Alzheimer’s Association’s 21st Annual Education Conference

Alzheimer’s expert and author David Troxel, MPH, will be the keynote speaker at the 21st Annual Lee L. Morgan Education Conference sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association - Central Illinois Chapter. The full day event will be held Wednesday, April 25th, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria.

Entitled, “Professional Caregiver’s Guide to Navigating the Alzheimer’s Journey,” the annual one-day educational conference is designed for healthcare professionals and focuses on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease. Featured speakers are David Troxel, MPH; area physician and researcher Dennis McManus, MD; Maureen Mathews, APN, CPN; Thomas Shoemaker, MSW, LCSW, and David Priddy, PhD.

Troxel will present his groundbreaking Best Friends Approach that teaches participants how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease with friendship, respect, empathy, trust, and humor. A sought after speaker at regional, national and international conferences, Troxel will identify strategies for building a person centered care culture within a dementia care program.

Dr. McManus will provide an update on current research related to the detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. He is board certified in internal medicine and neurology and his current research involves adult stem cell function in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. McManus is a provider at the OSF Saint Francis Institute on Aging where he specializes in the assessment and treatment of memory and related disorders characteristic of the aged population.

Additional topics include Therapeutic Drumming, Resistive Behaviors, and Taking Care of the Professional Caregiver.

Troxel will also present at the Family Caregiver Night the evening of Tuesday, April 24th. (See information below).

Registration fee is $100 per person. Three or more individuals from one facility can register for $75 per person; college level students and support group facilitators affiliated with the Central Illinois Chapter can also attend for the $75 fee. Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch  and materials. Eight (8) contact/clock hours are provided by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine. CEU fee is an additional $15 per person.

To register, or for more information, please contact the Central Illinois Chapter at 800.272.3900 or 309.681.1100. A brochure can also be downloaded at the agency website at


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