Journeys with Dementia: Learning to Navigate Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia

Event Date & Time

March 2, 2024 at 2:30-5:00pm


UT Health San Antonio Holly Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229

Event Details:


Caregivers, patients and health care providers are invited to get connected to support and join the dialogue to gain research insights and learn practical strategies for managing dementia with a special focus on Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia.

Submit questions for our dementia experts to answer in a panel discussion hosted by Emmy Award-winning producer for National Public Radio, Kitty Eisele!

Schedule of Events

2:30 pm: Resource fair featuring the nationally recognized brain bank, clinical trials for diagnosed persons and those with memory concerns, research programs, enrichment activities, support groups, the Alzheimer's Association and other resources from the Lewy Body Association.

3:00 pm: The 2024 Dr. George D. Case Memorial Lecture presented by Helen B. Medsger.

4:00 pm: Panel discussion with the state’s only designated National Institute on Aging (NIA)- designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Biggs Institute, hosted by Emmy Award-winning, Kitty Eisele.

4:45 pm: Surprise musical event!


Parking & Registration

Parking and registration are free!

For parking, arrive to our UT Health San Antonio Long (Main) Campus (7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229), inform the parking attendants you are here for the dementia event and they will direct you to available parking.


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About the Speaker(s)

Kitty Eisele

Journalist, author and Emmy Award-winning producer for National Public Radio

Kitty Eisele shares the legacy of her father Albert Eisele—journalist and founding editor of The Hill—and her experience of being a caregiver for him in his final years after being diagnosed with dementia. Kitty also discusses her podcast Twenty-Four Seven: A podcast about caregiving that highlights the stories of individuals who are caregivers and how it has impacted their lives.


Helen B. Medsger

Caregiver and health care advocate

For over 30 years, Helen B. Medsger was a caregiver and health care advocate for two generations of her family. Her father, sister and youngest brother, were all diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease with Lewy body dementia.

She has since used her experience to become a research advocate, and serves as:

  • A trained peer mentor for caregivers.
  • A member of the University of California San Francisco Memory & Aging Center’s Family Advisory Council.
  • One of two federally appointed caregiver representatives to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services to make recommendations to the U.S. Health and Human Secretary and Congress.

Laura Novak, OTD, OTR, BCG

Board Certified in Gerontology by the American Occupational Therapy Association




Sarah Horn, MD

Neurologist at UT Health San Antonio




Neela Patel, MD, MPH, CMD

Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Supportive Care at UT Health San Antonio




Jeremy Tanner, MD

Neurologist at UT Health San Antonio




Angela Torres, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker at UT Health San Antonio




Okeanis Vaou, MD, FAAN, neurologist

Okeanis Vaou, MD, FAAN

Division Chief of the Movement Disorders Program at UT Health San Antonio