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2:15-3 p.m.
Music for the Mind: 
Music is FUN! Music has also been proven to help with pain management and depression, ease muscle tension and have many other benefits. Join us to experience how music can feel. 

3-3:45 p.m.
Let's Move: 
The Big Muddy Dance Company will help get us moving a little, or a lot. Movement stimulates the brain and senses. Join us for some feel good fun.

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Social Hour: 
Come share some relaxing time meeting new people. Enjoy wonderful music and light refreshments.

Breakout session times for people with dementia differ from regular breakout session times.
Caregiver Tip Sheet:
Participating in Community Activities/Programs

2:15-3:15 p.m.
(you will choose one class per breakout session
on the day of the conference)

Voices of Caregivers: Peer-to-Peer Panel: Hear caregivers and advocates share experiences and lessons learned before opening up the session for your questions and comments. Engage with a panel of family members who are living a similar journey.

Moderated By: Janis McGillick, M.S.W., L.N.H.A., Alzheimer’s Association
Education Director and Instructor of Gerontology, Lindenwood University 

Practical Tips for Tough Behaviors: This class will discuss ways to eliminate the things that trigger tough behaviors. Gain tips on how and when to address various behaviors. Participants will work together to apply these tips and practice problem solving. 

Presenters: Zoe Ann Dearing, BME-MT, Professional Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association
Tiffany Phillips, Professional & Family Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association

Seeking Life Balance: Life pulls us in so many directions. Add caregiving for a loved one with dementia to the list and it can be hard to manage. Learn techniques to help balance the demands of caregiving, your own needs and the many other daily duties on your list. 

Presenter: Denise Johnson, M.S.W, L.C.S.W., Pathways for Aging 

3:30-4:30 p.m.
(you will choose one class per breakout session
on the day of the conference)

You Can Make a Difference: Lifestyle Choices: Alzheimer's disease is under a strong genetic influence, but lifestyle factors such as diet, education, social and exercise may also modify Alzheimer's risk. How do our daily life decisions affect our future risk for brain diseases? Join Dr. Scarmeas for an interactive discussion about how we can influence our risks.

Presenter: Nikolaos Scarmeas, M.D., M.Sc., Associate Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Taub Institute at Columbia University Medical Center

Intimacy & Affection:
This class is only for partners of people with dementia.
We hear it all the time; Alzheimer's changes intimacy in a relationship. So, let's talk about that! We'll discuss some of the changes in behavior that affect intimacy between partners. Our presenters will help you understand that it is still possible to experience intimacy even in the presence of Alzheimer's or dementia.

Presenters: Tom Meuser, Ph.D., Director, Gerontology Graduate Program, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Marta Goldberg, M.A.

Positive Preparations for End of Life Care: Join us to learn about what to expect in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. We will discuss how to address challenges and find compassionate resources to help through this part of the journey.

Presenter: Susan Neal Pekios, M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.T.





Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.