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This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. It is also for professionals who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease. CEUs available to professionals.


8-9 a.m.         
Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Explore Exhibit Tables

9-9:15 a.m.     
Welcome and Introductions

Cindy Klaniecki, LCSW

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.    
Help and Hope in Alzheimer’s Care and Support: 
Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s through Science        

Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D.   
Executive Director for the Northern California-Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

This live course provides an overview of the current medical care for Alzheimer’s and related disorders and explores the promise of current research. Dr. Edgerly will provide an update on new developments in early diagnosis, intervention and risk reduction.

10:45-10:55 a.m.           
Break and Explore Exhibit Tables

10:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m.       
Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
Stefanie Bonigut, LCSW
Family Services Manager for the Northern California-Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. 

The Alzheimer’s Association® Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research program workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: 
  • Cognitive activity.
  • Physical health and exercise.
  • Diet and nutrition.
  • Social engagement. 
In each area, we will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do — steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area

12:25-1:15 p.m.       
Lunch and Explore Exhibit Tables

1:15-2:30 p.m.    
Breakout Sessions

Well-being Practices for Self-Care
Lorenia Parada-Ampudia, M.A. 
We will start with a brief introduction of the amount of years of institutional research backing up the use of Mindful Awareness practices for stress reduction and health in general. We will focus attention in offering experiential practices for caregivers to reduce stress and support healthy communications and relationships at work and home.

Give the Gift of Planning Ahead 
Katy P. Walker, Esq., The Grunsky Law Firm PC
This presentation will address how to prepare to avoid troublesome capacity issues. Attendees will learn about relevant legal documents such as Powers of Attorney, Advance Healthcare Directives, and Living Trusts.  Attendees will also learn how to avoid probate, conservatorships and Medi-Cal recovery by planning early.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m    
Break and Explore Exhibit Tables

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.    
Mona Lisa and the Art of Dementia Care    

David Troxel, MPH
Utilizing images from art and writings from literature this workshop will cover key principles of contemporary dementia care and offer strategies to improve quality of life for persons living with dementia and their care partners.  Topics discussed will include life story work, communication, and strategies for reducing behavior that can be challenging for family and professional care partners.  Participants will leave with a “tool kit” related to the arts that can be used to engage the person or persons they are supporting.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.        

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors 


Cedar Creek Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center
a program of Health Projects Center
The Maple Houses

Care From The Heart - In Home Services, Inc.
Community Bridges Elderday
Hospice of Santa Cruz County
Side by Side: Memory Care Coaching and