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A Caregiver Conference

Join us for a unique and uplifting caregiver conference. All are welcome!
Recharge. Relax. Empower yourself with practical advice from dementia care experts.

Empowered: A Caregiver’s Conference
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Temple Israel
1376 E Massey Rd
Memphis, TN 38120

Each registration includes breakfast, lunch, goodies, a chance to win a door prize, 4 one-hour educational sessions, and 2 mini educational sessions.

“Family” Caregivers (individuals caring for a loved one with dementia) – FREE
Professionals (professionals working with those with dementia and their caregivers) – $25
Vendors – $100 – All vendor spots sold out!

Our Generous Sponsors

H.W. Durham Foundation

Milton Community Enhancement Grants Program

with special thanks to Shelby County Commissioner Shante K. Avant and Commissioner David Bradford

Cushman & Wakefield, Commercial Advisors


Keynote Speaker
Adria Thompson
Be Light Care Consulting

Session Speaker
Dr. Sonal Mehr
Oak Street Health

Mini Session Speaker
Lynn Doyle
Unity Psychiatric Care

Mini Session Speaker
Tonya Wales
Baptist Trinity Hospice

About our Keynote Speaker

Adria Thompson, MA, CCC-SLP, CDP, CMDCP – Be Light Care Consulting

Adria Thompson is a speech-language pathologist specializing in dementia, with over 10 years of experience and a Master’s in Communication Disorders. She leads Be Light Care Consulting, focusing on improving dementia care through education and advocacy. Adria simplifies complex dementia concepts into understandable content, sharing her expertise with a large online following and at national conferences. Her goal is to provide practical strategies and knowledge to support caregivers and professionals in the dementia care field.

Adria creates engaging daily social media content.


Schedule & Topics

8:30 a.m. Check-In, Breakfast, and Visit Vendors

9:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements

9:15 a.m. “Great Expectations Result in Great Dementia Care” – Adria Thompson
If expectations are the root of all disappointment, what expectations should we have for people with dementia?

10:15 a.m. Mini Session: “Taking Care of Yourself” – Lynn Doyle, MC, Unity Psychiatric Care

10:50 a.m. “Through Their Eyes: Embracing a New Perspective on Resistance” – Adria Thompson
Examine the reasons behind care resistance and learn how to adapt your approach for better interactions.

12:00 p.m. Taco Tuesday Lunch, Time to Socialize, and Visit Vendors

12:45 p.m. “Connecting Through Communication and Activities” – Adria Thompson
Learn the skills you need to better communicate and intentionally engage with individuals with dementia.

1 :45 p.m. Mini Session: “End of Life Decisions” – Tonya Wales, LBSW, Executive Director at Baptist Trinity Hospice

2 :15 p.m. “Treatments, Medication, & Partnering with Your Doctor” – Sonal Mehr, MD, Internal Medicine at Oak Street Health

3 :15 p.m. Door Prizes and Closing

Sheri Wammack, LBSW

Program Director
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Katie Earheart-Brown

Development and Communications Director
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