Annual Education Conference 2024

APRIL 17, 2024

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


4278 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Online registration open!



Adria Thompson, an accomplished speech-language pathologist with over 10 years in the field, stands out for her commitment to using evidence-based research practices in her training and educational programs. With a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Eastern Kentucky University, she combines her academic background with her extensive experience in dementia care. Adria is renowned for her high standards in both care and teaching, ensuring that her training is not only informative but also clinically relevant and effective.

A key aspect of Adria’s educational approach includes creating micro-learning videos, designed to offer concise, impactful learning experiences for both personal and professional caregivers. This innovative method caters to the evolving needs of caregivers, providing them with accessible and practical knowledge that can be directly applied to enhance the quality of dementia care. As a respected speaker and trainer, she regularly shares her insights at national conferences and on podcasts, emphasizing the importance of quality, research-backed care practices in dementia. Adria’s dedication to improving dementia care through education and training reflects her deep commitment to elevating standards and positively impacting the lives of individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

Dementia Deep Dive: Practical Tools for Immediate Use

This presentation is a comprehensive course designed for healthcare professionals and caregivers seeking to enhance their understanding and skills in caring for individuals with dementia. This course will delve into the complexities of dementia, beginning with the identification of the most common types of dementia, along with the distinct symptoms associated with each. Participants will learn the significance of tailored communication strategies in dementia care, understanding how personalized interaction can profoundly impact the well-being and responsiveness of individuals with dementia. Additionally, the course offers hands-on training, where participants will learn and practice practical techniques for managing behavioral challenges commonly encountered in dementia care. These techniques aim to equip caregivers with effective methods to handle difficult situations while maintaining a respectful and empathetic approach. This presentation will be split into two sessions per the agenda.


Owen Carmichael, PhD is currently Associate Professor and Director of Biomedical Imaging at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Carmichael completed undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with honors. He continued his studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he graduated with a PhD in Robotics. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Radiology Department at the University of Pittsburgh where he studied neuroimaging data analysis with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease. He was an Associate Professor in the Neurology Department at the University of California, Davis before joining the faculty at Pennington. He is working to develop new biomedical imaging techniques and is applying them to study brain aging and metabolic disorders. The main research goal of his current laboratory is to develop the non-invasive and in vivo clinical imaging methods required to characterize structural and metabolic properties of the brain, abdominal organs, fat, and skeletal muscle. Dr. Carmichael has mentored and trained many graduate and post-graduate students.

The New Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease: An Update

In recent years, significant progress has been made in differential diagnoses and in tailoring treatments and interventions to different types of dementia. This session is designed to provide information about current drug therapies used for Alzheimer’s Disease. It highlights specific and distinguishing characteristics of available and developing drug therapies. This session also illustrates the harmful and beneficial recorded symptoms from taking the current class of disease-modifying drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Discussion Panel of Dementia Care Professionals

This discussion panel on dementia-related topics is a comprehensive event dedicated to exploring the multifaceted challenges and advancements associated with dementia. This panel will bring together healthcare professionals, caregivers, and individuals impacted by dementia to share their insights and experiences. Participants will delve into the daily realities of living with dementia, discussing the mental, emotional, and physical impacts on those diagnosed and their families. The panel will also address the broader societal and economic implications of dementia, highlighting the need for community awareness and support. This engaging and informative session aims to not only educate but also to support those impacted by dementia.



Gina Rossi, LCSW-BACS, DCSW, MHSA is a licensed clinical social worker in Louisiana for over 30 years. She has focused her practice in helping individuals and families and dealing with life transition issues.  Gina is an adjunct instructor for the LSU School of Social Work. Her dedication to training interns in the Gerontology program led to her 2017 induction into the LSU Hall of Distinction as the “LSU Alumnae of Distinction” for The School of Social Work. In 2018 Gina was the recipient of the 2018 “Public Servant of the Year” by the Governor’s Office for her work with the Louisiana Office of Aging.

Panel Participants:

Adria Thompson, MA, CCC-SLP

Owen Carmichael, Ph.D.

Terry Robillard, former Alzheimer’s caregiver

Terry Robillard is a dedicated volunteer and a beacon of compassion in her community. Since retiring from a 39-year career with UPS in 2014, Terry has committed her life to caring for others. A devoted daughter, she was the primary caregiver for her mother, Dorothy Roan, until her passing in 2017. Involved with Alzheimer’s Services since 2017, Terry serves on the Education Committee and actively participates in the annual Alzheimer’s Walk & Run. This involvement is a personal mission for Terry, driven by her experience with her mother and a desire to support families affected by Alzheimer’s.

