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Dementia Care 2018: Managing Behaviors and Optimizing Quality of Life

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Join us for an informative morning sponsored by the Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation. This conference is intended to increase your knowledge regarding the management of disruptive and disturbing behaviors in persons with dementia. The speakers will address evidence based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches and the benefits of music therapy. In addition, the program will provide valuable information on support needed for care partners for people with dementia.

This conference is supported in part by the Junior Board of Christiana Care.


7:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome
David A. Simpson, M.D., FAAFP
Medical Director, Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation
Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
8:15 a.m. Managing Difficult Behaviors in People with Dementia – What Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Approaches Are Best?
James Ellison, M.D., MPH, DLFAPA
The Swank Foundation Endowed Chair in Memory Care and Geriatrics
Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
9:15 a.m. The Clinical Benefits of Music Therapy Interventions for Persons with a Neurocognitive Disorder
Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Executive Director/Co-founder
Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
Mt. Vernon, NY
10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Caregivers Matter Too: Providing Support to Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Judy Pierson, Ed.D
Licensed Psychologist
Rehoboth Beach, DE
11:45 a.m. Closing remarks
Patricia Curtin, M.D., FACP, CMD
Chief of Geriatric Medicine
Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE


There is no charge to attend.  Additional details are available by clicking the registration link.

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Questions: Contact Cyndy Fanning at cfanning@christianacare.org

Approval is pending for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy CEUs.

For information about nursing continuing education, contact Michelle Ritona, MSN, FNP-BC by calling (302) 320-2620.