Upcoming Program:

Effective Communication Strategies

Thu Jun 20, 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.

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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

Resources for Overwhelmed Caregivers: How You Can Get Help Now

Tue Jul 23, 2019 - ½ hr program

By the time many caregivers realize that they cannot “do it all,” they are already overwhelmed by the demands Alzheimer’s makes on them. In this webinar we will learn about various places to find caregiver resources, enabling caregivers to continue providing good care for their loved ones, and finding needed support for themselves.

1pm Central / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific
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Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Wed Aug 7, 2019 - 1 hr program

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.

11am Central / 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific
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2pm Central / 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific
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Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Tue Aug 20, 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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12pm Central / 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
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Why You Should Consider Adult Day Programs: Some Unexpected Benefits

Tue Aug 27, 2019 - 1 hr program

Adult 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.

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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ViewMusic can bring about amazing results for people in various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This webinar will look at the evidence base for music, how to choose the right music, and what benefits you might expect from incorporating music into the daily routine of a person with dementia.

Program Notes
Brooke PattersonElizabeth Hagemann, MA
Manager of Education & Community Volunteers

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Eureka College, and her Master’s in Human Services with a concentration in gerontology from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Prior to working with the Alzheimer’s Association, Elizabeth interned with the Illinois Department on Aging, which provided her with a solid understanding of aging network resources in Illinois. Her goal is to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s disease while fostering relationships with community partners in order to make Illinois as dementia-friendly as possible.

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
>Dave MeyersDave Meyers
Caregiver

Dave Meyers 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 for their parents is what drove David to provide the absolute best care for his wife of 31 years.

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
Tania PaparazzoTania Paparazzo, MSW, LCSW
Memory Specialist

Tania Paparazzo, MSW, LCSW obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University where she specialized in aging studies. Tania has attended trainings in Alzheimer’s and dementia throughout the country and has personal experience in caring for her grandmother’s, both of whom were diagnosed with dementia in their later years. Tania has helped thousands of families navigate their journey through dementia. She currently serves as a Memory Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH chapter.

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
Brooke PattersonBrooke Patterson, LSW, CDP
Clinical Manager of Dementia Care Coordination

Brooke Patterson is the Clinical Manager of Dementia Care Coordination at the MA/NH Chapter overseeing the clinical service 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.

ViewIndividuals 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.

Program Notes
Mike BiusMike Bius, BA
Multimedia Education Manager

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.

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. 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.

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The needs of a person with dementia can seem to be almost limitless and ever-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 who co-authored two of the books from the “Best Friends Approach™.”

Program Notes
Tonya Cox, MSW, LNHATonya Cox, MSW, LNHA
Exec. Dir. The HomePlace at Midway, KY

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.

ViewWhat 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, and how you can work with your doctor to make sure that you get the most out of them.

Program Notes
Dr. Daniela MogaDr. Daniela Moga
Assoc. Prof. University of KY College of Pharmacy

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.

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
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Laura DakeLaura Dake
Alzheimer’s Association 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), 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.

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
Jami KingJami King
Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

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.

ViewYou 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.

Program Notes
Aggie Hedin, CMPAggie Hedin, CMP
Client Care Manager, Synergy Home Care

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.

ViewQuality 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. Join us to learn some strategies from an experienced caregiver.

Program Notes
Rose PagonisRose Pagonis
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 fighting the disease as well as years of experience as the primary caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’s.

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
Ralph & Mollie RichardsRalph H. & Mollie A. 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.

ViewAlzheimer’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. We will also highlight the new directions being taken to develop new treatments for dementia.

Program Notes
Donna M Wilcock, PhD Donna M Wilcock, PhD
University of Kentucky

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.

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
Kristen Webster, MPH Kristen Webster, MPH
Program Director

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.

Meet the Experts

Melissa Tucker

Melissa Tucker, LPC

Director, Family Services

Melissa Tucker, LPC, is the Director of Helpline and Support Services for the Alzheimer’s

Association Illinois Chapter. She oversees Care Navigation, Early Stage programming, and Support Groups. Melissa joined the Association in September 2012, after earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in health psychology. Melissa interned at a skilled nursing facility, where she worked with many people with dementia and came to understand the impact of this disease on individuals, family members, and the community.

Tue Jul 23, 2019 – Resources for Overwhelmed Caregivers: How to Get Help Now

Jami King

Jami King

Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

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.

Wed Aug 7, 2019 –Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Ralph H. & Mollie A. Richards

Ralph H. & Mollie A. 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.

Tue Aug 20, 2019 – Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Sheila Carter

Sheila Carter, BSN, MSN

Alzheimer’s Association Community Educators

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.

Tue Aug 27, 2019 – Why You Should Consider Adult Day Programs: Some Unexpected Benefits