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Talking to Your Doctor About Dementia: Diagnosis & Followup

Tue Sep 11, 2018

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Talking to Your Doctor About Dementia: Diagnosis & Followup

Tue Sep 11, 2018
» 12-1 pm CST, 1-2 pm EST

Visiting the doctor can be intimidating and even frightening when you are concerned about Alzheimer’s. This is true for an initial diagnosis and for follow-up visits. Join us as we learn from a geriatrician about the process of diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and how you can effectively partner with your doctor as you navigate these tricky waters.


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Resources for Overwhelmed Caregivers: How to Get Help Now » Aug 14, 2018

Melissa TuckerMelissa Tucker
Director, Helpline & Support Services

By the time many caregivers realize that they cannot “do it all,” they are already overwhelmed by the demands Alzheimer’s makes on them. This month 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.

Melissa 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.

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Diet & Alzheimer’s disease: How Can We Reduce Our Risk? » Jul 10, 2018

Emmaline RasmussenEmmaline Rasmussen, MS, RD, E-RYT
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Center for Brain Health

Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet can reduce one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. What is the Mediterranean diet, and what dietary changes can we make quickly and easily? Join us to learn more about this diet and how it supports brain health.

Emmaline Rasmussen is a registered dietitian and researcher in the Department of Neurology at NorthShore University HealthSystem. As part of NorthShore’s Center for Brain Health, she brings expertise in nutrition and integrative health to advising patients at risk of and those diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases. Ms. Rasmussen earned her master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics with a focus in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown University. She graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and a minor in Kinesiology.

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

Kathy RhoadsKathy Rhoads, MSW
Owner & Director of Circle of Friends Adult Day Center, Champaign, IL

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.

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.

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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 & 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 & 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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Daniel Bateman

Daniel Bateman, MD

Research Scientist, IU Center for Aging Research; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine; Center Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research

Dr. Daniel Bateman is a board certified geriatric psychiatrist and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bateman is an investigator, health services researcher and implementation scientist with Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute and The Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science. He is a member of the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Outreach and Recruitment core. He graduated from Loyola University Medical School in Chicago, completed an internship in internal medicine at the Harvard Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and then completed his adult psychiatry residency, chief residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Bateman’s research interests are in Alzheimer’s disease, caregiver support for persons with dementia, implementation of best practices in dementia care, and use of technology to help older adults improve quality of life and maintain independence.

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