Caring for a Person with Memory Loss

Join experts in a lively, informative discussion related to memory loss, care giving 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 persons with memory loss.

We Thank Our 2018 Sponsors

  • Ebenezer, 2722 Park Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407. For more information, click here.
  • Augustana Care, 1007 East 14th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404, For more information, click here.
  • The Lutheran Home Association, National Ministry Offices, 337 South Meridian Street, Belle Plaine, MN 56011-1919, Phone: 1-888-600-8542, Email: For more information, click here.
  • Ecumen, 3530 Lexington Avenue N, Shoreview, MN 55126, Phone: 651-766-4300, Toll free: 800-221-1507. For more information, click here.
  • Monarch Healthcare Management, 638 Southbend Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001, Phone: 507-625-8741. For more information, click here.
  • The Waters, 1600 Hopkins Crossroad, Minnetonka, MN 55305, Phone: 952-358-5177, Email: For more information, click here.
  • HealthCare Interactive, ​8800 Highway 7, Suite 331, Minneapolis, MN 55426. Phone: ​952-767-4377.  For more information, click here
  • Avinity Senior Living, 7645 Lyndale Avenue South, Suite #110. Richfield, MN 55423. Phone:  612-861-2799. For more information, click here
  • Minnesota Board on Aging, P.O. Box 64976, St. Paul, MN 55164-0976, Phone: 651-431-2500, Email:   For more information, click here: Here
  • Senior LinkAge Line®, Phone: 1-800-333-2433, Email:  For more information, click here: Here
  • UCare500 Stinson Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN 55420 Phone: 612-676-3500, Toll Free: 866-457-7144. For more information: Click Here

Program Schedule

8:00-8:30 am: Welcome

Tamara Statz, MA, LAMFT, Families and LTC Projects, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

8:30-10:00 am: Paying for Long-Term Care for Those with Dementia: New Approaches

LaRhae Grindal Knatterud, MAPA, Director of Aging Transformation, MN Department of Human Services


  • As the cost of caring for older persons with memory loss is a growing burden to both public and private funding programs, Minnesota has been researching new insurance products that offer more affordable private financing options that could help middle income households pay for these costs. 
  • These new concepts involve both public and private funding sources and options that could help individuals during their working years as well help seniors on Medicare. 
  • This session will provide more details about these options and next steps for Minnesota's Own Your Future initiative.

10:00-10:15 am: Break

10:15-11:45 am: Long-Distance Caregiving: Who, Where, What, When, and How?

Tamara L. Statz, MA, LAMFT, Study Counselor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

The objectives of this talk are to:

  • Explore common experiences and challenges related to caring for a person with memory loss from a distance.
  • Provide practical, applicable strategies to reduce caregiver stress and increase family cohesion.
  • Discuss documentation and other systemic approaches between facilities and families who are caring from a distance.

11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch Break

12:45-2:15 pm: We Think You Should Know: A Facilitated Panel Discussion with Individuals Living with Memory Differences

Robyn Birkeland, PhD, Study Counselor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

After attending this session, participants will:

  • Explore the journey from initial onset of symptoms to diagnosis;
  • Understand the major concerns and the unexpected joys of individuals living with memory differences;
  • Consider what individuals living with memory differences would like to share with caregivers and the community as well as how we can best provide support.

2:15-2:30 pm: Break

2:30-4:00 pm: New Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease

Keith Vossel, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Neurology, Scholar, Institute for Translational Neuroscience, N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care, University of Minnesota

The objectives of this talk are to:

  • Recognize the distinguishing features of Alzheimer's disease and non-Alzheimer's dementias
  • Recognize behaviors that raise concern for seizures in patients with dementia
  • Identify optimal antiseizure drugs for older adults with dementia

4:00-4:15 pm: Thanks and Closing Remarks

Robyn Birkeland, PhD, Study Counselor, School of Nursing, The University of Minnesota

About the Conference Director and Team

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, is a Long-Term Care Professor in Nursing and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Center on Aging at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on Alzheimer's disease, family caregiving, and long-term care. The following members of the Families and LTC Projects also helped to organize the 2018 Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference, including: Robyn Birkeland, PhD, Ann Emery, MS, Hayley McCarron, BA, Lauren Mitchell, MA, Colleen Peterson, MS, Tamara Statz, MA, LAMFT, Sierra Trost, BS, Amanda Weinstein, MS, and Rachel Zmora, MPH.

University of Minnesota Caregiver Registry

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.

Caring for a Person With Memory Loss Conference Presentations are Now Available on YouTube!

As of 2016, we have uploaded our conference presentations on YouTube! To view the conference presentations from: 

  • 2016, please click here.
  • 2017, please click here.

The Caring for a Person with Memory Loss (CPWML) will be Recorded!

Due to costs and logistical issues, the CPWML conference will no longer be live streamed.  However, we are planning to provide a superior recording experience in the Hubert H. Humphrey Conference center: The conference will be recorded, and available for later viewings and CEU credits!  The conference recording will be made available online or via DVD upon request. For questions or more details, please contact Dr. Gaugler at Email:, Phone: 612-626-2485.

Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference Virtual Library

If you would like to revisit the information presented in this or past Caring for a Person with Memory Loss conferences, please visit our virtual conference library at There you will find Power Point 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 a Person 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!


Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm


Hubert H. Humphrey Conference Center
301 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Additional Information


The conference is free for those not seeking contact hours, but pre-registration is required. To register, please click here or enter in your browser.

PLEASE NOTE: We are using a new online registration system that accepts online payments for continuing education credits! For more information about how to use this system, click here

If you have questions about registering, contact Taylor–James Gilard at or 612–625–0101.

Conference Flyer
Conference Brochure

Contact Hours

The event will provide:

  • 7.2 Minnesota Board of Nursing
  • 7 Minnesota Board of Social Work
  • 7 Minnesota Board of Psychology
  • 6.75 Minnesota Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
  • 7 Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, and
  • 6.75 Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy contact hours.

A certificate of attendance will be provided so that all health professionals may submit it to their respective organizations for accreditation . Attendance for the full day is required to receive the certificate. There is a $50 registration fee to cover processing costs. Please complete the online registration form to learn more about payment options.

Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund will be issued if you cancel in writing to Dr. Gaugler at by May 19, 2018 (2 weeks prior). If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.


The Caring for a Person with Memory Loss conference is now accepting donations! Donations can be made online. Simply click here and complete your gift to the Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference. Donations can also be made via check; to make a donation (any amount is appreciated) please make the check out to ​​The University of Minnesota Foundation, and in the "For" line enter "CPWML conference."  Please feel free to mail your donation checks any time to Dr. Gaugler at: Joe Gaugler, PhD, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 6-153 Weaver-Densford Hall, 1331, 308 Harvard Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN  55455.  Otherwise, we would be happy to accept donation checks the day of the conference. All donations are tax deductible, and all proceeds will be used for the support of conference activities.  
Thanks so much for considering!