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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.
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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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 Joyful Journey Adult Day Services 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. Suzan serves as Joyful Journey’s Volunteer Coordinator and a Board Member. Her expertise and personal experience as a former caregiver are invaluable in Joyful Journey’s dementia care training.
Caregivers sometimes report that they feel a bit selfish tending to their own needs as they care for a loved one with dementia. However, over time, caregivers oftentimes neglect themselves and their own health and well-being suffer as a result. Join us to learn how caring for yourself can actually improve your outlook on caregiving and result in better care that you provide for your loved one. Read more »Read less «
Stephanie Freeman received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2005 for aging and dementia care developed largely due to personal connections. That led her to working in an in-home caregiver agency as Scheduling Coordinator and Client Services. During that time she received a Master’s in Social Work with Gerontology Specialization from the University of Louisville in 2008. She has been with Baptist Health Medical Group Neurology since 2012 developing the Clinic’s Memory Care Program where she serves at the Memory Care Program Coordinator and social worker working with families of those with dementia to address social and emotional needs.
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. Read more »Read less «
Greg Cooper grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He 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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
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. Read more »Read less «
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.
Kathy Rhoads has a Master’s degree in Social Work with a certificate in Read more » Read less «
Gerontology and has owned and operated “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.
Carla Guthrie has over 20 years of experience working in the senior care Read more » Read less «
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.