Junnell Sample
Alzheimer's Association
410.561.9099, ext. 222


Friday April 25, 2014
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT

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Baltimore Sheraton North (Towson)
903 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204

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Alzheimer's Association Annual Dementia Conference:
Making Connections

8 a.m. -- Registration and breakfast

9 a.m. -- Welcome 

9:15 a.m. -- Forgotten Sundays: A Son's Story of Life, Loss and Love from the NFL Sidelines
Gerry Sandusky is a bestselling author, the long-time broadcaster for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, the Sports Director at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, and noted authority on communication, motivation, perception and change. He has won Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding broadcasts. In his new book, Forgotten Sundays, Gerry tells the story of his father, John Sandusky, who played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers, and served as head coach for the Baltimore Colts. It was when John Sandusky began to tumble into the confusion of Alzheimer's disease that he began to understand his father on a much deeper level. 

10 a.m. -- Viewing and Doing in Alzheimer's Disease: Mind the Gap
Judah Ronch, PhD,
Dean, Erickson School, University of Maryland Baltimore County, is a nationally renowned expert on improving the treatment and mental well-being of elders. He has been on the faculties of Vassar College, the University of Miami, and Dutchess Community College. His numerous publications include the critically acclaimed Alzheimer's Disease: A Practical Guide for Families and Other Helpers. He is currently working on co-editing a new two-volume set called Making the Case for Culture Change in Elder Care. His numerous journal articles and professional presentations include contributions in psychotherapy and counseling with the aged, care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, caregiver issues, staff training and service delivery issues in geriatric care. He has also been named a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. 

10:45 a.m. -- Break 

11 a.m. -- Morning Breakout Sessions

A. Best Practices in Dementia Care: Concept of Culture Change
   Maryland Culture Change Coalition
Myron Gelsinger, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital
   Mary Jones, Baltimore County Department of Aging
   Nathaniel Sweeny, St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation & Nursing Center 

B. If It Isn't Alzheimer's, What is It? Understanding Related Disorders
   Chiadi Onyike, MD, MHS, Director, Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Young-
   Onset Dementias Clinic, Johns Hopkins 

C. Family Conflict and Dementia: A Survival Guide
Mary DiBartolo, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, CNE, Associate Professor, Salisbury
   University Department of Nursing

12 p.m. -- Lunch, Networking, Exhibitors
Presentation of the Helen S. Schulze Award to Robert A. "Mike" Reitz, COO, Genesis Healthcare, by John F. Schulze, Sr., Pizza Hut Maryland

1 p.m. -- Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  A. Alzheimer's Association Programs & Services
Teri Bennett, MS, Helpline Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association
   Cathy Hanson, LGSW, Western Maryland Program Coordinator, 
   Alzheimer's Association
   Shelley Jennings, LBSW, C-SWCM, Family Care Coordinator, 
   Alzheimer's Association
   Yolanda Wright, LGSW, Early-Stage & Support Group Coordinator, 
   Alzheimer's Association 

  B. How to Advocate for your Loved One's Care
Cynthia Fields, MD, Geriatric Neuropsychiatrist, The Neuropsychiatric Institute,
   Good Samaritan Hospital
   Lynn McCamie, Ombudsman Program Manager, Baltimore County
   Department of Aging
   Susan Westgate, MSW, LCSW-C, Sinai Hospital 

  C. Advocacy and Public Policy Update
Michele Douglas (Moderator), Public Policy Partners
   Joe Gillis, Volunteer and advocate
   Alice Hedt, Maryland Long Term Care Ombudsman, Co-Chair, Virginia I. Jones
   Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorder Council 

2 p.m. -- Caregiver Panel
Join a panel of experts with first-hand experience for a powerful discussion on the challenges and rewards of living with and caring for loved ones with dementia.
Janet Kurland (Moderator), Jewish Community Services

3 p.m. -- Closing Remarks