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30th Annual Alzheimer's Disease Education Conference

by James Smith
30th Annual Alzheimer's Disease Education Conference

The 30th Annual Alzheimer's Education Conference was held on 2/21/15.

The 30th Annual Alzheimer's Education Conference was held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the FSU College of Medicine. 

Opening Session

Alice Pomidor, MD., MPH- Dementia 101 

Description:  By the end of this session participants will be able to discern current theories about the causes and risk factors for Alzheimer's-type dementia, describe ways to help maintain personhood in people with AD and, describe current management choices for persons with dementia.

 

Morning Breakout Sessions

 

Description: By the end of the session, participants will be able to understand loneliness; define ways to prevent loneliness; and, discuss ways to eliminate loneliness.

Carol White, MSW, ACSW, CPD - Hands on Care Approaches

Description: By the end of the session, participants will be able to have a better understanding of Person Centered Care and the importance of delivering meaningful care; demonstrate the appropriate physical approach and the use of various prompting techniques including hand over hand and hand under hand support; and, discuss ways to involve the person in ADL care as well as some possible reasons for behavioral expressions of unmet needs relating to common care interactions.Alice Pomidor, MD, MPH - Driving and Dementia

Description:  By the end of the session, participants will be able to recognize three risk factors related to driving disability for Older drivers; describe a risk assessment strategy; and, Identify three potential risk reduction interventions.

Keynote Address

Michelle Bourgeois PhD, CCC-SLP - Strategies to Support Communication

Description: At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the origins and development of visual aids to support memory and communication of persons with dementia; design a variety of visual cuing stimuli (memory books, reminder cards, letters, memo boards, etc.) for a variety of memory-related problem behaviors; and, explain the principles underlying successful visual cuing strategies (i.e., memory model, person-centered care, theory of unmet needs).

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Penny Weimer - How To Visit Your Loved One in a Residential Facility

Description: By the end of this session, participants will learn and discuss why visits with persons with dementia may be stressful; learn useful activities for meaningful visits with persons with dementia; and, share and review visiting challenges and problem-solving.

Dottie Hinkle - How to Access the Aging Services Network

Description: By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify Federal, State and Local Programs which provide services in the community for Aging Adults and caregivers; understand the services available to seniors and caregivers to support aging in place in the community; and, understand how to access the programs needed to age in place.

Brittany Mikhail, PharmD - Pharmacy Best Practices

Description:  By the end of the session, participants will be able to discuss treatment options currently approved for Alzheimer’s and medications used to help assist with symptoms associated with this disease state; discuss pharmacodynamic changes that increase elderly patients risk for cognitive impairment; discuss the impact that cognitively impairing medications have on the efficacy of treatments for Alzheimer's Disease; identify medications that increase the risk of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's patients; identify drug-drug interactions that can increase the risk of drug induced cognitive impairment; identify drug-drug interactions that can decrease efficacy of current treatment options; review a brief update of any medications in Phase II and Phase III testing; and, understand the role of the healthcare professional in minimizing adverse effects and maximizing therapeutic outcomes in Alzheimer’s patients.

Twyla Sketchley Law Firm, P.A.

We appreciate all the sponsors who helped make this conference available!

Big Bend Hospice

Broadview Assisted Living

Brookdale Clare Bridge and Sterling House

Florida Health Care Association, Pilot Club of Tallahassee

FSU College of Medicine

 Graceful In Home Aging

HarborChase Assisted Living and Memory Care

Hi-Tech System Associates, Inc.

Home Instead Senior Care

Hopewell Nursing and Living Assistance

Interim Health Care

Pilot Club of Tallahassee

Tallahassee Memorial NeuroScience Center, Memory Disorder Clinic

Tallahassee Memory Care