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2015 Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Webinar Series for Professionals

Get up to speed on the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Learn what you need to know to inform, educate, and empower
community members, people with dementia, and family caregivers.

The National Institute on Aging at NIH (NIA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pleased to invite you to join the 4th annual free webinar series on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for professionals in the public health, aging services, and research networks.

Free continuing education credit is available (CNE, CEU, and CECH)!

Webinar 1 - September 2015:
Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Resources You Can Use

Tuesday, September 22, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

Presentation slide deck for Webinar 1 (15.9MB)

Recording of Webinar 1  (slides and audio - please note that the audio begins at the 3:15 mark
Transcript of recording

Take a quick tour of the latest resource information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including:

  • What's new with the Federal Government's National Alzheimer’s Plan
  • Updates on information and support resources
    • for consumers and families
    • for caregivers
    • for service providers and other professionals
  • New resources on brain health and research participation


  • Ruth Drew, MS, Director of Family and Information Services, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Jennifer Watson, MA, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, NIA
  • Amy Wiatr-Rodriguez, MSW, Aging Services Program Specialist, ACL

Webinar 2 - October 2015:
What’s Happening in Alzheimer’s Research?

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

Presentation slide deck for Webinar 2 (19.2MB)

Recording of Webinar 2 (slides and audio)
Transcript of recording

Get an overview of current Alzheimer’s research directions and studies, presented by leaders in the field. Learn about:

  • The research plan to cure, treat or prevent Alzheimer’s and related dementias by 2025
  • Engaging participants in studies through the Brain Health Registry
  • Investigating how exercise and diet affect dementia risk
  • Using technology to monitor, manage and study dementia and novel, early predictors of risk


  • Suzana Petanceska, PhD, Program Officer, Division of Neuroscience, NIA
  • Michael Weiner, MD, Professor in Residence in Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology, University of California San Francisco
  • Laura Baker, PhD, Associate Professor in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest University
  • Martha Clare Morris, ScD, Director, Section of Nutrition & Nutritional Epidemiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Rush University
  • Jeffrey Kaye, MD, Director, Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center, Oregon Health & Science University

Webinar 3 - November 2015:
Caregivers Supporting People with Dementia: New Research and Technology

Tuesday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

Presentation slide deck for Webinar 3 (11.6MB)

Recording of Webinar 3 (slides and audio)
Transcript of recording

Learn more about dementia caregivers and the latest in tools and strategies to support them, including:

  • How the experiences of caregivers for people with dementia differ from those who care for people with other conditions
  • Innovative resources, including care planning tools and new technologies
  • New directions in respite-related research


  • Moderator: Erin Long, MSW, Aging Services Program Specialist, ACL
  • Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW, Research Associate Professor in Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, Northwestern University
  • Alicia Blater, MS, Family Caregiver Support Program Consultant, Lifespan Respite Project Director, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
  • Jill Kagan, MPH, Program Director, ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
  • Carol Farran, PhD, Professor, Rush University Medical Center/Rush College of Nursing