Free Webcast – COVID-19 and Living with Dementia: Maintaining Well-Being and Purpose – April 17, 2020

Facilitator: Joe Gaugler, PhD, University of Minnesota
Teresa McCarthy, MD, University of Minnesota; Kenneth Hepburn, PhD, Emory University
Lauren J. Parker, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins; Edward Ratner, MD, University of Minnesota

The 2 hr. CEU for this webcast will be free for all who participate. It is pre-approved by the MN Board of Social Work and self-submit for other disciplines and for those who work in other states. MGS is listed as a Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing. For those who register but are unable to watch the live event, accessing the recording and CEU will also be free. Information on accessing the CEU and recording will be sent immediately after the webinar.

Handout-COVID 19 Living with Dementia Webcast 4.17.20

Send your question for a presenter prior to the webinar to Ann Emery ( Questions for panelists can also be posted during the session.

Living with or caring for someone with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges. This virtual panel of national and local experts will discuss these challenges and also review important strategies, tips, and resources so that the well-being and purpose of people living with dementia and those who care for them is maintained during this unprecedented pandemic. The brief presentations will focus on clinical issues for people living with dementia; family caregiver and care partner strategies; and cultural resources important to consider. The panel will also answer questions from those living with dementia or memory concerns, care partners, health professionals, or any other attendees.


  • Identify the main clinical challenges of living with dementia during COVID-19 or similar pandemic situations;
  • Summarize clinical strategies to effectively provide and deliver care to someone living with dementia during COVID-19;
  • Discuss what to expect if someone living with dementia has to enter the medical system (e.g., emergency department or hospital) and how to prepare;
  • Consider and adopt strategies and solutions to enhance family and professional care for people living with dementia; and
  • Incorporate cultural considerations when caring for people living with dementia during COVID-19


Facilitator: Joe Gaugler, PhD, Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care (LTC) and Aging & Professor,
Director, SPH Center on Aging, University of Minnesota

Panelists (Left to right / top then bottom):
Teresa McCarthy, MD, University of Minnesota
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Interprofessional Geriatrics Coordinating Council

Kenneth Hepburn, PhD, Emory University, Professor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Lauren J. Parker, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins, Assistant Scientist
Dept. of Health, Behavior, and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Edward Ratner, MD, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor of Medicine, Assoc. Director, Minneapolis VA-GRECC