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  • 301 E Tharpe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • (850) 386-2778
  • 301 E Tharpe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • (850) 386-2778

35th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Training Conference

We have a full day of learning lined up for you on February 8th from 8am-3pm at the FSU College of Medicine. Register today to reserve your spot! In the meantime, get to know the speakers and what they will be sharing with you at the 35th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Training Conference.

Meet the Speakers


KEY NOTE: Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., originally developed the use of the Montessori method as an intervention for use with persons with dementia. He is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology, and currently serves as Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.

Dr. Camp gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning and quality of life of persons with dementia. He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Camp is a Fellow and past-president of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the national Alzheimer’s Association. He is recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research.

When Effectively Coping with Challenging Behaviors: How to Think Like A Champion Detective
The attendees of this session will be able to:

  • Apply a systematic approach to determine why challenging behaviors in persons with dementia are taking place.
  • Describe physical causes of problematic behaviors in dementia.
  • Use activity as optimal stimulation and intervention for persons with dementia.
  • Describe environmental changes as intervention for persons with dementia.
  • Describe how new learning in persons with dementia can be initiated as intervention.

Rev. Candace McKibben is an ordained minister who has served in the United Methodist Church and the Cooperative Baptist Tradition. She has worked for Big Bend Hospice for 15 years in May, first as a chaplain for Jefferson, Madison and Taylor Counties. Her roles have varied at Big Bend including Director of Supportive Care Services and Director of Hospice Services, but most recently her role is Director of Faith Outreach. Candace has four adult children, nine grandchildren and is married to the Honorable R. Bruce McKibben. Candace pastors Tallahassee Fellowship, writes a weekly column in the faith section of the Tallahassee Democrat, and takes care of her mother who is living with dementia. She enjoys walking, paddling, gardening, cooking, family and friends.

Loss and Grief in Dementia and Caregiving
This session will look at potential ways of honoring the grief of persons living with dementia as well as self-care for the care-partners.


Vicky Rose, MSW is the Memory Disorder Clinic Coordinator at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She has experience working with older adults in different capacities including working directly with individuals living with dementia in an adult day care program. She is a graduate of Florida State University’s College of Social work with a Master’s Degree in social work along with a Certificate in Gerontology. She is a graduate of the National Association of Social Worker’s Supervisory Leaders in Aging Training Program. Vicky is also a Certified Trainer for the Virtual Dementia Tour.

Ways to Love Your Brain: What You Can Do to Improve Brain Health
In this session, you’ll learn “what is memory” and different types of memory, discussion of the Alzheimer’s Association “10 Ways to Love Your Brain,” and identify tips to improve memory in daily life.


Kandace E. Rudd, JD, MSW is an elder law attorney, licensed to practice in Florida. She practices in the areas of Guardianship, Estate Planning and Public Benefits; planning for and responding to issues arising from aging and capacity. Ms. Rudd received a Bachelor of Social Work from Baylor University, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, a Master of Social Work, clinical concentration, from Florida State University College of Social Work, and her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the Florida State University College of Law. Ms. Rudd has worked, interned, and volunteered with both state and private agencies focused on older adults, persons with disabilities, mental health, and advocacy. She and her husband, Matt, have two wonderful dogs, Eddie and Max.

What is Elder Law?
This session will cover a basic understanding of elder law, estate planning and incapacity planning documents everyone should have, durable power of attorney (execution, importance, fiduciary duty) and the capacity requirement for execution, and guardian proceedings when estate and incapacity planning fails.


Debora Oliveira, Ph.D., OTR/L, Professor and Program Director has over 40 years as an occupational therapist and as a manager. As Director, she is responsible for all the administrative duties in the Masters in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program. Dr. Oliveira received her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin, her Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from NovaSoutheastern University, and Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling from the Florida State University. Her areas of interest in research include aging, cognition, and their influence on activities of daily living. She is also interested in job satisfaction among faculty in higher education and occupational autonomy. Dr. Oliveira has presented at several professional conferences at the state and national level. She is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Florida Occupational Therapy Association. She is the past Vice President of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association. She teaches a variety of classes including scientific inquiry, biopsychosocial development of adults, and is a continuing education provider for area occupational therapists.

Quality of Life of Unpaid Caregivers for People with Dementia
In this session, she’ll explain how caregivers of persons with dementia view quality of life, discuss how being a caregiver of a person with dementia can alter the relationship between the caregiver and the individual with dementia, explain how having a role as a caregiver can affect the amount of time one has to participate in activities of their choice, identify the underlying factors that affect caregivers’ physical health, and identify the strategies that caregivers utilize in managing their feelings of depression, stress, and/or anxiety.


Lori Fitzpatrick is the Director of Community Engagement for Covenant Care, which was formerly called Covenant Hospice. She was raised in Tallahassee, Florida and got her degree at Florida State University in Social Work. She has worked at Covenant Care since 2013 and loves helping educate the community on important topics such as hospice care, dementia and more. Her grandmother was a patient of Covenant Care long before she worked for the company so she has a personal understanding of what a family experiences while receiving Covenant’s excellent care.

Lori is happily married and has two college aged daughters that both play collegiate beach volleyball.  Lori states working in hospice has provided a gift to her and her family by instilling in them a love of life and a clearer understanding of how death and dying is a natural part of life.

Effective Communication During Times of Stress
This session is to help enhance communication skills for participants especially when dealing with stress


Dr. Alice Pomidor is a family practice geriatrician who has been actively involved in the clinical teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows for over 30 years. She teaches frequently on a variety of topics in geriatrics including older adult driving, physical activity, nutrition, and falls prevention. She served previously in Ohio as a chief of geriatrics, fellowship director and as a medical director at multiple retirement and long-term care communities.

Dr. Pomidor is currently a Professor of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine and a former president of the Florida Geriatrics Society. She also works clinically for FSU Senior Health in Tallahassee, Florida doing geriatrics assessment consultations at Capital Health Plan and seeing patients onsite at two assisted living facilities here in Tallahassee.

Older Adults and Driving
This session will help attendees:

  • Recognize 3 risk factors & red flags related to driving disability for Older Drivers
  • Describe a risk assessment strategy
  • Identify 3 potential risk reduction interventions
  • Identify resources for assessment, intervention, counseling and transportation for older drivers
  • Discuss ethical and legal issues involved in reporting unsafe drivers

Register today to join us on February 8th for a day of learning at the 35th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Training Conference!

35th Annual Alzheimer's Disease Education & Training Conference

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