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

March 16, 2021

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 presented on Oct. 16. Participation is free but preregistration is required by 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:

  • Jeff Burns, M.D., co-director, KU ADC
  • Ryan Townley, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Michelle Niedens, director of KU ADC's Cognitive Care Network
  • Melissa Armstrong, M.D., FAAN, director, Mangurian Clinical-Research Headquarters for Lewy Body Dementia, University of Florida
  • Todd C. Graham, executive director, Lewy Body Dementia Association

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.

Last modified: Jun 24, 2021