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Alzheimer's Disease Educational Opportunities


The FLGEC will provide education and training related to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia (ADRD) for families, caregivers, direct care workers, health professions students, faculty, and providers. To accomplish this outreach related to ADRD, a formal collaboration has been established with the Alzheimer's Association Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter and the Finger Lakes Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (FLCEAD) since 2013.

Virtual Dementia Education Series for Health Care Professionals

The Alzheimer's Association Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center are pleased to co-sponsor a webinar series for health care professionals on Alzheimer's Disease. This eight-session webinar series via Zoom is designed to give all health care practitioners up-to-date information on Alzheimer’s Disease warning signs, diagnosis, and treatments, as well as available supports and services across New York State.

Fall 2023 Virtual Dementia Education Series

Alzheimer’s Research Update: Diagnosis, Treatment & Risk Reduction

  • Percy Griffin, PhD, Director, Scientific Engagement, Alzheimer's Association
  • Date: Wednesday September 20, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Alzheimer’s is a global health problem with more than 6 million people living with the disease in the US alone. Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions.

Palliative Care and Dementia

  • Emily Chai, MD, Vice Chair of Inpatient Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Date: Tuesday October 17, 2023, 12pm -1pm ET
  • Palliative care plays a vital role in patients with dementia by offering a holistic approach to care that can greatly improve their quality of life.  Not only does it focus on managing potential symptoms like agitation, confusion and pain, it helps patients and families navigate the challenges of disease and make informed decisions about care options.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Aging, and Dementia

  • Ronald Fernandez, RRDS, LMHC, Director, Headway of WNY
  • Date: Wednesday November 8, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • Headway of WNY has the advantage being a provider of support to survivors and their families for over 35 years resulting in longitudinal opportunities to navigate and problem solve changing issues due to physical changes, neurological changes not due to the initial TBI and often due to added issues of Dementia along with aging supports who are finding it difficult or impossible to provide adequate help for the individual to continue to live away from institutional settings.

Frontal Temporal Dementia: Review of Differential Diagnoses and When to Refer

  • Jessica J. Englert, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Buffalo Behavioral Psychology
  • Date: Thursday December 7, 2023, 12pm - 1pm ET
  • We will review the basic diagnostic criteria for FTD through understanding of neuroanatomical, cognitive, behavioral and functional changes. Differential diagnoses will be reviewed to include differentiating from other neurodegenerative dementias or psychological diagnosis. We will also review recommendations for when to refer patients and clients for neurological and neuropsychological evaluations.
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Continuing Education Credits


ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

CERTIFICATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Work

University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Experiential Learning is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0005. This course has been approved for 1.00 hours.

Recordings of Past Virtual Dementia Education Series for Healthcare Professionals

Additional Educational Opportunities

  • Alzheimer's Association Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter: Throughout the year, the Rochester & Finger Lakes Region offers classes, workshops, and conferences for family caregivers and professionals - education and training.
  • essentiALZ® Alzheimer's Association Training and Certification educates professional care workers on how to apply current evidence-based, person-centered care practices when caring for individuals living with dementia.  The self-paced online curriculum features videos and interactive activities and includes access to the essentiALZ  Certification Exam (valid for two years). Start today at Professionals who complete essentiALZ — Alzheimer’s Association Training and Certification can claim three Continuing Nursing Education credits, as well as three continuing education credits for Social Work, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition/Dietitian. For disclosure and accreditation information, visit
  • National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia: The ‘NTG’ is a coalition of individuals and organizations working toward ensuring that the needs and interests of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias – as well as their families and friends – are taken into account as part of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease education and training.
  • Ithaca College Gerontology Institute: The Institute offers training for professionals in health and aging services through a number of internally funded and grant funded initiatives, education and training.

This project is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program # U1QHP28738.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors/speakers and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, DHHS, or the U.S. Government.