SIU Med School host Memory Loss Conference 2013


October 24, 2013


SIU med school co-sponsors Memory Loss Conference for families

Memory loss is the topic of a conference for family caregivers and other care partners to be presented by the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD) in Springfield.  The conference will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 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 caregiving 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 22, for professionals in health care, aging and caregiving.

Saturday’s sessions for family caregivers begin with “Just Been Diagnosed? Now What?” The remaining morning sessions are “Talk the Talk/Walk the Walk: Optimal Communication and Dementia Symptoms” (9:15 a.m.) and “Your Way! How to Find Dignity and Choice in a Nursing Home,” (10:30 a.m.).

The afternoon sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. with “Living with Memory Loss.” The remaining sessions are “Thinking Ahead: Making Informed Decisions” (1 p.m.), “Mini Sessions” on legal, medical and caregiving issues (2 p.m.), and “Family Dynamics, What is Your Role?” (3 p.m.). 

The presenters are Dr. Tom Ala, interim director and Greg Kyrouac, director of outreach programs, both with SIU’s Alzheimer’s Center; Heather Mulder, manager, education and outreach, Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter in Bloomington; Susan Scanland, CEO and founder, Dementia Connection® LLC, Clarks Summit, Penn.; Lee Moriatry, certified therapeutic recreation specialist at Quality Therapy and Consultation in Palos Heights; Roxanne Harling, nurse manager, St. John’s Hospital in Springfield; and Gwen O’Leary, CEO, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Katie Frostic, Applegate, Mich., both with Aprons4Alzheimer’s.          

The registration fee for Saturday’s conference is $25 before November 1 and $30 after November 1. Registration can be made online at, or by mail. A limited number of registration fee waivers are available to attend the family caregiver conference. To apply for a waiver or for more information about the conference, call Rhea Bartlett at SIU 217-545-7181 weekdays. To register for either conference, see the flyer at



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