October 2023

27Oct1:26 p.m.1:26 p.m.Virtual EventDementia Leadership Course and Network

Event Details


For over 20 years, LeadingAge Illinois and Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center have offered the Dementia Leadership Course, a comprehensive educational series intended to provide Dementia Leaders with information they need to develop their skills and grow in their roles.

Dementia experts have recently re-designed this interactive program and added an ongoing networking component. The course provides a framework to teach the specialized skills and competencies needed to provide exceptional dementia services.

Upon completion of the course, participants will join the Dementia Leadership Network.  Through a private forum, the Network will offer resources and training material to use for staff education, and allow participants to continue to interact, connect, share ideas, and ask questions.


Attendees will meet 4 times virtually via zoom:
October 25 & 27 and November 1 & 3
10:15 am – 2:15 pm


Day 1 (Oct. 25)

10:15 – 10:30 am            Welcome & Introduction
10:30 – 11:45 am            Leadership and Dementia Care
                                           Susan Frick, MSW, LSW, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
11:45 – 12:45 pm            Lunch Break
12:45 – 2:15 pm              Update on Dementia   
                                           Raj C. Shah, MD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Rush Alzheimer’s        Disease Center

 Day 2 (Oct 27)

10:15 – 11:45 am             Art of Communication     
                                          Sarah Rothenberg, Bella Groves in Bulverde, TX
11:45 – 12:45 pm             Lunch Break
12:45 – 2:15 pm               Ability Centered Care 
                                           Anna Ortigara, RN, MS, FAAN

Day 3 (Nov 1)

10:15 – 11:30 am            Meaningful Engagement Panel 
                                           Nancy Swanson, MT-BC, Northshore Music Therapy
                                           Colleen Koziara, ADC, CCYT, CDP, CADDCT, CMDC, Beyond Bingo, Inc.
 11:30 – 11:45 am            Being an Expert in the Larger Community               
                                           Susan Frick, MSW, LSW, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
11:45 – 12:45 pm             Lunch Break
12:45-1:45 pm                 Recognizing the Whole Person
                                           Kimberly Blanchard, DNP, APRN, NP-C, Rush Memory Clinic, Rush Alzheimer’s  Disease Center

Day 4 (Nov 3)

10:15 – 11:45 am           How to Foster Purpose & Meaning for Persons Living with Dementia
                                          Kathleen Weisberg,  Select Rehab
11:45 -12:45 pm             Lunch Break
12:45 -2:15 pm               Living with Dementia
                                          Susan Frick, MSW, LSW, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center


Each attendee must be logged into his/her own computer that has sound and video camera capabilities.


This workshop is approved for 12 CEs.


$199 per person


LeadingAge Illinois, as an approved sponsor of continuing education through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, will provide the following professionals licensed in Illinois:

  • nursing home administrators, nurses, clinical social workers/social workers, registered and certified public accountants, physical therapists/physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists/occupational therapy assistants, and professional counselors/clinical counselors

with up to 1.0 continuing education credit hours with full participation and documented attendance.

When offering CE credit, LeadingAge Illinois must abide by the rules and regulations of all applicable professional accrediting boards and agencies. As such, LeadingAge Illinois cannot provide CE credit to participants who call in late or leave the webinar early.


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