When Dementia Emerges: Caring for patients, families and communities

Free workshop on:
Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 8:30 a.m. – noon
Thursday, May 23, 2024, 8:30 a.m. – noon

Register by May 10, 2024.

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About The Conference

The varied forms of dementia—including Alzheimer’s disease—afflict an estimated 7 million people in the U.S. The Alzheimer’s Association recently reported that approximately 12,000 Lancaster County residents over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that represents nearly one out of every eight area seniors. As anyone in professional caregiving knows, the disease processes are far more than cognitive, impacting the emotional, physical, and social worlds as well. In the early phases of dementia, patients, their families, and communities are deeply impacted, and it continues to worsen and grow with the passing months. This workshop compassionately weaves together the latest research and clinical wisdom about the various diseases we call dementia, illustrated by the presenters’ own journeys with dementia in their practices and families.

Conference Location:
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory
2421 Willow Street Pike
Willow Street, PA 17584

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for, but not limited to, social workers, counselors, chaplains, clergy/pastors, therapists, long-term care or hospice and palliative care professionals, nurses, volunteers, funeral directors and after care workers, and Stephen Ministers.


Dr. William G. (Bill) Hoy

Dr. William G. (Bill) Hoy has been Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas from 2012 until his retirement this spring. A popular speaker for groups of caregiving professionals across North America, Dr. Hoy has authored more than 200 journal articles, published papers, book chapters, and seven books.

Dr. Patti Anewalt

Dr. Patti Anewalt developed the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss, a program of Hospice & Community Care. The Pathways Center supports nearly 8,500 bereaved adults, children and teens each year. The focus of Dr. Anewalt’s clinical practice, writing and teaching is on issues related to end of life, grief, compassion fatigue and crisis response, presenting at the national, state and local levels.


At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the varied diagnoses of dementia (neurocognitive disorders) and the main differences between them.
  • Describe how normal bereavement responses are complicated by dementia.
  • Utilize a framework for emotional support of individuals with dementia as they face their own losses.
  • Apply proven clinical strategies for coming alongside patients and families at varied stages of disease.
  • Access resources and ascertain their appropriateness for the individual and family.

Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast & Registration
8:30 a.m.

  • The Scope of Dementia – Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Holistic Nature of Bereavement
  • Principles for Understanding Clinical Strategies
  • Appropriate Resources

11:45 a.m. – Closing Remarks

Costs And Registration

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory is sponsoring this unique educational conference free of charge.

Registration deadline is May 10, 2024. Register early; space is limited. Register early; space is limited.

Additional Information

Conference includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Lecture and conference materials
  • Continuing Education Credits (3 hours)
    • Choices Healthcare is an approved provider of continuing Funeral Director’s education by the State Board of Funeral Directors.
    • This activity has been approved for 3.0 SW, LPC and LMFT CEUs by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family therapist & Professional Counselors. Full attendance is required. No partial credit is available.


Contact Daliah Ferko at 717-464-4600.

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