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May 7, 2014
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Syracuse
6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057

DEMENTIACARE2014 is an empowering, inspiring event that welcomes caregivers from Central New York to equip themselves with practical solutions and information. We have assembled leading experts in their field to share their knowledge with you so that you can make more informed decision and provide the highest possible care to your loved with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

The face of Alzheimer’s disease is changing rapidly. No longer is it a disease of people in their 70s and 80s. Doctors are diagnosing Alzheimer’s in people 40 or 50 years old. The spectrum of Alzheimer’s caregiving encompasses all age groups, from our most senior citizens to pre-teens.

New for 2014
Breakout Tracks: Rather than having four unrelated breakout sessions, we are pleased to offer three themed breakout tracks comprised of two sessions. Register for the entire track or mix and match based on your interest.
Keynote Sessions: Our second keynote presentation of the day will conclude the conference, rather than take place during lunch allowing you to relax and not rush through the buffet line or meal.

Your registration fee admits you to all sessions, and includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments during the day. You will also receive a reference book that includes all presentation materials from the day, as well as a guide to local resources.



We have simplified registration in 2014. You can register online using any credit card or your PayPal account on our secure website OR you can call our office, dial extension 108 and register by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover. If you wish to pay by check, you must reserve your space by calling and submit payment within five business days.


Program Agenda

8 a.m.
Registration Opens; Expo Opens (tables open during all breaks)
Continental Breakfast Served 

8:30-10:15 a.m.| Morning Keynote Presented by Empower Federal Credit Union
Opening Remarks: Catherine James, Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Chief Executive Officer

Keynote: Legal & Financial Matters, Ami Longstreet, Mackenzie Hughes, and Sandra Kalbach, Key Private Bank
Planning for the future is important. Our experts give an overview of pertinent legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies, as well as an overview of financial issues and options like Medicare, Medicaid or veterans benefits.

10:30-11:45 a.m. | Breakout Session I
Research: Current Progress in Alzheimer’s Research
Speaker: Dr. Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association
Where do we stand in the fight against Alzheimer’s? Join one of the leading voices in Alzheimer research discusses the latest information, what we learn from failed trials and how you can be part of our quest for a cure.

Tough Talks: Tactics for Navigating Difficult Discussions and Family Issues
Speaker: Dr. Carol A. Podgorski, Ph.D., University of Rochester Medical Center
Every family is different, but the conversations surrounding a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia are similar. Is it time to take away the keys? Should we look at long-term care? Hear from a family therapist experienced in mediating these difficult discussions.
Caregiving at Home: Practical Solutions to Dementia Behaviors
Speaker: Dr. Nanette Dowling, D.O., Upstate Medical University
Behaviors are one of the most challenging and misunderstood changes that comes with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Learn ways to intervene and remove triggers to minimize the effects on both you and the person with the disease.

11:45 a.m. | Lunch & Expo

1-2:15 p.m. | Breakout Session II
Research: Advanced Research Topics
Speaker: Dr. Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association
Are you interested in a higher-level discussion on Alzheimer research? Our expert from the national Alzheimer’s Association takes a deeper look into Alzheimer science, and discusses the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network.

Tough Talks: Making the Transitition
Speakers: Kathleen Hughes, Menorah Park of Central New York; Terry Lore and Stacey Menzari, VNA Homecare
Every family reaches the point where the disease requires a higher level of care. Representatives from home and long-term care agencies talk about how to approach the topic of bringing in a home health aide or moving into a long-term care facility. Learn what you should tell the agency, as well as tactics for making the transition and dealing with the resulting guilt.
Caregiving at Home: Safety from the First Responders’ Perspective
Speakers: Melissa Fleischmann, EMT, Rural/Metro of Central New York; Lt. Brian Falise, Syracuse Fire Department; Sgt. Daren Kullman, Syracuse Police Department
What does a first responder see when they walk into a home? Safety is a significant concern for families when there is a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. But, when it comes to safeguarding your home against dementia-related behaviors, everyone could use help. Our panel discusses tactics to keeping your loved one safe as well as how to prepare your home in case police, fire or paramedics ever have to visit.

2:30-3:45 p.m. | Afternoon Keynote
Keynote: Demystifying Medicare, Theresa Cangemi, The Medicare Lady
More than 49 million Americans receive Medicare benefits, but few understand the government-sponsored healthcare system. Hear from a Medicare specialist, who is a certified long term care planner and certified senior advisor.  Learn about the difference between Supplement and Advantage plans, overcome the intimidation of the system, and learn how to navigate plans.

3:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks

4 p.m. | Conference Ends


Meet The Speakers

Theresa Cangemi, CSA, CLTC
Theresa Cangemi is the President and Director of Sales & Marketing of Medicare Made Simple, a Syracuse-based business started in 2008, that helps a growing generation of retirees understand the Medicare system, their options, and assists clients throughout NY State enroll into the right Medicare plans that benefit their needs. An independent agent and consultant, Cangemi believes in educating those eligible for Medicare on how the system works then discussing and comparing other Medicare options such as Medicare Advantage, and Medicare supplement (Medigap) and prescription drug plans. Her clients affectionately call her “The Medicare Lady.”

She has more than 18 years of experience in the insurance industry, working with companies including Northwestern Mutual, Allstate, AIG, OneBeacon, and Peerless Insurance in the property, casualty, and commercial arenas. She has also worked as a benefits consultant specializing in group health insurance plans. Theresa is a graduate of LeMoyne College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. She earned her Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Certification in Long Term Care (CLTC) designations in 2012. She is the vice president of programs for Women Business Opportunities Connections and member of CNY Care Connection. She has been recognized by the Central New York Business Journal/BizEventz for her work and, in October 2012, she was named an Economic Champion by CenterState CEO. Back to Agenda

Nanette Dowling, D.O.
Nanette M. Dowling, D.O., M.H.P.A., is a geriatric psychiatrist and research director at The Rodney S. and Marjorie Fink Institute of Research on Aging. Dr. Dowling is responsible for the applied research agenda of the Institute, housed at Menorah Park of CNY, focusing on geriatric mental health. Dr. Dowling, who also serves as an attending psychiatrist and associate professor at Upstate Medical University in the Department of Psychiatry, is board-certified in psychiatry with a sub-specialty in geriatric psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency at SUNY-Upstate and a geriatric fellowship at Columbia University and Greater Binghamton Health Center. Dr. Dowling also holds a master's degree in health policy and administration and received a doctor of osteopathy degree from Touro University. Back to Agenda

Lt. Brian Falice
Syracuse Fire Department. Back to Agenda

Melissa Fleischmann
Melissa Fleischmann is the Market Development Manager for Rural/Metro Medical Services of Central New York, where she serves as the Public Information Officer, community, government, and media liaison for the national provider of ambulance services. She is also an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Critical Care Technician and works as an EMS provider and first responder in Oswego County. Melissa is a US Army Veteran, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Business and Policy Studies from SUNY Empire State College. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse and a 40 Under 40 Rising Stars award recipient. Fleischmann is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association of Central New York and Chair of the organization's Development Committee, a Board Member for Prevention Network, Chairwoman of the American Heart Association "My Heart, My Life" initiative, Executive Committee member for the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure, Co-Chair of the Duck Race to End Racism for InterFaith Works, and member of the statewide Games Organizing Committee for Special Olympics New York Winter Games. Melissa was a primary caregiver for her grandmother who was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. Back to Agenda

Kathleen Hughes
Kathleen Hughes of Cazenovia is the director of The Inn at Menorah Park, a supportive living community in Syracuse. She joined the Menorah Park community in 2010 as its director of marketing. From 2003 to 2010, Hughes was the director of marketing for The Nottingham, Loretto’s senior living community in Jamesville. She has experience in admissions and marketing roles at locally- and nationally-owned retirement communities in New York and Michigan. Hughes is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport. She holds a certificate in holistic aging from LeMoyne College and scholarly certificate in geriatric studies from the Columbia University Stroud Center. Back to Agenda

Sgt. Daren Kullman
Sgt. Daren Kullman is a 20 year veteran law enforcement officer with Syracuse Police Department. He currently serves as a Sergeant, Medical Supervisor of SWAT operations and Infectious Control, Medical/First Aid Instructor, and departmental liaison to other partner organizations including the Onondaga County 911 Center and Rural/Metro. Sgt. Kullman is also an experienced Regional Academy Instructor in a variety of areas. Prior to his law enforcement career, Kullman was a Senior/Flight Paramedic with Eastern Paramedics.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Cortland and is the recipient of multiple commendations including a National Association of Police Officers Honors Award, Jerome Slater Medal, and multiple other departmental, bureau, and divisional commendations. Back to Agenda

