FREE Online Caregiver Education Series
Figuring out memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming, especially while balancing COVID concerns. From February through April, caregivers and care partners are invited to join Alzheimer's Tennessee online or by phone to learn from experts and ask questions. Each of the nine sessions focuses on a unique and pertinent topic for caregivers. During three webinars each month, caregivers will hear from leaders in the field about how to best care for their loved ones -- and themselves.
Dates, topics and presenters are featured below. Registration is required. You will be asked to select which presentations you plan to participate in each month.
These conferences are supported in part by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, HRSA Grant 1-U1Q-HP 033085-01-00
Download Flyer with Dates Here: AlzTN_Vanderbilt_Spring2021_VirtualConferencesFlyer_13JanV2.pdf
To view recordings of previous sessions, please click here.
Wednesdays in March @ 2PM CST / 3PM EST
Questions? Amanda.BarlowLeitch@TNalz.org or 731.694.8065
March 10: Caregiving Health Risks & Maintaining Your Health
Presented by Dr. James Powers
Director, Middle Tennessee Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
Vanderbilt University Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
March 17: A Caregiver’s Toolbox – What You Need To Know
Melinda Bilbrey, Social Services
Melinda has 40 years of experience in long-term care working with patients who have dementia and their families. She has been a support group leader for more than 30 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge to share with families during their journeys with dementia.
March 24: Being an Effective Caregiver
Presented by a Panel with Personal Experience in Caregiving:
Johnny Johnson has been his wife’s primary caregiver since she was diagnosed at the age of 57 with Early On-Set Alzheimer’s in 2018. Johnny’s wife has now entered into Hospice care and is doing well. He has experienced the full spectrum of caregiving over the past 4 years and has much to offer from the male perspective.
Sandy Hayes is one of the main caregivers for her sister-in law. Sandy assists her brother with his wife’s care. To help manage her care, they share a bit of a unique living arrangement: Sandy and her husband live on one side of their home, while Sandy’s brother and sister-in-law live on the other side.
Virginia Conger was a caregiver for her husband who served as the Mayor of Jackson for 22 years. Their grandson Scott is now the city's Mayor.
Tuesdays in April @ at 8:30AM CST/9:30AM EST
Questions? Tracey.KendallWilson@TNalz.org or Linda Johnson 865.544.6288
April 6: Identifying Signs of Decline during COVID and How to Best Adapt
The journey of dementia can be confusing in the best of circumstances, let alone during a life-altering, global pandemic. Join us to hear from an internationally-acclaimed, phenomenal speaker who will delve into changes we may be experiencing as well as techniques to allow the greatest successes.
Karen Stobbe has a passion for teaching innovative and successful caregiving strategies to help individuals with dementia live in the moment. She is co-developer of the “Hand in Hand” video that was produced by CMS and is distributed to every nursing facility in the country. Her Father and Mother are her inspirations for so desperately wanting to educate the world by bringing her unique perspective to the audience. Karen was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work.
April 13: Activities of Engagement in a COVID World
Do you find yourself, as a care partner, attempting to fill in hours, day after day with very little feeling of accomplishment? We often speak to others in a similar situation and convince ourselves we are not doing our best or enough……leading to further isolation, negative feelings, and discouragement. You are NOT alone! Join us as we brainstorm best practices and build confidence in developing realistic activities and expectations for those we love.
Kareen King is an author of Engage! 28 Creative Enrichment Experiences for Older Adults (ArtAge Pub.). She works with organizations that want to create a culture where elders and their care partners are loved, validated, and creatively engaged. As a Registered Drama Therapist and Creative Engagement Specialist, she can help you discover exciting ways to provide meaningful and engaging experiences for older adults as well as offer creative care-giving tools for caregivers and individuals in the field of aging services.
April 20: How a Pandemic Changed Legal Planning and What We Can Do
Kelly Frere - CELA, Guyton & Frere received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1991 and was certified as an elder law specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization in 1998. She was inducted into the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).