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 2017 Sponsors

  • Ebenezer, 2722 Park Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407. 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.
  • Avinity, 7645 Lyndale Avenue South, Suite #110, Richfield, MN 55423, Phone: 612-861-2799, 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.
  • Prelude Homes & Services, 355 Commerce Court, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127, Phone: 651-501-6513 x1, Email: 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, 3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55435-5960, Phone: 952-928-7722. For more information, click here.
  • Minnesota Board on Aging, Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St, St. Paul, MN 55101, Phone: 651-431-2500, Email: For more information, click here.

Program Schedule

8:00-8:30 am: Welcome

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, University of Minnesota School of Nursing/Center on Aging

8:30-10:00 am: Best Days Through Whole Person-Strength Based Caring: Let's Talk

Judy Peters, DNP, MSN, PHN, RN, Healthcare Innovation Advisor, Independent

The objectives of this presentation are to:

  • Identify person-centered relationship based caring practice, personal and professional trusted voices and collaborative care models to create a "best day" everyday.
  • Discuss living well in all dimensions of aging with memory loss.
  • Describe, demonstrate, practice communication techniques for having challenging conversations that arise related to care and living well with dementia or one of it many forms.
  • Discuss optimal care intervention possibilities for people with memory loss through changes in environment, technology, culture, care models, and policy solutions.

10:00-10:15 am: Break

10:15-11:45 am: Common Questions in a Memory Loss Clinic

Emily J. Olson, DO, Fairview Edina Memory Care Clinic and Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (ABIM)

The objectives of this talk are to:

  • Understand the basics of making a dementia diagnosis and the management which follows - including common pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies utilized.
  • Understand how dementia impacts a person's other medical conditions.
  • Understand how to navigate the medical system more effectively.

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

12:45-2:15 pm: The Art of Fun: Tapping into your Personal Sense of Peace and Play

Mindy Bolton, BA, Community Artist and Dementia Practitioner

The objectives of this talk are to:

  • Learn and explore the easy-to-remember LOVE acronym; a simple guide to successful, dementia-friendly communication.
  • Practice engaging in a way that promotes well-being and creative thinking.
  • Recognize opportunities for fun at home and in the community.

2:15-2:30 pm: Break

2:30-4:00 pm: Dementia: The Spiritual Dimension

Pastor Curt Seefeldt, Director of Church Relations, The Lutheran Home Association

The objectives of this talk are to:

  • Affirm the importance of spiritual well-being for all affected by dementia.
  • Learn the art of communicating spritual comfort when communication is the challenge.

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

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD

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 2017 Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference, including: Ann Emery, MS, Lauren Mitchell, MA, Colleen Peterson, MS, Shaina Rud, BA, Tamara Statz, MA, LAMFT, and Amanda Weinstein, MS.

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.

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 3, 2017 -
8:00am to 4:30pm


Hubert H. Humphrey Conference Center

301 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Additional Information


Online registration is now closed. If you would still like to attend the conference, registration will be available on site.

Download the 2017 Caring for a Person with Memory Loss conference flyer and 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 20th, 2017 (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!


We are excited to announce our first fundraising event for the Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference! Please join us to enjoy some great beer and great food, all for a great cause at Lakes and Legends Brewing Company (1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403) on Saturday, May 20th from 4-7pm! Proceeds will support speaker honoraria, food and beverage, space rental, video recording, presentation handouts, and the many other conference costs. Prices are $26 for 2 pints of craft beer/kombucha or 3 locally-made sodas, and $41 for unlimited beverages. (Each ticket prices includes a $10 donation.) The food truck Flagsmash will be on site too! For more details (directions, parking) and to register please click here.

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