November 9, 2016 @ 3:00 am – 9:00 am
United Methodist Church
2227 4th Street
Monroe, WI 53566
Deanna Truedson, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance

Understanding and Coping with the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

United Methodist Church, 2227 4th Street, Monroe

9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance, the Aging & Disability Resource Center and Monroe Clinic are excited to partner to offer family members, direct care workers and professionals an excellent opportunity to learn the latest information and resources that can help you face this growing health epidemic. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and person centered care through informative and interactive presentations.

The day will begin with an Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias presented by Dr. Joshua Morrison, Neurologist, Monroe Clinic Memory Diagnostic Center. Understand the definition of dementia, learn about the various types of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), learn about medications used to manage dementia and receive updates on the latest research. Joshua Morrison, MD has a background in the treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. He offers patients an informed and calming perspective, so they can move forward with a clear plan and sense of empowerment.


Next the focus will shift to understanding the Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care which will be presented by Tom & Karen Brenner, authors of You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care.  Learn how and why using the Montessori Approach for positive dementia care has proven to be so successful. This will be a hands-on, engaging experience using short videos, photographs and Montessori materials. Attendees will take away some new, exciting ideas, exercises and activities for positive engagement with people with dementia.  Tom Brenner is a gerontologist who specializes in creating dementia care programs that are strength based and positive leaning. His wife, Karen, is a Montessori educator who co-founded a Montessori school for children who are deaf. The Brenner’s have worked together for the past twenty years researching and implementing the application of the Montessori Method for positive dementia care. After years of working directly with people living with dementia and their caregivers, the Brenners published a book about their work, You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care. Tom and Karen travel throughout the United States presenting workshops, training programs and speaking engagements about their uplifting and positive approach to dementia care.


After lunch and local updates, participants will be revitalized during a presentation called Re-energizing the Energizers presented by Gina Green-Harris, MBA Director, Milwaukee Outreach Program and Services, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI), UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  Ms. Harris shares that in life we have many roles to play, but the greatest role we can accept is that of a caregiver. Whether we are a caregiver that receives a paycheck or a family or volunteer caregiver who receives golden nuggets in the form of a “thank you”, the fact is we are all important. Our work is essential to the lives we are chosen to touch.  This motivational workshop will recharge and encourage participants to “Keep on keeping on”, as you face challenges, setbacks or burnout. After this talk, your flame will be ignited and you will be reminded of the great work you have been assigned.  Gina Green-Harris provides leadership and governance to guide and build the capacity of the WAI Milwaukee office which is designed to provide outreach services, programs, resources and to recruit African Americans into research using culturally tailored methods. Since joining the WAI, the program has more than doubled the number of African Americans enrolled in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP). Ms. Green-Harris was instrumental in collaboration between the University and Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (a Federally Qualified Health Center- FQHC) to establish a minority specific memory clinic in the heart of Milwaukee. This is the first of its kind and is being established as a national model for other FQHC’s to replicate.


On site respite will be available at no cost through the Hand in Hand Adult Day Center.  Please contact Stephanie Hafez at 608-328-9499 to make respite arrangements by October 26.


Fee is $30 for professionals and direct caregivers. Family caregivers may attend at no cost.  Lunch is included.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 2.  For more information and to receive a detailed brochure, please contact Deanna Truedson, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance at 608-843-3402 or deanna.truedson@alzwisc.org or Linda Boll, Aging and Disability Resource Center at 608-328-9499 or resourcecenter@gchsd.org