The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to announce its schedule of free live webinars. Offered at various times throughout the day, the topics range from general awareness to specific caregiving strategies. Webinars are recorded and available to those who are unable to attend.
It is difficult to imagine all the ways that Alzheimer’s affects a person, their identity and their relationships. This webinar will feature an interview with a person who is living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will have the chance to ask questions, providing valuable insights into the challenges of dementia.
Tom Ostreicher, MA
Historian, Author, Teacher
Tom Oestreicher enjoyed a long career teaching History at the high school and college level. He is an American Civil War expert and has lectured on this subject for 40 years. He has also published four books: With Full Honors: The Search for the last Civil War Veteran; Plantation; Present and Accounted for; and Mr. Pumpkin & the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: a 50 year History. Tom has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, and serves as an advocate and volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. Tom currently serves as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Early Stage Advisory Group.
It is important to determine whether cognitive changes are normal and nothing to worry about vs. possible signs of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Join us as we hear from a board certified neurologist about when we should be concerned enough to see a doctor, and learn about several common causes of dementia symptoms that are easily treatable.
Concetta M. Forchetti, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Memory Disorder Center
Amita Health Neurosciences Institute
Dr. Forchetti has more than 20 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. In addition to being a board-certified neurologist, she has a doctorate degree in neuropharmacology and completed postgraduate fellowship training with the National Institutes of Health. She is a recognized innovator of memory loss treatments.
Whether you’ve answered the same question a dozen times or find yourself unnerved at watching your loved one’s pacing, it can be difficult to deal with repetitive behaviors of dementia. Join us to find out some of the causes behind these behaviors and learn some strategies for dealing with them effectively.
Becky Doiron, BS;
Manager of Education and Outreach,
Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois
Becky graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Before coming to the Association, she served as the Director of Activities at a local memory care unit. Alzheimer’s has been her passion since her grandmother received her diagnosis, 10 years ago. Becky works diligently to spread awareness, and educate the community about his relentless disease. She serves 26 counties in the southernmost area of Illinois.
Stimulating the senses has been shown to help the cognitive function of people suffering from dementia, as well as helping to reduce their anxiety and agitation. Join this webinar to learn why multisensory rooms are being used more, and what you can do, even at home, to harness the power of sensory stimulation to help people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Bailey Kemp, AD, CDP
Memory Care Coordinator and Activity Director,
Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community
Bailey Kemp is the Activity Director and Memory Care Coordinator at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa, Illinois. She has 10 years of experience and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Bailey has seen firsthand the benefits of music and sensory stimulation, which caused her to oversee the creation of a multisensory room in her facility. This has been a crucial tool in reducing the anxiety and increasing the quality of life for her residents.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about supplements supposedly helping fight Alzheimer’s disease. However, anecdotal evidence is not the same as validated research. Join us as we hear from a board certified neurologist about what the latest research says about what is really proven in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Darren Gitelman, MD, FAAN;
Senior Medical Director, Advocate Memory Center
Dr. Gitelman studied medicine at Washington University in St Louis, MO. He completed an internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, N.Y. He was then a neurology resident and chief resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. From 1994 to 2014 he was on the neurology faculty of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL and he continues to be an adjunct associate professor at Northwestern. Since December 2014 he is the Senior Medical Director of the Advocate Memory Center, which was made possible by a generous gift from Charles Frisbie. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Gitelman is board certified in neurology and in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. He has published over 100 articles on functional and structural brain imaging in dementia and various other neurological disorders.
► Watch Past Webinars
Making Simple Changes: How to Use Everyday Physical Activities to Improve Cognition
Dementia: It’s Not Just Alzheimer’s disease
Guilt & Alzheimer’s: Why Caregivers and Family Members Often Feel They Can Never Do Enough
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s
Gadgets, Gizmos, and Technology to Make Dementia Care Safer and Easier
Why Veterans Are at an Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s
What Everyone Needs to Know About Hospice Care
How You Say It
Managing Agitated Behavior
Forward Thinking About Memory Loss
Paying for Alzheimer's Care: What Resources Are Available
Legal Planning for Alzheimer's Disease
The Stressed Out Caregiver: How to Get Help Now
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research