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We host a variety of conferences throughout the year, providing education, resources and networking opportunities for family caregivers, healthcare professionals and people living with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Learn more about upcoming events below!

Family care partners and professionals are invited to join us for the Eastern Washington Alzheimer’s & Dementia Virtual Conference. The free conference provides attendees with information about local resources and how to approach Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias with health, hope and help.

DSHS has approved a total of 4.5 CEs for those attending the professional sessions.

Click here to download the flyer for this conference.


Oct. 29, 2020 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. | 1.5 CEs

“Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias”
Kenneth H.Z. Isaacs, MD
Regional Medical Director Neuroscience, Providence Spokane Neuroscience Institute​

Dr. Isaacs will provide a general overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for caregivers, care partners and professionals.

This session will:

  • Explore the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Examine what happens to a brain affected by Alzheimer’s
  • Detail the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease
  • Identify FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms
  • Look ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research
  • Provide helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources


Nov. 5, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session 1: “Stress and Distress Behaviors”
Tatiana Sadak Ph.D., PMHNP, ARNP, RN
Director of Undergraduate Education, Director of Dementia Palliative Education Network, and Associate Professor of Geriatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing

This presentation will describe dementia-related difficult behaviors; identifying their contributing causes and offering evidence-based interventions.

Session 2: “Advance Directives: Make Your and Your Loved One’s Wishes Known”
Jen Ballantyne, Attorney at Law
Estates and Elders Law PLLC

An advance directive is a written legal document that allows your loved one to determine future decision-makers and decisions related to health care, including end-of-life care. This session will help you understand the value of an advance directive and considerations for the development of your loved one’s advance directives.


Nov. 12, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 3 CEs

Professionals must attend both sessions below to receive the 3 CEs approved by DSHS. 

Session 1: “Person Centered Care: Building Nurturing, Authentic and Caring Relationships”
Darrelle M. Volwiler, Ph.D.
Peer Support Clinical Supervisor, CLC Psychologist, and GeriPACT Psychologist at Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Administration Medical Center

Discover strategies to tailor a person's care to their interests, abilities, history and personality. In this training, attendees will learn how to identify and support ongoing opportunities for meaningful engagement, and create a supportive environment for people with dementia and their families.

Session 2: “Prioritizing Non-Pharmacological Interventions in the Treatment of Dementia-Related Behavioral Disturbances”
Piruz Huda, ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

This presentation will demonstrate a training program for health professionals to educate family and caregivers on reducing the severity of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The presentation will emphasize the basics of behavioral management and highlight successful evidenced-based interventions aimed to reduce depression, anxiety and agitated behaviors related to dementia. Realistic expectations on pharmacological interventions for BPSD will be discussed.