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Caregiver Seminar - Fort Worth
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2015 Caregiver Seminar - Fort Worth
Friday, November 13, 2015
8:30 am to 4:30 pm   

McKinney Memorial Bible Church
4805 Arborlawn Drive 
Fort Worth, TX  76109

The annual Caregiver Seminar is one way 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 to speak about topics pertaining to dementia care. There are two separate tracks in the morning: one for healthcare professionals, who may earn continuing education credits, and another for family caregivers to help them gain insight into caring for a loved one with dementia. In addition to the sessions, attendees will have an opportunity to speak with knowledgeable individuals representing a wide array of dementia care businesses and services.  Lunch will be served.

To Register

There are four ways to register
1.  You can register on-line
2.  Download the seminar brochure and fax completed registration form to 817-336-4966.
3.  Mail the completed registration the Alzheimer's Association addresses listed on the brochure.
4.  Call us at 800-272-3900.

There is no charge for family caregivers but a $20 donation is suggested. Registration for those seeking continuing education hours is $75. Six and a half hours of continuing education will be offered to licensed nursing facility administrators, assisted living administrators, social workers, activity professionals and nurses. For professionals not needing CEUs, registration is $30. Registration includes lunch.


The Speakers

Keith N. Fargo, PhD
Keynote Speaker -  Directions in Alzheimer's Research
Dr. Fargo is Director of Programs and Outreach, Medical and Scientific Relations, for the Alzheimer’s Association.  He plays a key role at the national level maintaining the Association’s status as a premiere source of critical scientific information relating to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Among Dr. Fargo's responsibilities are overseeing TrialMatch®, managing the Alzheimer's Association scientific publications, facilitating networking and collaboration among researchers, and helping to shape the Alzheimer's Association research program.

Masheika Jackson, DO
Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer's
Dr. Jackson is a family medicine physician with a subspecialty in geriatric medicine. She studied medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine while simultaneously earning a Master's of Business Administration at St. John's University. She completed her residency and fellowship training at John Peter Smith Hospital. Dr. Jackson witnessed both her grandmother and her great grandmother struggle with Alzheimer's. She often says, "The human body is a work of art, hand crafted by the great architect.  I am fortunate to be entrusted with its upkeep.”

Kevin Gray, MD
Facts and Fallacies about Dementia (family caregivers)
Differentiating Dementias (professionals)
Dr. Gray has been a board certified geriatric psychiatrist and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System, and the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing. He studied medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed a fellowship in psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles. An expert in neurocognitive disorders among the elderly, Dr. Gray has delivered numerous presentations on the diagnosis, characteristics and treatment of different forms of dementia and has earned many honors and awards.

Noreen Gray, LNFA
Solving Problems in Dementia Care Communities

Noreen Gray has over 15 years experience working in dementia care facilities and currently serves as Director of Lifestyle Programming for HCR ManorCare. In this position, Ms. Gray provides coaching for all management positions in the assisted living buildings, especially regarding lifestyle programming for the residents. Ms. Gray is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on aging issues. She is a licensed nursing facility administrator and is certified to manage assisted living facilities in the state of Texas.

Living with Dementia
Individuals who are living with dementia and those who are caring for someone who is offer a unique perspective on the day to day challenges presented by the disease. Brenda Fredieu, whose grandmother and father had Alzheimer's disease, sought out an early diagnosis for herself. Don Gasser and his wife, Myra, have been proactive in their struggle against the disease. Sue Werner has been caring for her husband for several years. Lisa Buck will moderate.

Morning Session - Family Caregivers

 Time  Session  Speaker
 8:30 to 9  Exhibits and Registration  
 9 to 10  Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer's  Masheika Jackson, DO
10 to 10:30  Exhibits and Book Sales  
10:30 to 12  Facts and Fallacies about Dementia  Kevin Gray, MD
 12 to 1:15  Lunch, Exhibits and Book Sales  

Morning Session - Health Care Professionals

 Time  Session  Speaker
7:45 to 8:30 Exhibits and Registration  
8:30 to 10 Differentiating Dementias  Kevin Gray, MD
10 to 10:30 Exhibits and Book Sales  
10:30 to 12 Understanding Dementia Related Behaviors as Unmet Needs  Noreen Gray, LNFA
 12 to 1:15 Lunch, Exhibits and Book Sales  

Joint Session with Caregivers and Health Care Professionals

 Time  Session  Speaker
1:15 to 3  Directions in Dementia Research  Keith Fargo, PhD
3 to 3:15  Break  
3:15 to 4:30  Living with Dementia Panel Don and Myra Gasser, Brenda Fredieu and Sue Werner
4:30 to 4:45  Evaluations and Certificates  Kevin Gray, MD

Arden Courts Memory Care Community is offering adult respite (supervised care for persons with dementia) at their location in Arlington on the day of the seminar. To make a reservation for your loved one, please call Arden Courts at 817-795-1700. This service is offered at no charge.

Six and a half hours of continuing education will be offered to nurses, social workers, activity professionals, long term care administrators and assisted living managers.  Attendees must attend every session to earn continuing education hours.

Be a sponsor
Download sponsorship form here
By setting up display tables at the Caregiver Seminar,  sponsors help the Alzheimer's Association educate family and professional attendees about products and services that people with dementia and their caregivers are likely to need at some time during the journey.  For sponsor companies, the seminar provides a warm and supportive atmosphere for meeting and speaking with potential clients. Don’t miss out. Sign up today!  Contact Shelly Young at 817-336-4949 or

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