Ami S. Longstreet
Ami S. Longstreet has been an attorney at Mackenzie Hughes since 1998 and is a partner in the firm. She is charged with helping businesses and members of the Syracuse community understand estate and trust planning and administration as well as elder law, including asset protection and Medicaid planning, and planning for individuals with disabilities. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont and worked in Vermont as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for two years. After that, she attended Syracuse University College of Law and graduated cum laude. While a student, she was a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society and the Syracuse University Law Journal of International Law. In 1985, Ami was admitted to the New York Bar, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, and in 1986, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Ami's professional affiliations include the Onondaga County Bar Association, the Central New York Women's Bar Association, the New York State (Elder Law Section - Past President; Trusts and Estates Section - District Delegate) and American (Real Property, Probate and Trusts; and Tax Sections) Bar Associations. She is also a volunteer speaker for the New York State, Onondaga County and Central New York Women's Bar Associations, as well as other nonprofit organizations. She is a board member and secretary of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York, and a board member of the YMCA Greater Syracuse and the Fayetteville Free Library. Ami was former Chair of the Governance Council of the Women's Fund of Central New York, a Fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. From 1996 to 1999, she served as an adjunct professor of "Elder Law" at Syracuse University College of Law. She has been listed in the Elder Law Section of "Best Lawyers in America" and the "Super Lawyers New York Upstate Edition" for Elder Law and Estate Planning and Probate since 2007. Ami was elected as a Fellow in ACTEC (American College of Trust and Estate Counsel). Back to Agenda

Sandra L. Kalbach
Sandra L. Kalbach is Vice President of Key Private Bank in Syracuse where she serves as Trust Officer and specializes in trust and estate administration. She has worked as a Trust Officer for several established banks, giving her a total of 32 years of experience in trust and estate administration. She joined the Key team of consultants in 2002. Sandy began her career working as an administrative assistant in the Trust Department of Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC) in Syracuse, New York. She then served as a Trust and Estate Administrator at Marine Midland Bank, BayBank in Burlington, Massachusetts and Solvay Bank, in Syracuse, New York prior to joining at KeyBank. Sandy received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Accounting from SUNY Oswego in 1980. She is also a graduate of the New York Bankers Association Trust, Estate and Tax schools. Back to Agenda

Terry Lore
Terry Lore is the caregiver support coordinator for the REACH Program at Home Aides of Central New York. The REACH Program (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) is a free, personalized program for caregivers of persons living at home with dementia. Terry has a dual bachelor's degree in psychology, and child and family studies from Syracuse University, as well as a master's degree in counseling psychology from Chapman University. She has nearly 20 years of non-profit experience, including five at Home Aides. Back to Agenda

Stacey Menzari
Stacey Menzari is the customer service supervisor at Home Aides of Central New York. She oversees the intake of all new clients to the agency, coordinates the caregiver respite program, and manages services including Philips Lifeline medical alert and medication dispensing. She also coordinates the marketing and outreach activities for the agency. Stacey has a bachelor's of social work from Buffalo State College and a master's degree in counseling from Canisius College. She spent the past eight years on staff at Home Aides of Central New York. Back to Agenda

Carol A. Podgorski, Ph.D.
Dr. Carol A. Podgorski is associate professor of psychology and co-director of the family therapy training program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, director of the family and community outreach program for the University of Rochester Medical Center memory care program, and director of the family consultation service for Monroe Community Hospital. She specializes in relationships between older adults and adult children, as well as family issues related to long-term care and grief and loss. Dr. Podgorski is an accomplished lecturer and teacher, and has published numerous articles in the field of geriatric psychology and psychiatry. She holds a doctorate in sociology, and master’s degrees in public health and marriage and family therapy from the University of Rochester. Back to Agenda

Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D.
Dr. Heather M. Snyder assists with oversight of the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program, the world's largest nonprofit initiative to advance Alzheimer's research. Since 1982, the Association has committed $292 million to more than 2,000 best-of-field investigators worldwide. In addition to assisting with smooth review of proposals and distribution of awards to successful applicants, Dr. Snyder assumes primary responsibility for metrics and qualitative assessments to enhance the program's effectiveness and impact, and for communicating program results to a wide range of audiences. She also collaborates with the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the U.S. agency leading federally funded Alzheimer's research, to conduct an ongoing comprehensive portfolio analysis of Alzheimer's Association-supported research.

Dr. Snyder also plays a key supporting role in other Alzheimer's Association science activities, including the Association's leadership of the World Wide Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI); the Alzheimer's Association Quality Control Program for CSF Biomarkers to facilitate cross-institutional consistency in analyzing Alzheimer's-related spinal fluid proteins; its Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Care (ETAC) grant partnership with Intel Corporation; and the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable. She participates in the Technology Group of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART), the only professional society designed exclusively for individuals dedicated to Alzheimer's and dementia science. After earning an undergraduate degree in biology and religious studies at the University of Virginia, Dr. Snyder moved on to graduate and postgraduate studies in Chicago, completing her Ph.D. at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship in the neurobiology program at Children's Memorial Research Center of Northwestern University. Back to Agenda


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