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Dementia Care 2017
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May 24, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Inn–Syracuse
Liverpool, NY

 New for 2017
 Conference Schedule


Registration Information


The registration fee includes access to all sessions and the vendor expo, a copy of the book In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing by Bob and Lee Woodruff, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during the day. You will also receive the conference manual that includes all presentation materials from the day, as well as a guide to local resources.


New for 2017

Dementia Care 2017 is the sixth annual Alzheimer’s Association conference for family and professional caregivers of individuals with dementia in Central New York. The conference’s goal since its first day has been to empower caregivers with practical solutions.

Our traditional expo receives a makeover in 2017. In addition to connecting with businesses from Central New York that can support you during your Alzheimer’s journey, we have expanded the space to include experts to provide practical tips to use for commonly discussed caregiving challenges. Topics will include:

  • How to engage through reminiscing

  • New ideas for activities at home

  • Preventing caregiver stress

  • Tips for enhancing mealtime

  • Ways to encourage movement

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Conference Schedule

8 a.m.
Registration Opens
Interactive Expo Open (open during all breaks)
Continental Breakfast Served
Breakfast sponsored by Brookdale Fayetteville

9:30-11:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks by Catherine James, Alzheimer’s Association and Maggie Reap, McHarrie Pointe Assisted Living

Keynote: Creating Moments of Joy Jolene Brackey
Alzheimer’s caregiving is stressful, but finding moments of joy in the hardest of times can benefit you and the person you are caring for. Jolene Brackey has built a career on this philosophy. She will discuss how to assist in compensating for what dementia takes away, share practical verbal and nonverbal communication skills to help the person feel heard and supported, and demonstrate how to creatively and effectively turn challenging situations into moments of joy.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Interactive Expo Open
Lunch served at 12:15 p.m.
Lunch is sponsored by VNA Homecare

1-2:15 p.m.
Keynote: Family Conversations and Long-Distance Caregiving Dr. Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CSA
Essential Conversations are about talking to the most important people in our lives about the most important things in our lives. When caring for someone with dementia, the need for these conversations increases. Yet many of us aren’t even aware of the conversations we should be having and if we are, we aren’t sure how to have them. This session will provide practical information in an upbeat and engaging format. By its conclusion, participants will have skills, strategies – and the courage – to have productive and harmonious conversations with family members to ensure better care for the person with dementia and less stress and conflict for caregiving families.

2:15-2:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break
Interactive Expo Open

2:30-4 p.m.
Keynote: Finding Balance as a Caregiver Lee Woodruff
As a daughter, Lee Woodruff witnessed her father’s devastating, decade-long struggle with Alzheimer’s and the emotional and physical toll that it took on her mother as the primary caregiver. In 2006, she found herself suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver when her husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, was critically wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. In an instant, she went from successful writer, businesswoman and mother of four to primary caregiver, patient advocate and “General Lee,” coordinating care and keeping her family afloat. She will share stories, insights and hard-won wisdom from two very different journeys of love and caregiving.

3:45-4:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Conference Conclusion

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Jolene Brackey is a national speaker on Alzheimer’s disease, founder of Enhanced Moments, and author of the book, Creating Moments of Joy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and has extensive experience with people who have Alzheimer’s. Brackey left her job as an interior designer to follow her calling in the field of aging. She began her second career as an activities director in an Alzheimer’s care unit at a long-term care facility. Since then, she has become a sought after speaker on ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers.


Dr. Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CSA is the author of From Surviving to Thriving: Transforming Your Caregiving Journey, has an extensive background working with seniors and their caregiving families, as well as teaching others about the needs of seniors and their families. In addition to her academic and professional background, Dr. Amy spent a decade being a caregiver for her elderly parents. She is on the International Faculty for the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and the Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors, and is the International Vice President for the International Federation on Aging.


Lee Woodruff was the primary caregiver for her father, who had Alzheimer’s, and her school-aged children, when her husband, ABC News’ Bob Woodruff, was severely injured in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. She chronicled this journey of balancing family, career and her husband’s slow but successful recovery in the 2007 bestseller In An Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, a book she co-authored with her husband. She has since published two additional books, including the bestselling novel, Those We Love Most. Woodruff co-founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation and is a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning, commenting on a variety of current events and family-related topics.

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