Alzheimer’s Care is a Team Effort: 

Play on Your Strengths

This program has been cancelled and will be offered as a series online.

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Date:    Thursday, May 14, 2020 

Time:    8:00 sign-in, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Location:    Marion, Illiniois)


Hit the ball out of the park with this unique educational offering!  This is your opportunity to gain the most up-to-date tools and strategies to support quality care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia types. Join us for a fast-paced and interactive agenda to learn what the distinctive types of dementias are, how they differ and when to use certain communication approaches.  Expert presenters will also cover what the latest research is saying and how to create a dementia friendly and collaborative community.

 Upon completion of this program, you should be able to: 

  • Recognize the salient differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia types.
  • Identify communication approaches that are effective through the stages of the disease.
  • Implement strategies for healthy living to stave off cognitive decline.
  • Define the role of collaboration to accomplish best care practices and create a dementia friendly community. 




Mike Bius, BA, serves as a Multimedia Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and group communication.  Mike joined the Alzheimer’s Association in January of 2012 meshing his talents and expertise in corporate training and education with his passion for seniors, adult learners, and caregivers. In his initial position with the Alzheimer’s Association as Manager of Education and Outreach, he has conducted hundreds of education programs throughout the state. Now, as a Multimedia Education Manager, he focuses exclusively on educating the public through ‘virtual learning’ platforms.  Mike’s personal mission is to increase the impact of the Alzheimer’s Association by reaching as many people via education programs as possible, in order to improve the quality of their lives, and have fun while doing it.

Elaine Jurkowksi, PhD, was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has held administrative and research positions for The Illinois Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Jurkowski began her social work career working with people who have cognitive and developmental disabilities and supporting these people to develop community social, recreation and leisure skills. Her philosophy of “community integration” and “citizen participation” evolved into vocational and residential settings, and included case management and administrative positions in vocational rehabilitation, and residential settings, serving people with disabilities for the Department of Health and Family Services, Province of Manitoba. Dr. Jurkowski was a “Great Cities” Research Fellow in Health and examined strategies for community needs assessment in the United States and Canada, using citizen participation and traditional needs assessments. She has also served as a program evaluation consultant in a range of public and private settings in developed and developing contexts to include countries such as Canada, the United States, India, Niger and Hong Kong. 

Yolanda Simon, MS, retired from teaching public school after 36 years where she enjoyed being in the classroom, and working in administration.   She brings her passion of meeting and talking to new people to the Alzheimer’s Association where she volunteers as a Community Educator and Community Representative.  She delivers education programs throughout the community, as well as connecting people with resources they might need.  Yolanda, who was a caregiver to her mother while she was battling Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years, is passionate about helping those in similar situations. 

Jane Williams, CDP, is currently the administrator at Prairie Living of Chautauqua located in Carbondale.  She has 8 years’ of experience with assisted living administration and has been a Certified Dementia Practitioner for 9 years.  She has been a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for 6 years.  Her roles include, Community Representative, Community Educator and Ambassador.  Jane has a real passion for the elderly and is committed to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association both personally, and professionally.  


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.






Space is limited so early registration is recommended. The registration fee is $119 if received by May 7, 2020. After May 7th, the registration fee is $139. The registration fee includes break refreshments, printed materials and continuing education credits/units.

Registration of groups of 3 or more receive a discounted rate of $99/per person.   Eligible community caregiver rate is $29.  Special rate for students and veterans, $59. Please call 773-930-3200 for more information. 

Register Now

Register by phone:   Call (217) 443-8777, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Register by mail:   Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

Continuing Education Institute of Illinois
8770 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL, 60631

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Cancellation policyFull refund will be provided if cancelled by May 7, 2020.  No refund after May 7th.  You may send a substitute with prior notification.



Continuing Education Credit: 

A Certificate in Professional Continuing Education for seven (7.0) contact/clock hours 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)
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