Caring for People with Memory Loss

A lively, informative discussion related to memory loss and caregiving tips

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Hybrid format, join in-person at the McNamara Alumni Center or virtually via Zoom.

Join experts in a lively, informative discussion related to memory loss, caregiving tips, and what you can do to help. The goal of this conference is to provide information, support, and education for adult children, spouses, parents, health and community care providers, and others concerned with caring for people with memory loss.

The Caring for People with Memory Loss Conference is free and open to the public. Contact hours/CEUs must be purchased separately. Registration is required.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Dr. Joseph E. Gaugler

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Prevention and Management of Dementia Related Behaviors


    • Soo Borson, MD, Deputy Editor, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Co-Lead, BOLD Center of Excellence on Early Detection of Dementia, Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine, and Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine
    • Angela Fields, CHW, Community Health Worker, MN CHW Alliance, Juniper Program, Trellis
    • Jamie Starks, MD, Behavioral Neurologist, Behavioral Recovery Outreach Team, Minneapolis GRECC, VA Minneapolis Health Care System


    1. Discuss how dementia related behaviors arise and share opportunities for prevention

    2. Present strategies for successfully managing dementia-related behavioral issues
    3. Explore medication management of dementia-related behavioral issues

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The Evolution of Dementia Care in Rural Southwest Minnesota

Gretchen Reeves, MA | Speech-Language Pathology/ Memory Care Clinic Supervisor CCM Health Montevideo, Minnesota


    1. Learn about the challenges faced by providers of dementia care in rural settings
    2. Learn about the evolution of dementia care, specifically, in Montevideo and surrounding communities
    3. Learn what dementia care in a rural setting has taught us over the years

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m – 2:30 p.m.

From “The Long Goodbye” to “So Many Goodbyes”: Shifting our Understanding of the Alzheimer’s Crisis

Karla Hult | Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite Award-Winning Journalist, Founder, So Many Goodbyes


    1. Describe the unique toll on Alzheimer’s families today, given the growing — and changing — emotional and financial challenges.

    2. Identify the alarming trends throughout the world that represent why Alzheimer’s represents a global health care crisis.

    3. Discover strategies for dealing with this crisis – worldwide and within your own home or long-term care community.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Transgender and Nonbinary Older Adults: Who are They and What do They Need as They Age Into Care?

K. Abel Knochel, PhD, MSW, LGSW | Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth


    1. Describe what gender identity is, including cisgender, transgender, and nonbinary identities.
    2. Identify at least two unique considerations when caring for transgender and nonbinary (TNB) older adults, including TNB people with memory loss.
    3. Locate resources to improve care and support for transgender and nonbinary older adults.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

University Avenue Parking Ramp

An adjacent 500-car ramp is connected by tunnel to the McNamara Alumni Center. Parking is $3.00 per hour with a daily maximum of $13.00. If the ramp is in event mode there will instead be a daily rate of $10.00, and no hourly rate. Once inside the parking ramp, take the East elevator to tunnel B or street level. The Alumni Center is the copper building adjacent to the ramp.

Directions to University Avenue Ramp, adjacent to Alumni Center

Ramp address: 1926 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

From the north, heading south on 35W

  1. Take Exit #18, 4th St-University Ave exit
  2. Cross 4th Street SE; turn left on University Ave
  3. Stay in the right lane, drive 9 blocks to the University Ave Parking Ramp — located on the right side of the street

From the south, heading north on 35W

  1. Take Exit #18, 4th St-University Ave exit
  2. Turn right on University Ave
  3. Stay in the right lane, drive 9 blocks to the University Ave Parking Ramp — located on the right side of the street

From the east or west on I-94

  1. Take Exit #235B, University of Minnesota/Huron Boulevard
  2. Follow Huron Boulevard one block and turn left onto Fulton St (1st stop light)
  3. Drive 3 blocks and turn right onto Oak St
  4. Follow Oak St past the Alumni Center (on the left) and cross over University Ave.
  5. Oak St will curve to the left and turn into 4th Street
  6. Turn left at the first available street (18th Ave, 17th Ave or 16th Ave)
  7. Drive 1 block and turn left onto University Ave
  8. Immediately get into the right lane and turn right into the University Ave Parking Ramp

Other ramps if needed:

  • Oak Street Ramp: 401 Oak St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Washington Ave Ramp: 501 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Metro Transit- Green Line: 

The Green line stops a short block from the McNamara Alumni Center at the East Bank Station. It is on Washington Avenue across from the Graduate Minneapolis hotel. For specific route and schedule information visit

We are happy to offer this in-person event, and as a public health institution, we commit to enacting prevention measures that keep attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors and our entire community safe and healthy. 