Kimberly Chapman, CCUFC, former Lewy body dementia caregiver

Kimberly Chapman is the Financial Wellness Director for Neighbors Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chapman has led the charge of NFCU’s mission to provide financial education to the members of the local community.  As a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor, she has over 28 years of experience in the financial field, in which she served in her current capacity for the past 9 years.  She has successfully produced results as a Loan Analyst/Underwriter and Account Services Officer. She was the primary caregiver for her father following his diagnosis with Lewy body dementia until his passing. She uses her combined experience with caregiving and money management to educate and support other dementia caregivers on the financial aspects of caregiving.


Intermittent breaks will occur throughout the day for attendees to visit exhibitor booths. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Family Caregivers/General Public – $50 (Online registration closes April 12. The fee is $75 at the door.)


Professional Caregivers (includes CEU’s) – $150 (Online registration closes April 12. The fee is $175 at the door.)

CEU’s have been requested from the licensing boards of the following disciplines: Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Nursing Facility Administrators, Licensed Professional Counselors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Activity Therapists. Approval of and number of hours approved will be posted here as approval is received. Healthcare disciplines not mentioned above may request a certificate of attendance after the conference by email to Brook at

• Social Workers: Six general hours of continuing education approved by Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, a recognized approved provider by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.
• Registered Nurses: Six contact hours have been approved by Our Lady of the Lake (LSNA Provider #4002644*) for attendance of the entire program and completion of the post program evaluation.  * Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002644.Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area and Our Lady of the Lake Professional Development are joint providers of this educational event.
• Licensed Professional Counselors: The Louisiana Counseling Association is approved by the Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners to offer continuing education clock hours. This presentation has been reviewed and has been approved for 6.0 CE clock hours for Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors.
• Nursing Facility Administrators: Six hours of continuing education approved by the State of Louisiana Board of Examiners of Nursing Facility Administrators. A limited number of scholarships are available for NFAs. Contact Brook for information.
• Speech Language Pathologists & Audiologists: The Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology has approved a total of four direct hours of continuing education.
• Occupational Therapists: Six hours of continuing education approved by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Course number: AlzSrvCapArea.AlzServEdConf.2024
• Physical Therapists & PT Assistants: Six clinical hours of continuing education have been requested.
• Activity Professionals: Six hours of continuing education approved by the Nation Certification Council for Activity Professionals. NCCAP: #5030073-25
• CNA/PCAs: A certificate of attendance is provided. A limited number of scholarships are available for CNA/PCAs. Contact Brook for information.
• Other healthcare disciplines: A certificate of attendance may be requested by email to Brook at for disciplines not mentioned above.


Brochures mail out on March 6 for those preferring to mail in registration and payment.

Online registration ends April 12. Registration at the door will be available the day of the conference.

For more information or further assistance contact Brook at or 225-334-7494.


Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area

@ Homecare of Louisiana

Always Best Care

Amedisys Home Health & Hospice

Ameriprise Financial

Ascension Council on Aging

Bon Jour Social & Leisure Center

Bridgeway Hospice

Capital Area Agency on Aging

Cardinal Advocates


Decision Critical Concierge Nursing

Dignity Memorial

Franciscan PACE

Francois Bend Senior Living

Gentiva Hospice

Griswold Home Care

Hamilton Relay

Home Instead

Life Source Services of Baton Rouge

Louisiana Voice and Swallow

NOAGE (New Orleans Advocates for LGBTQ+ Elders)

Oceans Healthcare

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Progeny Law Firm

Sage Outpatient Day Neuro

Serenity Private Care

SHIIP (Louisiana Senior Health Insurance Program)

St. James Place

The Barclay House of Baton Rouge

The Carpenter Health Network

The Claiborne at Baton Rouge, The Claiborne at Shoe Creek

The Pearl at Jamestown

The Woodleigh of Baton Rouge

Well-Ahead Louisiana

Wolfe’s Pharmacy

There will be a tradeshow of resources for attendees to visit at the Education Conference.

To learn more about being a sponsor or exhibitor for the Education Conference,

please click on the button below or contact Brook at or 225-334-7494.