Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Families: Suggestions and Resources for Health Care Providers and Advocates

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN)

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, a long journey begins for the patient and his or her family. In this web seminar, a geriatrician presents a brief overview of core competencies in delivering primary care to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementias, including the clinical presentation of Alzheimer’s in early-, middle-, and late-stage disease, and challenges for the affected individual, family-caregivers, and the clinical team.  Attention is given to the support environment, use of cognitive enhancing medications and caregiver engagement. Family-caregiver support is as important as the medical care provided to the affected individual. A social worker will describe the impact of the disease on the family, explain the value of home and community-based supports, and share other valuable resources for families and clinical providers. Healthcare systems can offer better dementia care by improving their systems for identifying people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and supporting family caregivers. The final presenter from the Alzheimer’s Association will provide tools for advocates and providers to use as they seek to improve the care offered through their healthcare organizations, and describe resources at community-based organizations that can complement medical care.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe symptoms of early-, middle- and late-stage Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Identify three community supports for people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias and their family caregivers; and,
  • Provide the name of a screening tool for cognitive impairment that can be used in healthcare settings.


Robert J. Schreiber, M.D., is medical director of Evidence-based Programs at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, responsible for helping to develop a value-based patient-directed geriatric medical home. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife and serves as a clinical instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Lisa Gwyther, M.S.W., LCSW, is a social worker with more than 40 years of experience in aging and Alzheimer’s services. In 1980, she started the Duke Center for Aging’s Alzheimer’s Family Support Program for which she currently serves as director. She has published more than 140 articles, chapters and books on Alzheimer’s care and family caregiving research.
Debra Cherry, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and executive vice president of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter. She also serves as clinical faculty at both UCLA and USC.