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Knowledge really is power. The more you know about brain health, dementia and Alzheimer’s, the better. Explore the vast programming the KU ADRC offers—there's something for everyone in our diverse community.

As a community resource, the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center offers programs that empower, answer questions, and provide tools for care partners and health professionals. Our programs speak to the power of creating dementia-capable communities for all. If you don’t see a program that fits your needs here, please contact Michelle Niedens at cniedens2@kumc.edu

Read more about the individual opportunities below or download the education calendar for an overview with dates and registration details. 

2022 Education Calendar

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in healthy lifestyle habits that can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
Benefit: The LEAP! program translates the latest Alzheimer's disease (AD) prevention research into actionable recommendations for everyday life. We explore key lifestyle factors that can reduce your risk for developing AD, including exercise, nutrition, sleep health, social engagement, cognitive engagement, and more. You’ll learn realistic, practical strategies for a brain-healthy lifestyle in our interactive online courses. For more information, click here.

Who Should Attend: Caregivers and direct care providers
Benefit: Receive a tremendous amount of useful information in short, topic-specific sessions throughout a single day

Demands on caregivers can be intense. Dementia Training Room allows busy caregivers to quickly access a wide variety of information on topics as varied as:

  • oral care,
  • managing meals,
  • the art of redirection,
  • communication strategies,
  • reducing stress,
  • improving sleep,
  • the disease process in the Alzheimer’s brain
  • and the fundamentals of palliative care.

For more information contact Jan Horn at jhorn2@kumc.edu

Who Should Attend: Students and others interested in hearing directly from patients
Benefit: Gain insights from people experiencing MCI or early Alzheimer’s

Experience League is a group of empowered individuals who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and have volunteered to share their experience with high school and college-level classes and community groups. These volunteer speakers share the belief that open conversation about cognitive changes can make a positive difference.

These one-hour panel presentations are conducted virtually.

If you are interested in volunteering to be part of the Experience League or would like to request a presentation, contact Michelle Niedens at cniedens2@kumc.edu or 913.945.7310.

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in learning about brain health, dementia, Alzheimer’s, caregiving and creating dementia-friendly communities
Benefit: Knowledge is power

The expert team at the KU ADC provides engaging, informative educational programming to community groups on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • disease overview,
  • risk reduction and prevention strategies,
  • mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease,
  • becoming a resilient caregiver,
  • building dementia-friendly communities
  • and helping children understand Alzheimer’s.

If there’s another topic you’d like addressed, please contact Michelle Niedens at cniedens2@kumc.edu

Who Should Attend: Individuals within the Black community
Benefit: Empower the Black community with evidence-based health education, resources, and opportunities to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases

The KU ADC has cultivated relationships with local churches and organizations to enhance awareness around dementia in the Black community using the culturally-tailored curriculum Aging With Grace. Aging With Grace focuses on enhancing knowledge about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through topics that include social engagement, exercise, nutrition, and brain health opportunities.

For more information, contact Dr. Ashley Shaw at ashaw10@kumc.edu.

Quién Debe Asistir: Latinos interesados en aprender sobre investigación y prevención
Benefit: Obtenga el conocimiento necesario para actuar

La memoria importa. ¿Quiere información sobre el Alzheimer, presentada en español? No problema. El KU ADC está feliz de presenter “ Envejecimiento Digno” a los latinos en toda Kansas City.

Para obtener más informacián, comuníquese con Jaime Perales en jperales@kumc.edu

Who Should Attend: Family and friends of individuals who have been diagnosed with FTD

Benefit: Receive the knowledge and resources you need to be supportive

This program is held in April, via Zoom. For more information contact Jan Horn at jhorn2@kumc.edu.

Who Should Attend: Family and friends of individuals who have been diagnosed with a dementia.

Benefit: Receive the knowledge and resources you need to be supportive

We will address ways families can support a person diagnosed with a dementia, and caregiver resilience factors.

This program is offered in April, June, and September in various rural Kansas locations. For more information contact Jan Horn at jhorn2@kumc.edu.

Who Should Attend: Families and staff members that support someone with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. 

Benefit: Learn about risk factors, ways to monitor for cognitive changes, and ways to offer support. 

This program is offered in June, July, and November in various Kansas locations. For more information contact Jan Horn at jhorn2@kumc.edu.

Who Should Attend: Families, friends and community members

The documentary, SPARK:  Robin Williams and His Battle with lewy Body Dementia, will be included in this education program on recognizing, living with, and supporting others who have Lewy Body Dementia. 

For more information contact Jan Horn at jhorn2@kumc.edu.

KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

KU Clinical Research Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Mailstop 6002
Fairway, KS 66205
913-588-0555
Email: kuadrc@kumc.edu