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Educational Conferences

Caregivers and family members who have loved one's with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, professional caregivers, and those in the community, are welcome to attend any of our chapter conferences. Often times continuing education credits and contact hours are available for professionals. We also provide educational opportunities for those with early-stage dementia. All conferences are an educational opportunity and provide the latest knowledge, treatment options, and research on a variety of topics related to dementia.

Des Moines Conference - April 21, 2015
Early-Stage Dementia Workshop - April 29, 2015
Fort Dodge Workshop - May 12, 2015
Mason City Workshop - June 30, 2015

2015 Conference on Alzheimer's & Other Dementia - Des Moines

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
7:15 - 8 a.m. - Registration & Check-In
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Conference
Prairie Meadows | Altoona, IA

A BIG thanks to those who attended and sponsored this educational event!  Mark your calendars for the 2016 conferences, scheduled for April 19 (Des Moines) and April 20 (Quad Cities).  Below are links to download the presenter presentations.

>Download the EVENT BROCHURE


Click the presenation below to download and print your own copy from the conference.

Spirituality:  The Forgotten Dimension in Alzheimer's Care - Jerry Schroeder
Research Update - HyungSub Shim, MD
Exercise and Your Brain - J. Carson Smith, PhD
>>Additional resources/recommendations from J. Carson Smith, PhD.
Test the Effects of Healing Touch on Cognitive Function - Der-Fa Lu, PhD RN CHTIP/I
I Am Not Gone - I Am Just Lost - Connie Lucas


6.7 Contact Hours will be given by DMACC (IBN Provider #22) to professionals seeking continuing education credit.



Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


A SPECIAL THANKS to Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino - Community Betterment Grant Program and Stan & Dotty Thurston, for support of this event:

To learn how you can become a sponsor of the 2016 event, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 515.440.2722.

Early-Stage Dementia Conference - West Des Moines

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Raccoon River Nature Lodge | West Des Moines, IA

This early-stage dementia conference is appropriate for individuals early the early-stages of any form of dementia.  Individuals interested MUST speak to Susan Callison before attending.

>View AGENDA - Please check back!


Register by contacting Susan Callison at 515.440.2722 or

Dementia Education Workshop - Fort Dodge

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
8 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Iowa Central Community College - East Campus | Triton Room | Fort Dodge, IA


>View conference brochure


$45 - Professionals
FREE - Family Members or Caregivers

To register call Iowa Central Community College at 800.362.2793 ext. 1320.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  Pre-Registration required by April 28.


Dementia Education Workshop - Mason City

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
NIACC - Mason City, IA
7:15 a.m. - Noon

>View workshop brochure - Please check back!


Jolene Brackey began her career as an interior designer after graduating from Iowa State University. But she soon realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer’ special care unit as an activity director. She didn’t know what Alzheimer’s was but she knew she liked older people. Before long, she realized that God had given her a gift. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers.

Eager to share her practical solutions and insights, Jolene began speaking at educational seminars. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike. So, she established a business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer’s journey.








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For questions on this workshop or how your company can be involved, please contact Shawna Schuler at 800.272.3900 or



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