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017 | Lifeline for Families Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

Preconference Workshops


Kathie Erwin, Ed.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Alzheimer’s disease is a thief. In this workshop, the presenter will speak through the lens of a gerontologist and from personal experience of how Alzheimer’s affected her husband and family. This workshop will educate psychologists, other licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders to help caregivers know what to expect when dementia leads to diminished communication and increased caregiving. Medical and mental health professionals can aid families by connecting them with counseling and other services to understand and cope with rapid, extreme behaviors, mobility impairment, relationship challenges, home care, and role exits. New studies show the value of online connections and support for caregivers. Mental health and medical professionals and ministry leaders can guide families through each stage of dementia decline using the Stress Process Model and Blau’s Role Exits while maintaining spiritual connections for Christian clients. 

Learning Objectives

Describe behavioral signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that can be identified by medical and mental health professionals 
Formulate a plan with the family for role and environmental changes as well as caregiving support 
Identify community and care resources that can aid the family in difficult transitions