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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Program: Schedule

Program Schedule

Schedule:  April 20th 2023- Crowne Plaza Warwick, RI

8:30am -9:45 am

Registration and Check in/ Light Refreshments/Visit Vendor Tables

9:45am - 10:30 am

Welcome/Open Remarks

Introduction to the  Alzheimer’s Association:

Donna McGowan, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association RI Chapter

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break/Visit Vendors

10:45am - 11:45 am

(Choose one Session)

Session 1:
Supporting a Person with Dementia Related Behaviors:

Explore common behavioral issues that person's with dementia may display and the
many of the reasons for these behaviors. Information and suggested resources will
be provided to navigate their journey.

Stephanie Culhane, BA

Session 1:
What is Dementia? What are the Most Common Types, Causes and Symptoms of Dementia?

In this talk (with ample time for questions), Dr. Snyder will describe the different types of dementia, their typical symptoms, and then focus on the issues pertaining to the detection and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.  He will explain why the diagnosis of dementia is challenging for both the caregiver and the care provider, and Dr. Snyder will address the question of why Alzheimer's disease (and other dementias) seem to be increasing in prevalence over time.  He will then be happy to take questions from the audience.
Peter Sneider, PhD

Session 1:
Information para Entender La Enfermedad De Alzheimer Y La Demencia
​Durante esta sesión, se discutirá la diferencia entre la enfermedad de Alzheimer y la demencia, y el impacto de la enfermedad. Además, se definirán las etapas de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y sus factores de riesgo. Los participantes aprenderán sobre la investigación actual, los tratamientos disponibles para controlar algunos síntomas y los recursos de la Alzheimer's Association. Esta sesión será facilitada completamente en español por Geraldine Mitchell, Coordinadora de Diversidad y Alcance Comunitario.

Geraldine Mitchell, BA

11:45 am - 12:00 am

Break/Visit Vendors

12:00pm - 1:00 pm

(Choose one Session)

Session 2:

RI Clinical Trials: New Treatment on the Horizons


During this session our speakers will explore the rich research opportunities that are occurring in Rhode island and how volunteer involvement is moving the field of research into the era of  prevention and treatments.


Annie Cerullo, APRN, Terry Fogarty, BS and Athena Lavoie, BA

Session 2:

Money Matters: Making Financial Plans After a Diagnosis of Dementia


Join Robert Wroblewski in learning tips on how to manage another person’s finances, how to plan for future health care costs and the benefits of early planning.


Robert Wroblewski, BA

Session 2:

Cuerpo y Cerebro Sano es Vida Sana: Consejos de las Últimas Investigaciones 

Durante siglos, hemos sabido que la salud del cerebro y el cuerpo están conectados. Pero ahora, la ciencia es capaz de proporcionar información sobre cómo las opciones de estilo de vida pueden ayudarte a mantener tu cerebro y tu cuerpo sanos a medida que envejeces. Acompáñenos para aprender sobre la investigación en las áreas de dieta y nutrición, ejercicio, actividad cognitiva y compromiso social, y utilizar herramientas prácticas para ayudarle a incorporar estas recomendaciones en un plan para un envejecimiento saludable.

Geraldine Mitchell, BA

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch (Buffet Style) 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Keynote Address 

The Greatest Love You Will Ever Give:
Amber Evans, MA, LCMHC, R-DMT,CDP 

2:30pm - 2:45 pm

Break/Visit Vendors

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

(Choose one Session)

Session 3:

Creating Confidence in Care

Brett Brumbaugh, OTR/L and Caregiver Karen Benson, Esq. discuss their journey through the Skills2Care program, an evidence-informed intervention that improves well-being and skills of caregivers, slows decline in daily functioning of people living with dementia, and reduces challenging behaviors. Karen will provide first-hand experience on the Skills2Care program, and Brett will provide clinical expertise and solutions to supporting a loved-one with dementia. 

Brett Brumbaugh,MS, OTR/L and Karen Benson, Esq

Session 3:

Late Stage Dementia: Making End of Life Care Choices

This program will discuss identifying characteristics of a person living with late-stage dementia, what to expect during this stage and helpful care tips. We will review eligibility for both Palliative Care and Hospice Services for a person in late-stage dementia, as well as hearing a firsthand account of one caregivers journey with their loved one during this late stage.

Lisa Wasson, RN, CHPN, CMDCP

Session 3:

Aging Strong: Tips for Better Brain Health


Join Dr. Chuang-Kuo Wu, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital, for a casual conversation about research-related findings, related to healthy aging with a focus on maintaining a healthy brain. 


Dr. Chuang-Kuo Wu, MD, PhD

3:45pm - 4:00 pm

Break/Visit Vendors

4:00pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Session: Laughter Yoga  - Sponsored by AARP Rhode Island 


"Join our last session with  Larry and Cole  and  see how intentional laughter can nourish your body,  mind and spirit"

Larry O'Brien and Cole Robinson, BA

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