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Dementia Education Symposium - Mountain Region
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Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter

Dementia Education Symposium 2018
On the Journey

Presented by:


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton - Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803



General Session:

The Public Health Crisis: Alzheimer’s on the Front Lines

This general session will provide an in-depth view into the state of Alzheimer’s across the Country and in North Carolina. Particular attention will be paid to the Public Health Roadmap, the unique challenges faced by rural and minority communities, and changes that need to take place to turn the tide on the war against Alzheimer’s.
Scott Herrick, MS, Alzheimer’s Association – NC State Director of Public Policy

Break-out Sessions:

Connections: Art, Museums, and Memory Loss
The Asheville Art Museum is excited to join art museums across the globe in creating safe spaces and educational programs for adults with mild to moderate memory loss to engage in arts related activities. Connections will serve the Museum’s vision of transforming lives through art and its mission of engaging and inspiring individuals and enriching community through dynamic experiences in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In this workshop, learn more about museum programs for adults with memory loss, hear plans for Connections at the Asheville Art Museum, and participate in a sample art discussion to experience how Museum staff will use art to promote brain health and forge meaningful connections with and among participants.
Kristi McMillan, MA, Museum Educator

The Alzheimer’s Family – Maintaining Connections while Caring and Coping
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia impact family roles and relationships including young and adult children, spouses, and the individual living with the disease. This workshop will explore ways to maintain positive relationships throughout the dementia journey and introduce tools for effective communications and interactions.
Mary Ann Drummond, RN, Educator, Author

Everything You Wanted to Know about Living Longer But Were Afraid to Ask
People are living longer more than at any time in history. With longevity comes increased concerns and uncertainties about independent living, decision-making, quality of life and long term care. Familiar questions we are asking ourselves include: What happens if I can’t make decisions for myself? Will I be a burden to my family? What is long term care insurance? When is it too late to get it? What should I do if I think my mom and dad are being taken advantage of? This workshop will address some of these uncertainties of aging through information, experiences, and examples to heighten our quality of life.
Brian T. Lawler and Heather Whitaker Goldstein, The Van Winkle Law Firm - Elder Law Attorneys

Walk with Us for Awhile
Set aside your book knowledge and anything you may think you know about Alzheimer’s and come to hear what a panel of those with the diagnosis actually has to say about living with the disease.  In this session four panel members who are learning to walk through the maze of early and mid-stage dementia share their insights and frustrations, their strategies to cope with what appears to be an ever-changing world and even what they would like you to know about this disease. Won’t you take some time and “Come Walk With Us For a While”?
David Arnold, Judy Brinkley, Raphael Case Warren, and Bruce White join this panel. They will share their experiences, issues, concerns and hopes living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Bill Smutny, MS, Carepartner, will moderate

Dementia, Doctors, and Pills – What Works and What Doesn’t
This workshop will review medication treatments frequently prescribed for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Participants will also learn how patients, family, and other caregivers can most effectively navigate the maze of healthcare providers involved in the care of patients with dementia.
W. Thomas Belt, MD, Mission Internal Medicine

Dementia and The Role of Technology
The workshop will explore various uses of technology related to Dementia with particular attention to safety and the environment, activities and quality of life, and therapy.
Jack Brosch, Carepartner





Presenting Sponsor


Lunch Sponsor

Van Winkle Law Firm

Gold Sponsor

Deerfield Retirement Community

Silver Sponsor

Area Agency on Aging Land of Sky Regional Council

Bronze Sponsor

Brightstar Care

Visiting Angels

Breakfast Sponsor

   Brookdale Walden Ridge 


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