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Ann Thayers presentation will review common Alzheimers myths, including a discussion of Alzheimers Disease verses normal aging, to help separate fact from fiction. Other topics the workshop will cover are Early warning signs of and risk factors for Alzheimers Disease Explanation of other forms of dementia Differences between reversible and irreversible forms of dementia Current research findings
Ann Thayer, BS, Alz Disease Mgmt Certified Ann Thayer is the Leatherstocking Region Program Manager for the Alzheimers Association, NENY. She oversees Alzheimers and dementia-specific family education, professional development, care consultations, and other training workshops for Otsego, Delaware & Schoharie Counties. Ann has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Plattsburgh State University and received certification in Alzheimers disease Management from the University of Southern Indiana in 2007. Prior to joining the Alzheimers Association in 2005, Ann organized Alzheimers Research for those with Down syndrome at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY. Ann currently lives in Cooperstown, NY.


Dr McCallion will speak to how families from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds relate as caregivers to persons with dementia. Dementia also has a devastating impact on adults with an intellectual disability as well as on their families, friends, housemates, and service provider staff who often provide key long-term support and care. Currently Dr. McCallion is a member of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices will share the Task Groups findings Philip McCallion, Ph.D. ACSW is Professor in the School of Social Welfare, SUNY Albany ,a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and Mentor and Director of the Institute for Social Services Research and Development. Within the newly formed institute Dr. McCallion directs the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and the NIDAfunded Child Welfare, Drug Abuse and Intergenerational Risk Research Center. Dr. McCallion's research is focused on caregiving issues, particularly the interaction of informal care with formal services, collaboration across service systems, and the experiences of multi-cultural families. His work has included evaluation of non-pharmacological interventions for persons with dementia, the development of innovative demonstration projects designed to maintain aging persons with intellectual disabilities in the community.

8:30 9:00 Breakfast and Registration 9:00 9:15 Welcome and Introductions 9:1512:00 Understanding Dementias and Alzheimer's Common Myths Debunked Ann Thayer, Alzheimers Association There will be a mid morning break 12:00 1:00 Lunch 1:00 4:00 Responding to dementias and Alzheimers among special populations Dr. Phillip McCall ion, SUNY Albany There will be a mid afternoon break

The great enemy of truth is very often not the liesdeliberate, contrived and dishonestbut the mythpersistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
President John F. Kennedy

Registration Form
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Delaware County Geriatric Mental Health Series Busting the Myths 2012

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Zip____________ County________________ __ Phone________ _______ Fax_______________ Email:______________________________ ___ Lunch and all program materials is included in the registration fee Special dietary request___________________ FEES All inclusive registration fee $15.00 Payable to Office for the Aging Check Enclosed $_____________ Voucher Sent Pay at door $_____________ $_____________

The Geriatric Mental Health Training Series is a program of the Delaware County NY Connects Long Term Care Advisory Council. The Council identified the need to educate professionals and the community on the mental health issues facing older adults and established the Geriatric Mental Health Series. The first series was held in 2010.


Save the Dates: June 19, 2012

Join Dr. Susan Wehry, a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and Commissioner of Vermonts Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living on new ways to view aging and Dr. Anita Hoffer and Bill Taverner of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium of Widener University for a discussion of sexuality and older adults.


November 7, 2012
Join therapists Thayer Case and Natasha Singer for an exploration of loss, grief and depression in older adults.

Registrations due by April 9, 2012 Office for the Aging 6 Court Street Delhi, NY 13753 Or Fax to 607-746-6227 For additional information please call Drue Brenner, NY Connects Coordinator at 607-746-6333

This event was made possible through funding from the Delaware County Rural Health Care Alliance and the efforts of the Geriatric Mental Health Committee of the Delaware County NY Connects Long Term Care Advisory Committee.

Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:30 a.m.4:00 p.m. New Hope Community Church 45 Stockton Ave. Walton, NY