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How You Say It: Making Matters Worse (or Better) By How You Communicate

Tue Jun 12, 2018

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How You Say It: Making Matters Worse (or Better) By How You Communicate

Tue Jun 12, 2018
» 12-1 pm CST, 1-2 pm EST

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause changes in the 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. Dial in to learn some simple rules of thumb to communicate more effectively, both verbally and nonverbally.


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Caregiver Bootcamp: How Person-Centered Care Changes Everything » May 8, 2018

Benjamin T. MastBenjamin T. Mast, PhD, ABPP
Clinical Psychologist and Professor & Vice Chair in Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville

A person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia is a person, first and foremost. Sadly, in many settings they are treated as a ‘patient’ that represents a to-do list for caregivers. Whether it is professional caregivers or family members, it is easy to fall into this role of box checking instead of dealing with the person with dementia. Dial in to learn how person-centered care will improve the quality of life for both the caregiver and the person with dementia.

Benjamin T. Mast, PhD, ABPP, has authored four books on Alzheimer’s disease and gerontology, entitled “Whole Person Dementia Assessment,” “Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer’s Disease,” “APA Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology,” and “Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

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Hearing Loss and Dementia: What are the Connections? » Apr 10, 2018

Jessica TooleyJessica Tooley, AuD
Senior Audiologist, Connect Hearing, Avon, IN

Hearing loss is associated with poor cognition and a progression to mild cognitive impairment, a condition that can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. Join us as we learn from a doctor of audiology what we can do to protect our hearing and what is being learned about the connection between hearing loss and dementia.

Jessica Tooley, AuD, earned both her B.S in Speech and Language (2002) and her doctorate in Audiology (2006) from Ball State University. She is the Senior Audiologist at Connect Hearing in Avon, IN. Dr. Tooley has 12 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss in the adult and geriatric populations and she is passionate and committed to providing better hearing to her community.

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Coconut Oil, Vitamins and Alzheimer’s: What Really Works? » Mar 13, 2018

Robert RussellRobert Russell, Sr, MD
Medical Director, Kindred At-Home, Indianapolis, IN

There are plenty of theories surrounding what causes Alzheimer’s disease, and even more on ways to treat dementia symptoms. In a time when so many options are available, how do you make the right choices for your loved one? Learn from a physician what methods of treatment are approved for use and how to access them.

Robert Russell, Sr, MD, is a post-acute care specialist and in-house physician for Lane House in Crawfordsville and Heritage Healthcare in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is Medical Director for Kindred At-Home in Indianapolis, Indiana and 2018 president elect for the Indiana Medical Directors Association. Dr. Russell is also an active member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council and Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.

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Structuring Your Life With Alzheimer’s: A How-To Guide » Feb 13, 2018

Cheryl Levin-FolioCheryl Levin-Folio
Author, Caregiver

When her husband Michael was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Cheryl Levin-Folio learned how to structure their lives in an effort to fight the disease every step of the way. Dial in to learn the specific strategies that have helped to maximize the quality of life for both Michael and for Cheryl.

Cheryl Levin-Folio is the author of “The 24-Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer’s.” This practical guide for caregivers and family members of those with dementia draws on her years of experience as a care partner for her husband Michael, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in his 50’s.

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Effective Caregiving in Dementia: The Best Friends Approach » Jan 9, 2018

Virginia BellVirginia Bell, M.S.W
Author, Co-creator of Best Friends Approach™

Join author Virginia Bell, co-creator of the internationally recognized Best Friends Approach™ as she talks about how to use person-centered care with people living with dementia. This approach has been shown to improve quality of life and reduce challenging behaviors through a focus on relationships and the person’s life story. Participants will come away with a refreshing new perspective on dementia care!

Virginia Bell, M.S.W., is a recognized leader in dementia care, pioneering the establishment of one of the first dementia-specific adult day programs. She is a co-author of five books including: “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care, A Dignified Life,” “The Best Friends Staff, The Book of Alzheimer’s Activities Volume 1,” and “The Book of Alzheimer’s Activities Volume 2.” The “Best Friends Approach” has been used all over the world and Virginia has lectured in more than 30 countries.

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Medications for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias: Benefits and Side Effects » Dec 12, 2017

Rita ShapiroRita Shapiro, DO, FAAN, FACP
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Dept of Neurology & Rehabilitation, University of Illinois-Chicago

What medications are currently available to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? Are the benefits worth the side effects? Rita Shapiro will discuss how these medications are prescribed, how they work, and what you can expect from them.

Dr. Shapiro is a board-certified physician in neurology and internal medicine with special qualifications in geriatrics. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Dept. of Neurology and Rehabilitation, University of Illinois-Chicago. She is also an attending physician at the Aging and Memory Clinic at UIC, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology. Her career focus has involved clinical care and teaching. Dr. Shapiro has extensive past experience in academically affiliated VA medical centers and remains engaged with patient care and education at the Jesse Brown VA Medical center.

Meet the Experts

BKathy Rhoads

Kathy Rhoads, MSW

Owner & Director of Circle of Friends Adult Day Center, Champaign, IL

Kathy Rhoads has a Master’s degree in Social Work with a certificate in Gerontology and has owned and operated the “Circle of Friends Adult Day Center” in Champaign, IL for over 20 years.

She leads an Alzheimer’s caregivers’ support group and is passionate about educating family members and caregivers in the area of dementia care.

Tue Jun 12, 2018 – How You Say It: Making Matters Worse (or Better) By How You Communicate