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A Meaningful Life with Alzheimer’s Disease Conference

November 29, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Respected neurologist Dr. Daniel C. Potts champions life-affirming care for those living with dementia. He is the coauthor of A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver and is listed as one of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change. On staff at Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Potts is also the founder and president of Cognitive Dynamics Foundation and the Medical Director for Dementia Dynamics. Potts’ keynote will highlight the inspiring story of his father’s transformation from sawmiller to internationally known watercolor artist in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, discuss the benefits of art therapy and other expressive arts therapies for persons living with dementia and care partners, as well as share lessons learned from an art therapy and life story program he created as his father’s legacy.

Lunch is provided by Schoolcraft College renowned professional chefs & staff. 

$40 – Student & Senior (62+)Registrations

$20 – Family Caregivers & Individuals with Early-Stage Memory Loss Registrations

$75 – Professional Registrations $65 Early Bird Rate ends Friday, November 8 at 5 p.m.

7:45–8:30 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast & Visit Vendors

8:30–10:30 a.m.

Keynote – Bringing Art to Life: A Man, A Gift, A Mission.

Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, Attending Neurologist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

10:30–11 a.m.

Break & Visit Vendors

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Regards to Behavioral Modifications

Debra L. Schutte, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor & Director of the BioPhysical Laboratory, Wayne State University

12:15–1:15 p.m.

Lunch & Visit Vendors

1:15–2:30 p.m.

Dementia Care Practice Recommendations

Sam Fazio, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects, Alzheimer’s Association

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Break & Visit Vendors

2:45–4 p.m.

Caregiver Perspective: My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Martin J. Schreiber, Author & Former Governor of Wisconsin

4–4:15 p.m.

Closing & Evaluation




November 29, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology
Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter


Vistatech Center at Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
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