recorded February 28, 2014


Arriving at an accurate diagnosis for both the presence of dementia and then the type of dementia takes time and requires clinicians to look at a variety of factors (Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2009). Recent research reflects a growing understanding of non-Alzheimer’s dementias. While Alzheimer’s disease continues to make up a majority of the dementia diagnoses, studies estimate the prevalence of vascular dementia to be 10-30%, making it the second most common dementia (WHO, 2012, Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2009; Stephan & Brayne, 2008; Alzheimer’s Society, 2007). Estimates for the prevalence of Lewy Body dementia tend to be harder to pinpoint, with some studies estimating prevalence at less than five percent and others estimating it at ten percent or even as high as vascular dementia (Stephan & Brayne, 2008, WHO, 2012, Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2009).

It is estimated that Parkinson’s disease dementia, a type of Lewy Body dementia, affects up to two percent of those over 65 and that of the nearly one million Americans with Parkinson’s, 50-80% will experience the dementia associated with it (Alzheimer’s Association, 2013). Additionally, there is increasing evidence to suggest that mixed dementia, a combination of two or more types of dementia, is more prevalent than previously thought and that it under diagnosed (Stephan and Brayne, dementia public policy; world report).

For these reasons it is important to provide sound, evidence-based training on the different types of dementias, including the origins, symptoms and best practice treatments. Therefore, this series, through virtual training and active learning, seeks to advance the training and workforce development goals of the Virginia Dementia State Plan. This webinar series will include a pre-recorded 30-minute free lecture that briefly reviews types of dementia (see below) and three, live 60-minute free webinars on different types of dementia:


Ellen Phipps, MSG, CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) is Co-Author of Connections: Engagement in Life for Persons with Dementia, A Complete Activities Guide, and Vice President of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter where she has served for the past twelve years.

Ms. Phipps specializes in creative therapeutic design for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. She received her Masters of Science in Gerontology from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013, her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Colorado, at Boulder, and, her Montessori Teacher’s training certification in England in 1989.  Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, she served as Director of Adult Day Centers both in Charlottesville, VA and Somerset, England providing creative and innovative approaches to care.

Ms. Phipps was instrumental in initiating one of the first Intergenerational – Montessori Adult Day Centers in Charlottesville, VA, a combination Adult Day Center for Persons diagnosed with dementia and on-site Montessori Pre- School.  Ms. Phipps established Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Creative, Expressive Arts programs at both Adult Day Centers.


Lynne SewardLynne Seward, CTRS, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with a 44 year direct care experience with 23 years management experience in human services and rehabilitation.  She is well known for her energy, enthusiasm, focused advocacy and commitment to the needs and rights of persons with all abilities.

Lynne’s experience includes program development and supervision of therapeutic programs serving a variety of ages and disabilities, including pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, acute care, oncology, physical rehabilitation and community care.  Populations served include persons with mental retardation, physical disabilities, mental illness and chronic illness, including dementia. She has developed Model Programs for dementia care and a community inclusion for adult s with intellectual disabilities.

Until February 1, 2014, when Lynn had announced her retirement, she had served 26 years as the CEO of A Grace Place Adult Care Center.  A Grace place Adult Care Center provides supportive services to individuals and their caregivers who face the challenges of long-term care.  Lynne had supported the expansion of agency staff from 4 to 95, the space from 2000 square-feet to 22,000 square feet, and the budget, from $24,000 to $3 million.

Lynne has received several awards including the “2008 Advancing the Common Good Award,” presented by United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.  Currently, she is the Chair of the Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission.

The Other Dementias: Virtual Training and Active Learning on Non-Alzheimer’s Dementias series is made possible through a grant from the Virginia Center on Aging’s Geriatric Training and Education Initiative



Overview of Dementia

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