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Many Faces of Dementia 2018 Conference: It’s Not All Alzheimer’s

March 16, 2018, from 8:00 am - 3:45 pm

USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center / Memory and Aging Center in conjunction with USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine of USC, and USC Roybal Institute on Aging

About the Conference:
A one-day conference designed to bring together health care professionals, clinical researchers, residential care facility and community agency administrators, and providers in the greater Los Angeles area, who provide care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This year’s conference will focus on non-Alzheimer’s dementias. The morning session will include speakers discussing the presentations and course and treatment approaches for the major dementias: fronto-temporal dementias, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia, and early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. The afternoon will include a presentation on advances in diagnostic imaging in the differential diagnosis of dementia; a facilitated panel presentation of individuals with dementia and their care partners; and a presentation regarding community-based resources and support for families.

Who Should Attend:
Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Pracitioners, Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Care Managers, Gerontologists, RCFE and Nursing Home Administrators, Pharmacists, Dentists, Clergy, Physical and Occupational Therapists.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 3 similarities and 3 differences among Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, and Frontotemporal Dementia.
  • Describe 2 ways neuroimaging findings (CT, MRI, PET) can be used to differentiate the common dementias.
  • Describe 3 unique challenges faced by family members and care partners in dealing with the different common dementias.
  • Identify 3 appropriate community-based resource agencies for dementia.


8:00 – 8:45am
Check In/Registration

8:45 – 9:00am
Dementia Overview
Freddi Segal-Gidan, PA, PhD

9:00 – 9:45am
How to Spot Fronto-temporal Dementia
Tiffany Chow, MD

9:45 – 10:30am
Dementia with Lewy Bodies: Facts, Features, and Clinical Need-To-Knows
Katherine Harrell, PhD

10:30 – 10:45am: Break

10:45 – 11:30am
Vascular Dementia and Vascular Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline
Helena Chui, MD

11:30am – 12:15pm
Use of Imaging in Dementia Diagnosis
Meredith Braskie, PhD

12:15 – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00 – 1:45pm
Familial Alzheimer’s Disease of Young-Onset
John Ringman, MD, MS

1:45 – 2:45pm
The First-Person Experience of Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia; A Panel Presentation (with patients & care partner with common dementias)
Allison Rhames, MA

2:45 – 3:45pm
Community Resources and Suppor for Patients and Care Partners
Donna Benton, PhD, Bonnie Olsen, PhD, & Debra Cherry, PhD

Adjourn: Submit evaluations, pick up CE certificates

Note: All Speakers are University of Southern California Faculty with the exception of Katherine Harrell, MD from the VA Medical Center – West Los Angeles and Debra Cherry, PhD from Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles.


March 16, 2018
8:00 am - 3:45 pm


USC Radisson Hotel
3540 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90006 United States
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