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.

December 12, 2022 Bench to Bedside: How Do We Get There With Dementia Research? Kevin Hascup, PhD  
January 9, 2023 Different Types of Dementia, including Alzheimer's Mehul Trivedi, PhD  
February 13, 2023 Treatment Options for Dementia Jennifer Arnold, MD  
March 13, 2023 Supplements for Dementia Tom Ala, MD  
April 10, 2023 Dementia Management and Care Planning Andrea Perkins, FNP-BC  
May 15, 2023 Geriatric Depression in Dementia Kalyan Kandra, MD  
June 12, 2023 Disaster Planning Cindy Womack, DNP, FNP-BC, CNRN  


Continuing education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. The SIU School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The SIU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. SIU School of Medicine is preapproved as a continuing nursing education provider pursuant to Section 1300.130, subsection c), 1), B) and P) of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Nurse Practice Act. Nurses may receive a maximum of 1 contact hour for completing this activity. SIU School of Medicine has been approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as a provider of continuing education for social workers (license #159-000106), clinical psychologists (license #268-000008), professional counselors/clinical counselors (license #197-000073) and nursing home administrators (license #139.000027). This program offers a maximum of 1.0 CE hour.

All other attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Previous sessions include:

  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Capacity Evaluations
  • Caregiver Burden
  • Consumer Fraud for Seniors and Dementia
  • Decisional Capacity
  • Driving
  • Exercise and Dementia
  • Legal Planning
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • MIND Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Brains
  • Music and Memory
  • Placement into Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Technology Use in Dementia Care 
  • The Neuropsychological Effects of COVID-19
  • Sleep and Dementia

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