The Use of Music in Home Care: Calming Agitation and Increasing Quality of Life in Adults with Dementia

Caitlyn Bodine

In this session Caitlyn will share why music works in dementia care and strategies on when and how it can be used effectively to help people with dementia get through their day. 

Empathy in Dementia

Julie Gusko

This session will explore further just what it is like to live with the diagnosis of dementia. 

Understanding and Responding Effectively to Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia

Anne Robinson, MA

This workshop will help you to understand the underlying causes of behavioral symptoms of dementia and what these behaviors are trying to communicate regarding the unmet needs of the person with cognitive loss.  The discussion will focus on agitation and anxiety, resistance to care (ex - dilemmas with bathing and dressing), wandering and verbal and physical aggression.  Practical suggestions will then be provided on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to these behavioral predicaments and possible ways to create and encourage more positive experiences for your loved one.

Navigating End Stage Dementia: What You Need to Know

Sara Lowe

Discussion of issues surrounding preparing for and navigating the final chapter including; advance care planning, telling the story (be remembered), strategies for coping with the long good-bye, food and fluid intake, assessing for pain/discomfort, and care of the caregiver.  Resources will be provided regarding options to consider including Palliative Care and Hospice.  This presentation is for individuals and caregivers at all ages and all stages of life. 

Do You Know Lewy? Lewy Body Dementia - When it Isn't Alzheimer's

Stephen Campbell, LMSW

This session will offer helpful information on a type of dementia not often talked about, Lewy Body Dementia.  Learn what Lewy Body Dementia is, how it is different from other diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and what you can do to bring awareness to this often misdiagnosed disease.

Where's the Instruction Manual?  Tips on Providing "Hands On" Care to Your Loved One

Dawn Erffmeyer, RN and Chris Fraser-Lee, OTR

An occupational therapist and registered nurse will provide recommendations about safely caring for a person with dementia in the home, including adaptive equipment for activities of daily living and practical "hands on" caregiving tips to achieve optimal cooperation from a person with dementia while providing personal care.

Community Resources for Caregivers

Stephanie Hecksel, LMSW

In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the various resources available to caregivers, including: support groups, agency assistance, respite care, education opportunities, and more.

Creative Processing Through Grief and Building Relationships

Leara Glinzak, MSAT

This presentation will provide examples of how creativity can instill hope and help process grief for those with memory loss and their caregivers.  Participants will walk away gaining creative ideas to help enhance relationships.

Family Panel Discussion: Addressing Family Conflict Through Elder Mediation 

Facilitator: Roxanne Chang

A panel of family members and an elder mediator will discuss and identify complex family dynamics that can arise and options regarding how family conflict can be effectively addressed.

Creating a Safe and Secure Home Environment

Jan Slot and Chris Simons

This presentation will provide ideas to keep your loved one safe and secure while developing an awareness of safety concerns, the risk of wandering, medication, and then how to create a proactive emergency plan.

Afternoon Session I: 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Dementia and Communication:  Tips & Tricks

Christina Turkewycz, CTRS and Paula Polinski

Learn how the senses naturally decline with aging and dementia.  Learn how to communicate when senses are impaired and how what is being said is not always understood.  Learn how to incorporate verbal and non-verbal techniques to help the individual with dementia to maintain their independence without causing strain on the relationship.  This presentation will provide you with easy tips and tricks to better understand communication difficulties of those with dementia.  The presenters will guide you in looking at the world through the eyes of someone with dementia.

Morning Sessions: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Biological Changes and Behaviors: Understanding Parkinson's Disease and Dementia

Dr. Sok Kean Khoo

Learn the biological changes that take place to assist in better interpreting the behaviors of Parkinson's disease patients with dementia.


Keynote Speaker: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Closing Session: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Who Said Technology is Only for the Young? 

Susan VandeBrake and Renee Van Y

Susan VandeBrake, MSW and Renee Van Y will share information about a variety of new devices and "smart" technology available to help persons with dementia live longer and safer in their home.

Legal and Financial Issues for Aging Loved Ones

Laurie Murphy

This session will discuss financial and legal decision making including durable power of attorney, patient advocate designations, guardianships, conservatorships, long term care planning, Medicaid, Medicaid eligibility rules, and Veterans Aid and Attendance rules. 

How the Different Dementias Affect the Brain

Dr. Ronald S. Duemler

Learn how the three most common dementias affect the brain; Alzheimer's Disease, Lewy Body Disease and Vascular Dementia.

Afternoon Session II: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Living Well with Dementia

Roxanne Chang and Anne Robinson, MA

Speakers Anne Robinson and Roxanne Chang will explore what it means to live well, as we embark on this journey together with persons living with dementia.  Discover the lived experience of persons with dementia and hear what their hopes, dreams and wishes are for the future, and what continues to bring meaning to their lives, through video footage, and other modalities of expression.  Learn what we can do as caregivers to continue to support and promote quality of life, personhood, relationship-centered care, and citizenship.

How to Build Your Caregiver Support System with the Help of Social Media

Joy Spahn and Susan Woolner

We've all heard that as a caregiver it's important to take care of yourself and one of the best ways to take care of yourself is by building a support network as soon as possible.  This session will help you as a caregiver identify traditional support systems but also how to include and access internet and social media support systems in a safe and easy way.