Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dallas Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference

Richard J. Price Caregiver Conference

"Caring Through the Storms"

Conference Schedule

8:15 – 9:00 Registration/Breakfast/Exhibits
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks and Welcome Mike Spencer, President & CEO Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter
9:15 – 10:45 Keynote AddressDementia-Related Behaviors: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW
10:45 – 11:00 Break/Exhibits
11:00 – 12:00 Care Giver Strategies for Promoting Health and Safety in the Home & Community for Persons With Dementia Regina Michael Campbell, OTR, MS, FAOTA
12:15 – 1:15 LunchR.J. Roper Caregiver Awards
1:15 – 2:00 Using Memory Books for Persons With Dementia Sharon Garst, M.S., CCC-SLP Pam Kovacs
2:00 – 2:45 Management of Dementia in the Hospital Setting Julio C. Rojas, M.D., Ph.D.

2:45 – 3:00 Break/Exhibits

3:00 – 4:00 The Palliative Care Paradigm for Serious Illness: The Special Needs of Dementia Patients Robert L. Fine, M.D.
4:00 – 4:15 Closing Remarks Debra Adams, Vice President of Programs and Services Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.Conference is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Lovers Lane United Methodist Church

9200 Inwood RoadDallas, Texas 75220

Register Today! Space is Limited

General Public: $10

CEU Professionals: $60

Respite care will be provided during the conference free of charge.

You must register for respite care by October 26, 2012.

For more information, please contact 1.800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/greaterdallas

CEU approval for 5.00 hours is pending for Activity Directors, Administrators, Guardians, Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers. 5.25 Nursing CEUs will be provided through the Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Our Keynote speaker is:
Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke UniversityDirector, Duke Center for Aging Family Support Program, Durham, N.C.

Lisa Gwyther is a clinical social worker who has worked in the field of Alzheimer's care, research and education for thirty-five years. She is the education director of the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University. The author of over 130 scientific and lay publications, she was honored in 1998 as one of the founders of the national Alzheimer's Association and has won national and state awards for documentaries on Alzheimer's disease and creativity in Alzheimer's programming.

Regina Michael Campbell, OTR, MS, FAOTA
Associate Professor, Texas Woman's University,School of Occupational Therapy, T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences, Dallas, Texas

Reggie Campbell is an occupational therapist educator and practitioner who, over the tenure of her career, has worked to help older adults with neurological disorders transition from hospital to home and the community. As a professional community leader as well as a person who has a personal family experience with Alzheimer's disease, Reggie has advocated for health promotion education and environmental change that enables persons with dementia and their families "to live life to the fullest".

Diane Garst, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Faculty in Communication Disorders, UT Dallas

Diane Garst lectures in the undergraduate speech-pathology and audiology program and supervises graduate students in speech-language pathology. Her work focuses on adults with developmental disabilities as well as speech and language disorders in stroke and dementia. She is active in research of discourse production and supervises graduate students at Friends Place.

Pam Kovacs
Executive Director, Friends Place Adult Day Services, Richardson, Texas

Pam Kovacs founded Friends Place in 2005 out of her strong desire to enhance the lives of those affected by dementia as part of her belief that everyone deserves a life with meaning and purpose. She is a healthcare professional with extensive Alzheimer's knowledge, training and more than 30 years in the field of aging.

Julio C. Rojas, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Rojas received his doctorate in neuroscience at UT Austin with a dissertation on "Strategies of neuroprotection against mitochondrial dysfunction." Since then, he developed the first in vivo toxicological model of Leber's optic neuropathy, and he provided the first demonstrations of the neuroprotective effects of the antioxidant methlene blue in the brain parenchyma. Dr. Rojas has conducted pioneer work in the use of near-infrared light therapy for memory enhancement and neuroprotection. He is the co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and has received several awards, including 2004 CONACYT's Scholarship for Graduate Studies Abroad, the 2008 LLILAS E.D. Farmer Fellowship, and the 2012 Alzheimer's Association Young Research Fellowship. He is currently a senior Neurology resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Robert L. Fine, M.D.
Director, Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care, Baylor Health System, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Fine received his M.D. at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1978 and completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in 1981. He has completed board certification in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Medicine. He is the lead physician author of the Texas Advance Directives Act, including the official living will for the state of Texas, and the founder of both the Clinical Ethics Consultation Services and the Supportive and Palliative Care Services across Baylor Health Care System. He has been a member of the National Quality Forum Expert Consensus Panel on Palliative Care. Under Dr. Fine's leadership, the Supportive and Palliative Care team at Baylor University Medical Center received a Circle of Life Award in 2009 from the American Hospital Association, and in 2012, became the first palliative care program in Texas and one of the first 10 in the country to receive certification from the Joint Commission.

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