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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 35th Annual Alzheimer's Association Wisconsin State Conference, recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive state-wide conferences dedicated to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in the country. 

Valerie Hein Hamstra
Community Educator, Alzheimer's Association
"Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior"
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Sarah N Danforth
MS, OTR/L, Advocate Aurora Healthcare
"Driving and Dementia"
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Dr. Michelle Braun
PhD, ABPP(CN), Board-certified Neuropsychologist, Ascension Healthcare
"Frontotemporal Dementia: 5 Top Strategies to Optimize Treatment, Quality of Life, and the Caregiving Journey"
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Panel Discussion

"Are We Really Listening? Viewing Alzheimer’s from a Cultural Lens"
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Trends in Population and Ethnic Distribution for Wisconsin’s Older Adults

Andrea Garr (Moderator)
Dementia Care Systems Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources

Kristin Waukau (Panelist)
Tribal Dementia Care Specialist, Menominee Aging and Long Term Care Department

Ana Bernal (Panelist)
BSN, RN, Latino Geriatric Center Memory Clinic Nurse, United Community Center 

Stephanie Houston (Panelist)
MBA, Senior Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, Regional Milwaukee Office

Sia Moua (Panelist)
Manitowoc County Human Services Department



The Alzheimer's Association would like to congratulate the following individuals who were recognized in 2020 for their outstanding achievements:

Professional Award

Robert Przybelski, MD
Director, Geriatric Memory Clinics, UW Health
Dr. Przybelski has been caring for older adults with memory loss for 25 years. His patient caseload is close to 2,000 and he connects patients and family members to research studies.

Sargeant Carrie Peters, Appleton Police Department
Sergeant Peters is a champion for education and proper treatment of individuals with dementia. She has gone through training toward becoming a dementia specialist and has become an internal champion within the Appleton Police Department, training officers how to best interact with citizens living with dementia.

Family Caregiver Award

Julie Messner, Sheboygan Falls
Julie supported her father over the years while he was the primary caregiver for her mom and also cared for her husband Brian, during his Alzheimer’s journey. She was able to care for Brian at home until his death, by setting up a team of family and friends to help with care.

Courage Award

Dick Hagen, Madison
Dick is living with Mild Cognitive Impairment. He watched his own sister lose her battle with Alzheimer’s in 2019. He also worked in memory care for a period of time and has many fond memories of caring for the residents. Even though he has seen what the Alzheimer’s disease journey may look like, he chooses to live his best life every day.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Milwaukee County DHHS Division on Aging
Senior Medicare Patrol
Wisconsin Nursing Home Social Workers’ Association
Oak Park Place
The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)