SIU Med School Co-Sponsors Memory Loss Conference


October 15, 2012

SIU Med School Co-Sponsors Memory Loss Conference

Registration fee waivers available

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. Saturday, November 17, at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway. The sponsors are Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Department on Aging and St. John’s Hospital. 

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. A separate conference will be presented Friday, November 16, for professionals in health care, aging and care giving.

Saturday’s sessions for family caregivers begin with “It’s In Every One of Us.” The other morning sessions are “What’s New in Alzheimer’s Disease?,” “Through the Looking Glass: A Course in Empathy,” “Learning to Connect,” and “Where to Turn: Resources to Help Navigate Memory Loss Disorders.” The final session on Saturday is “Living with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.” 

The presenters are two representatives from SIU Alzheimer’s Center, Dr. Tom Ala, associate professor of neurology and interim director of CADRD, and Ann Popovich, clinical gerontology specialist; Anne Ryder, writer, journalist, speaker and president of Ryder Media LLC in Indianapolis, Ind.; Leslie Pedtke, administrator and her staff from Aviston Countryside Manor in Aviston; Heather Mulder, manager, education and outreach of Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois (AAGI) Chapter in Bloomington; Melanie Chavin, vice president of program services of AAGI Chapter in Chicago; Roxanne Harling, nurse manager, St. John’s Hospital in Springfield; Julie Hubbard, social worker, Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland Inc. in Springfield; and Pati Hoffman, volunteer and early-stage Alzheimer’s disease patient with the AAGI Chapter in Carol Stream.

A limited number of registration fee waivers are available to attend the family caregiver conference. To apply for a waiver, call Kathy at the Alzheimer’s Association in Bloomington, 309-662-8392 by October 26.

The registration fee for Saturday’s conference is $30 before November 1 and $35 after November 1. Registration can be made online at, or by mail. For more information about either day of the conference, call 217-545-7181 weekdays or see the conference flyer at

Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the citizens of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community.


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