Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Annual Summer Institute on Aging

The Many Faces of Dementia


Monday, May 21-Thursday, May 24


Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus
Lewis Towers, Regents Hall

Presented and facilitated by Marcia Spira, Ph.D., LCSW and Darby Morhardt, Ph.D., LCSW

Each day, we will learn to understand the various forms of dementia, develop skills in empathic communication, recognize family and cultural dynamics in caregiving, and practice interventions across the trajectory of the illness.


Monday, May 21: The Many Faces of Dementia: Basics and behavioral changes; Catch On modules in dementia care.

Tuesday, May 22: All About Communication: Laura Dowden, LCSW, will describe her storytelling workshop and introduce us to a couple who will share the story they coauthored about navigating the challenges of cognitive impairment. Erica Hornthal of Chicago Dance Therapy will share dance as a mode of communication and lead the class through experiential exercises. 

Wednesday, May 23: Community Engagement: Amy Eisenstein, Ph.D. will describe her Bureau of Sages and apply her work to individuals and families challenged by cognitive impairment. Melvin Thompson, Executive Director of the Endeleo Institute will discuss community activism and the impact on older people.

Thursday, May 24: Creating Dementia Friendly Communities: Preventing social isolation and increasing social connection. Darby Morhardt, Ph.D., LCSW and Marcia Spira, Ph.D., LCSW will engage the class in the development of services that are responsible and accessible to individuals with cognitive impairment and their care partners.


General Admission: $100 per day
Loyola Alumni: $70 per day
Field Instructors and Adjunct Faculty: $40 per day