Access to View Recordings of the 2024 Annual Conference General Sessions
7.75 Hours of CEs Available for 7 Sessions 

Session 1: Alzheimer's Update

We’re delighted to have applied gerontologist Dr. Gaugler open the 2024 conference! His research examines the sources and eff ectiveness of longterm care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions. Underpinning these substantive areas, Dr. Gaugler will share the most recent fi ndings on diagnostic testing and other work-ups to establish a diagnosis; current and emerging treatments and other innovations; common behavioral issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease and treatments; in addition to collaborative/multidisciplinary models of care, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new voluntary nationwide model – the Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model.

Dr. Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD
Division of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Session 2: Food as Medicine

What do we really mean when say “food-asmedicine”? We all know that food and nutrition play an important role in sustaining health and preventing disease, but in this presentation, we will go beyond general nutrition advice and delve into the key pillars of biochemistry that promote resilience and improve disorders commonly associated with aging. You will better understand the risk of nutrient defi ciencies amongst various populations in the US and how Aging Life Care Professionals can help clients (and ourselves) address these defi ciencies to improve quality of life as we age.

Anna K Byrnes, MS, RDN, LDN
Clinical Dietitian
Richboro Rehab and Nursing Center

Session 3: The Mental Health Continuum in Older Adults

During this session Dr. John Brose will help Aging Life Care Professionals better understand behavioral health care and equip us with the tools and knowledge necessary to support older adults with mental health issues. In addition to providing an overview of the continuum of mental health issues most frequently found in older adults in long term care centers, assisted living and adult day programs, he will describe how common mental health issues may show up in the behaviors of older adults so we can more clearly understand what is behind them. Essential strategies to address challenging behaviors when they arise, which may require new approaches or a signifi cant change in philosophy, will be discussed and what you can do to adopt an eff ective behavioral health program.

John Brose, PhD, LP, LMFT, LADC
CEO, Owner, Clinical Director,
Associated Clinic of Psychology

Minneapolis, MN

Session 5: Welcoming LGBTQi2+ Humans

Persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender have become far more visible, which refl ects greater societal acceptance. Still, many people have questions about what each of LGBTQi2+ letters represent 1 and even more, want to know how to be welcoming to folks who identify along the spectrum of sexual and gender identities. What does it mean to be a LGBTQi2+ and how can straight and cisgender (nontransgender) allies be welcoming and supportive? Further, what challenges do gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people continue to face in the 2020s? Aging Life Care Professionals will learn fi rst-hand from Ellie’s personal story chronicled in her memoir, Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (Stepladder Press 2013) what it means to be a member of “the Alphabet” and get advice on how to be inclusive toward this group of humans.

Ellie Krug
Writer, Lawyer, Human
Minneapolis, MN

Session 6: Frontotemporal Degeneration: Supporting the Person Diagnosed and the Family

Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) refers to a group of progressive neurological diseases aff ecting the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes. FTD disorders are characterized by gradual deterioration in behavior, personality, language, and/or movement, with memory usually relatively preserved. This session will review FTD and its subtypes, the road to diagnosis, symptoms and behaviors that are common in FTD. We will also highlight a family’s lived experiences of an FTD diagnosis and eff ective strategies to minimize their eff ect on persons diagnosed and their families.

Esther Kane, MSN, RN-CDP
Director of Support and Education
Association of Frontotemporal
King of Prussia, PA

Session 7: Befriending Death Leads to a Better Death and a Better Life

Providing services to patients and families at the end of life is a growing industry. “Doula Jane,” a trained end-of-life Doula and CNA will share the practical guidance and support death doulas provide for individuals and families during the end-of-life process. Participants will be able to create a daily practice to befriend death and better understand the concept of a natural death. Learn how to find, work with, or incorporate death doula services into your practice to better prepare your clients during their end-of-life journey.

Jane Whitlock, aka Doula Jane

Minneapolis, MN

Session 8: Preventing Decision Fatigue with a Resilient Habit of Mind

You won’t want to miss the special session designed to spark professional and personal insight and growth! Dr. Leilani will share with us how Aging Life Care Professionals can enhance energy management for more resilient caregiving of our clients, our employees and also ourselves. Learn more about the importance of brain-based wellness and how to incorporate energy tracking strategies into your daily practice.

Leilani Sáez, PhD | ACC
Natural Capacities Certifi ed Life Coach
Specializing in Mindful Neuroplasticity

Eugene, OR

Continuing Education Credit Hours

This ALCA event has been pre-approved for up to 7.75 continuing education contact hours for CMCs by NACCM. Attendee must submit completed affidavit and evaluations to receive CE Certificate.