Memory and Aging ECHO


ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) transforms the way rural, underserved communities learn and share knowledge, providing a virtual network for experts to mentor and share their medical expertise. The Memory and Aging ECHO is hosted by specialists from the Dale and Deborah Smith Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at SIU Medicine in Springfield, Il. The discussion will focus on key topics centering on memory and aging. Click here to register. 

SIU School of Medicine Specialty TEAM

  • Tom Ala, MD, Professor of Clinical Neurology
  • Jennifer Arnold, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology
  • Mehul Trivedi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Cindy Womack, DNP, FNP-BC, CNRN
  • Ann Jirmasek, BS, MA, LPC, NCC, Clinical Gerontology Specialist
  • Andrea Perkins, APRN, FNP-BC


  • Earn up to 12 continuing education credits each year;
  • Present your cases to a panel of memory and aging specialists;
  • Learn and interact with experts from your phone, computer or tablet. No need to travel!
  • Discuss timely topics, including decisional capacity, caregiver stress and frontotemporal dementia.

Curriculum Calendar

NOTE: All sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. Recorded portions of previous sessions only include the didactic and not case study portion.

September 13, 2021 Decisional Capacity Cindy Womack  
October 18, 2021 Legal Planning Melinda Hubele (Land of Lincoln Legal Aid)  
November 8, 2021 Placement into Long-Term Care Facilities Andrea Perkins  
December 13, 2021 Technology Use in Dementia Care  Cindy Womack  
January 10, 2022 Exercise and Dementia Eve Fischberg, OTR/L  
February 28, 2022 The Neuropsychological Effects of COVID-19 Mehul Trivedi   
March 14, 2022 Sleep and Dementia Jennifer Arnold  
April 11, 2022 Consumer Fraud for Seniors and Dementia Marcia Griffin (Attorney General's office)  
May 9, 2022 Mild Cognitive Impairment Mehul Trivedi  
June 13, 2022 Caregiver Burden Andrea Perkins  
July 11, 2022 Music and Memory - REGISTER Debbie Kuhns  
August 8, 2022 TBD TBD  
September 12, 2022 Driving Ann Jirmasek  

Questions? Contact Karen Fraase by email or call 217-545-2486. Once registered, you’ll receive a welcome packet from the SIU-IHA ECHO team. Clinicians are strongly encouraged to identify local behavioral health partners to participate in the SIU-IHA Memory and Aging ECHO with them.