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2014 Caregiver Seminar - Fort Worth
Accepting the Challenge to Improve Dementia Care

Friday, November 14, 2014
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 effective 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 improving care for people 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. 

The morning session offers two distinct educational tracts: one for health care professionals and one especially for family caregivers. The professional tract will include a discussion of innovative tools and techniques needed to better manage issues that are specific to the clinical care of clients with Alzheimer's.

Begins at 7:45 am

7:45 - 8:30 Registration/visit exhibits  
8:30 - 10
Lifestyle Changes
Dr. Judith O'Jile

10 - 10:15

10:15  - 12:15
Managing Agitation and Aggression
This session offers non-pharmacological solutions to some
of the most challenging behaviors encountered by health care professionals.
 Speaker tba

Begins at 8:30 am

7:45 - 8:30  Registration/visit exhibits  
 8:30 - 10

Living with Dementia:
The Caregiver Perspective
Including discussion the early symptoms, getting a diagnosis
and moving forward

Panel discussion with caregivers, moderated by Teresa Linn
 10 - 10:30 Break/exhibits/book sales  
 10:30 - noon Complicated Grief
Mourning someone who is still
living and the Benefits of hospice
Howard Gruetzner, MEd, LPC
noon to 1:15
Lunch/exhibits/book sales


 1:15 - 3:00 Understanding Communication Changes and Challenges to the Person with Dementia Linda Boeshart, Speech Pathologist
3:00 - 3:15
 3:15 - 4:30  
What It Is Like to Have Alzheimer's
Chuck McClatchey, a man who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, describes the early symptoms, getting a diagnosis, how he feels and what he wants people to know.
Charles "Chuck" McClatchey
Evaluations/ Certificates

Linda Boeshart, MS, CC/SLP, is a speech and language pathologist at West Texas Rehabilitation center in Abilene.  Ms. Boeshart, whose expertise includes geriatrics, stroke, Parkinson's disease and dementia, is director of compliance and clinical coordination at West Texas Rehab. She has been involved in speech therapy and rehabilitation services for more than 38 years. Ms. Boeshart's joint session for family caregivers and health care professionals will focus on structural changes occurring in the brains of people with dementia and how those changes can affect communications.

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.

Check back October 1st for registration information. There is no charge for family caregivers but a $20 donation is suggested. Registration for those seeking continuing education hours is $75. Six hours of continuing education will be offered to licensed nursing facility administrators, assisted living administrators, activity professionals and nurses. CEUs for professional social workers have been approved. For professionals not needing CEUs, registration is $30. Registration includes lunch.

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 a sponsorship form here or contact Shelly Young at 817-336-4949 or



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