held May 9, 2011


  • Is all dementia Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Who is going to get it?
  • What is the difference between Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Alzheimer’s Disease? What is Vascular Dementia?
  • What causes it and can we prevent it?
  • All these and more were part of a live presentation titled “General Dementia Knowledge: Signs, Symptoms, Progression” and featuring Ellen Phipps (Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter) and Dr. Lindsey Slaughter (Piedmont Geriatric Hospital) will present on the topic; Dr. E. Ayn Welleford (Virginia Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders/Virginia Commonwealth University) moderated the discussion.


Lindsey Slaughter, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Psychology Director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, VA. Before assuming the director-ship, she served as a team psychologist on the admissions unit of this state psychiatric hospital solely servicing those 65 and older with severe mental illness and/or dementia.  Areas of passion include healthy and successful aging, assessment (such as decision-making, cognitive, personality), and cultural competency. She also enjoys facilitating trainings on various topics such as older adults and behavioral management and working with older adults diagnosed with personality disorders, and supervising graduate level trainees.

She completed her Doctorate of Psychology at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and her internship at Howard University’s Counseling Center. Dr. Slaughter’s other clinical experiences included working in university counseling centers, in outpatient practice, and other inpatient psychiatric hospitals with civil and forensic patients.

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.


E.  Ayn Welleford, PhD, received her BA in Management/Psychology from Averett College, MS in Gerontology and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Adult Development and Aging, Geropsychology, and Aging & Human Values. As an educator, researcher, and previously as a practitioner she has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals across the caregiving and long term care continuum.

As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology, she currently works to “Improve Elder Care through Education” through her Teaching, Scholarship, and Community Engagement. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Welleford provides community education and serves on several boards and committees.  She currently serves as Chair of the Governor’s Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission. Dr. Welleford is the proud recipient of the 2008 AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award.

The General Dementia Knowledge was co-sponsored by AlzPossible, VCU’s Department of Gerontology and partly funded by the Virginia Center on Aging’s Geriatric Training and Education Initiative.



GTE General Dementia Knowledge

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