A Virtual Event

The 17th Annual Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter Caregiver Conference
Breaking Down Barriers: Exploring Challenges in Caregiving

Dementia caregiving comes with many challenges; barriers to support, access and health equity should not be among them. This conference is the preeminent event covering the broad spectrum of issues surrounding dementia caregiving for both professional and family caregivers. You’ll be introduced to a wealth of helpful, practical information designed to improve the caregiving experience, and help you navigate past the barriers you may be facing.

Please note that this year our conference will be a virtual event, due to the pandemic.

Saturday, November 6th, 9am – 3pm.
Separate tracks provided for Professional Caregivers and Family Caregivers.

Register Below
You can also call us at (505) 266-4473.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia®.

The New Mexico Chapter provides statewide support, fundraising and advocacy on behalf of the 43,000 New Mexicans with Alzheimer’s disease and their 85,000 unpaid family caregivers. Visit our website: www.alz.org/newmexico.

Our 24/7 Helpline is available anytime, day or night: 1 (800) 272-3900.


Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Session with Keynote Speaker:

Tim Sheahan
Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter
Joseph P. Sánchez, PhD, MBA
State Director, AARP New Mexico
Carl Hill, PhD, MBA
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Alzheimer’s Association
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions I:

Family: Common Legal Issues for Senior Citizens

Natalie Myers
Staff Attorney Legal Resources for the Elderly Program

Family: The Benefits Connection Center (BCC)

Genny Espinosa
Benefits Specialist Adelante Benefits Connection Center

Professional: Social Isolation & Its Effects

Gary Williams
Associate State Director, AARP New Mexico

Professional: Healthy Brain Initiative: Road Map For Indian Country

Edie Yau
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Engagement Alzheimer's Association
Tommy Hernandez
Public Policy Director, Alzheimer's Association - New Mexico Chapter
11:00 a.m. – 11:45

Breakout Sessions II

Family: Medicare Health Coverage Options

Carmen Good
Agency Leader Healthcare Options Providing Educated (H.O.P.E.) Solutions

Family: Effective Communication Strategies

Kathleen DiMasi
Alzheimer's Association Volunteer

Professional: Grief and Loss for Caregivers;

Rick Vinnay, LCSW
Executive Director The Solutions Group EAP and Wellness Programs

Professional: The Healthy Brain Initiative: Advancing Alzheimer's Through Public Health

John Shean
Associate Director of the Healthy Brain Initiative Alzheimer's Association
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

General Lunch Session: An Update on Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Research

Dr. Michael D. Devous, Sr.
1:15p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions III

Family: How to Increase Medication Adherence

Jessica Giguere
Regional Account Director MedMinder Pharmacy
Alison Weldon
Pharm D., RPh. MedMinder Pharmacy

Family: Adult Day Program/Care - How this service can benefit you and your loved one

Jessica Lager
CEO/Owner Mayberry Senior Services
Risa Vallano
Director Mayberry Senior Services

Professional: Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors:

Ron Lucchino PhD
Alzheimer's Association Volunteer

Professional: Aducanumab (and its followers): therapeutic innovations with major caveats

Dr. John Adair
Professor of Neurology University of New Mexico Center for Memory & Aging
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Closing Session – The Joy of Dementia Caregiving;

Cindy S. Brown, LBSW, CDP
Home Instead Senior Care

Frequently Asked Questions

No, this conference is 100% free to attend
No, due to the delta variant this conference is 100% virtual
No. However, a Certificate of Completion can be provided. Please contact Craig Coleman, Program Specialist at 505-404-9857 for more information
Yes, up to $75.00 for the day in reimbursement. Please contact Lorey Esquibel, Director of Operations at 505-404-9834 for detailed information

My name is Alison Weldon and I am a pharmacist with MedMinder Pharmacy. I have been a pharmacist for 15 years, and with MedMinder Pharmacy for 4 years. Patient care is one of my passions, and I am happy that patient care is also a top priority with MedMinder! Building relationships with patients and caregivers is a large part of what leads to successful healthcare management. As the Manager of Patient Retention, we are proud to have entire department focusing on patient/caregiver relations. My team and I are looking forward to helping you and your loved ones live healthier lives with MedMinder.