The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter is hosting a research symposium. This event is dedicated to honoring National Family Caregivers Month, recognizing the vital contributions of caregivers, increasing awareness about their role, and providing valuable information and resources.

Symposium Highlights:

Date and Time: Friday, November 3, 2023, starting at 09:30 AM (CDT).

Location: Feinberg Pavilion Conference Center, Northwestern University, 251 E Huron, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.

Purpose of the Symposium: 

“By hosting this annual symposium, we have the opportunity to bring together over 300 caregivers, patients, families and healthcare professionals to learn about the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia research and the Association’s role in driving and leading global research initiatives. We are also able to provide the attendees with information, tools, and resources,” said Olivia Matongo, Vice President of Programs, Alzheimer’s Association.

Key Speaker: Heather Snyder, Ph.D., Vice President, Medical & Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association, will lead a discussion on an overview of the new of era treatment which includes activities happening at the Association to advance research. The keynote discussion will also address access to the services, programs and awareness to diagnose and treat dementia, as well as support provided. 

Professional Track 

Drug Development: An overview of the drug development process to include discussion on clinical trials, the phases of trials, how to participate, and why older and diverse participants are essential in clinical research. 

Detection: An overview of the current Alzheimer’s and memory concerns landscape. Discussion will include the importance of early detection in the new era of treatment as it relates to medical benefits, emotional and social benefits, more time to plan for the future and cost savings.

Family Track

Cultural Considerations in Dementia: Discussion on the recognition of dementia across cultures including cultural specificity of screening tools, identification of differences in risk factors, incidence, onset and prevalence across cultures and culturally related issues in decision making about management. 

Behaviors: Identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia. Explaining the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors and strategies to address common dementia – related behaviors.

New Anti-Amyloid Therapies: What do you need to know? 

Panel Discussion (all attendees) Discussion on current therapies that are now available and understanding the target audience for the therapies. Discussion on the process of administering the drug and the patient experience in the new journey of new treatments. The discussion will feature two early stage patients who are on Leqembi and Adulhelm. 

Who Should Attend: The symposium offers tracks tailored for various groups, including:

  • Individuals with early dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).
  • Family members, friends, or non-professional family care partners of individuals with dementia.
  • Professional caregivers, direct care staff, and administrators (Please note: No continuing education credits offered in this category).
  • Health and allied health professionals eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Continuing Education: Professional II attendees (health and allied health professionals) are eligible to earn 3.0 CEU or CME credits. Eligible professionals for continuing education credit include counselors, dietitians/nutrition counselors, marriage and family counselors, nurses, nursing home administrators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, respiratory therapists, social workers, and others (inquire at omatongo@alz.org).

This symposium promises to be an informative and impactful event for those involved in Alzheimer’s and dementia care and research. It offers an excellent opportunity to learn, connect, and contribute to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

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  1. Will there be information available for family care givers who are not able to attend? Recordings for watching on demand?

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