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Fall Caregiver Seminar
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Friday, November 10, 2017
McKinney Church
4805 Arborlawn Drive 
Fort Worth, TX  76109

Handouts from the 2018 Caregiver Seminar

Clearing up the Medication Mystery, Melanie Bunn

Getting the Food from the Plate to the Person, Melanie Bunn

The Past, the Present, the Future of Dementia, Melanie Bunn

101 Things to Do with a Person who Has Alzheimer's Disease, Pat Gleason-Wynn

Barriers and Aids to Successful Family Caregiving, Pat Gleason-Wynn

Things I Wish I Had Known, Pat Gleason-Wynn

Behaviors and their Meanings, Pat Gleason-Wynn

Therapeutic Music: A Noteworthy Cause, Katrina McPherson and Tracy Miller,




For more information, please call 1-800-272-3900

Health Care Professionals only (will offer CE Credit)

Schedule (descriptions below)















7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Exhibits/Registration.
8:30 to 10 a.m. Solving the Medication Mystery
Melanie Bunn, RN, MS
10 to 10:30 a.m. Exhibits and Break
10:30 noon Getting the Food from the Plate to the Person
Melanie Bunn, RN, MS
noon to 1 p.m. Exhibits/Lunch
1 to 2:30 p.m. The Past, Present and Future of Dementia
Melanie Bunn, RN, MS (joint session)
 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.  Break
 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Therapeutic Music: a “Noteworthy” Cause
Katrina McPherson, BS, LNHA
Tracy Miller, BMEd
 4:15 to 4:30 p.m.  Evaluations/Certificates of Completion

Solving the Medication Mystery – There is so much information available about medications these days via television and the internet and it can be hard to sift through this information to know what is true and relevant in the care of persons with dementia. There are multiple medications used to treat dementia and there are many medications used to treat dementia related behavior. This session will address the questions of which meds are best suited to be used to treat different different dementias and conditions, when should they be given and what is the appropriate dose.

Getting the Food from the Plate to the Person – Nutrition is important at any stage of life and particularly when caring for a person with dementia. As the person progresses, they may become less interested in food, forget how to use utensils and even have trouble swallowing. This session will provide a framework for understanding what may be causing eating challenges and how to best manage them.

The Past, Present and Future of  Dementia – So much has been learned about dementia in past years. Physicians have a better understanding of the many different causes of dementia and how to diagnosis them. We know that not all dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease. This session will explore how our understanding of dementing illnesses, diagnosis and treatment has changed over the years. This session will also provide a review of the current research that points to tools that may help prevent dementia.

Therapeutic Music: a “Noteworthy” Cause – Music has a therapeutic effect on the mind and the soul. And for individuals with cognitive challenges such as Alzheimer’s, the impact can be profound. Research supports the powerful effect of music as it impacts quality of life and leads to a greater sense of well-being even for those well advanced in their disease. This session will teach best practices for utilizing music in any setting designed for care of those with dementia including one-on-one activities and activities for groups. 

Family Caregivers (no CE credit offered)

8:30 to 9 a.m. Exhibits/Registration.
9 to 10 a.m. Things You Wish You Had Known –Part 1
Pat Gleason-Wynn, LCSW, CSW-G, BSN, RN
10 to 10:30 a.m. Exhibits and Break
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Things You Wish You Had Known –Part 2
Pat Gleason-Wynn, LCSW, CSW-G, BSN, RN
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Exhibits/Lunch
1 to 2:30 p.m. The Past, Present and Future of Dementia
Melanie Bunn, RN, MS(joint session)

Things You Wish You Had Known - Sometimes it feels like dementia is a moving target. As a caregiver, just as you get a handle on a specific aspect of caring, your loved one changes. You can read books, talk to professionals, do research but there is really nothing to fully prepare you for what it is like to be a caregiver. Caring changes every aspect of your life. It can create role reversal, changes in job status and even loss of social support. It may cause friction in family relationships. So what do you wish you had known as you started on this journey? These session will explore the changes that caregivers experience and the emotions that accompany these changes.


Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, GNP, has been in nursing for over 20 years. She has provided care to older people in retirement homes, nursing and assisted living facilities, hospitals and home care agencies. She has held a variety of positions including staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist and gerontological nurse practitioner. Ms. Bunn received a B.S. in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Family Health Nursing with Clinical Concentration in Geriatrics from Clemson University. She completed her post-masters experience in the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program at Duke University School of Nursing.

Pat Gleason-Wynn, LCSW, CSW-G, BSN, RN is a clinical social worker and a registered nurse. She has worked with older adults and their caregivers for the past thirty-six years.  As a former university professor, she taught about aging, end of life, mental health, and long-term care issues. She currently works part-time at Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Fort Worth. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia in 2010. Pat and her siblings are familiar with the ups and downs of loving, and caring for, someone with dementia.

Katrina McPherson, BS, LHNA has over 20 years of management experience in long term care. She currently serves as administrator of Psalms Home Care Consulting and is co-owner of Psalms Senior Care Home. Katrina is actively involved with the Music and Memory Organization, which is an evidence-based program shown to reduce falls and reduce the use of psychotropic meds in care facilities. She piloted this program in her care home and was one of the first care organizations to become certified in the State of Texas by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Tracy Miller graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music in Education. She began her career teaching music in public schools, then transitioned to working in a psychiatric hospital, where she provided weekly music enrichment activities. Ms. Miller currently works for Acolade Hospice and continues to engage clients with music enrichment activities in memory care and assisted living communities.

Registration (includes lunch)

There is no charge for family caregivers
but a $20 donation is suggested.
Registration for those seeking continuing education hours is $75.  For professionals not needing CEUs, registration is $30.

Activity Professionals (6 clock hours)
Assisted Living Administrators (6 continuing education clock hours)
Chaplains (6 hours continuing education)
Nurses (6 CNE contact hours)
Social Workers (6 continuing education units)      


is offering adult day stay (supervised care for persons with dementia) at their location in Arlington on the day of the seminar. To make a reservation for your loved one, please call Arden Courts at 817-795-1700. This service is offered at no charge.







Home Care Assistance

Arbor House Memory Care

Heartis Senior Living

Bethesda Gardens Fort Worth

UNT Health Science Center Health and Aging Brain Study

Be a Sponsor

By setting up display tables at the Caregiver Seminar,  sponsors help the Alzheimer's Association educate family and professional attendees about products and services that people with dementia and their caregivers are likely to need at some time during the journey.  For sponsor companies, the seminar provides a warm and supportive atmosphere for meeting and speaking with potential clients. Don’t miss out. Sign up today! 
Download Sponsorship Agreement
Contact Shelly Young at 817-336-4949 or



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