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SIU Med School Co-Sponsors Memory Loss Conference

Memory loss is the topic of a conference for the public to be presented this month by the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD) in Springfield.  The conference will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, November 15, 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, Greater Illinois Chapter. 

The conference will provide general information and care giving strategies to persons with memory loss and family members and caregivers about the disease.  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 16, for health care providers.

Monday’s sessions for family caregivers begin with “The Multiple Causes of Memory Decline.”  The other morning sessions are “Alzheimer’s Disease:  What Have We Learned in the Past Year?” and “Take Your Power Back:  Tools to Cope with Memory Loss.” Afternoon sessions are “What Families Need to Know about Powers of Attorney and Guardianship” and “Stop, Look and Listen:  Communicating in a World of Dementia.” The final session on Monday is a panel discussion on living with Alzheimer’s disease.”

The presenters are two faculty members from SIU Alzheimer’s Center, Nicole Batsch, director of early stage and support services, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter; Benjamin T. Brown, senior project attorney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation; and  Karen Stobbe, director of In the Moment of Black Mountain, N.C.  

The registration fee for Monday’s conference is $20 before November 5 and $25 after November 5.  Registration can be made online at, by mail or by fax at 217-545-1903.  For more information about either day of the conference, contact Leslie Randolph, SIU CADRD, at 217-545-7181 weekdays or see the conference flyer at