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Dementia Care 2018 is the seventh annual Alzheimer’s Association conference for family and professional caregivers of individuals with dementia in Central New York. Our program, expo and speakers aim to empower dementia caregivers with practical solutions they can apply.


Dementia Care 2018 is May 23, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Syracuse on Electronics Parkway in Liverpool.

Registration is $65 per person through April 30, and $80 from May 1-16. The registration fee includes access to all sessions, the interactive expo, a conference manual, continental breakfast and lunch, and a copy of A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach™ to Alzheimer’s Care by Virginia Bell and David Troxel.

Register online at our secure site or call 315.472.4201 and press 0.


8-9 a.m.   Conference Opens

  • Registration begins in lobby

  • Interactive Expo opens (open during all breaks)

  • Continental breakfast served
    Breakfast sponsored by Nascentia Health

9-10:30 a.m.   Session I

  • Opening Remarks   Presented by Catherine James, Alzheimer’s Association and Maggie Reap, McHarrie Pointe Assisted Living

  • The Basics and History of Dementia Care   Presented by David Troxel
    This presentation traces the history of Alzheimer’s disease from Dr. Alzheimer’s work in the early 1900’s to the more recent development of person-centered care and today’s understanding of the importance of therapeutic environments for persons living with dementia. Key elements of excellent dementia care will be presented along with predictions for the future of research, treatment and care. The vision for the future that will be shared in this talk includes dementia friendly communities and the growing awareness of dementia as a human rights concern.

10:30-10:45 a.m.   Break and Expo Open

10:45 a.m.-Noon   Session II
This session sponsored by Peregrine Senior Living at Onondaga Hill

  • The Best Friends Approach to Care   Presented by David Troxel
    David Troxel and Virginia Bell developed The Best Friends Approach to Care, which is a model used around the world. This discussion focuses on person-centered and relationship-centered approaches to care using the Best Friends model. Topics include communication and life story strategies, behavioral challenges for family and professional care partners, and how care partners can develop the “knack” of great care.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

  • Interactive Expo Open 

  • Lunch served
    Lunch sponsored by Loretto and Silver Fox Senior Club

1:30-2:30 p.m.   Session III

  • Improving Communication Between Doctors and Caregivers   Presented by Dr. Christopher King
    The doctor-patient relationship can be complicated. Being a caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia increases these challenges. Hear from a board-certified neurologist on building a relationship with a physician while balancing the autonomy of the person with the disease. Learn how to provide information to the physician when the patient is presenting conflicting details, how to use the time in front of a physician wisely, and encouraging self-advocacy for the person living with dementia.

2:30-3 p.m.   Break and Expo Open

3-4 p.m.   Session IV

  • Decreasing Stress While Increasing Hope   Presented by Joel Weintraub
    Taking care of a loved one is stressful on the mind and body, but  it can also be a great opportunity to connect on a personal level. Caregiving can be very rewarding and many times the caregiver gets more out of it than they put in…as long as they take care of themselves. This program will recharge your compassion and caring batteries and energize you throughout the day.

4-4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks and Conference Conclusion


Register online at our secure site or call 315.472.4201 and press 0.


David Troxel
David Troxel is an internationally known author of six books (most notably, The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care) relating to dementia care. He is a recognized expert in dementia, caregiver support, staff training & long-term care program development. David has served as an executive board member of the American Public Health Association, was a member of the Ethics Advisory Panel for the Alzheimer’s Association, and spent 10 years as the executive director of the Association’s former Santa Barbara Chapter. He was also a caregiver for his mother, Dorothy, who died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.


Dr. Christopher King
Dr. Christopher King is a neurologist with Cayuga Medical Associates in Ithaca and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Rochester. His areas of clinical special interest include Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. King is board certified in neurology and graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he also did his residency.



Joel Weintraub
Joel Weintraub combines his professional comedy experience with a background in education to entertain and inform. He holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and bachelor’s degree in health education from Temple University.




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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.