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Supporting People Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners Through Meaningful Engagement

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Not a Member? Join ASA or Register for this event for $99

Includes Complimentary CEUs

This web seminar will explore the changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease and highlight care options and supports that enable people living with the disease to be equal partners in decision making. Participants will hear perspectives from people living with Alzheimer’s—stories that can illumine their everyday lived experience and that hold implications for enhanced well-being. Presenters will discuss a relationship-centered approach called “Authentic Partnerships,” review some of the latest evidence-based approaches for supporting caregivers, and examine new and emerging strategies for supporting people with Alzheimer’s—methods that recognize the central importance of relationships to well-being and de-emphasize the ubiquitous tragedy-focused discourse about Alzheimer’s.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Understand the changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease and consider the implications for their clinical practice;
  • Describe an “Authentic Partnerships” approach to supporting people living with dementia; and,
  • List innovative and successful ways to support caregivers of people who are living with dementia.


Peter Reed is a professor at the University of Nevada Reno, director of the University’s Sanford Center for Aging, and is the current Chair of the ASA Mental Health and Aging (MHAN) Constituency Group. Reed has worked in aging-related research, practice, and policy, serving previously at the Pioneer Network, the Center for Health Improvement, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jennifer Carson is chief learning officer of the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Plantsville, Connecticut, The Center’s mission is to continually envision and develop opportunities for personal, cultural, and systemic growth that will improve the well-being of persons living with dementia and their care partners. Carson brings a commitment to service, collaboration, and innovation, which stems from her 28 years of experience in the field of long-term care

Laura Bauer is director of National Initiatives for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. Co-author of RCI's signature training program, “Caring for You, Caring for Me: Education and Support for Family and Professional Caregivers,” she also has co-authored articles in Health & Social Work, Educational Gerontology, Generations, and Aging Today, and contributed chapters to Voices of Caregiving and Re-Creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging. Bauer teaches two courses in RCI's Certificate in Caregiving program.

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