Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference June 1

Staff Report

Dr. William Thies, Ph.D., Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, will be the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Alzheimer’s Association, Rock River Branch, Professional Education Conference to be held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m.

The annual one-day conference, Sowing Seeds of Knowledge, is designed for health care professionals and focuses on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease, which is now ranked as the sixth-leading cause of death, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2010 Facts and Figures Statistical Report.

The program is co-sponsored by KSB Hospital, SIU School of Medicine, Sterling Walmart Distribution Center, Sauk Valley Community College and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr. Thies will address the latest Alzheimer’s research developments. As a senior scientist and distinguished educator with the National Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, he oversees the world’s largest private, nonprofit Alzheimer’s disease research grants program. Under his direction, the annual grants budget has more than doubled. Since 1982, the Association has committed more than $250 million to Alzheimer’s research through its grants program. In addition to funding individual researchers, the grants program has provided support to large-scale research programs crucial to advancement of the field, including the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.

Also speaking will be Grey Kyrovac, MSEd, director of Education and Outreach programs, SIU School of Medicine, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders; Cheri Gertsch, RN, PRN, CHPN, and Sherry Haijenga, RN, BSN, PRN, CHPN, both of whom are staff members of Freeport Health Network Hospice.

Additional topics to be covered include identifying the psychological aspects of pain and pain management including methods for addressing short- and long-term effects and understanding Alzheimer’s disease and why they do the things they do.

Registration fee is $55 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. A total of 5.5 CEUS are available for an additional $10.

For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, Rock River Branch, at (815) 285-1100 or visit the Central Illinois Chapter website at to download a registration form.

The Alzheimer’s Association-Central Chapter, is a donor-supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in northern, central and west central Illinois. Its three office locations—Dixon, Peoria and Quincy—provide educational and supportive services to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers understand and deal with the disease and its impact on their lives. Core programs include information and referral services, care consultations, education, support groups, and safety services.

From the May 25-31, 2011 issue

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