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Coconut Oil, Vitamins and Alzheimer’s: What Really Works?

Tue Mar 13, 2018

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Coconut Oil, Vitamins and Alzheimer’s: What Really Works?

Tue Mar 13, 2018
» 12-1 pm CST, 1-2 pm EST

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.


Hearing Loss and Dementia: What are the Connections?

Tue Apr 10, 2018
» 12-1 pm CST, 1-2 pm EST

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.


Caregiver Bootcamp: How Person-Centered Care Changes Everything

Tue May 8, 2018
» 12-1 pm CST, 1-2 pm EST

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.


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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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 Read less « 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.

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Family Conflict and Alzheimer’s disease: Navigating Difficult Waters » Nov 14, 2017

Kathleen H. WheelerKathleen H. Wheeler, BA
Author, Experienced Family Caregiver

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be especially challenging for families. Join us as we discuss this sensitive topic with Kathleen H. Wheeler, author of “Brought to Our Senses,” a book about a family’s struggle with dementia, denial, and drama.

Kathleen Wheeler has witnessed the toll that dementia takes both on the individual with the diagnosis and their family, as her mother died of Alzheimer’s disease. Kathleen decided that one way to help other families deal with the disease was to write a novel so others could learn from her own experience and see that they are not alone. “Brought to Our Senses” is the tale of a family in conflict coming to terms with caring for aging parents. The book was just named a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for First Novel.

Using Music to Combat Anxiety and Create Harmony » Oct 10, 2017

Cari ClaussenCari Claussen, BA;
Certified in Music and Memory Program; Owner, Country Lane Memory Care and Assisted Living, Riverton, IL

Music can bring about amazing results for people in various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This program 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.

Cari Claussen is the owner and on-site administrator of Country Lane Memory Care Assisted Living Community. Her passion for providing top notch care for the elderly began as she saw the care that was given to her own grandmother at a nursing home. Upon completing her degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Springfield, Cari began working in the Psychiatric Program at St. John’s Hospital and within a year, became an Elder Abuse Investigator in Central and Southern Illinois. Her career then took her back to the mental health field, specifically working with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. After working with Alzheimer's residents in a memory care assisted living for 3 years as a program director, she realized how much a patient could benefit from living in a place that mirrored a loving and supportive home environment rather than a hospital. Cari is trained in the Music and Memory program designed to help people with dementia.

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Sleeplessness, Sundowning & Alzheimer’s: How to Cope in the Evening » Sep 12, 2017

Smita PatelSmita Patel, D.O., FAASM;
Associate Director of the Center for Brain Health, NorthShore University HealthSystem

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.

Dr. Smita Patel, DO, is a Neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem. As part of NorthShore’s Center for Brain Health, Dr. Patel brings expertise in neurology and sleep along with a proficiency in complementary and integrative medicine to develop tailored health plans for her clients. She is board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Patel has participated in clinical research studies in the area of sleep medicine and has written book chapters for several academic publications on neurological disorders. She has a strong interest in researching the cause and treatment of neurological diseases as well as supporting and participating in educational programs.

She earned her medical degree from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. She received her neurological training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Sleep Medicine training at the University of Chicago. Additionally, she completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Andrew Weil.

Meet the Experts

Stephanie van Ulft

Robert Russell, Sr, MD

Medical Director, Kindred At-Home, Indianapolis, IN

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.

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

Jessica Tooley

Jessica Tooley, AuD

Senior Audiologist, Connect Hearing, Avon, IN

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.

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

Benjamin T. Mast

Benjamin T. Mast, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Psychologist and Professor & Vice Chair in Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville

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.”

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

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