Complementary Strategies in Dementia Care

Essential Learning for Whole Person Support


Date:   November 9, 2016

Time:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:  Sam’s Ristorante, 6075 East Riverside Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois


This innovative and unique educational event will offer creative insight, tools and resources to help professionals and caregivers address the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s, dementia types and movement disorders with special emphasis on approach that complement current treatments and affect the whole person.  Join us for a fun and interactive agenda to gain the most current strategies for communication, relationship-building, symptom management, quality of life, and more.

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

  • Recognize the most effective means of communication to connect and assist persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia.
  • Identify activities that will enhance or maintain function and safety of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia in home and community settings.
  • Discuss the impact of unique modalities including touch, movement and music on symptom management.
  • Select the appropriate interventions to address functional and cognitive deficits of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Agenda Here


Catherine Braxton, BA, CBDDP, CIE is the C.E.O. of Silver Dawn She received her BA from the University of Illinois and completed all Master level course work at National Louis University. Catherine is a Certified Activity Professional, Trained Support Group Leader and Facilitator and Certified in Mental Health First Aid. She is a host of Silver Dawn Radio Program, serves on many state and local boards, and is the recipient of the Dr. Richard and Gertrude P. Zalar Gentle Touch Award through Presence Health Foundation/ St. Joseph Medical Center and has received a Certificate of Recognition through Leading Age Illinois honoring excellence. 

Darryl Duncan, CMBE, is CEO and founder of Aria Musicholistics. He’s been professionally involved in the music business since 1982 and attended The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. His music gained recognition in Hollywood which led to his first major music publishing contract with A&M records in 1986. Darryl then went on to sign with Warner Brothers, and written and produced for artists such as Michael Jackson, Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire and R. Kelly. Darryl was inspired to start Aria Musicholistics by his own Grandmother who passed away in October of 2014 at 102 years old. Darryl passionately believes that doctors & medicines are for healing the body, but only love and memories can heal the soul.  

Erica Hornthal, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, is the CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and board certified dance therapist. She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by movement and cognitive disorders. Erica supports individuals’ growth and change by encouraging them to resource their own body-mind connection to express their inner desires, wants, and needs. Erica’s work has been highlighted in Social Work Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, as well as on Fox, CBS, WCIU and WGN.  

Joy Lucinda Klein,  MS, CR, CBT, CCMT, is the founder of Path to Joy Wellness and Trainings. She has worked as a geriatric health care professional for 14 years in four states and in Thailand serving families and their loved ones with dementia and needing hospice care. Joy has been at the forefront of developing cutting edge simple, effective complementary therapy protocols incorporating reflexology, energy work, and aromatherapy to increase patient success with ADL care and medical treatments and decrease or delay psychotropic drug use. Through Path to Joy, she educates professionals and on using hands-on techniques for decreasing pain, agitation and anxiety as well as improving sleep quality and managing acute and chronic symptoms.  

Tami Neumann, CDP, CBDDP, is the C.O.O. of Silver Dawn. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Trainer, Speaker and Published Author. Tami is a current instructor at Prairie State Community College and Kankakee Community College where she provides continuing education courses on a variety of dementia related topics. Tami is a Host of Silver Dawn Radio Program, and currently a Wego Health Activist Award Nominee for: Advocating for Another, Best in Show Community Forum, Health Activist Hero and Best Kept Secret.  

Susan Sklar, AP, is the Manager of Education and Outreach for the Greater Illinois Chapter- Rockford office. She educates 6 counties in Illinois and enjoys achieving the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association by promoting good brain health, educating the community on this disease and promoting research. Susan has a personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease and was a caregiver for her Mother who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. Susan has taught Powerful Tools for Caregivers, facilitated many caregivers support groups and serves on several non -profit boards.


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 November 2, 2016. After November 2, 2016, the registration fee is $139. The registration fee includes break refreshments, printed materials and continuing education credits/units.

Discounted rate for groups of 3 or more is $99/person.  Special rate for eligible community caregivers, veterans and students.  Please call 773-930-3200 for more information.

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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

Registration Form


Cancellation policyFull refund will be provided if cancelled by November 2, 2016.  No refund after November 2, 2016.  You may send a substitute with prior notification.

Continuing Education Credit: 

A Certificate in Professional Continuing Education for six (6.0) contact/clock hours will be provided upon completion of registration, full participation and evaluation of the program activities, for the following disciplines:

  • Activity Professionals
  • Acupuncturists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Counselors (Clinical/Professional)
  • Dental Hygienists
  • 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 becoming a sponsor or exhibitor?

Space is limited.  Please call 773-930-3200 to discuss details of sponsorship and to reserve your table.  Complete the Sponsor Form and return to:

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

Sponsor/Exhibitor Form

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