49th Annual

Fall Aging Conference 2024

Dementia Dialogue: Exploring Risks, Preserving Dignity

October 24, 2024

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    Major Conference Sponsor:

    English Rose

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    Monarch Healthcare Management

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2024 Fall Aging Conference Details


October 24, 2024


7:30 am - 4:15 pm Conference
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Networking Happy Hour


Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

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This conference has been approved for 6.0 continuing education units for Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators and LALD's. 


Workshop Details

  • 7:30 - 8:00 AM

    Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits

  • 8:00 - 8:15 AM

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • 8:15 - 9:45 AM

    Session 1 Lisa Groon

  • 9:45 - 10:15 AM

    Break and Exhibits

  • 10:15 - 11:45 AM

    Session 2 Dr. Laura Gitlin

  • 11:45 - 12:45 PM

    Lunch and Exhibits

  • 12:45PM - 2:15PM

    Session 3 Kim Warchol

  • 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM

    Break and Exhibits

  • 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM

    Session 4 Dr. Macie Smith

  • 4:15 PM to 4:30 PM

    Wrap up remarks & FAC Prize Drawings*
    *Must be present to win

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30PM

    Happy Hour, Informal Networking & FAC Prize Drawings

2024 Speaker Bios


Dr. Laura Gitlin:

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, an applied research sociologist, is distinguished professor, dean emerita of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University and the inaugural executive director of its AgeWell Collaboratory. The AgeWell Collaboratory oversees Drexel’s AgeFriendly University international designation, and partners with over 80 community-based organizations serving racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse communities involving older adults and families.

Dr. Gitlin is internationally recognized as an intervention scientist. Her research focuses on developing, evaluating, implementing and disseminating novel home and community-based interventions that seek to improve quality of life indicators for older adults and/or their family members. She and her teams have developed many interventions that are used throughout the United States and worldwide. She is also currently developing a digital platform, Plans4Care, that will provide dementia caregivers nonpharmacological strategies tailored to their care challenges. In all of her interventions, she applies a social ecological, health equity and implementation lens to develop and evaluate person-centered and person-directed approaches to support individuals/families within their living contexts using nonpharmacological, behavioral, cognitive and environmental strategies. Her co-authored book (A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia: Using Activities and Other Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Manage Behavioral Symptoms, Camino Books) has been translated in Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. Some of her measures have similarly been translated in other languages and validated for use in different countries.


Lisa Groon:

As Senior Health Systems Director at the Alzheimer's Association, Lisa Groon partners with health systems leaders and researchers to enhance and expand global research, drive risk reduction and maximize quality care and support programs for caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia. Lisa graduated from South Dakota State University in 2006 with a degree in Human Development and Health Sciences and primarily focuses her work on healthcare quality improvement.


Dr. Macie P. Smith:

Dr. Macie P. Smith is a best-selling author known for her work on dementia-competent practices and family caregiving matters. Her real-world unapologetic approach to practical caregiving has been published in national and international professional journals and syndicated news articles. She is a Licensed Gerontology Social Worker and an award-winning Alzheimer's and dementia educator with over 24 years of experience coordinating care for aging and vulnerable populations. She is an advisory board member with Leeza’s Care Connection, founded by Emmy Award-Winning TV/radio personality & philanthropist Leeza Gibbons. In addition, Dr. Smith co-host’s a new talk show with Teepa Snow centered around dementia friendly conversations entitled Dementia Divas: Caregiving and the Arts on Saltbox TV. Dr. Smith’s advocacy efforts have been acknowledged on Capitol Hill as she was a featured panelist at the White House Care Convening during National Care Workers Recognition Month.

Her motto: You define aging, don’t allow aging to define you; it renders helplessness.


Kim Warchol:

Kim Warchol is an Occupational Therapist (OT) specializing in functional cognition, person-centered care, memory care programming, and dementia supportive environmental design. In 1999 Kim founded Dementia Care Specialists as a Medicare Part B OT private practice serving those with dementia and their loved ones. She extended her reach through the years by focusing on staff training and consulting services. In 2009 Kim made the decision to grow her business and expertise by being acquired by Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), an internationally recognized behavior training organization. Kim, and the team she leads, have trained thousands in Dementia Capable Care, a training program which grows the vital skills to provide dementia stage supportive care, person-centered care, and non-pharmacological behavior intervention. Using this approach, she and her team also provide systems and environmental design consultation services to those who want to excel in memory care. Kim has authored several articles, she lectures nationally, and she is passionate about creating a dementia capable society, enabling the person living with dementia, their loved ones, and caregivers to thrive.

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