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This is a day for individuals living with MCI or early stage Alzheimer’s, and care partners helping to care for someone in any stage of dementia. You will leave with tangible take-home tools, and walk away feeling recharged, encouraged and empowered! 

The agenda offers a variety of perspectives; you will hear from professionals, people living with Alzheimer’s, and family members. Learn how to live well with Alzheimer’s, engage in healthy habits, tap into community resources, and build upon strengths. During breaks, explore local resources at the interactive exhibitor fair. Register today to reserve your spot!

Agenda:

9 a.m. Exhibitor Fair, Registration & Breakfast
10 a.m.

Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
Claire Day, Chief Program Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California
& Northern Nevada Chapter

11 a.m.

Maximizing Quality of Life Through the Stages of Alzheimer’s
Alexandra Morris, MA, Professional Training Specialist, Alzheimer’s
Association, Northern California & Northern Nevada Chapter

Noon Lunch

TRACK A: For those with a diagnosis of MCI or early stage Alzheimer’s and care partners

1 p.m. Early Stage Speaker: What Does Support Look Like for Me?
Kitty Lynch, Early Stage Speaker
1:15 p.m. How Can We Start Conversations Now That Will Support Our Future Care? 
Mary E. Matthiesen, LCSW, Founder, Moonstone Geriatrics
2 p.m.

Yoga/Active Stretching
Betsy Slavit, Certified Yoga Instructor, Speech Pathologist,
Volunteer, Mission Hospice & Home Care

2:20 p.m. Early Stage Speaker: My Experiences Participating in Alzheimer’s Research
Michael Mancusi, Early Stage Speaker
2:30 p.m.

Common Questions About Participating in Research: A Candid Conversation
Mary Koestler, RN, PhD, CCRC, Assistant Professor, Clinical Trials Nurse
Manager,
UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Claire Day, Chief Program Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern
California & Northern Nevada Chapter

Vanessa Souza, MSSA (Moderator), Early Stage Program Coordinator,
Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California & Northern Nevada Chapter

TRACK B: For care partners, caring for someone with middle or late stage Alzheimer’s

1 p.m. Effective Communication Strategies
Patt Martin, Alzheimer’s Advocate and Experienced Family Caregiver
Jon Lucas, Alzheimer’s Advocate,  Group Facilitator, & Family Caregiver
2 p.m. Getting the Support You Want: Perspectives and Resources
Marilyn Jankowski, LCSW, Dementia Consultant
Patt Martin, Alzheimer’s Advocate and Experienced Family Caregiver

Jon Lucas, Alzheimer’s Advocate, Support Group Facilitator, & Family Caregiver
Mary Hulme, LCSW, Founder, Moonstone Geriatrics
3 p.m. Conclusion & Evaluations

Respite Resources:
If you provide in-home care, and need caregiver coverage in order to attend the conference, you may apply for an Alzheimer's Association respite grant. Please do not apply for funds to cover your existing caregiver. If you qualify, the Alzheimer’s Association will pay the respite caregiver directly. Contact Tiffany Mikles for an application: tmikles@alz.org, 408.372.9900.

PRESENTING SPONSORS