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Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Programs and Services

Care Connection

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Daytime Call-In...
Presentations of Interest to Both Family Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals...
Monthly Sessions...
Training Credit for
Dementia Care Professionals of America

Connect... with guest speakers and other family and professional caregivers.

Care Connection is a free, teleconference designed for both family caregivers and professional caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. These teleconferences are a valuable mix of coaching, guest speakers, questions and answers--and sharing.

The sessions are held the second Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (ET).

During each monthly telephone session, experts provide presentations about dementia that are geared to both family caregivers and healthcare professionals, including medical, behavioral, practical, social and spiritual issues. Up to 100 family and professional caregivers from anywhere in the nation can call in to the live one-hour phone sessions. A member of AFA’s social work team facilitates each session and encourages call-in participants to pose questions to the experts as well as share their own experiences in a supportive environment. Participants can simply listen or contribute to the conversation during the interactive sessions. For information about specific speakers and topics, see below.

Attention professional caregivers: for those professionals qualified by AFA’s membership and training division, Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), each session will count as one hour of training toward credits required to renew  your DCPA status.

Connecting is free and simple.  

On the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. (ET), call Care Connection's toll-free number and, when prompted, enter the designated guest identification number.

Call toll-free: 877-594-8353
Guest identification number: 46692951#

 

January 2015

January 8, 2015
Guest: Hope Klein Levy, MA-Gerontology, founder, There's Always Hope, San Francisco, Calif.
Topic: "Better Your Brain Health"

February 2015

February 12, 2015
Guest: Kerry Burnight, PhD, CEO of Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse and Professor in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the University of California at Irvine’s College of Medicine, Calif.
Topic: "Abuse and Neglect: What All Caregivers Should Know"

March 2015

March 12, 2015
Guest: Richard Ronald Finley., Clinical Pharmacist, University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center and Consultant Pharmacist, Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, Sutter Health, Neuroscience.
Topic: "Ask the Pharmacist: The Role of Medications for Dementia."

April 2015

April 9, 2015
Guest: Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN., Family and Community Services Director at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Phoenix, AZ
Topic: "What Every Caregiver Needs to Know when Hospitalization Happens"

May 2015

May 14, 2015
Guest: Taryn Patterson, Doctoral Candidate in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, North Carolina State University, Policy Research Associate with the Center for Applied Research, LeadingAge, Washington, DC.
Topic: "How to Cope with Living in the Sandwich Generation"

June 2015

June 11, 2015
Guest: Jessica Langbaum, PhD, Associate Director, Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative and Principal Scientist, Banner Alzheimer's Institute, Phoenix, AZ.
Topic: "Clinical Trials 101: All You Need to Know"

July 2015

July 9, 2015
Guest: Linda Hermer, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, LeadingAge, and Taryn Patterson, Doctoral Candidate in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, North Carolina State University, Policy Research Associate with the Center for Applied Research, LeadingAge, Washington, DC.
Topic: "Stress Management: What You can do to Stay Healthy"

August 2015

August 13, 2015
Guest: Sherry L. Dupuis, PhD, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Co-Principal Investigator, Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON Canada
Topic: "Creating Meaningful Experiences for People with Dementia through Leisure"

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