‘Lessons Learned’: How to conduct a workshop that includes persons living with early-stage dementia

Part III of IV - webinar held July 25, 2018


The Webinar will help prepare leaders/coordinators to deliver the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program to individuals living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers.

  • How to inform persons leaving with early-stage dementia (PLWED) of expectations for the workshop
  • Common difficulties for PLWED
  • Helpful Resources for PLWED
  • Discuss case studies
  • General strategies for working with individuals living with early-stage dementia


The series addresses professional service providers which include medical doctors, registered nurses, social workers, geriatric care managers, gerontologists, gerontology students, counselors, ombudsman/patient advocates, and family caregivers.


Ellen Phipps, CTRS, MSG, Gerontologist, is Co-Author of Connections: Engagement in Life for Persons with Dementia, A Complete Activities Guide; Vice President of Programs & Public Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter; and, adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ms. Phipps specializes in creative therapeutic design for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and has established intergenerational programs, and arts and music programming in a variety of settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Colorado, at Boulder, and, a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Ellen served as Director of Adult Day Centers both in Charlottesville, VA and Somerset, England providing creative and innovative approaches to care.

Joyce Nussbaum has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a concentration in gerontology and family studies. Ms. Nussbaum is currently the Health and Wellness Coordinator for Valley Program for Aging Services where she has worked since 2010.

Ms. Nussbaum is a master trainer for the Evidence Based Chronic Disease Self-management, Diabetes Self-management, Chronic Pain Self-management and Cancer: thriving and surviving programs originally developed at Stanford University, and A Matter of Balance through MaineHealth.  She is also licensed through the National Council on Aging to facilitate the evidence informed aging mastery program and is a leader for Fit and Strong.


Emily Hoyt is an intern with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. She is an undergraduate honors student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development.

Ms. Hoyt is a research assistant at the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, and  is responsible for planning and implementing the first-ever multidisciplinary conference on elder abuse in Southwest Virginia. She served as an intern for the New River Valley Agency on Aging from August 2017 until May 2018, and also interned with the New York City Elder Abuse Center during the Summer of 2017.

Ms. Hoyt plans to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health and hopes to eventually work for a non-profit or state agency that has a focus on the aging population.

Webinar made possible through a grant from the Administration for Community Living

Additional support: Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia



Lessons Learned - July 24 - shared

Download the slides here.




The Basics:

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease


Strategies for communication and sensitivity for persons experiencing dementia in a workshop setting


Reflecting on the experience of CDSME workshops including participants living with early stage dementia