ROSELAND & SOMERSET, NJ – The Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Education and Research Conference, New Directions in Research and Care, the premier interdisciplinary healthcare professional conference on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.

In addition to presentations from nationally recognized researchers and other experts in the field, this conference provides the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, and the chance to network with professional colleagues who regularly attend this full day of specialized presentations and workshops. The workshops are focused on dementia care practices that build capacity and enhance the care that healthcare professionals provide.

“Alzheimer’s New Jersey is taking this year’s conference to the next level. We are thrilled to have a lineup of exceptional speakers who can address the current state of Alzheimer’s disease from the standpoint of medical research as well as care and support,” said Ken Zaentz, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s New Jersey. “Our annual conference serves as a testament to our organization’s commitment to providing education and resources for the state of New Jersey.”   

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Richard S. Isaacson, M.D. will serve as the keynote speaker, presenting Advances in the Management of Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Isaacson currently serves as Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program, and Associate Professor of

Neurology and Director of the Neurology Residency Training Program at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Isaacson specializes exclusively in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) risk reduction and treatment, mild cognitive impairment due to AD and pre-clinical AD.

Jill S. Goldman, MS, MPhil, CGC will present Updates on the Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. Goldman is genetic counselor and senior staff associate at the Taub Institute at Columbia University Medical Center where she serves in the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Pauline Boss, Ph.D., will present The Ambiguous Loss in Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Boss is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota; a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; a former president of the National Council on Family Relations; and a family therapist in private practice.

One of this year’s workshop sessions, Dementia Caregiving as a Millennial, will feature a panel of young adult family caregivers who will share their experiences by addressing topics including the diagnostic experience, changes in family roles and relationships, impact on quality of life and successful stress management strategies.

Additional workshops include:

  • Optimizing Late Stage Care for Individuals with Dementia presented by Jessica L. Israel, MD, Corporate Chair, Geriatrics; Director, The James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute, RWJBarnabas Health


  • The Neuropsychological Evaluation: Usefulness in Determining a Diagnosis and Developing Ongoing Treatment Plans presented by Michelle Papka, PhD, Director, The Cognitive and Research Center of New Jersey


  • Evaluating and Managing Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms in Dementia presented by Daniel P. Schneider, MD, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Program, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


  • Enhancing Daily Life: A Person-Centered Approach to Activity Planning in Dementia Care presented by Lucy Seligson, LCSW Assistant Administrator, Actors Fund Home; Yalile Alzate, Activity Director, Actors Fund Home; and Michelle Rauch, MS, RDN, Registered Dietitian, Actors Fund Home


For more information or to register, please visit or call 973-586-4300.


About Alzheimer’s New Jersey

Since 1985, Alzheimer’s New Jersey has provided care and support for New Jersey families and has helped advance research for a cure. As Alzheimer’s New Jersey (formerly known as Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter), their commitment to local programs and services is stronger than ever. Their mission is to respond to the needs of people in New Jersey who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, by providing programs and community partnerships that increase awareness and access to services. Visit or call 888-280-6055 for more information.