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Alzheimer's and Dementia Symposium

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Spring Symposium was rescheduled. The majority of speakers and sessions will remain the same.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hurst Conference Center
(New Location)
1601 Campus Drive
Hurst, TX 76054

Call 1-800-272-3900 or Register Online to reserve a space.
Presenting sponsor: 

The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to present North Central Texas’ largest annual event focused on caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Serving a diverse and interconnected community of care providers, the all-day symposium features expert speakers, informative and engaging presentations, and an exhibit hall showcasing dozens of businesses that serve caregivers.

Attendees will learn about dementia care from professionals in a variety of disciplines. Twelve different breakout sessions provide current, practical information for caregivers of people in different stages of the disease and healthcare professionals such as clinical and support personnel who would benefit from learning more about dementia. There is no charge for the general public; professionals may earn continuing education credit for a fee.

For the comfort and convenience of attendees, registration includes complimentary beverages and lunch.


GENERAL SESSION: The Good News About Dementia Research, Rebecca Edelmayer, PhD

Dr. Edelmayer is director of scientific engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, working with over 75 Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the country to accelerate the Association’s scientific agenda through the creation and delivery of research education.

MORNING PLENARY: Living with Lewy: My Journey with Lewy Body Dementia, Cynthia and Don Kent
The Kents are attorneys in Tyler, Texas. The husband and wife share Don’s diagnosis of Lewy body dementia with the public in the hope of educating others about the disease and the availability of resources for patients and caregivers.


  • Understanding Dementia, James Hall, PhD
  • Navigating End of Life Care, Robert Parkey, MD
  • De-Mystifying Dementia Related Behavior, Mary Camp, MD, and Daniela Vela, PhD
  • Modifiable Risk Factors in Neurocognitive Decline: Who's at Risk and What Can We Do?, Cristina Wohlgehagen, MD


  • Elder Law – Planning in the Present for the Future, Dana Zachry, JD
  • Strategies for Reducing Caregiver Stress, Seraphina Francisco, LMSW
  • Hearing Loss and Cognitive Function: What Do We Know? Jedidiah Grissel, MD
  • The Impact of Gender and Ethnicity on Alzheimer's Disease, Leigh Johnson, PhD
  • Mastering Mindfulness, Kelly Opgenorth, LPC-Intern
  • Safety in the Home, Dawn Bransky, PT
  • Managing Dementia Well with Medication, Ken Basinger, RPh
  • Advanced Care Planning Live Experience: The Conversation to Guide My Care, Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs, MD


General public (including those with dementia and their care partners) - no charge (a suggested donation of $25 to cover the cost of meals and materials will be accepted at the door.)
Professionals needing continuing education credit - $75 ($90 after March 9)

Call 1-800-272-3900 or Register online to reserve a space.


Presenting Sponsor

Your business can be a part of the Spring Symposium! Download sponsorship information

Continuing education credits
Physician Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter. The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.
Physician Credit Designation
The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 6 hours of AOA Category 2A credit. Approval is currently pending.
Licensed Professional Counselor
University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies that this meets the requirements for continuing education under Texas Administrative Code. This activity provides 6 CEU credits.
Nurse – Texas Nursing Association (TNA)
UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association ­ Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides up to 6 contact hours. Approved Provider ID: 16­274238­B
Social Work
This activity is approved for a maximum of 6 Clock Hour(s) for Social Workers.

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
This activity is approved for 6 instructional hours. Approval Number NCCAP500792-21.