Noted Rush University Medical Center social worker to speak at 15th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Conference

Staff Report

Susan Frick, MSW, of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago will be the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Conference to be held from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The annual one-day conference 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 2012 Facts and Figures Statistical Report.

The program is co-sponsored by KSB Hospital, Sterling American Legion Post 296 and the Alzheimer’s Association — Central Illinois Chapter.

The conference’s three workshops are titled “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Risk Factors,” “Communication and Behaviors” and “Care Strategies of the ‘Other’ Dementias.”

Frick has worked at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center for 12 years and helps coordinate a variety of training programs for staff of residential care facilities. She co-facilitates Without Warning, a monthly support group for individuals and families who live with early onset Alzheimer’s. She also works with patients and families in the Rush Memory Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Elmhurst College and her master’s degree in social work from Loyola University. She has presented at many national and local conferences and has worked in the field of Alzheimer’s disease since 1987.

Also speaking will be Darby Morhardt, MSW, LCSW, a research associate professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research interests include early stage and younger onset dementia programs and services, the dynamics and functioning of caregiving families, the subjective experience of Alzheimer’s disease and primary care physician education. She holds a BSW from Loyola University and an MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she has also done postgraduate work.

The registration fee is $75 per person and includes lunch and materials. A total of 4.5 CEUs are available for an additional $15. Register and provide payment by June 11 to the Alzheimer’s Association Rock River office.

For more information, call the Rock River office at (815) 285-1100 or visit the Central Illinois Chapter website at to download a registration form.

The Alzheimer’s Association — Central Illinois 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.

Call the Alzheimer’s Association toll free at (800) 272-3900 for additional information about the disease and caregiving support.

From the June 6-12, 2012, issue

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