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Thank you for attending the 2015 Spring Symposium. Handouts from the following presentations are now on-line.  

Becky Adamietz-Deo, Advancing Public Policy and Advocacy
Monica Benson, Legal Tools for Advanced Care Planning
Kevin Conner, MD, Driving with Dementia: Determining Driver Limitations
Susan F. Franks, Your Best Brain Now
Kevin Gray, MD, A Guide to Understanding Agitation and Aggression
Leigh Johnson, The Depression/Dementia Connection
Heather McKay, Understanding Movement Disorders and Dementia
Heather McKay, Beyond Bingo: A Person-Centered Approach to Activity Planning
Heather McKay, Innovations in Dementia Care: An Overview of Current Global Research
Amy E. Moss, Frontotemporal Dementia: Managing Challenging Behaviors
Sid O'Bryant, Advances in Alzheimer's Research: Making a Difference through Clinical Studies

Highlights from the 2015 Spring Symposium


2015 Spring Symposium: Dementia from All Sides
Thursday, March 26, 2015
8:15 am to 4:30 pm
(doors open at 7:30 am)
Riley Conference Center
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
1700 West Fuller Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas  76115

Download brochure here
Advance registration is now closed.  Please register at the conference center Thursday morning.

Cutting through all the news about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be a full time job. There is so much information in the press each day, some accurate and valid, some that is purely junk science. How does the average person understand and prioritize this information to create a healthy lifestyle and improve the quality of care for the person they are tasked with supporting?
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, you will have opportunity to learn from professionals in dementia research, dementia care and caregiver support and tease out the facts and fiction.  Sessions are focused on enriching the life of the person with dementia by educating attendees on different types of dementia, advances in dementia care and diagnosis and factors that may help prevent the development of dementia.

Throughout the day, participants will be able to visit exhibitors to learn about community services that can make life better for the person with dementia and the caregiver.  Whether you are family caregiver or professional providing emotional or physical support to someone affected by dementia, you will benefit from attending the Symposium.

Symposium Registration (Lunch is included.)

Professionals needing continuing education credit: $90
Professionals not needing CEUs (ministers, aides, students): $50
Family Caregivers: No charge (Suggested donation of $25 to cover cost of meals and materials.)

Registration is required

Advance registration is now closed.  Please register at the conference center Thursday morning

Four ways to register:
• Click here to register on-line.
• By phone at 1-800-272-3900.
Download a brochure here.  Complete and mail registration form to Alzheimer’s Association, 2630 West Freeway, Ste. 100, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
• By fax at 817-336-4966. Download a brochure here.  Faxed registration will only be processed if payment is made through a credit card.


Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, is Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the University of North Texas - Health Science Center. She provides care to older adults through a primary care practice and as medical director at multiple dementia care facilities. She also serves as Clinical Site Director for the UNT site of the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium.

Heather McKay, MS, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist, consultant and international trainer/speaker who is passionate about helping healthcare providers and the families of those with dementia to demystify dementia care. She is a recognized trainer for the Association and a member of Dementia Care Professionals of America.

Sid O’Bryant, PhD,
is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Interim Director of the Institute of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  He is currently developing a blood test that can be used by primary care physicians to determine which elderly patients should be referred for specialty assessment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Becky Adamietz-Deo has been a public relations/communications professional for more than 20 years, including work with Princeton University Art Museum, New Mexico Arts, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the World Conference on Peace at the United Nations. She currently serves as the Public Affairs Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter.

Monica A. Benson, JD, CELA, is a certified elder law attorney practicing exclusively in the area of elder law since 2005. Monica is also an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, teaching elder law. She is a frequent presenter for professional conferences in Fort Worth and surrounding communities.

Kevin Conner, MD, is a board certified neurologist with over 18 years in patient care.  In addition to his private practice, he is the director of the Stroke Center at Texas Health Resources – Arlington Memorial Hospital, the only center in Tarrant County to offer an adaptive driving program.

Susan Franks, PhD, is Associate Professor of Family Medicine and a board certified clinical health psychologist at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She is a member of the Primary Care Research Center and the Texas Prevention Institute at UNTHSC. Dr. Franks studies psychosocial, cultural and environmental determinants of health and disease with the goal of leading patients to a place of health and well being.

Kevin Gray, MD, is a board certified geriatric psychiatrist and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System. He completed a fellowship in psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles in 1993 and authored the article “Managing Agitation and Difficult Behavior in Dementia” published in the Clinical Geriatric Medical Journal.

Leigh Johnson, PhD, LMSW, is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  She has co-authored several articles related to Alzheimer’s and dementia and is currently working on an article entitled "Understanding Depression-Related Memory Loss among the Elderly" under a grant from the Pfieffer Research Foundation.

Amy Moss, DO, FACOI, DABHPM, is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of North Texas-Health Science Center specializing in geriatrics. She serves senior adults through her primary care practice at the Gerontology Assessment and Planning Program and as Medical Director for Palliative Care Services at THR Harris Methodist Fort Worth and Medical Director Trinity Terrace Retirement Community. She has extensive experience in hospice and palliative care.

Continuing Education

Six and a half hours of continuing education credits will be offered for social workers, activity professionals, long-term care and other administrators and assisted living managers. Nurses earn 7.8 hours.

2015 Sponsors

The 2015 Spring Symposium is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter with support from the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County and Autumn Leaves. To be a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2015 Spring Symposium, call Shelly Young at 817-336-4949 or download a sponsorship flyer here.


Platinum Sponsor

Education Benefactor

Underwritten by

Gold Sponsors




Silver Sponsors

Brookdale Senior Living


Colonial Gardens Assisted Living of Texas

Garden Terrace Alzheimer Center of Excellence

Home Instead Senior Care

Isle at Watercrest

James L. West Center

UNTHSC Health & Aging Brain Study

Bronze Sponsors

Agape Home Care

Arden Courts Memory Care Community

Comfort Keepers

The Stayton at Museum Way

Tandy Village Assisted Living

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services

Vitas Hospice


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