Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle
Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle is a writer, therapist and teacher. She taught in the field of Behavioral Medicine where she pioneered how to bring meditation, yoga and cognitive therapy into the medical domain to treat stress-realated and chronic illness. She helped to develop one of the first training programs in Mind/Body medicine in the country and trained health professionals through Harvard Medical School. She is the author of Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's. The book is the story of Olivia nad her husband Harrison's experiences with Alzheimer's and provides hope and practical approaches for how to transform the challenges of mental loss or diminishment of any kind.
Keynote Presentation: Joys & Sorrows: Spiritual Perspetives on Living With Alzheimer's
Whatever our relationship to Alzheimer's, we're all looking for new perspectives to help us cope with this challenging illness.
Given their shared background in psychology and meditation, Olivia will reflect on some of the unique ways she and her husband negotiated his illness. They were determined to approach it consciously, to inspire each other, and to discover the gifts - even sometimes the grace - of living with illness and loss. Her talk will include stories, teachings and positive perspectives that helped to transform a difficult journey.
Communication & Alzheimer's Disease - Mary Gurrerio Austrom, Ph.D., IU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Interacting with individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia is a learned skill that caregivers continuously need to work at. From day-to-day, communication abilities of the person with Alzheimer's can fluctuate and caregivers need to understand how to respond. This program will explain the chainges in the brain and will address ways to improve communication.
Alzheimer's Encounters: How do we get there from here? - Denise Saxman, LCSW, Alzheimer's Association Associate Director of Care Consultation & Early-Stage Services
This session is a unique, interactive workshop that will engage the participants in various ways. A variety of short vignettes will be portrayed by the presenters, demonstrating what families and caregivers face on a daily basis. Participants will observe the interactions and will be encouraged to aoffer alternative ideas for approaches to care.