Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference

UofMFree Annual Educational Conference

Saturday, June 1, 2013
8:00am to 4:30pm
Mayo Memorial Auditorium
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Home Instead Senior Care of Minneapolis is committed to making coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related issues, such as memory loss as easy as possible. That is why we’re a proud sponsor of the Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference in Minneapolis, MN. According to Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., coordinator of the conference, “The Caring for a Person with Memory Loss conference is designed to share tools, skills, resources, information, and wisdom with families and care professionals about the most effective ways to care for persons with memory concerns. With more than 5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and 15.4 million people provided care for these individuals, the need to share relevant, effective care approaches and ideas to improve the quality of life of persons with memory loss is more critical than ever. To this end, our June 1st, 2013 Caring for a Person with Memory Loss conference will touch on several key topics including different types of dementia, family dynamics, art therapy, and abuse issue in person with memory loss. As this conference is a community education event and free for families, the kindness of sponsors such as Home Instead Senior Care of Minneapolis is critical to help us provide speaker honoraria, offer copies of presentation materials to attendees, provide refreshments to attendees, and live stream and record the conference for future viewing by attendees and others.”

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Register today then stop by our booth! In conjunction with the conference and our support of organizations that provide education and assistance to those dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, we’re offering a chance to win a $100 gift card to Parasole Restaurants PLUS a $100 donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in your name. Learn more and enter today!


There is no cost for this conference for participants who do not want contact hours, but pre-registration is required. To RSVP your attendance, click here. If you RSVP on behalf of others, you must complete a new form for each person to be registered for the conference.

Contact Hours

The event will provide 6.5 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact hours, 6.75 Minnesota Board of Social Work contact hours, and 7 Minnesota Licensed Nursing Home Administrator contact hours. A certificate of attendance will be provided so that all health professionals may submit it to their respective organizations for accreditation . Attendance for the full day is required to receive the certificate. There is a $50 registration fee to cover processing costs. Please complete the online registration form ( to learn more about payment options.

Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund will be issued if you cancel in writing to Dr. Gaugler at by May 17th, 2013 (2 weeks prior). If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Program Schedule

8:00-8:30 am – Welcome
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, Associate Professor/McKnight Presidential Fellow
University of Minnesota School of Nursing/Center on Aging

8:30-10:00 am – Different Types of Dementia: Clinical and Practical Considerations
Siobhan McMahon, PhD, GNP-BC, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

  • Define dementia and its various subtypes/causes
  • Describe clinical differences in various types of dementia
  • Discuss the approaches to most effectively treat and manage different types of dementia

10:00-10:15 am – Break

10:15-11:45 am – What Family Members Need From Each Other
Patricia Schaber, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor
University of Minnesota Program in Occupational Therapy

  • How do family members interact? (Family FIRO Model)
  • Changing needs in family members with memory loss
  • Strategies for promoting daily, positive interactions

11:45am-12:45pm – Lunch Break

12:45-2:15 pm – Dancing – Interactive Connections for Healthy, Enriched Lives
Maria DuBois Genné, BSEd., MEd, Founder and Director of the KAIROSalive!

  • Through experiential processes learn how dance, music, and story can enliven and nurture our bodies and minds
  • Through experiential processes learn how the shared experience of dancing transforms each participant and can help build a sense of belonging and community.

2:15-2:30 pm – Break

2:30-4:00 pm – Elder Abuse and Dementia
Deb A Holtz, JD, MN State Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, Minnesota Board on Aging

  • Provide an overview of the State Ombudsman’s role and responsibilities
  • Discuss key issues related to elder abuse and dementia, using case examples where appropriate
  • Provide information, suggestions, and tools for families of at-risk loved ones with memory loss

4:00-4:15 pm – Thanks and Closing Remarks
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD

Conference Committee

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, is an Associate Professor and McKnight Presidential Fellow in the School of Nursing and Center on Aging at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on Alzheimer’s disease, family caregiving, and clinical interventions for these individuals.

Mark Reese, MA, LPC, LAMFT, is a study counselor at the University of Minnesota. His work focuses on enhancing clinical services for families caring for relatives with memory loss.

University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry

As Dr. Gaugler’s research program continues to grow, he would like to ask you to take a few minutes and consider being a part of the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry. Becoming part of the registry does not enroll you in any study, but it provides Dr. Gaugler with permission to contact you in the future about any upcoming opportunities to participate in his research as well other basic information. Filling out the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry form should not take more than 5 minutes. If you have already done this for us and nothing has changed since you filled it out, there is no need to fill out another form. However, if something has changed since you last filled out a Registry form, please feel free to fill out a new form:

If you are a family member or friend who knows someone with memory loss or is helping them, please fill out the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry-Family form here:

If you are a professional who cares for persons with memory loss or their families, please fill out the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry-Professional form here:

Caring for a Person with Memory Loss (CPWML) Annual Conference will be Streamed Live June 1, 2013!

Please share the following with those you know that won’t be able to attend the conference, especially those out of state:

We are going to stream live and record the conference presentations! The CPWML conference can be accessed live from a remote location with a computer and internet access (highly recommend doing so with T3 or LAN line, as opposed to wireless) as well as via a recorded version after the event. The CPWML conference will be broadcast here: and the recording will be made available on the virtual library site at: after the conference. This live stream will be interactive, meaning you can participate in Q & A with presentation speakers.

Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference Virtual Library

If you would like to revisit the information presented in this or past Caring for a Person with Memory Loss conferences, please visit our virtual conference library at There you will find Power Point slides and handouts of each presentation, information on how to access recorded presentations, speaker contact information and other resources from past conferences. We have held Caring for a Person with Memory Loss conferences since Spring 2008, and there is a lot of great, free information in the virtual library for you, your family members, or clients!

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