2021 Spring Alzheimer’s Conference 

Communication Comes Into Full Bloom

Offered in collaboration with the

Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter


Date:    Thursdays, May 6th and 13th

Time:    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 Location: Online 

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 two day agenda to learn how to decode behavioral messages and identify methods to communicate and
connect effectively. We will also hear from a diverse panel of caregivers offering powerful experiences and approaches. Don’t miss the fireside chat with Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton as she shares her journey as a caregiver for her mother and the “LG Cares;
Through Our Eyes” campaign.

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

  • Describe strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Identify communication approaches that are effective through the stages of the disease.
  • Outline the challenges and choices of caregivers on a daily basis. 
  • Define processes proven to provide quality of care for affected persons in any setting. 




 Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton is excited to serve Illinois as the state’s 48th Lieutenant Governor.  As the first African American to hold this office, Stratton is passionate about equity and putting passion into government policy making.  Her portfolio includes leading the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative, and chairing the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the Military Economic Development Council and the Illinois Rivers Coordinating Council.  She is the chair of the R3 Board (Restore, Reinvest, Renew) and she co-chairs the Opioid Prevention and Recovery Steering Committee. Lieutenant Governor Stratton currently serves as treasurer of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.  Previously, Stratton represented the 5th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Her first elected office was serving as Chair of the Kenwood Academy Local School Council.  As a lifelong advocate for youth and creating safe spaces for our young people, Lieutenant Governor Stratton is a restorative justice practitioner and trained peace circle keeper. She believes that where there is a void, we must take action to fill that need.  Stratton was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and DePaul University’s College of Law.  She and her husband Bryan live in the Bronzeville community and have four daughters. 

David Meyers lives in Normal, Illinois where he works for State Farm Insurance. He supported his wife Cheryl during her seven year journey with Alzheimer’s.  David has served in several roles with the Association, starting with creating Cheryl’s Holy Walkamolies walk team where they have raised over 20,000 dollars for the association since 2014. During Cheryl’s illness, he started to talk about their journey and hosted several webinars, ultimately becoming a community educator after her passing. David serves on the Illinois Advisory Board for the Alzheimer’s Association as well as continues to provide community education in the Bloomington/Normal area.  

Yolanda Simon is 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.  Yolanddelivers 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.   

Caregiver Panel  

Brandi Blair cared for her mother-in-law, who had dementia, in her home while raising four young children. 

Paul Boatman cared for his wife with Alzheimer’s disease and serves as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator. 

Dawnita Brown cares for her mom who had a stroke and now displays symptoms of dementia. 

Sharon Hall cares for her husband who has frontal temporal dementia and previously cared for her mother with dementia.



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 $59 if received by May 4, 2020. After May 4th, the registration fee is $69. The registration fee includes continuing education credits/units.

Registration of groups of 3 or more receive a discounted rate of $45/per person.   Reduced rate of $39 is available for CNAs, home care aides, community caregivers, veterans and students. Please call 773-930-3200 to register or for more information. 

Register Now

Register by phone:   Call (773) 930-3200, 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

Print Registration Form

Cancellation policyFull refund will be provided if cancelled by May 4, 2021.  No refund after May 4th.  You may send a substitute with prior notification.  

Continuing Education Credit: 

A Certificate in Professional Continuing Education for four (4) 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)
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