Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Symposium

Date : April 27, 2018
Time: 8 am - 4 pm
Location: Millennium Hotel (map)


Our keynote speakers this year are husband-wife team
Geri and Jim Taylor,
who were members of the
Alzheimer's Association Early Stage Advisory Counsel. Geri is living with dementia
and her husband Jim is her caregiver, and they will share their
very relatable stories of challenges and triumphs.

Chapter Program and Advocacy Director Rachel Rotach will discuss
"Perspectives in Program and Policy"
during a general address following the keynote.


After the included lunch, participants will choose from breakout sessions tailored to the interests
of family care partners, healthcare professionals & students and those living with a dementia diagnosis.


Afternoon Caregiver Sessions:

Commanding Caregiver Wellness: Time and time again, caregivers are so busy giving care, they neglect to care for themselves. It is no secret, however, that taking time for one's own well-being can improve quality of life for both the caregiver and care receiver. This session will provide simple, tangible techniques to manage stress and enhance your ability to cope with difficulties in the moment.

Making Legal and Financial Plans in the Face of Dementia: Dementia can create a lot of confusion and concern about the future. What kind of care will we need? How will we pay for it? Who will manage the finances? What kind of documents are needed? This session, led by an elder law attorney, will review the essential legal and financial questions to consider.

Dementia Research Update: This session will review advances in medical and clinical treatment for dementia, as well as current major clinical trials and insights on the future of research from the perspective of a neurologist and cognitive research laboratory director.

Decoding and Managing Challenging Behaviors: Behavior changes are one of the most difficult symptoms for caregivers to accept and manage. Often, these behaviors are a form of communication - and it is up to us to decipher the meaning. This session will discuss some of the most common behavior challenges caregivers face, and provide mechanisms for understanding, preventing, and responding to these situations in helpful ways.


Afternoon Professional/Student Sessions:

Pharmacology, Medication and Dementia: This workshop is an opportunity for health care providers and caregivers to consider and learn about the various aspects of dementia and a psychiatric diagnosis or psychiatric symptoms. Differential diagnosis can affect the care and treatment of an older adult and will be detailed. Several options for treatment and responsiveness to treatment are presented.

Person-Centered Approaches to Challenging Behaviors: Attendees will come away with an understanding of key advances in medical and clinical treatment for persons with dementia and care partners. They will also gain knowledge on current major clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, including insights on the future of research.

Promoting Strengths Through Creative Engagement: Individuals with dementia experience physical, emotional and cognitive changes from the disease, yet retain a sense of self and a need for connection to their surrounding environment. Engagement in meaningful activities can be an effective way to identify and encourage strengths of individuals, as well as reduce and prevent challenges in care.

Latest in Dementia Research: Key advances in medical and clinical treatment for persons with dementia and care partners.


Afternoon Sessions for Those Living with Dementia

Navigating Treatment and Care: Learn about options and resources available to you across WNY, along with tips for working with your doctor and managing health care to maximize your well-being.

Peer-to-Peer Tips for Living Your Best: This discussion will be lead by an advocate who has been living with the disease for several years. You will have an opportunity to share, gain insight and connect with others living with dementia. 


To register for the LIVING WITH sessions,
please call 1.800.272.3900 or (716) 626-0600.