Building Bridges of Support

Alzheimer’s Conference for

Professionals and Caregivers

Offered in collaboration with the

Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter


Date:    Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Time:    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration and networking begins at 8:00 a.m.

Location: Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, Quincy, Illinois 

This conference will be fun and interactive with a robust agenda that will offer information on the most current advancements in Alzheimer’s and dementia research and treatment, review the different types of dementia, and provide the best communication strategies for each type of dementia and stage of Alzheimer’s disease,

The Alzheimer’s Association has consistently brought timely topics with practical ideas and interventions to conferences throught Illinois.  A wide variety of exhibitors and additional resources will be available. 


Jennifer Arnold is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Dale and Deborah Smith Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at SIU School of Medicine. She completed her MD and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois and completed a neurology residency at the University of Michigan. She stayed at the University of Michigan to complete two fellowships in cognitive disorders and movement disorders. Growing up in Springfield, Dr. Arnold returned to her hometown to establish her career at the Smith Alzheimer’s Center in 2021. 

Daryl Carlson serves as the Manager of Education and Community Volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter out of the Peoria office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication along with several certifications in coaching and advanced communication methodologies. Daryl joined the Alzheimer’s Association in November of 2015 after 15 years of non-profit work in Alaska.   He loves to empower people to overcome life’s challenges.

Susan Scholz is a co-owner and Vice-President of Golden Bridges, celebrating nine years of business in Quincy, Illinois. Golden Bridges received A+ Accreditation status in 2020, and NASMM@HOME certification in 2022, and received the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau of the St. Louis Area. Prior to her transition to full time entrepreneur, Susan was the Director of Volunteer Services at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL where she was responsible for oversight of all volunteer programs, including 900 volunteers in various service areas; ad hoc member of three Executive Boards: Blessing Volunteers in Partnership (BVIP) which serves as the hospital auxiliary, Chaplain Executive Committee, and Quincy Hospitality House Board of Directors; member of the Executive Partnership Committee of senior hospital leaders.  Susan received a Bachelor’s Degree from Culver-Stockton College, is a graduate of Leadership Illinois in 2017, and an active volunteer at the Quincy Community Theatre. She currently serves as Secretary on the board of Midsummer Arts Faire.  Susan is married to Riff Scholz, whose mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease until her death in 2009.

 Lindsey Teefey leads Stepping Up, an exercise-based program from the Smith Alzheimer’s Center at SIU-Medicine. After growing up in Anna, IL and graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Lindsey joined the Smith Alzheimer’s Center in the Spring of 2022. In October of 2022, Lindsey became program coordinator for the Minds in Motion program at the Smith Alzheimer’s Center as well. As a college student, a mentor encouraged me to job shadow a physical therapist, and from that day forward, she knew she would really enjoy the field because it was a practical way of helping people through exercise and physical activity. She graduated from the physical therapist assistant program at SIU-C and went on to get her bachelor’s in communications. She is currently working on her master’s in aging studies at Easter Illinois University. Her and her family moved to Springfield in 2006 where she has enjoyed providing physical therapy in mostly home health settings in Springfield and surrounding areas. She really grew to love home health because it felt like she was empowering people to be more independent in their own homes by helping them prevent their chances of falls or injury and aid in maintaining their functional ability. She has already seen so many benefits of the Stepping Up program- not only are participants learning routines to maintain mobility and strength, but they are working on balance to decrease fall risk. Most importantly though, she has seen community and friendships grow between classmates that are truly irreplaceable.

Mehul Trivedi is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at SIU School of Medicine. He completed his Clinical Neuropsychology Residency in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Northern Illinois University and a Clinical Psychology re-specialization program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was previously employed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. His clinical interests include neuropsychological evaluation in individuals with neurological, psychiatric, and general medical conditions with a particular focus on the detection of normal versus abnormal aging.




Conflict of Interest Policy Statement:   Faculty participating in this program are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) or unlabeled use related to the content of their presentations.



Seats are  limited so early registration is recommended. The registration fee is $119 if received by October 13, 2023. After October 13th, the registration fee is $139. The registration fee includes continuing education credits/units.

Registration of groups of 3 or more receive a discounted rate of $99/per person.   Reduced rate of $59 is available for CNAs, home care aides, community caregivers, veterans and students. Please call 773-930-3200 to register or for more information. 

Register online:

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Register by phone:   

Call (773) 930-3200, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Cancellation policyFull refund will be provided if cancelled by October 13, 2023.  You may send a substitute with prior notification.  

Continuing Education Credit: 

A Certificate in Professional Continuing Education for six and one-half (6.5) contact/clock hours total for both sessions will be provided upon completion of registration, full participation and evaluation of the program activities, for the following disciplines:

  • Counselors (Clinical/Professional)
  • Dietitians/Nutritionists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses (RNs/LPNs)
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists and COTAs
  • Physical Therapists and PTAs
  • Psychologists
  • Respiratory Care Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Others (please inquire)

Interested in being a sponsor and  joining us as an exhibitor?  Download the form or call 773-930-3200.

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