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Young Onset Dementia: What Health Professionals Need to Know – Series of 3 Workshops – Workshop #1

June 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Join APA in a Series of 3 Workshops with Continuing Education

This three-part continuing education series is designed to increase awareness in health professionals of the signs, symptoms and lived experience of people living with young onset dementia and their care partners.

The series will take place June 10-24. Each session is scheduled for 1 hour and 30 minutes and will start at 1:00 pm EDT.

Continuing Education credit is included in the registration fee. Each session offers 1.5 CE Credit. If you are not able to attend the live broadcast, you will receive an archived version of each session within 5 days of the live broadcast and will still have the opportunity to earn CE credits.

This webinar series is made possible through a collaboration between the American Psychological Association and Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia.

Select all 3 webinars to qualify for the bundle pricing. For APA members, discount is applied at checkout.

Bundle Package: $80 APA members | $125 Nonmembers
Sessions can be purchased individually: $35 APA members | $50 Nonmembers

Live webinars do not provide close captioning. After the live air date all webinars are converted to video on-demand programs. The video on-demand programs include close captioning of the presentation.

Workshop #1: Young Onset Dementia: Understanding Signs and Symptoms
Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT/ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT/ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Venue: This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.
Description: This workshop is designed to help you identify the varied signs and symptoms of potential young onset dementia; recognize how the symptoms can often be mistaken for other mental health disorders/conditions; and understand the varied symptoms by type of dementia/disease. By the end of the workshop, it will be evident why young onset dementia is often misdiagnosed and how mental health professionals can fulfill an important role in helping fill this void in practice. You will recognize how you have an opportunity to save families years of distress by helping them navigate the system and seek a proper diagnosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the signs and symptoms of young onset dementia.
  • List three challenges that people with young onset dementia encounter when seeking diagnosis.
  • Discuss strategies for improving awareness of young onset dementia among health care professionals.


Sharon Hall is a care partner to her husband, who has frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). She serves as a support group facilitator and educator for The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. She conducts an FTD chat for care partners and hosts a monthly podcast called “Talking FTD”. Sharon has provided thought leadership on Medicare webinars, spoke about FTD at the NIH Research Summit on Dementia Care and Services, and is active in Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan.

Pamela Corsentino is a Gerontologist and Licensed Professional Counselor serving older adults, those living with dementia and their care partners. Pamela is actively engaged as a dementia advocate at the local, state and national level. She has presented on the topics of aging/dementia at Gerontological and Counseling conferences as well as conducting many community facing webinars. Pamela is also the Director of Support Services for the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Kim McRae is a consultant, speaker, educator and advocate. She is also an Educator and Mentor for The Eden Alternative®. Kim works with organizations as a thought leader, change agent and subject matter expert on caregiving, culture change, person-directed living, and person-centered dementia care. Kim was on the Founding Board of Directors for the national Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and actively involved in the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (GARD) State Plan Task Force since 2013. Kim co-founded the Culture Change Network of Georgia in 2008 and is dedicated to improving quality of life for elders and their care partners.

Register here 


June 10, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT