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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.

Quad Cities Conference - October 30, 2014
Early-Stage Dementia Workshop - November 19, 2014
Des Moines Conference - April 21, 2015

2014 Fall Conference on Alzheimer's & Other Dementia - Quad Cities

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30 a.m. - Registration & Check-In
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Conference
Radisson Quad City Plaza | Davenport, IA
Audience: those in the early-stages of dementia, family members, care partners, those in the community wishing to learn more and healthcare professionals.

Annual fall educational conference hosted by the Alzheimer's Association. Various exhibitor booths and additional breakout sessions and topics. Lunch and refreshments provided. For questions regarding the conference contact Jerry Schroeder at 563.324.1022 or 24/7 at 800.272.3900. >DOWNLOAD EVENT BROCHURE FOR MORE DETAILS

$85 Healthcare Professionals (includes CEUs)
$75 Healthcare Professionals (NO CEUs)
FREE to family caregivers and people in the early-stages of dementia thanks to the generous support of Stan and Dotty Thurston of Des Moines.

Download an event registration form and return it with payment to:




If you have questions about the conference feel free to contact the Alzheimer's Association office in the Quad Cities by calling 563.324.1022.


Dean M. Hartley, Ph.D., Alzheimer's Association
Director of Science Initiatives, Medical and Scientific Relations

Presentation: Alzheimer's Disease: Where have we been and where are we going?

Formerly on faculty at Harvard Medical School and Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Hartley represents the Association’s science division and works with the division’s senior leaders on public relations activities and scientific workgroups to advance the Association’s science agenda. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Departments of Medicine, Genetics, and Neurology at Harvard Medical School after completing his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in environmental toxicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hartley has conducted critical scientific research at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He has authored numerous publications in prominent medical publications and has reviewed grants for several international prestigious health care organizations.

Monica Moreno, BSSW, Alzheimer’s Association
Director, Early Stage Initiatives
Presentations: The Voice of Alzheimer’s Disease & Supporting Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s Dementia

Ms. Moreno is presently responsible for the development, oversight, and administration of all national Alzheimer’s Association programs and strategies designed to meet the unique needs of people living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. She has been with the Association for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago.

Kathy Stack, National Early-Stage Advisor
Presentations: The Voice of Alzheimer’s Disease & Supporting Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s Dementia

Ms. Stack was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) in 2013 at the age of 68. Since her diagnosis, she has taken proactive steps to prepare for her future. In early 2014, she was appointed as an Advisor to the National Alzheimer’s Association’s Early Stage Advisory Board. She hopes to contribute to today’s conference by increasing awareness about the prevalence and cost of care of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to share her first-hand knowledge of being diagnosed and living with dementia. Ms. Stack graduated from St. Catherine University in 1967 with BA in library science and sociology and with an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 1978.

Dr. Janet Smith, Sacred Hart Major Seminary, Detroit
Professor of Moral Theology

Presentation: Dignity of the Person With Dementia: A Tale of BAM (Beloved Aged Mother) & BAM (Beleaguered Aging Daughter)

Janet E. Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She has received two honorary doctorates and several awards for scholarship and service. She has a BA from Grinnell College, an MA from the University of North Carolina, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Professor Smith speaks nationally and internationally on human biology and relationships as it connects to spiritual experiences. She has appeared on several prominent national news programs about issues of human sexuality, relationships, and the philosophy of person-centered care. She has authored several books and is widely published on her views regarding the connection between human biology and spirituality. Recently, Dr. Smith assumed the role of full time care-partner with her mother who lives with Alzheimer’s. Her presentation today bridges her prestigious academic career with her personal experience as her mother’s care-partner.


Early-Stage Dementia Conference / Workshop

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Honey Creek Resort | Moravia, IA
Audience: Those in the early-stages of dementia and their care partners.

This workshop is designed specifically for those in the early-stages of dementia and their care partners. The day is about education and relaxation and will take place in a beautiful nature setting overlooking the lake. You will have the opportunity to be with people who are on a similar journey and are discovering ways to live will with dementia.

Topics were chosen by those in the early-stages of dementia from Iowa and include: an overview of dementia, effects of medication on the brain, getting the right diagnosis, living well with dementia, physical exercise and your brain, and understanding personalities and relationships.

It is FREE to attend but you MUST RSVP by contacting Susan Callison at 515.440.6383 x106 or 24/7 at 800.272.3900. We are requesting you register by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7.

If you would like to plan to stay at the resort, please contact Honey Creek Resort directly to book a room. Rooms are not FREE, just the conference. To book a room call 641.724.9100.

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Registration & Check-In
8:30 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.

Please check back to download the conference brochure which will be posted in January!


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$95 - Professionals (including CEUs)
$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


Register online today by clicking the REGISTER button below or register via phone by calling 515.440.2722 or 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

Retrieved from http://www.caregiversunited.com/about

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.


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

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