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Navigating the Journey Through Dementia Care

Friday, June 24 - Healthcare Professionals
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Navigating the Journey Through Dementia Care, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association West Texas Chapter, is a learning opportunity offered at no cost to healthcare professionals. Presentations cover health disparities in underserved communities, graphic medicine as a tool for health education, Medicare benefits for individuals with dementia, ethical issues, legislative priorities, wound care and palliative and end of life care.

Keynote Address


Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations - Percy Griffin, Ph.D.

Percy Griffin, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association®, where he leads efforts to accelerate the organization’s scientific agenda through the creation and delivery of research education.  As a researcher, Dr. Griffin has led independent translational projects in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease focused on protein degradation and neuroimmunology.

Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, diagnostics and therapeutic interventions.  Dr. Griffin shares the latest developments in research, the impact of COVID-19 on dementia and talks about the role of the Alzheimer’s Association in addressing health disparities among high-risk and underserved populations.




Graphic Medicine - Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, Ph.D., MFA

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, Ph.D., MFA, is Assistant Professor of Instruction for Chicana/o Studies at The University of Texas at El Pasoand writer and co-creator at Dukes Comics.  

Comics can serve as a powerful tool to expand educational outreach efforts for improving the health and well-being of diverse populations.  Discover how bilingual comics are being used as graphic medicine for awareness and education of chronic diseases such as dementia.


Ethical Issues in Dementia Care - Grace Ortiz, B.A. in Business Administration

Grace Ortiz is currently assigned as the Faith-Based and Community Engagement Specialist for Adult Protective Services of the Department of Family and Protective Services in El Paso. She has been with Adult Protective Services for 17 years and began her career as an investigator for the Agency. She actively educates the community on how to protect the Elderly and Persons with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation for the Austin-El Paso District.

Mrs. Ortiz will address legal issues that may present in regards to the person’s respect for autonomy, guardianship and the least restrictive alternatives along the progression of dementia.


Dementia Treatments & Legislative Priorities- Julie Gray, Director of Development

Julie Gray is the Director of Development for the West Texas Chapter and is responsible for cultivating relationships with community leaders, volunteers and other organizations. Julie drives revenue and assists in furthering the mission to enhance care and support across the Chapter.

Mrs. Gray will share the latest on FDA approved treatments for Alzheimer’s and the legislative priorities for the Alzheimer’s Association on the federal and state level.


Dementia & Wound Care - Monica Vasquez, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, WCC, ACHPN

Monica Vasquez is a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at UTEP.  She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Masters of Science in Nursing at UTEP.

Prevention and care of wounds, specifically pressure injuries for persons at the end of life due to serious illness such as dementia, will be discussed.


End of Life & Palliative Care - Patricia Carter, MSN, BSN

Patricia Carter received her MSN and BSN from Northwestern State University.  She has 45 years’ experience as an Oncology and Hospice Nurse.

Mrs. Carter will explore the importance of advance care planning early in the disease process and discuss cultural factors that may influence the advance directive.

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Medicare Benefits, Including Annual Wellness Exams & Care Planning - Guillermina Solis, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-C, GNP-C, FAANP & Brenda Hedrick Wautlet, M.S.W. Candidate, B.A. in Psychology 

Guillermina Solis has been a nurse practitioner for over twenty years and is certified as a family and geriatric nurse practitioner. She is the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at UTEP and has been teaching in the nursing graduate program for 10 years. She has been recognized as a national nurse leader and has conducted several research projects on health state of Hispanic population followed by publications in peer reviewed journals. She is Vice-Chair of the West Texas Alzheimer’s Association.

Brenda Wautlet is a support group facilitator, educator, advocate and board member for the Alzheimer’s Association West Texas Chapter.  She provided care to her mother Carrol, until she lost her fight with dementia in November 2021.  Brenda continues to be her mother’s biggest champion and is passionate about helping those living with dementia and their care partners. A diagnosis and disclosure of that diagnosis is essential in improving outcomes for the individual with dementia. 

Dr. Solis and Mrs. Wautlet will discuss the requirements for Medicare benefits available to seniors, including Annual Wellness Exams and the Care Planning Benefit.

Additional Information

Lunch will be provided. A vegetarian option will be available.

Accreditation Statements

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

7.5 contact hours awarded after completion of a post activity evaluation.


None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Register for Friday, June 24 here.