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Talking to Your Doctor About Dementia: Diagnosis & Followup

Mar 10, 2020

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Talking to Your Doctor About Dementia: Diagnosis & Followup

Tue Mar 10, 2020
» 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST / 10-11 am PST

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 neurologist 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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Hiring In-Home Care: How to Choose Who to Bring Into Your Home » Feb 11, 2020

Betsey BenjaminBetsey Benjamin
Director of Client Care

You may realize you need assistance, but the decision to bring a home care worker into your home is stressful because it involves many important considerations. Join us as we learn from an expert what questions to ask as you interview prospective providers.

Betsey Benjamin is the Director of Client Care for an in-home care company that serves the central Illinois cities of Bloomington, Decatur and Springfield. She has years of experience helping families keep their loved ones at home through in-home care. Betsy especially loves building relationships with partners in the eldercare community and meeting with families to find solutions for their loved ones.

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The Search for Alzheimer s Treatments: Process & Progress » Jan 14, 2020

Hadi FinertyHadi Finerty
Sr Manager, Education & Community Volunteers

Join this Alzheimer’s Association program and listen in to learn more about the science of dementia, the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, and the latest in research, including new studies that highlight the importance of lifestyle in reducing the risk of developing dementia.

Hadi Finerty is the Senior Manager of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. She strives to educate five counties in Illinois on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias including warning signs, planning ahead and promoting brain health. Hadi graduated from Quincy University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and minor in journalism. Hadi was and is affected personally by AD through her grandma, who was diagnosed in 1999 with dementia. In her current role Hadi strives to make an impact on families and the community by sharing her own personal experiences with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Anxiety, Aggression & Alzheimer’s: Effective Strategies for Difficult Times » Dec 10, 2019

Carla GuthrieCarla Guthrie
Professional Caregiver of the Year

Anxiety is one of the greatest challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. This can cause agitation and, in some cases, even aggressive behavior. Join us as we examine factors that contribute to agitation, and learn practical steps to lessen anxiety and promote a sense of wellbeing.

Carla Guthrie has over 20 years of experience working in the senior care community and has been awarded “Professional Caregiver of the Year” by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter. As a Family Support Mentor, an adult day program manager, and a manager and staff trainer for numerous eldercare communities, she has gained experience and insight into helping improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.

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Activities to Combat the Winter Blues: Modifying Activities for the Stages of Alzheimer’s » Nov 12, 2019

Kathy RhoadsKathy Rhoads, LSW
Adult Day Center Owner/Operator

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia during the winter months can present immense challenges. Colder weather makes it more difficult to get out and fewer hours of sunlight can present difficulties with sleep and energy levels. Join us to learn how to modify everyday, in-home activities to provide structure and promote wellbeing at every stage of dementia.

Kathy Rhoads has a Master’s degree in Social Work with a certificate in Gerontology and has owned and operated an 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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Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s » Oct 8, 2019

Susan SklarSusan Sklar, AP
Mgr of Education & Community Volunteers

Feeling unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss? By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can make more meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer’s disease. This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and their effect on communication and behavior. It will also introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful.

Susan Sklar is a Manager of Education & Community Volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. Susan does her part to promote the Association’s mission by educating others about the importance of brain health, increasing others’ knowledge of the disease, and encouraging participation in research. As a caregiver for her mother who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, Susan understands the caregiver perspective. Susan has taught Powerful Tools for Caregivers and the Savvy Caregiver, facilitated caregiver support groups, and serves on several non-profit boards.

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Using Music to Combat Anxiety & Create Harmony » Sep 10, 2019

Suzan WindnagelSuzan Windnagel
Adult Day Services Board Member & Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator

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.

Suzan Windnagel has over nine years of experience seeing the benefits of music for persons with dementia. She was the caregiver for her husband, who was diagnosed at age 49 with young onset Alzheimer’s, and has continued to show her passion for helping those with dementia as both a volunteer and now a board member at an adult day center in West Lafayette, IN. Suzan is part of the day center’s certified Music & Memory® team. Singing with Friends is always a favorite activity for Suzan, especially when it is spontaneous as it often leads to discussions about childhood adventures, family, work, or favorite singers. Her expertise and personal experience as a former caregiver are invaluable in conducting dementia care training for other adult day services staff members and volunteers.

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Meet the Experts

Dr. Julia Biernot

Dr. Julia Biernot

Neurologist, Asst. Prof. of Neurology & Dir. of INI Cognitive Center

Dr. Julia Biernot is a board certified Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Illinois Neurological

Institute, Director of INI Cognitive Center. She specializes in Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders. Dr. Biernot practices with TeleHealth, which uses video conferencing to bring quality neurological care to those in rural areas who traditionally have less access to resources.

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