As with any activity, there is an inherent risk and the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a heightened degree of personal risk and responsibility. The School of Public Health is maintaining all legal and required measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 during our events. 

How we are maintaining on-site safety: 

  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the event. 
  • The event will be held in a large, well-ventilated meeting space.
  • Event space ventilation is maximized according to UMN Facilities Management COVID-19 ventilation standards

How attendees can maintain on-site safety:

  • At this time, masks are not required, but are strongly recommended when not actively eating or drinking.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home. 
  • Get tested, vaccinated, and boosted before attending. 

We are currently monitoring local data on COVID-19 levels in order to keep our events safe, and will take necessary health precautions based on these levels and guidance from the CDC, MDH, and our own public health experts. Our guests will be informed of any updates to the event that may occur due to the virus.

Continuing Education Credits

Participants who register and pay for CEU credits will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the conference. Attendees must stay for the entirety of the conference to receive the certificate.

Contact hours this event will provide:
Minnesota Board of Nursing – 7.2 hrs
Minnesota Board of Psychology – 6.5 hrs
Minnesota Board of Social Work – 7 hrs
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy – 6.75 hrs
Minnesota Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports – 6.75 hrs

For any regulating body not listed above, participants may self-submit their certificate for individual approval. The cost is $50 to receive CEUs per discipline.

Refund Policy

For those unable to attend the conference, to receive a refund for purchased CEU credits you must used the payment portal to cancel your registration and CEU payment. Canceled registrations and refunds must be submitted and processed 2 weeks before the event date. If you have questions regarding CEUs please email Teresa Schicker at

*Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging & Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Dr. Gaugler’s research focuses on Alzheimer’s disease, family caregiving, and long-term care.

The following members of the Families and LTC Projects team also helped to organize the 2022 Caring for People with Memory Loss Conference: *Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D.; Brenna Horn, BA; Steph Ingvalson, BSc; *Elma Johnson, MPH; Joana Lopez; Katie Louwagie, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C; *Ashley Millenbah, MPH; and Karesa Thao.

*Teresa Schicker, MPA, with the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) has also provided organizing and planning support to make the 2022 Conference possible.

* – Indicates Conference Planning Committee

As Dr. Gaugler’s research program continues to grow, he would like to ask you to take a few minutes and consider being a part of the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry. Becoming part of the registry does not enroll you in any study, but it provides Dr. Gaugler with permission to contact you in the future about any upcoming opportunities to participate in his research as well other basic information. Filling out the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry form should not take more than 5 minutes. If you have already done this for us and nothing has changed since you filled it out, there is no need to fill out another form. However, if something has changed since you last filled out a Registry form, please feel free to fill out a new form:

  1. If you are a family member or friend who knows someone with memory loss or is helping them, please fill out the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry-Family form.
  2. If you are a professional who cares for persons with memory loss or their families, please fill out the University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry-Professional form.

minnesota northstar geriatrics workforce enhancement programThis conference is part of the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), which is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Additional funding for the Minnesota Northstar GWEP is provided by a gracious gift from the Otto Bremer Trust. The Minnesota Northstar GWEP is also supported by the University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

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The Caring for People with Memory Loss conference is now accepting donations! All donations are tax-deductible, and all proceeds will be used for the support of conference activities.

Donations can be made online: Dementia Caregiver Education Fund

Donations can also be made by check. Please address to The University of Minnesota Foundation, “For” the “CPWML conference” and mail to Attn: Dr. J. Gaugler, D351 Mayo (MMC729), 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis MN 55455.

Thank you for your support!

If you would like to revisit the information presented in this or past Caring for People with Memory Loss conferences, please visit our virtual conference library. There you will find PowerPoint slides and handouts of each presentation, information on how to access recorded presentations, speaker contact information and other resources from past conferences. We have held Caring for People with Memory Loss conferences since Spring 2008, and there is a lot of great, free information in the virtual library for you, your family members, or clients!

Questions? Contact Us

Ashley Millenbah, MPH, at

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