Alzheimer's Disease Virtual Symposium

Person-Centered Care: Therapeutic Strategies in Dementia Care for Improving Quality of Life and Caregiver Support

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

Friday, November 6
8 – 10 am

Webinar will be held via Zoom

The conference will emphasize the importance of collaboration among different healthcare professionals working with individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Strategies and suggestions will be provided that can be used by healthcare professionals, family and friends interacting with this population.

Topics and Speakers

Alzheimer’s Disease Overview
Christopher Christodoulou, PhD, Licensed Neuropsychologist

Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Stony Brook Medicine

Edward Brogan, MA, 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: Aging in Place
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 Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: Perspectives from Speech & Language Pathology
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 presentation is designed to provide simple yet effective ways to foster safety and independence to those individuals experiencing Alzheimer's disease. Participants will 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.

Physical Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease
Anatalia Chao-Greiner, MSPT
Acute Care Physical Therapy Coordinator, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

This presentation will discuss the different settings where patients can receive physical therapy, techniques to safely rehabilitate patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and fall prevention techniques for the home.

Approach, Communication and Person-Centered Focus When Caring for Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s Disease
Michele Payne, MS Ed
Director of Programs, Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center

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.

The link to this course will be sent to the email used to register.

This is a free educational opportunity. This Alzheimer’s Symposium is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.