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Dementia Conference 2021

Dementia Conference 2021
Date TBA
Information Coming Soon!

This interprofessional, interactive program, presented by experts in the field of dementia care, will provide attendees an opportunity to learn and practice strategies for working with persons with dementia. The program will provide health and human service professionals with evidence-based knowledge and skills to support people living with dementia and their care partners.

Outcome: To enable the health and human service professionals to increase knowledge and skills in caring for the patient with dementia.

Program Goal: To provide health and human service professionals with evidence-based knowledge, skills and a unique hands-on experience to support people living with dementia and their care partners.

Overall Program Objectives: Using an interprofessional approach, participants will be able to:

Identify, prevent and address behavioral signs and psychological symptoms with dementia. Discuss novel therapeutic strategies to engage, stimulate and comfort individuals with dementia. Demonstrate how to work with, support and include care partners in the care of the patient with dementia.

Registration Fees TBA


Philadelphia Hotel and Travel Info

This course will be held at Drexel in Center City Philadelphia, NOT on Drexel's main campus
Three Parkway Building, 1601 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Discounted Hotel Rates - Drexel University has discounted rates with hotels in Philadelphia. Please visit our list of Hotels with Drexel University Discount Rates. Please note: discount rates based on availability.

Map of Preferred Hotels of Drexel University

Hotels with Drexel Discounted Rate within walking Distance

Sheraton Downtown – 0.2 miles/3 minutes
Windsor Suites – 0.3 miles/7 minutes
Hampton Inn – 0.3 miles/6 minutes
Home2 Suites – 0.5 miles/10 minutes
Sonesta - 0.6 miles/13 minutes
Loews Hotel – 0.6 miles/13 minutes
Union League – 0.6 miles/12 minutes
Club Quarters – 0.6 miles/ 13 minutes

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Directions to Drexel's Center City Campus

Faculty TBA

Michael Bruneau JR, PhD, ASCM EP-C

Michael Bruneau Jr., Ph.D., ASCM, EP-C is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Health Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions with a joint appointment in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University. His research interests include the use of physical activity and exercise as non-pharmacological lifestyle therapies for the prevention, treatment, and control of chronic disease. His more recent work has involved the examination of supervised exercise in clinical populations, including those living with overweight and obesity, hypertension, chronic kidney and end-stage renal disease, HIV/AIDS, prostate cancer, substance use disorder and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. In addition to his experience with exercise interventional trials, Michael has conducted research in the sciences of systematic review and meta-analysis, has gained clinical experiences as an exercise physiologist and cardiovascular specialist at Hartford Healthcare's All Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and has served regional and national committees for the American College of Sports Medicine and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association.

Laura Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, an applied research sociologist, is Distinguished Professor and the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, evaluating and implementing novel home and community-based interventions that improve quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers, enhance daily function of older adults with functional challenges, and address health disparities. She is a well-funded researcher, having received continuous research and training grants from federal agencies and private foundations for over 35 years.

In her research, she applies a social ecological perspective and person; family-directed approach to examine, intervene and support individuals in their living environments. Her efforts involve collaborating with community organizations, health and human service professionals and other stakeholders to maximize the relevance and impact of such interventions. She is also involved in translating, disseminating, and implementing proven programs developed my she and her team for delivery in diverse practice settings globally and in the United States. For example, the Tailored Activity Program for persons living with dementia is being implemented in over 10 countries including Latin America, Scotland, England, Australia, Hong Kong and parts of the United States. The COPE program for family caregivers and its iterations are being used in various parts of the United States and has been widely translated throughout Australia. The ABLE and CAPABLE program (with Dr. Szanton) for older adults with functional challenges at home is being implemented in 26 states in various health care and community-based services. Also, several of her measures have been validated in Spanish and are being used in various countries, health care settings and research studies. Her co-authored (Dr. Piersol) guidebook in dementia care, a checklist of effective nonpharmacological strategies for addressing behavioral symptoms is being translated in Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

Dr. Gitlin is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatric Society, Charles Ewing Presidential Award for outstanding contribution to geriatric care; the 2010 United Way Champion Impact Award for Healthy Aging at Home, the 2010 National Institute of Senior Centers Award with Center in the Park, the 2010 MetLife Award for translating the Skills2Care Program (a dementia caregiver intervention program) with Fox Rehabilitation (a home health agency); the 2011 John Mackey Award for Excellence in Dementia Care, from Johns Hopkins University, the 2014 M. Powell Lawton Award from the Gerontological Society of America, and in 2015 she was named as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is the author of over 300 scientific publications including authoring or co-authoring 7 books; the most recent was published in 2018, Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Society, Academic Press, co-author, Dr. Hodgson) and was based in part on a Massive Online Open Course which has had more than 70,000 participants from over 169 countries viewing the course. Finally, she is an appointee to the Health and Human Service's Advisory Council for the National Alzheimer's Project Act and its current Chair. She co-chaired a national effort to develop and implement the first National Research Summit on Care and Services for Persons Living with Dementia and their Caregivers (held October, 2017). She is also an appointee to the Medical Advisory Board, Alzheimer's Association and member of the international Lancet Commission on dementia care.

Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT

Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT is a Philadelphia, PA Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Senior and Dementia Care Advisor with nearly 19 years of experience working with high functioning to severely cognitively and physically impaired older adults across various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Her professional history includes healthcare administration, therapeutic program development, regular Dance/movement therapy (DMT) facilitation, caregiver training, and clinical supervision. Goldstein-Levitas feels strongly that regular therapeutic engagement and a sensory stimulating setting are key components to promoting quality of life. She has presented her work at the Alzheimer's Association's New Jersey and Delaware Dementia Conferences, at the 2017 Philadelphia Spring Memory Care Forum, and co-presented at both the LeadingAge Meeting and EXPO and Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions in November, 2018. Natasha is a published author on DMT within senior and dementia care and a Member of the Standards of Excellence (SOE) Council for the National Institute for Dementia Education.



Ann S McQueen, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC is a Board Certified Geriatric, Family, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. She teaches at Drexel University in both the Adult Geriatric & Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks. Her clinical interests include dementia care and behaviors as well as celiac disease identification its ramification in cognition when undiagnosed. One of the topics Dr. McQueen lectures to healthcare workers about is dementia care and best evidence based practice for care of symptoms. In this presentation Dr. McQueen will review medical disorders or symptoms that may present as dementia that can be proven otherwise.

Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, MSN, CRNP

Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, is the chair of the Accelerated Nursing program and a clinical assistant professor. Her extensive clinical practice includes a vast amount of critical care/trauma experience as well as Adult Emergency Department and Primary Care. Additionally, Olszewski holds certifications and licensure as a registered nurse and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.

Olszewski joined the Drexel University nursing faculty in 2006 and has had a strong concentration in teaching Critical Care and Leadership in Nursing. Her research focused on the development of a patient safety curriculum and its influence on the clinical judgment ability of nursing students. Additionally, Olszewski maintains her nurse practitioner clinical practice in the adult primary care realm.

Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM

Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Science at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Her degrees are in both Nutrition and Exercise Physiology; she also is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and a Fellow of the ACSM. Dr. Volpe's research focuses on obesity and diabetes prevention using traditional interventions, mineral supplementation and by altering the environment to result in greater physical activity and healthy eating. She also conducts research on athletes of all levels, from recreational to professional. Prior to beginning her faculty appointment at Drexel University, Dr. Volpe was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, and previous to that, she was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is Past-Chair of the United States' President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and a past Vice President of the ACSM. Dr. Volpe is Editor-in-Chief of Current Nutrition Reports. She is an associate editor of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal and the Translational Journal of ACSM.

Accreditation - TBA

APA (Psychology)

Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program is being offered for up to 7.25 hours of continuing education.
There will be a charge of $35 per certificate requested.


Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, the Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as the Standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.725 CEUs for this program.
There will be a charge of $35 per certificate requested.


The Drexel University Center for Nutrition and Performance is accredited as a provider for continuing professional education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
CDR Accredited Provider number #15486
This program will provide 7.25 CPEU.

LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT (PA SBSWE Licensed Social Workers in Pennsylvania)

Drexel University College of Medicine is a preapproved provider of continuing education for Social Workers and Clinical Social Workers. This program is being offered for up to 7.25 hours of continuing education.
There will be a charge of $35 per certificate requested.

CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CDSGF, CFRDT, CFR-DT, CPCHCP – National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

Who have either a certification as: CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CDSGF, CFRDT, CFR-DT, CPCHCP.
7.25 hours is CEU approved for certified members of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners  

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)

This activity has been approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.NCCAP Approval Number NCCAP500788-21 for 7.25 CE Hours.
Drexel University, Division of Continuing Education is an NCCAP approved CE Educator

National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Drexel University, Department of Creative Arts Therapies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6771.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Drexel University, Department of Creative Arts Therapies is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For LPCs, NCCs, and Art Therapists, Dance/Movement Therapists & Music Therapists: The workshop qualifies for the following continuing education credits: 7.25 CE Hour. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded following the presentation to all who attend and follow protocol for registration and evaluation forms.

Nursing Accreditation (ANCC)

Drexel University (DREXEL) College of Nursing and Health Professions, Division of Continuing Nursing Education is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP13661 for 7.25 contact hours

Contact hours

This program will provide 7.25 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours.
You must attend the entire program to receive credit.

Disclosure statement:

All planners and presenters at nursing continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods or services. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the course presentation materials.