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Free: Educational Programs by Phone 🔊


Are you too busy to attend an in-person education program? Our free Educational Programs by Phone are designed for busy people who aren’t able to attend a program outside of their home or office.

Register online below or by phone at 309.662.8392.
It's easy! After registering, you will receive a toll free number to call plus materials to follow along with during the program. Call from your home, office, or car. You can listen in and even ask questions of our expert speakers.

Upcoming Programs (view description & register)

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.

Smita Patel, D.O., FAASM;
Associate Director of the Center for Brain Health,
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Dr. Smita Patel, DO, is a Neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem. As part of NorthShore’s Center for Brain Health, Dr. Patel brings expertise in neurology and sleep along with a proficiency in complementary and integrative medicine to develop tailored health plans for her clients. She is board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Patel has participated in clinical research studies in the area of sleep medicine and has written book chapters for several academic publications on neurological disorders. She has a strong interest in researching the cause and treatment of neurological diseases as well as supporting and participating in educational programs.

She earned her medical degree from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. She received her neurological training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Sleep Medicine training at the University of Chicago. Additionally, she completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Andrew Weil.

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.

Cari Claussen, BA; Certified in Music and Memory Program;
Country Lane Memory Care and Assisted Living, Riverton, IL

Cari Claussen is the owner and on-site administrator of Country Lane Memory Care Assisted Living Community. Her passion for providing top notch care for the elderly began as she saw the care that was given to her own grandmother at a nursing home. Upon completing her degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Springfield, Cari began working in the Psychiatric Program at St. John’s Hospital and within a year, became an Elder Abuse Investigator in Central and Southern Illinois. Her career then took her back to the mental health field, specifically working with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. After working with Alzheimer's residents in a memory care assisted living for 3 years as a program director, she realized how much a patient could benefit from living in a place that mirrored a loving and supportive home environment rather than a hospital. Cari is trained in the Music and Memory program designed to help people with dementia.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be especially challenging for families. Join us as we discuss this sensitive topic with Kathleen H. Wheeler, author of “Brought to Our Senses,” a book about a family’s struggle with dementia, denial, and drama.

Kathleen H. Wheeler, BA;
Experienced Family Caregiver

Kathleen Wheeler has witnessed the toll that dementia takes both on the individual with the diagnosis and their family, as her mother died of Alzheimer’s disease. Kathleen decided that one way to help other families deal with the disease was to write a novel so others could learn from her own experience and see that they are not alone. “Brought to Our Senses” is the tale of a family in conflict coming to terms with caring for aging parents. The book was just named a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for First Novel.

What medications are currently available to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? Are the benefits worth the side effects? Dr. van Ulft, a Geriatric Psychiatrist, will discuss how these medications are prescribed, how they work, and what you can expect from them.

Stephanie van Ulft, MD;
Geriatric Psychiatrist and Medical Director,
Decatur Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Services

Dr. Stephanie van Ulft, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, completed her psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. Since residency, she has worked in private practice in St. Louis County, developed a nursing-home based practice for the Metro St. Louis area, managed her own corporation of long-term care providers, served as medical director of Heartland Human Services (a community mental health center in Effingham, IL), acted as medical director at St. Mary’s Hospital (Centralia, IL) and joined the faculty of SIU-School of Medicine in January, 2016. She is board-certified in both adult & geriatric psychiatry with particular interest in treating patients with Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinson’s Disease.

🔊 Listen to Past Programs

🔊 Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementias 08.08.17
🔊 Coping with Caregiver Guilt and Depression 07.11.17
🔊 How to Choose the Best Residential Care Option for Your Situation 06.13.17
🔊 The Mediterranean Diet Can Changes in Diet Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s disease? 05.09.17
🔊 Supporting Couples Living with Dementia: How Spouses’ Roles Change 04.11.17
🔊 Legal and Financial Considerations in Dementia: Three Things You Can Do Today 03.14.17
🔊 Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Anxiety Relief: Aromatherapy and Hand Massage 02.14.17

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