Alzheimer's Disease Symposium

Due to concerns over the coronavirus on the Southampton campus and the recently confirmed case in our area, we are cancelling our Alzheimer's Symposium scheduled for this Friday, 3/13/20. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will be in touch regarding a new date.

Presented by Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Whole Person Care: Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Strategies for Improving Quality of Life and Caregiver Support” is designed for the therapy professional. Presenters will include experts in the therapy disciplines from Stony Brook Medicine. Learn how to recognize the use of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language to help improve the quality of life for dementia patients.


Alzheimer’s Disease

Christopher Christodoulou, PhD, Licensed Neuropsychologist
Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Stony Brook Medicine

Abigail Kaske, LCSW, Social Worker
Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Stony Brook Medicine

This presentation will offer an overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias, prevalence, symptoms, importance of early diagnosis, best practices for treatment and an update on Alzheimer’s Disease research.

Telehealth: Virtual Assistance in Aging and Cognitive Decline

Kimberly Noel, MD, MPH
Stony Brook Medicine Telehealth Director; Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer
Patient Centered Medical Home Chief Quality Officer, Family Medicine
Occupational and Employee Health & Wellness Physician; Clinical Assistant Professor,
Family, Population & Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital

Telehealth offers unique opportunities in improving healthcare by providing unprecedented abilities of connecting patients and clinicians. For aging patients and their loved ones, telehealth offers hope for greater support in coordinating illness and disability. This talk will introduce remote patient monitoring, virtual visits and emerging technologies aimed to serve the aging population and individuals with cognitive limitations. The talk will end with a discussion of the role technology plays in supporting independent and safe living environments for patients and families.

Personal and Professional Challenges of Dealing with Individuals with Alzheimer's: Perspectives from Speech-Language Pathologists

Cindy Arroyo, DA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Program Director, Adelphi University

Renee Fabus, PhD, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Chair, Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Department
School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook Southampton

This presentation will discuss cognitive and communication strategies to improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's, as well as personal challenges and real-life applications for caregivers.

The Value of Meaningful Occupation: Promoting Safety and Independence in Everyday Activities

Dawn Ippolito, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor; Associate Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook Southampton

This discussion is designed to provide simple yet effective ways to foster safety and independence to those individuals experiencing Alzheimer's disease. You’ll learn strategies and basic environmental modifications that can be used within the clinical and home environment to help maximize abilities in everyday activities and improve one’s quality of life.

If it’s Physical, it’s Therapy!

Kyle Hewson, PT, EdD
Clinical Associate Professor
Interim Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Stony Brook University

Description: This presentation will discuss ways to adapt functional activities for your patient/client with Alzheimer's disease in the early, middle and advanced stages. Integrating simple techniques, creating routines and utilizing the enjoyable aspects of their life can add to better mobility and function.

Approach, Communication and Person-Centered Focus When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

Michelle Payne, MS Ed
Director of Programs, Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center

Description: It’s important to understand the effects and progression of dementia on brain function in order to provide appropriate care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. By understanding the disease process and knowing the person with cognitive loss, it makes it possible to recognize the best way to approach and communicate with persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive loss. This presentation will also include a description of community resources provided by the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center.

Course Fee

No CEUS - Free

4 CEUs - includes CEU certificate - $60

A light breakfast is provided and there will be a Q&A session after the presentations. We hope to see you there!

For More Information
(631) 632-3074

The School of Social Welfare is an approved provider of continuing education for social workers in New York State (#0050).

The Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease is supported in part by a New York State Department of Health grant.

Perioperative Management of the Geriatric Patient

Friday June 5, 2020


Older adults who are planned for surgery should be assessed for cognitive impairment and functional impairment since those can impact patient’s recovery and prognosis. However, many health systems lack systemic assessments to screen and diagnose these impairments.  Additionally, many older adults are at risk for post-operative complications including delirium, pressure ulcers, and pain. An interdisciplinary approach involving rehabilitation professionals, nursing, physicians, social workers and case managers is pivotal for optimal patient care for geriatric patients. Patient and caregiver needs in the peri and post-operative period can be addressed and supported with proper planning and guidance by health care professionals.


At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • To describe the value of assessing cognitive and functional status as part of pre-operative evaluation for an older adult.
  • To demonstrate the role of the interdisciplinary team including rehab and nursing in the peri-operative management of older adults.
  • To describe the importance of proper pain management.
  • To demonstrate the significance of patient/caregiver education in the peri-operative period for older adults.
Registration and Breakfast 7:30am - 8:00am
Symposium       8:00am - 11:30am

Accredited by NYU Winthrop Hospital
Approved for 3.25 CME-CE Credits
Up to 3.25 ABIM MOC Points
Credit Approval Pending for Nursing, Social Work, Physical and Occupational Therapy CE

For more information, contact Keyana Golds at 516-663-9685 or