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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.
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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
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.
The needs of a person with dementia can seem to be almost limitless and every-changing. Caregivers are often overwhelmed with their responsibilities, for which there is no instruction manual. Join us as we learn from Tonya Cox, a dementia expert Read more »Read less «
who co-authored two of the books from the “Best Friends Approach™.” Tonya Cox, MSW, LNHA, serves as the Executive Director at The Homeplace at Midway, a Green HouseR community in Midway, Kentucky. She has also served as Vice President for Mission and Service for the Greater Kentucky / Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and for more than 15 years has been developing programs and services for persons with dementia and their caregivers, including working on national curriculum development for professional caregivers in various care settings. Tonya presents locally and nationally on activity programming and dementia care. She is a co-author on two of the Best Friends™ books (The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume One and Volume Two) and contributed to The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition, with Virginia Bell and David Troxel.
What medications are currently available to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? Are the benefits worth the side effects? Join Dr. Daniela Moga as she discusses the medications that are currently available, what you can expect, Read more »Read less «
and how you can work with your doctor to make sure that you get the most out of them. Dr. Daniela Moga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, UK College of Pharmacy, and an affiliated faculty member in the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy (IPOP). She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, and a faculty associate appointment with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. Dr. Moga’s areas of interest include pharmacoepidemiology and health outcomes research. Currently, her focus is on evaluating medication use and effects, including the use of potentially inappropriate medications by older adults with multiple comorbid conditions..
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
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), sand 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.
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 Read more »Read less «
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. Jami King is a Community Educator with the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. Jami is a family care partner, with two parents living with Alzheimer’s/dementia. She is passionate about helping others to learn about and advocate for people impacted by dementia.
You may realize you need assistance, but the decision to bring a home care worker into your home is stressful because it involves many important considerations. Join us as we learn from an expert what questions to ask as you interview prospective providers. Read more »Read less «
Aggie Hedin has been been in the healthcare field for 28 years, with the past 10 years working with seniors and their families in homecare or transitioning to live in independent, assisted or memory care facilities. She currently works with Synergy Home Care in Bloomington, IL as a community liaison providing education and resources to help seniors stay independent in their home.
Quality of life for a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can be greatly affected by how a caregiver brings structure to their day. Managing energy levels, physical exercise, social interaction and meaningful daily activities can be a daunting task. Read more »Read less «
Join us to learn some strategies from an experienced caregiver. 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 fighting the disease as well as years of experience as the primary caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’s.
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, Read more »Read less «
Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources. 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.
Alzheimer’s and related dementias are a significant public health concern. Log in to learn from an Alzheimer’s disease researcher, who will describe the current treatments for Alzheimer’s, their benefits and limitations. Read more »Read less «
We will also highlight the new directions being taken to develop new treatments for dementia. Donna M. Wilcock, PhD is the Sweeney-Nelms Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and an Associate Director at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. She is also a Professor with tenure in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Wilcock’s research is focused on vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) and Alzheimer’s disease, particularly how these two brain diseases impact one another. She is focusing on the molecular mechanisms of VCID, as well as developing clinical biomarkers that will help with diagnosis and, ultimately, treatment.
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 Read more »Read less «
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. 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.
Jami King is a Community Educator with the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. Read more » Read less «
Jami is a family care partner, with two parents living with Alzheimer’s/dementia. She is passionate about helping others to learn about and advocate for people impacted by dementia.
Mike Bius serves as a Multimedia Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association. Read more » Read less «
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.
Brooke Patterson is the Clinical Manager of Dementia Care Coordination at the MA/NH Chapter overseeing the clinical service Read more » Read less «
delivery component of the program. She began her career in 2004 and has served in managerial roles in memory care within Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities. Brooke served as the Secretary for the Alliance of Alzheimer’s Care Directors for 8 years. She is a Licensed Social Worker and holds the Certified Dementia Practitioner Certification.
Lee Pennington, is the manager of Helpline Services for the Maine Chapter and a Memory Specialist with the MA/NH Chapter. Read more » Read less «
She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) has been working with individuals and families living with dementia for the past 13 years. She graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with B.A in psychology and earned a graduate degree from the University of New England in clinical social work. Lee has worked in a range of roles from direct care, social work and program director roles. Lee has provided education to a variety of audiences and facilitated support groups. This disease has affected Lee’s family, motivating her work with those impacted by dementia.