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Issues in Aging Conference

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Monday, April 29

Azheimer's Disease & Dementia: Bridging Research and Caregiving

Tuesday, April 30

Contemporary Approaches to Frailty Care

Schoolcraft College VistaTech Center,
18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia

Earn 12 CEUs (6 per day) in Nursing, Social Work, Nursing Home Administration, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Certificate of attendance for other disciplines including GEN, Case Managers and Recreational Therapists.

Agenda: Day 1

  • 7:30–8:15 a.m. Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15–9:45 a.m. Research Update on Lewy Body Dementia - Judy Heidebrink, MD, MS, Richard D. and Katherine M. O'Connor Research Professor of Neurology, Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Michigan
  • 9:45–10:15 a.m. Break & Exhibits
  • 10:15–11:45 p.m. Tailored Lighting Intervention in Alzheimer's Disease - Mariana Figueiro, Ph.D., Director of Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch & Networking
  • 12:45–2:15 p.m. Financial Exploitation & Cognitive Impairment - Peter Lichtnberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Director, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, MI
  • 2:15–2:30 p.m. Break & Exhibits
  • 2:30–4 p.m. Family Caregiving after Stroke: Rehabilitation and Beyond - Bill Haley, Ph.D., Professor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida

Agenda: Day 2

  • 7:30–8:15 a.m. Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15–9:45 a.m. Lifestyle Intervention on Cognitive Decline - Steven Rapp, Ph.D., Professor, departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine & Social Science & Health Policy, Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC
  • 9:45–10:15 a.m. Break & Exhibits
  • 10:15–11:45 p.m. Family Caregiving for Adults with Disability & Dementia - Sharon Milberger, ScD, Director, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute and MI-LEND, Wayne State University, MI
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch & Networking
  • 12:45–2:15 p.m. Opioid Epidemic Among Older Adults - April Vallerand, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Director, Ph.D. Program, Distinguished Professor, College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor, Wayne State University, MI
  • 2:15–3:45 p.m. It's not the CHF: What Drives Healthcare Utilization of Patients with Dementia? - Donovan Maust, MD, MS, Asst. Professor of Psychiatry, U-M, Research Scientist, VA, Ann Arbor Healthcare System, University of Michigan


  • $75 (per day) Professional Registration
  • $60 (per day) Senior (62+) and Student Registration
  • $20 Family Caregivers & Individuals with Early-Stage Memory Loss Registration

For more information contact Jean Barnas at or 248.996.1033.

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