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The Central New York Chapter maintains regular contact with healthcare professionals and providers in the region. Our goal is the same as yours: improve the care and quality of life for those impacted by Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

Your office can provide direct referrals to the Alzheimer's Association for your patients. Simply download our direct referral form, complete it and fax it to 315.472.4202.

The Alzheimer's Association offers a number of resources for healthcare professionals, including a mobile app, free CME programs, dementia care planning tools and more. Visit our professionals portal to learn more.

Virtual Dementia Education Series

This series has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Register for one or more programs by visiting the links below or calling 800.272.3900.

Thursday, February 8, 12 p.m.
Music Therapy and Dementia

Presented by Kath Fathers, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, Co-Founder & Director CNY Music Therapy
Learn about the role of music in memory care through case studies and descriptions. We will also share how music therapists can positively impact people living with
dementia and their family caregivers and/or residential care staff.

Wednesday, March 6, 12 p.m.
Behavioral Disturbances in Alzheimer's Disease: Current Research & Treatments

Presented by Jeremy Louis Koppel, M.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
Psychosis and aggression occur in nearly half of those affected with Alzheimer’s disease. In this session, we will discuss recent advances in understanding and treating psychosis in people with dementia.

Tuesday, April 16, 12 p.m.
Intervening Early: Using Public Health to Ensure Dementia Early Detection & Diagnosis

Presented by John Shean, MPH, Director of the Healthy Brain Initiative, Alzheimer’s Association
Accessing new treatments for Alzheimer’s requires an early and accurate diagnosis. This session will focus on public health and its role in early detection of dementia.

Tuesday, May 7, 12 p.m.
Family Dynamics in Alzheimer's and Dementia

Presented by Gillian Rittmaster, LCSW, Director of Jewish Programs and Health and Healing Services, Westchester Jewish Community Services & Heidi Weiss, LMSW, MHA, Coordinator of the Addressing Alzheimer’s Program, Westchester Jewish Community Services
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their whole family can be affected. Join us to discuss family dynamics and its importance in dementia care. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint
providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (1.00 per session). Physicians should claim only the credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New York State Social Work Continuing Education
The University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Experiential Learning is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0005. Each session has been approved for 1.00 contact hours.

This project is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program #U1QHP28738.

Quality Dementia Care

The Central New York Chapter's professional dementia care training program, Quality Dementia Care, is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for successfully incorporating the evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication. Providers who train their staff with Quality Dementia Care are eligible to purchase the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification. Learn more at