volunteer.

ViewAdult day programs have been shown to benefit caregivers and persons with dementia. Log in to learn more specifics about from expert Sheila Carter of Heartsongs Memory Care. We will discuss how you can take the next step in getting your loved one to engage in adult day programs and reap the benefits they have to offer for both you and your loved one.

Program Notes
Sheila CarterSheila Carter, BSN, MSN
Master Trainer of BEST Friends™ Approach

Sheila Carter, BSN, MSN, has over 25 years of experience in eldercare, and is a certified Master Trainer for the BEST Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care. She has a passion for improving the quality of life for seniors, and is the owner and executive director of Heartsong Memory Care in Louisville, Kentucky.

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
Ralph & Mollie RichardsRalph & Mollie Richards
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educators

Ralph and Mollie’s expertise in educating and counseling people about the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia’s extends over 20 years. They founded the Alzheimer’s Health and Support Ministry at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Rochester New York. They are also very involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter in Indianapolis, where they currently serve as Community Educators.

Meet the Experts

Jill Hovanasian

Jill 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.

Wed Nov 18, 2019 – Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Jane Williams

Jane Williams, CDP

Administrator, River to River Assisted Living

Jane Williams, CDP, is the Administrator of River to River Assisted Living in Murphysboro, 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.

Tue Nov 26, 2019 – Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Sarah Rowe

Sarah Rowe, BS

Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

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.

Tue Dec 3, 2019 – Effective Communication Strategies

Esther Hurlburt

Esther 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.

Tue Dec 17, 2019 – Caring from Afar: Tips for Long Distance Caregiving