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Medications for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias: Benefits and Side Effects

Tue Dec 12, 2017

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Medications for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias: Benefits and Side Effects

Tue Dec 12, 2017
» 12-1 pm CST, 1-2 pm EST

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.


Effective Caregiving in Dementia: The Best Friends Approach

Tue Jan 9, 2018
» 12-1 pm CST, 1-2 pm EST

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!


Structuring Your Life With Alzheimer’s: A How-To Guide

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

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.


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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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.

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementias » Aug 8, 2017

Ajay SoodAjay Sood, MD, PhD;
Neurologist, AMITA Health Medical Group

If you or someone you know is experiencing changes in memory and cognition, how can you tell if it’s normal aging or something more serious? Join us as we speak to board-certified neurologist Dr. Ajay Sood, to learn about the symptoms of dementia and the diagnostic process.

Dr. Ajay Sood is a board certified neurologist, specialized in disease of cognition and memory. He evaluates and treats patients with all types of dementia. Dr. Sood has dedicated his career to understanding and performing ground breaking research in Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. After his board certification in neurology, Dr. Sood completed specialized training in dementia and behavior neurology at Baylor College of Medicine where he developed a deep sense of understanding of the complexities of patients suffering with dementia and providing solutions for their comprehensive management. Dr. Sood also holds a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. His PhD work was focused on the pre-clinical development of drugs for dementia.

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Coping with Caregiver Guilt and Depression » Jul 11, 2017

...Charlene S. Aaron, PhD, RN;
Chancellor, St. John’s College of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois

Caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are frequently overwhelmed by the demands of day to day living. In addition to the immense logistical burden, the emotional aspect of being a caregiver can be devastating.

Join us as we learn about the ways depression and guilt can affect those who love someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Aaron is the Chancellor at St. John’s College of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Aaron received her doctorate of Nursing in Aging from the University of Iowa. She has served as the Director of Nursing for various nursing homes and retirement communities in Illinois and an associate professor at Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing.

Meet the Experts

Rita Shapiro

Rita Shapiro, DO, FAAN, FACP

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Dept of Neurology & Rehabilitation, University of Illinois-Chicago

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.

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

Virginia Bell

Virginia Bell, M.S.W

Author, Co-creator of Best Friends Approach™

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.

Tue Jan 8, 2018 – Effective Caregiving in Dementia: The Best Friends Approach

Stephanie van Ulft

Cheryl Levin-Folio

Author, Caregiver

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.

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

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