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Free Live Webinars
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.

Join us for one, or all!
US/Canada Toll-Free Dial-in: 1.800.356.8278
Conference Code: 692442

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Upcoming Webinars (view description & register)

In addition to being overwhelmed by Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers and family members frequently report feeling plagued by guilt. Join us to learn from an expert how common these feelings are and what you can do about them.

Peggy Rubenstein, LPC
Manager of Helpline and Care Navigation,
Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois

Peggy Rubenstein is the Manager of Helpline and Care Navigation for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to meeting with families for care planning, she facilitates early stage and younger onset support groups and social engagement. Peggy has a master’s degree in Gerontological Counseling from Adler University in Chicago and a certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. She believes persons living with dementia and their families can live with meaning throughout the journey.

Alzheimer’s disease is the number one cause of dementia, but there are many other causes as well. Without a proper understanding of the differences of the major types of dementia, getting the proper treatment and education to cope can be difficult. Join us as we learn about the top five diseases which account for over 90% of all cases of dementia.

Mike Bius, Multimedia Education Manager
Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter

Mike Bius serves as a Multimedia Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and group communication. Mike joined the Alzheimer’s Association in January of 2012 meshing his talents and expertise in corporate training and education with his passion for seniors, adult learners, and caregivers. In his initial position with the Alzheimer’s Association as Manager of Education and Outreach, he has conducted hundreds of education programs throughout the state. Now, as a Multimedia Education Manager, he focuses exclusively on educating the public through virtual learning platforms.

Ensuring that a person with Alzheimer’s disease is active throughout the day is critical to their ability to slow the loss of cognitive function. However, all activities are not equally beneficial. Learn what you can do to maximize the cognitive benefits of even the most mundane daily tasks to help people with dementia.

Susan Sklar, AP
Manager of Education and Outreach,
Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois

Susan Sklar is the Manager of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association. 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.

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

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s 07.12.17
Gadgets, Gizmos, and Technology to Make Dementia Care Safer and Easier 06.15.17
Why Veterans Are at an Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s 05.17.17
What Everyone Needs to Know About Hospice Care 05.03.17
How You Say It 04.04.17
Managing Agitated Behavior 03.28.17
Forward Thinking About Memory Loss 03.09.17
Paying for Alzheimer's Care: What Resources Are Available 03.08.17
Legal Planning for Alzheimer's Disease 02.23.17
The Stressed Out Caregiver: How to Get Help Now 02.09.17
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research 01.24.17

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