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October 6, 2011

SIU Med School Co-Sponsors Memory Loss Conference

Waivers available for qualifying attendees

Memory loss is the topic of a conference for family and caregivers to be presented by the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD) in Springfield.  The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, November 7, at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway.  The sponsors are Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the Illinois Department on Aging, St. John’s Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The conference will provide general information about the disease and offer care-giving strategies to persons with memory loss and their family members and caregivers.  The conference will feature experts in the fields of memory loss and care giving, as well as useful products and services.  A separate conference will be presented Tuesday, November 8, for health-care providers.

Monday’s sessions for family caregivers begin with “What is Dementia?”  The other morning sessions are “Unlocking the Silent Prison: Strategies for Communicating with Persons with Dementia” and “Life Quality for People with Cognitive Impairment in the Home.” Afternoon sessions are “Miss Lily: Dementia Communication Techniques” and “Elder Abuse and Neglect Laws: Protecting Older Adults.” The final session on Monday is “Meeting Alzheimer’s – for Families: Caregiving and Hope.”

The presenters are two faculty members from SIU Alzheimer’s Center; Michelle Bourgeois, Ph.D., professor at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio; Marilyn Woelke, Linda Gilmar and Sonya Paddock of Geri-Ed Services in Riverdale, Iowa; Lois Mooreman and Sally Petrone of the Illinois Department of Aging; and Jade Angelica of Healing Moments™, Inc., and Amy Ressler from the University of Dubuque, both in Dubuque, Iowa.

A limited number of waivers are available to attend the family caregiver conference.  The waivers cover registration cost for one day for those with financial need.  To apply for a waiver, call Kathy at the Alzheimer’s Association in Bloomington, 309-662-8392 by October 25.

The registration fee for Monday’s conference is $30 before October 25 and $35 after October 25.  Registration can be made online at, or by mail.  For more information about either day of the conference, call 217-545-7711 weekdays or see the conference flyer at