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Caregiver Seminar - Fort Worth
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Fall Caregiver Seminar - Fort Worth
Friday, November 11, 2016

 Event Sponsor

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

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The Fall Caregiver Seminar has been providing professional and family caregivers with relevant and up to date information for over ten years.

The 2016 Fall Caregiver Seminar has three separate tracks to meet the needs of different kinds of caregivers. The first track is for those who have recently begun their role as caregiver. The second track is for caregivers who have been caring for many years. The third track is for health care professionals only and offers continuing education credit. See below for schedules, speaker biographies and registration information.

The featured speaker this year is Diana R. Kerwin, MD, a researcher and physician specializing in cognitive disorders. Dr. Kerwin focuses on the development of comprehensive treatment plans for patients and families to prevent cognitive and functional decline in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. Her research interests include the identification of risk markers for dementia and prevention of cognitive decline.

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.

Caregiver Track One
New to the Journey

Time Session Speaker
8:30 a.m. Exhibits/Registration. Light breakfast  
9 a.m. Understanding Dementia Barbara Harty, RN, MSN, GNP
10 a.m. Exhibits and Book Sales  
10:30 a.m. Planning Ahead: Making Decisions for the Future Elizabeth Carter, MD
11:45 a.m.  Exhibits/Lunch  
1 p.m. The New Frontier of Research Diana Kerwin, MD

Caregiver Track Two
Caregiving Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Time Session Speaker
8:30 a.m. Exhibits/Registration/Light Breakfast  
9 a.m. The Challenges of Mid-Stage Dementia Judith Pickering
10 a.m. Exhibits/Break  
10:30 a.m. Care of the Late-Stage Alzheimer's Patient: What to Expect Kendra Belfi, MD
11:45 a.m. Lunch, Exhibits and Book Sales  
1 p.m. The New Frontier of Research Diana Kerwin, MD

Professional Track
Health Care Professionals Only (will offer CE credit, total of 6 hours)

Time Session Speaker
7:45 a.m. Exhibits/Registration  
8:30 a.m. Care and Comfort for End-Stage Alzheimer's Patient Kendra Belfi, MD
10 a.m. Exhibits/Break  
10:30 a.m. Differentiating Delirium and Dementia Jennifer Arnouville, DO
12 p.m. Exhibits/Lunch  
1 p.m. The New Frontier of Research Diana Kerwin, MD
2:30 p.m. Break  
2:45 p.m. Healthy Body, Healthy Brain Theresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD
 4:15 p.m. Evaluations/Certificates  

Speaker biographies and session descriptions


Understanding Dementia

Barbara Harty, RN, MSN, is a gerontological nurse practitioner and serves as assistant professor of medicine in
the Department of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Division, at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. She will address
how to know when memory loss is simply benign forgetfulness or a symptom of something more serious. This session will provide a discussion of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, related dementias, diagnosis and treatments.

Planning Ahead: Making Decisions for the Future
Elizabeth Carter, MD,
is a team physician for Vitas Hospice in Fort Worth and served as the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine from 2014-2016 at JPS. She will uncover how Alzheimer’s is life-changing for both the diagnosed individual and those close to him or her. While there is currently no cure, treatments are available that may help relieve some symptoms. This session will explore the decisions that can make life easier for all involved including legal and financial planning, driving, and medication use.


The Challenges of Mid-Stage Dementia
Judith Pickering
is program coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association. She has worked in senior care facilities and hospice for more than 15 years. Judith has also served as an Alzheimer 's support group facilitator since 1999. She will explore the challenges faced by caregivers as dementia progresses. The ability to perform daily tasks is severely impacted and the person with the diagnosis may confuse words, get frustrated and angry and even refuse to bathe. The caregiver becomes overwhelmed and begins to neglect self-care, including his own physical and mental health. This session will explore the changes caused by disease and how the caregiver can manage these changes.

Care of the Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Patient: What to Expect
Kendra Belfi, MD is a retired internist and geriatrician who was in private practice in Fort Worth for 35 years and served as medical director at multiple care facilities. Dr. Belfi will unveil details of the final stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and discuss how individuals may lose the ability to respond to their environment and recognize those they love. This session will explore how physicians identify late-stage Alzheimer’s and discuss later stages as they relate to changes in the mental and physical abilities of the person with the diagnosis.


Care and Comfort for End-Stage Alzheimer’s Patient
Kendra Belfi, MD
is a retired internist and geriatrician who practiced for 35 years in Fort Worth. She also served as medical director for multiple care facilities. She will examine the importance of re-evaluating care goals as the patient becomes less able to express references and benefit from medical interventions. The discussion will include decisions about admission to a nursing home, hospitalization and palliative care while keeping in mind quality of life, dignity and comfort for the person with the diagnosis.

Differentiating Delirium and Dementia
Jennifer Arnouville, DO specializes in family medicine and currently practices at the Family and  Geriatric Medicine Outpatient Clinic in Fort Worth. She will define the differences between delirium and dementia. Delirium is a medical condition that results in confusion and other disruptions in thinking and behavior. Individuals living with dementia are highly susceptible to delirium. Unfortunately, differentiating between the two is often difficult for healthcare professionals.

Healthy Body, Healthy Brain: The Impact of Health Literacy in Preventing Cognitive Decline
Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD is the director of health literacy at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. She will elaborate on the use of preventative services by adults aged 50 or older as a key public health strategy. She will help us learn about the potential impact that limited health literacy has on the ability to prevent cognitive loss.

The New Frontier of Research
Diana Kerwin, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is a member of the National Board of the
Alzheimer’s Association and the Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Dallas Chapter Board of Directors. She
will speak to the advances in research and reasons to be optimistic about the future. Scientists and physicians are constantly working to advance research and are moving toward a better understanding of how Alzheimer’s may one day
be prevented.


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.  For professionals not needing CEUs, registration is $30. Registration includes lunch.

Activity Professionals (6 clock hours)
Assisted Living Administrators (6 continuing education clock hours)
Chaplains (6 hours continuing education)
Nurses (6 CNE contact hours)
Social Workers (6 continuing education units)      


Legacy Living of Arlington is offering adult day stay (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 Legacy Living at 817-795-1700. This service is offered at no charge.


Seminar Sponsor

Major Sponsors 




Supporting Sponsor

Assisted Services, Inc.


Be a Sponsor

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! 
Download Sponsorship Agreement
Contact Brianna Strong at 817-336-4949 or



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