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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

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.

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


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.  



Check back for details!


$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

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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.


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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