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Dementia Care Partner Conference

Learn to Become the Best Care Partner You Can Be

Friday, June 10th 10 AM - 2 PM

Fox Valley Technical College - Appleton Main Campus

Conference is free thanks to grant funding!

Learn from local dementia care experts on the caregiver support topics you need most. From driving to communication, incontinence and more, we will cover a wide variety of subjects during this annual conference.  

Respite Care Available On-Site!

We know that it can be challenging to attend educational seminars when you are the primary caregiver for your loved one. That’s why we have partnered with Respite Care Association of Wisconsin to provide FREE, on-site respite care facilitated by a recreation therapist and staffed by professional caregivers. To sign up for respite, please call 920-289-1301

Highlighted Speaker: Teepa Snow's Positive Approaches to Care

Amanda Bulgarelli is a lead speaker and COO with Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care®. Her formal training in Educational Leadership and teaching has provided the skills and abilities to be an effective speaker and trainer. Growing up with Teepa as a mother, Amanda has been a part of the Positive Approach to Care team from the very beginning.  Amanda is passionate about spreading knowledge and awareness to improve interactions with those living with brain change. 

 

Conference Schedule

TimeActivity
9:30 AMRegistration and Respite Care Open
10:00 - 11:00 AMPositive Approach to Care: Communication and Dementia
11:15 - 12:00 PMBreakout Session 1
12:00 - 12:45 PMLunch & Resource Fair
1:00 - 1:45 PMBreakout Session 2
1:45 - 2:45 PMResource Fair

Breakout Sessions:

  • On The Move – What about driving?
  • Developing Meaningful Activities for People with Dementia
  • It Still Takes a Village – Gathering Your Support Team
  • Managing Transitions & Grief
  • Coping With Challenging Situations in Dementia Care
  • Considerations for Incontinence

Conference Location

Conference Speakers

Alisa Richetti, Dementia Care Specialist

Alisa has a passion for supporting individuals living with dementia and their care partners to ensure that they have access to community supports, programs and education to help them on their journey. Alisa's background in Psychology and Sociology along with over 20 years of experience working in Human Services with older adults and those who experience disabilities, allows her to provide compassionate and informed support of those that she works with on a daily basis.   

Carrie Esselman, Dementia Care Specialist

Dementia Care Specialist at the Aging and Disability Resource Centers of Calumet, Outagamie & Waupaca Counties B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, Certified Dementia Practitioner, over 15 years of experience with Dementia education, evidence based programming & care navigation. 

Heather Flick, REACH Caregiver Coach

Heather has her Master of Science degree in Psychology, and has been working with folks with memory loss and their loved ones for nearly 10 years. She is a long time volunteer with the Fox Valley Memory Project and has been working with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (RCI REACH) program since it was first brought to the Fox Cities in 2015. Heather enjoys bringing research findings into everyday practice, and helping families find joy on their journey.

Julie Feil, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Julie has social work degrees from both UW Eau Claire and UW Madison and has been a clinical social worker for 26 years, specializing in working with families and individuals living with various forms of memory loss.  She is presently on the diagnostic clinic team at the Neuroscience Group and assists families with day to day transitions and challenges that they face on this journey through counseling, education and support groups.

Kristy Millar, Resource Navigator

Kristy has over 10 years of experience working in Memory Care. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Kristy has a passion for supporting and educating care partners and their loved ones affected by dementia. Her background in Memory Care allows her to provide compassionate support to families and care partners as they face challenges caused by dementia.

Sarah Swant, Resource Navigator

Sarah joined The Fox Valley Memory Project in 2022 as a Resource Navigator for the Memory Link Program. Sarah has experience working with people with disabilities and their families, caregivers, and service providers, to facilitate and maintain safety, independence, and self-determination.

Susan Kazik, CAPSW, REACH Caregiver Coach

Susan Kazik is certified to implement the RCI REACH Program (Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) and is passionate about empowering, encouraging and educating caregivers.  In addition to her role as Caregiver Coach, Susan is the Bereavement Coordinator at St. Paul Hospice, St. Paul Elder Services.  Susan holds a Master of Social Work degree and is licensed in Wisconsin as a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker.

Questions? Call 920-225-1711 or e-mail [email protected]