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Dementia conference set for April 14
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MONROE - The "Diagnosis, Drugs, and Depression: Little Discussed Dementia Issues" conference is planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 14.

Harbor House Memory Care, along with Pleasant View Nursing Home, Angelus Retirement Community, Twining Valley 55+ Retirement Community and the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, will hosting an educational conference. The cost to attend is $45, with an additional $10 added if a certificate of 6.5 hours of Continuing Education is needed. All proceeds from the conference will go to the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

The conference is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, professional caregivers, case managers, administrators and others in the health care field and will cover topics related to dementia not often discussed, such as challenges with differentiation of dementia diagnoses, drugs, mild cognitive impairment, depression, end-of-life issues and an inspiring update on all things new in the world of dementia.

Topics and speakers are:

n "Diagnosing the Diagnosis of Dementia": Lynette Gisel, Clinical Coordinator, OSF IL Neurosciences Institute, has more than 20 years of experience in nursing. She serves as the Clinical Coordinator for OSF Illinois, Neurosciences Institute-Memory Disorders Clinic, which is in partnership with Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine.

n "Drugs in Dementia": Dr. Teresa Patwell, GNP-Internal Medicine and Outpatient Memory Disorders Clinic, Dean Medical Center. Patwell has nearly 30 years of nursing experience working with the elderly in both primary and long term care settings. Since 1993, she also serves as a Clinical Preceptor/Faculty Associate with the University of Wisconsin, School of Nursing.

n "Hormone Replacement and Dementia": Dr. Craig Atwood, research director and associate professor, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Comprehensive Memory Program. His research led to the development of a new theory of aging, "The Reproductive-Cell Cycle Theory of Aging," and has been published in more than 200 scientific articles and sits on numerous review boards including NIH and VA study sections.

n "Deciphering the MCI Maze": Delores M. Moyer, a geriatric nurse practitioner, founder of Harbor House Memory Care and creator of Harbor House's "Safe Harbor Program," a nationally recognized dementia caregiver training program. She directly oversees the operations of many of Harbor's individual locations. She has also served as a health care consultant, managerial leader and professor at several major universities, teaching both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She will be accompanied by Mary Kay Baum, a former minister, lawyer and current survivor of diagnosed Mild Cognitive Impairment.

n "Depression in Dementia": Dr. Kathryn Vuper is board certified in psychiatry, specializing in the geriatric population. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine, Vuper currently practices in the Lake Geneva/Walworth County area.

n "Dying in Dementia: Discussing the End-of-Life": Gaines Richardson, Hospice Medical Director, Monroe Clinic. Certified in 2008, Richardson oversees the care of all enrolled hospice patients at the clinic and also those receiving outpatient services.

n "When Someone with Dementia is Hospitalized": Deanna Truedson, outreach specialist, Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. Truedson has worked with the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance for 9 years.

Lunch will be provided, as well as information on local community resources. Registration is required by Friday, April 1. The conference will be held at The Ludlow Mansion, at 1425 Mansion Drive, Monroe. More information is available by calling Ginger Croft, Pleasant View Nursing Home at (608) 325-2171 ext. 338.