This will feature a new topic each month, and attendance is open to anyone. Registration is encouraged to plan for seating. Presentations will be available for on-demand viewing if you’re unable to attend in-person.

April 11, 10-10:45 a.m. - Dementia Matters – Words Do Matter

Presented by Sheryl Scheuer, chief education officer and co-founder, Gentle Shepherd Dementia Training & Consulting

What words and labels do you hear and use related to interactions and caring for a person living with dementia? Why do word choices make a difference? Why do our words matter? What words work in each stage of dementia? The way we talk about dementia and people living with dementia matters! Join this discussion on how we can change our words from negative messages to healthy word substitutions that are respectful, dignified and support the person at each stage of their dementia journey.

Sheryl Scheuer is a Certified Independent PAC Trainer and Coach with Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care and is co-founder of Gentle Shepherd Dementia Training & Consulting in Colorado Springs, CO.

Her life experience includes over 20 years in memory care communities as a director, staff trainer and community/family relations director as well as hospice care and being a community educator with the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association. She has presented at national and regional conferences on positive ways to work with those living with brain change.

As the daughter of a mother who lived with Alzheimer’s, she has a passion and mission for educating health professionals and families on positive ways to live and work with this disease. Sheryl brings real-world experience to her teaching and believes learning should be fun and engages her learners in memorable and meaningful ways.

March 14, 10-10:45 a.m. - Play to Remember: Activities to Create Meaningful Moments

Presented by Phyllis Campbell, retired early childhood teacher

Phyllis Campbell is a retired early childhood teacher who spent 35 years working with special needs, autistic and “at-risk” children. She has co-authored three nationally awarded curriculum books and has shared her enthusiasm for play and learning with teachers around the country.

She is also the daughter of a parent who had Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease progressed, Phyllis wanted to keep a connection with her mother. She wanted to be able to enjoy time with her mother. Phyllis did not know how and missed her opportunity.

Phyllis has taken her frustration of not being able to help her mother and combined it with her early childhood knowledge to start a company called Play to Remember. She has created a set of simple games and activities that families and caregivers can use to interact with loved ones who have dementia. Families are given a way to relax and smile again. When conversations no longer work, Phyllis gives families a way to keep connections alive.

Feb. 7, 10-10:45 a.m. - When Do I Take the Keys? Decisions about Driving

Presented by Terri Cassidy, occupational therapist and owner of Fitness to Drive

Terri Cassidy, occupational therapist and owner of Fitness to Drive, will discuss the ways in which aging can impact driving, how to have conversations about this sensitive topic, objective driving evaluations, and the importance of staying active – either as driver or passenger. Bring your questions and case examples to discuss!

Jan. 11, 10-10:45 a.m. - Medicare and Medicaid

Presented by Roma Costanza, Medicare specialist and State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) coordinator at the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging

Join us for a frank discussion on LTC Medicaid. Roma Costanza, a State Health Insurance Program counselor at the Area Agency on Aging with 20+ years of experience educating the community about Medicare and Medicaid, will present information on LTC Medicaid programs, eligibility, and the application process. Learn facts from fiction when it comes to needing or qualifying for Medicaid for yourself or a loved one.

Nov. 9, 10-10:45 a.m. - Home modifications for caregivers

Presented by Karli Johnson, CAPS, director of community education, Accessible Systems / Lifeway Mobility

Karli is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist through the National Association of Home Builders and the Director of Community Education for Accessible Systems in the Rocky Mountain region. In her role, for nearly a decade, she has had the opportunity to share home modification solutions with a variety of groups including senior centers, support groups, hospital and rehab medical professionals and caregivers.

Oct 12, 10-10:45 a.m. - How to interact with people with dementia

Presented by Sheryl Scheuer, chief education officer and co-founder, Gentle Shepherd Dementia Training & Consulting

For over 17 years Sheryl has been a community educator for Leaders in Dementia Care and on the speaker’s bureau for the Alzheimer’s Association advocating for better care and quality of life for families coping with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. As the daughter of a mother who lived with Alzheimer’s, she has a passion and mission for educating health professionals and families on positive ways to live and work with this disease.

September 14, 10-10:45 a.m. - Early signs of dementia and what are fiblits and why they are important

Presented by Paula Levy, executive director of A Place Like Home

This not-for-profit organization provides at-home family caregivers “a place like home” for their loved ones for a day or two for the caregiver to regroup, recharge and refresh so they have the energy to continue on the caregiving journey with their family member. Paula is also a Positive Approach to Dementia Care Trainer and Consultant.