Building Partnerships for Improved Dementia Care

2013 Caregiver Seminar - Fort Worth
Friday, November 8, 2013
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

McKinney Memorial Bible Church
4805 Arbor Lawn Drive
Fort Worth, TX  76109

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The annual Caregiver Seminar is one of the most informative and enjoyable ways the Alzheimer's Association helps both family and professional caregivers better understand the characteristics of dementia and how to care for the people who have it.  Each year, the Alzheimer's Association schedules experts in the area of dementia care to present a day-long seminar on caring for people with dementia.  

This year's program will offer two distinct education tracks: one for family caregivers and one for health care professionals.

Morning Session for Health Care Professionals Only
7:45 am - Registration
8:30 am - Program

Designed for health care professionals only, this morning session will deal with issues that are specific to the clinical care of dementia patients, including an in-depth discussion of the proper use of medication in the treatment of all dementias.

Howard Gruetzner, M.Ed, LPC, discusses Enhancing Care through Proper Use of Medication at 8:30 am and, at 10:15 am, Developing Care Partnerships for Positive Outcomes.

Morning Session for Family Caregivers
8:30 am - Registration
9 am - Program

This morning session, designed for family caregives, will feature a panel of caregivers and an in-depth discussion of the commonalities of all dementias and the effect on the caregiver.

At 9 am Teresa Linn, LPC, leads a panel discussion with family caregivers entitled Moving Beyond Denial. At 10:30 am, Meharvan Singh, PhD, discusses What You Need to Know about Dementia.
 Howard Gruetzner has worked in the field of mental health with an emphasis in dementia and geriatric mental health for more than 25 years. He currently counsels individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia, as well as their caregivers. Mr. Gruetzner is also involved in Alzheimer's grief research. Dr. Meharvan Singh is an internationally known researcher, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at University of North Texas - Health Science Center in Fort Worth.  He is the Director of Research at the Center of Her, a health center focused on resources for women's health, education and research. Dr. Singh is an exceptional educator and advocate for Alzheimer's related causes.

Joint Afternoon Session with Caregivers and Health Care Professionals

After lunch, Dr. Mary Norman will offer two afternoon sessions. The first, Building a Framework for Quality Dementia Care, will help both family and professional caregivers develop a more holistic approach to care in which the person with dementia, the family caregiver and health care professional work as partners to encourage independence and create engaging and supportive environments.  In Building a Framework for Self Care, Dr. Norman will offer new perspectives on care quality, and address the caregivers' need for self care. 

Mary A. Norman, MD, is a geriatrician and serves as Vice President and Medical Director of Highland Springs Retirement Community in Dallas.  She has served patients in her clinical practice for over 12 years.

Family caregivers attend for just $20 (Call Shelly Young at 817-336-4949 if you need a scholarship.) Cost for health professionals is $60 and includes 6-1/2 hours of continuing education for 1 discipline. Professionals who do do not need CE's attend for $30. CEU's offered include: Social Workers, Activity Professionals, Nurses, Assisted Living Administrators and Long-Term Care Administrators. All attendees must register.  Registration includes lunch.  Register on-line or download Seminar Brochure for mail in registration form.

Arden Courts Memory Care Community is offering respite care for the day of the seminar.  To make arrangements for your loved one, please contact Arden Courts directly at 817-795-1700.  This service is being offered at no charge. 

Be a Sponsor!  For more information, contact Shelly Young at 817-336-4949. 

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