The Alzheimer’s Association’s 14th annual Fall Education Conference will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Northwoods Banquet Center, 1540 Pueblo Drive, Rhinelander. Exhibitor space is available.
This year’s conference features Dr. Cary J. Kohlenberg, a board certified geriatric psychiatrist who has been involved in the clinical research of many promising new medications. His current research areas include Alzheimer’s disease and depression. In addition to consulting at long-term care facilities, Dr. Kohlenberg maintains an active outpatient practice and has been appointed assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kohlenberg will present on the early evaluation and treatment of dementia and will also present on the psychopharmacological treatment of behavioral symptoms of dementia.
In addition to Dr. Kohlenberg, Kathy Beran, occupational therapist, will share her extensive knowledge of practical techniques and strategies to help those with dementia carry out activities of daily living as independently as possible.
The conference also features Charles Schoenfeld, author of the book A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Dementia Ward. After his mother was admitted to a dementia unit, Mr. Schoenfeld retired from a 27-year career with UPS, took a 70 percent cut in pay and signed up for CNA training. Mr. Schoenfeld will share the emotional highs and lows of his experiences working on the dementia unit and will describe the value of the bonds he formed with the residents for whom he cared and their families.
Register online before Nov. 1 at www.alz.org/gwwi or call (715) 362-7779. Registration fees are $55 for professionals and $45 for family caregivers and students. Registration includes the conference sessions, lunch and refreshments. Certificates of attendance will be provided and CEUs will be available through Nicolet College.