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KU Alzheimer's Disease Center offering free Lewy body dementia webinar

KU Alzheimer's Disease Center offering free Lewy body dementia webinar

The University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center will use a documentary about the late entertainer Robin Williams' battle with undiagnosed Lewy body dementia to educate providers and health care professionals about diagnosing, treating and researching the brain disease.

A half-day webinar, "SPARK: Understanding Lewy Body Dementia," will be offered April 10. Participation is free but preregistration is required by April 7. The webinar also will be presented on Oct. 16, and the deadline to preregister is Oct. 13.

In addition to a showing of the 45-minute documentary adaptation, "SPARK: Robin Williams and His Battle with Lewy Body Dementia," the webinar will include a panel discussion of the film, an overview of the disease, strategies for diagnosing and disclosing a diagnosis of Lewy body dementia, resources available through the Lewy Body Dementia Association and research opportunities related to the disease.

Featured speakers include:

Lewy body dementia is a brain disease involving both dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease. It is the second most common form of dementia for older adults behind Alzheimer's disease. "SPARK" is based on the feature movie, "Robin's Wish," about Robin Williams' experience with undiagnosed Lewy body dementia.

The target audiences for the webinar include:

  • Primary care and specialty physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Adult care home administrators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Other interested health care professionals

For more information, visit the registration portal. For additional assistance with registration, call 620-235-4040.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Mailstop 2012
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6970
Fax: 913-588-6965