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Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Tue June 11, 2019
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For 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

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Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia » May 14, 2019

Melanie AdamsMelanie Adams
Director of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

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.

Melanie Adams holds a masters degree in Organizational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. During the past twenty years, Melanie has trained both professionals and families facing memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease and has been a valuable resource to her community. As a team leader across Illinois, Melanie motivates and empowers her team and volunteers to deliver quality education and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. She thrives on collaborating with other individuals and organizations to better serve the ever growing needs of the community needs.

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Effective Communication Strategies » Apr 9, 2019

Kathy Rhoads, MSWMelanie Chavin
Chief Program Officer, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

Communication 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. Join us to explore how communication

takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

Melanie Chavin provides direction and oversight for all education, support services, and healthcare outreach activities within the Illinois Chapter’s 87-county service area. Previously, Melanie worked in a variety of health care and human service settings serving individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. She has written a number of articles on aging and dementia and has contributed to Alzheimer-related publications and curricula.

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Visit with Ease: Keys to Spending Time with a Person with Dementia » Mar 12, 2019

Kathy Rhoads, MSWKathy Rhoads, MSW
Owner, Circle of Friends Adult Day Center; Champaign, IL

Visiting a person with dementia can, at times, make even friends and relatives uneasy. Concerns such as “what if they don’t remember me” or “what should I say” can cause people to avoid spending time with a person who can really use company. Learn from an expert how to spend time with a person with dementia to make the time enjoyable for all.

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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Dementia: Grief, Acceptance & Meaningful Interactions » Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Stephen Bliss, LCPDr. Stephen Bliss, LCP
Owner, Bliss Psychological Services; Louisville, KY

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia brings with it a great deal of grief that can persist throughout the disease. Join us as we learn from an expert about the “protracted grief” caregivers may experience, beginning with an understanding of anticipatory grief, and discover tools and strategies for coping and self-care.

Dr. Stephen Bliss is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He completed his predoctoral internship through the Cincinnati VAMC, where he primarily received training in geropsychology and neuropsychology. He completed postdoctoral supervision and training in neuropsychology and geropsychology at The Counseling Source in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was formerly the president of the Cincinnati Psychological Association and was adjunct faculty for the Xavier University psychology department. Dr. Bliss moved his private practice to Louisville, KY in 2005 and is currently a clinical faculty member in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University.

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Sundowning, Sleeplessness & Alzheimer’s: How to Cope in the Evenings » Jan 8, 2019

Elizabeth Hagemann, MAElizabeth Hagemann, MA
Mgr of Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

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.

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.

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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease & Mild Cognitive Impairment » Dec 11, 2018

Gregory Cooper, MDGregory Cooper, MD
Board-certified Neurologist

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? What is the difference between mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Join us as we speak to board-certified neurologist Dr. Gregory Cooper to learn about the diagnostic process when cognitive issues arise.

Gregory Cooper, MD attended the University of Kentucky, where he received his PhD in 1992 and his MD in 1994. He then completed his Residency and Fellowship training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with a focus in Behavioral Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience. He directed the Memory Disorders Clinic at Iowa briefly before returning to Lexington to join Dr. William Markesbery at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky and later the Baptist Neurology Center, where he directs the Baptist Health Memory Care Program. Since 2015 he has also served as Regional Physician President of the Baptist Health Medical Group.

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Meet the Experts

Melanie Chavin

Melanie Chavin

Chief Program Officer, Alzheimer’s Association IL Chapter

Melanie Chavin provides direction and oversight for all education, support services, and healthcare outreach

activities within the Illinois Chapter’s 87-county service area. Previously, Melanie worked in a variety of health care and human service settings serving individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. She has written a number of articles on aging and dementia and has contributed to Alzheimer-related publications and curricula.

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