Caring for People with Memory Loss

A lively, informative discussion related to memory loss and care giving tips

Saturday, June 5, 2021

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.


8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Taming the Wild West? Minnesota’s New Assisted Living Law and What it Means for You

Rajean P. Moone, Ph.D., LNHA, FGSA | Faculty Director – Long Term Care Administration, Associate Director of Education – Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation, Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Work


    1. Understand the new regulatory framework for Minnesota’s assisted living facilities
    2. Learn the timeline for implementation of the regulatory framework
    3. Learn ways to make informed decisions about assisted living

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Memory Loss: The African Immigrant Perspective

Manka Nkimbeng, Ph.D., MPH, RN | Robert L. Kane Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota – School of Public Health

Wynfred N. Russell, MA, MLS, PGCert | Co-Founder & Director of Health Equity, African Career, Education & Resources, Inc. (ACER)


    1. Examine the perception of memory loss in the African immigrant community
    2. Discuss the sociocultural issues that impact healthcare in the African immigrant community
    3. Identify the unique challenges faced by African immigrants in caregiving and management of memory loss

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m – 2:30 p.m.

Driving the Science Forward: Finding the Voices of People Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers in Research

Joseph E. Gaugler, Ph.D. | Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care (LTC) and Aging, Professor, Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, Director, Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving, University of Minnesota – School of Public Health


    1. Review the state of research in dementia care, its gaps, and recommendations
    2. Identify how the voices of people living with dementia and their caregivers are missing in much of the research, and how to involve them
    3. Review various international, national, and local efforts that can strengthen our understanding of how to best deliver optimal dementia care.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The Importance of Art

Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D. | Study Interventionalist, Families and Long-Term Care Projects, Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota – School of Public Health


    • Michèle Coppin, Teaching Artist, Arts and Dementia/Seniors Program, Minnetonka Center for the Arts
    • Jessica Hakala, Education Programs Assistant, Contemporary Journeys, Walker Arts Center
    • Debra Hegstrom, Ph.D., Senior Educator, Discover Your Story, Minneapolis Institute of Art
    • Steve Pieh, Senior Services and Activities, Manager, City of Minnetonka


    1. Examine the process of initiating dementia friendly art programs
    2. Discover the importance of art in caring for individuals with memory loss
    3. Delve into the benefits of creating art for individuals with memory loss
    4. Explore the impact of COVID on these programs and future directions for dementia friendly arts programming

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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.

Purchase CEU Credits for the 2021 Caring for People with Memory Loss Conference.

Contact hours this event will tentatively 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 (Pending Approval)

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 Ann Emery,

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 2021 Caring for People with Memory Loss Conference: Elle Albers, BS; Zachary Baker, Ph.D.; Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D.; Jinhee Cha, MPH; Ann Emery, MS; Zoe Gabrielson; Kate Heckathorn; Brenna Horn; Elma Johnson, MPH; Katie Louwagie, DNP; Ashley Millenbah, BS; Manka Nkimbeng, Ph.D.; Kobe Perez; Colleen Peterson, Ph.D.; Christy Rosebush, Ph.D.; Aneri Shah; Ayush Shah; and Hank Stabler, MPH.

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!

Past Conference Presentations

Caring for People with Memory Loss Conference Virtual Library

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!

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