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Educational Conferences

Caregivers and family members who have loved one's with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, professional caregivers, and those in the community, are welcome to attend any of our chapter conferences. Often times continuing education credits and contact hours are available for professionals. We also provide educational opportunities for those with early-stage dementia. All conferences are an educational opportunity and provide the latest knowledge, treatment options, and research on a variety of topics related to dementia.

Des Moines Conference - April 21, 2015
Early-Stage Dementia Workshop - April 29, 2015
Fort Dodge Workshop - May 12, 2015
Mason City Workshop - June 30, 2015

2015 Conference on Alzheimer's & Other Dementia - Des Moines

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
7:15 - 8 a.m. - Registration & Check-In
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Conference
Prairie Meadows | Altoona, IA
Audience: Experts (those in the early-stages of dementia), family members, care partners, those in the community and healthcare professionals.

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The booking code for your event is 04062015ALZ.  Attendees can either reserve rooms online (see booking link below) or call in to 515.957.3000 to make a reservation.  Reservation cutoff is Friday, March 20.  



6.7 Contact Hours will be given by DMACC (IBN Provider #22) to professionals seeking continuing education credit.


$95 - Professionals (including Contact)
$65 - Direct Care Workers (Certificate of Attendance)
$35 - Student Fee
FREE to all family caregivers, Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa Chapter Support Group Facilitators and those in the early-stages of dementia


Online registration is currently CLOSED.  If you still would like to register, please call 515.440.2722 x8201 or email Lana Rold ( or Susan Callison (  OR call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.


Betsy Broyles Arnold (daughter) and Molly Arnold Gay (granddaughter)
Presentation: Where have we been and where are we going? “Our Journey Through Alzheimer’s” & "Family Dynamics"

"When my wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I didn’t know much about the disease or the impact it would have on our lives. What I did know was that Alzheimer’s was not going to destroy our love for life. Our family came together and decided to focus on what we did have instead of what we didn’t have. We chose to celebrate our “todays” and our memories, and to make each day the best, with no regrets. Like so many families who are touched my Alzheimer’s, we experienced our share of heartbreaks. We also experienced happy times, and those we will remember forever." - Coach Broyles

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Betsy Broyles Arnold Bio

Betsy Broyles Arnold didn’t go through a long decision making process when she was told of her mothers Alzheimer’s Disease. Residing in Tomball, TX, at the time, she and her family packed up and moved backed to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Betsy knew that the place for her would be at her mother’s side.

Betsy and her twin sister Linda were her mother’s main caregivers. They wanted to make their mother’s last days as happy as possible. Hence their journey began.

Soon Betsy and her family moved into her mother’s house to help care for her 24 hours a day. This experience changed her and her family forever.

After her mother passed away with Alzheimer’s disease, her father wanted to write a book for caregivers. Her father is College Football Icon, Coach Frank Broyles. Betsy, Linda and her father realized that the knowledge they had acquired would be valuable to others dealing with the pain of Alzheimer’s and dementia. So they began writing down what they had learned. They partnered with UMAS and Beverly Enterprises to combine the latest research with their own experiences. Together they produced the Coach Broyles’ Playbook For Alzheimer’s Caregivers with Tips and Strategies.

Molly Arnold Gay Bio

After Molly’s grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her family moved in with her grandfather, college football icon Coach Frank Broyles, to help with care giving. It did not take long for the family to realize how little information was out there on care giving. As a 14 year old watching her family struggle through some tough, but love-filled years, Molly realized how important communication in tough times like these is. The third generation affected by the disease, grandkids, is not talked about much. Molly hopes to change that by speaking at numerous events and seminars all across the country.

After her grandmother passed away her grandfather, mother, and aunt wrote a book to help other caregivers through these tough times. The title of the book is Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers. Caregiving has become a passion of hers and she wants to share the information she has learned with everyone who can benefit from it.

Her sincerity and perspective continues to capture the hearts of audiences wherever she speaks.



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A SPECIAL THANKS to Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino - Community Betterment Grant Program and Stan & Dotty Thurston, for support of this event:

To learn how you can become a sponsor of this event, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 515.440.2722.

Early-Stage Dementia Conference - West Des Moines

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Raccoon River Nature Lodge | West Des Moines, IA

This early-stage dementia conference is appropriate for individuals early the early-stages of any form of dementia.  Individuals interested MUST speak to Susan Callison before attending.

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Register by contacting Susan Callison at 515.440.2722 or

Dementia Education Workshop - Fort Dodge

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
8 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Iowa Central Community College - East Campus | Triton Room | Fort Dodge, IA


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$45 - Professionals
FREE - Family Members or Caregivers

To register call Iowa Central Community College at 800.362.2793 ext. 1320.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  Pre-Registration required by April 28.


Dementia Education Workshop - Mason City

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
NIACC - Mason City, IA
7:15 a.m. - Noon

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Jolene Brackey began her career as an interior designer after graduating from Iowa State University. But she soon realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer’ special care unit as an activity director. She didn’t know what Alzheimer’s was but she knew she liked older people. Before long, she realized that God had given her a gift. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers.

Eager to share her practical solutions and insights, Jolene began speaking at educational seminars. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike. So, she established a business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer’s journey.








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For questions on this workshop or how your company can be involved, please contact Shawna Schuler at 800.272.3900 or



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