Alzheimer’s Association New England Family Conference

Join us for a free, virtual conference for those living with Alzheimer's and dementia and their families. Featuring several notable guest speakers, and sessions such as a panel of persons living with early stage dementia, Legal & Financial Matters, flourishing as a caregiver, and processing grief throughout a caregiver's journey. We hope you will join us!

Recordings

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Special note: certain programs were not recorded live, but pre-recorded versions of the programs are available online. Please click below to access such programs.

Handouts and Materials

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Program of Events

We have created an exciting two-day program full of educational and practical sessions. Attend only those you wish - all are welcome. Scroll down to learn more.

Friday, March 4th: Programs for Individuals Living with Dementia

Opening Remarks

Friday, 3/4 | 9:30 - 9:45 AM ET

Brief welcoming remarks.

Life After a Diagnosis: Panel of Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s

Friday, 3/4 | 9:45 - 10:30 AM ET

This session will highlight what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s disease. Panelists will discuss the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s, challenges specific to Early Stage Alzheimer’s, and strategies to reduce stigma and improve cultural sensitivity surrounding dementia diagnosis. Coping strategies will be discussed including the role of social engagement, disease education and the importance of advocating and having a voice in dementia care.

Living With Alzheimer's Part One

Friday, 3/4 | 10:45 - 11:45 AM ET

Part 1 of 2. For individuals living with Alzheimer's: The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. In this two-part program, you will hear from others who have been where you are, and will learn what you need to know to navigate this chapter of your life.

Living with Alzheimer’s Part Two

Friday, 3/4 | 12:15 - 1:30 PM ET

Part 2 of 2. For individuals living with Alzheimer's: The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. In this two-part program, you will hear from others who have been where you are, and will learn what you need to know to navigate this chapter of your life.

Saturday, March 5th: Programs for Family Caregivers

Viviendo con Alzheimer: Experiencias del Cuidado Familiar

Saturday, 3/5 | 9:30 - 10:30 AM ET

SPECIAL SESSION IN SPANISH. En esta sesión podrá escuchar las experiencias de personas que están cuidando a su ser querido con Alzheimer, seguido por una charla sobre los cuidados en la etapa intermedia de la enfermedad.

Opening Remarks

Saturday, 3/5 | 10:30 - 10:45 AM ET

Brief welcoming remarks.

Keynote - Caregiver Conversations: Journey of Hope, Panel of Caregivers

Saturday, 3/5 | 10:45 - 11:30 AM ET

Caring for someone with dementia is an important, yet complex role. Caregivers may provide help with personal care, paying bills and coordinating medical care while also providing emotional support for the person living with dementia and the extended family. Join us for a panel discussion with caregivers as they share tips, strategies and lessons learned throughout their journey.

Legal & Financial Issues to Consider with Alzheimer’s Disease

Saturday, 3/5 | 11:45 - 1:00 PM ET

The diagnosis of Alzheimer's makes planning for the future more important than ever. Through this program, you will learn about important legal and financial issues, how to put plans in place, and how to access resources near you.

Caregiving, Ambiguity and Finding The Tools To Thrive and Flourish

Saturday, 3/5 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET

This presentation will highlight the degree to which the uncertainty and ambiguity of caregiving contributes to significant neurobiological stress for caregivers. Neurobiological stress leads to many caregivers experiencing high rates of anxiety and/or depression. Notwithstanding, as this presentation will demonstrate, when caregivers can use neuroscience strategies, such as, practicing gratitude, novelty, goal setting, and using micro moments they can begin to thrive and flourish even in the light of experiencing significant stress.

  • Handout
  • Please also bring five pieces of paper and something to write with!

The Journey of Grief Throughout Caregiving: It Begins with the Diagnosis

Saturday, 3/5 | 2:45 - 4:00 PM ET

Anticipatory grief begins once any diagnosis of life limiting illness is made. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are no exception. This presentation offers a breakdown of the levels of grief that affect caregivers of persons living with dementia. We will discuss how to identify the area of stress that is most challenging to each particular caregiver and ways to lessen the grief associated with it in order to help that caregiver continue to provide optimal care.

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