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The Alzheimer's Association Annual Dementia Conference is for individuals with dementia and all members of their care team, including family, friends other caregivers and professionals.

Professionals, including acute and long-term care nurses, social workers, assisted living and nursing home administrators, geriatric care managers, and allied health professionals working with individuals with dementia and their caregivers, are invited to attend and can receive continuing education credits.



Friday, May 6, 2016
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD


Morning Keynote: "Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty"
Presented by: Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. She also serves as the director of the Duke Aging Center Family Support Program, an award-winning state-funded first responder, clearinghouse, training and technical assistance center for families and professionals caring for people with Alzheimer's disease.

Afternoon Keynote: "Advances in Neuroimaging: The New Frontier in Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment"
Presented by: Esther Oh, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center.

Breakout Sessions:

Legal & Financial Planning - Kimberly Battaglia, Esq. and Cheryl Jones, Esq.
Ethical Issues in End of Life Care - Debra Wertheimer, M.D.
Making the Connection: Brain Change & Behavior - Ann Morrison, Ph.D., RN
Acute Care and the Person with Dementia - Michael Ankrom, M.D.
Different Types of Dementia, Diagnosis & Treatment - Nicole Absar, M.D.
Sexuality and Dementia - Ruth Kershner, LCSW-C
Living with Young-Onset Alzheimer's: A Personal Perspective - Panel facilitated by Tabassum Majid, Ph.D. and Deborah Hanna
Alzheimer's Policy and Advocacy - Randi Chapman, Esq.


Thank You 2016 Sponsors


2015 Event Wrap-Up

On Friday, April 24, the 2015 Annual Dementia Conference took place at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson. We were honored to have the keynote address presented by Dan Cohen, executive director of Music & Memory whose work was featured in the acclaimed documentary, "Alive Inside." In addition to his thoughtful insights on the impact of music on the lives of those living with dementia and the individuals who care for them, the day was filled with expert information on the disease and best practices for care. The conference closed with Dr. Marilyn Albert's in-depth report on current research and future promises in the field.

We thank our sponsors and exhibitors for the support in making the event possible.

With permission from the speakers, we have posted select presentations below.

Non-Pharmacological Management of Difficult Behaviors, presented by Elizabeth Galik, Ph.D., CRNP
Managing Caregiver Stress: Compassionate Care for the Caregiver, presented by Shanna Bittner-Borell, LGSW

To learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the 2016 Annual Dementia Conference, contact Junnell Daniels at jdaniels@alz.org or 800.272.3900.


Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.