The 9th Annual Symposium on Innovations in Alzheimer’s will feature two national renown keynote speakers:  Dr. Anne Basting and Dr. Jason Karlawish.

Join us March 1, 2023 | 9am-4pm

Gulf Coast University Cohen Center

Family care partners and professionals are invited to join us for an upcoming Alzheimer’s & Dementia symposia. This symposium will provide attendees with valuable education, information and resources — as well as inspiration and encouragement for the caregiving journey. CEUs and CMEs offered.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Anne Basting

Basting is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where she is Director of the Center for 21st Century Studies. Her creative and scholarly research centers on infusing meaning-making practices into health and social care systems, and positions access to meaning and purpose as a human right regardless of age or cognitive or physical ability. 


Basting’s innovative work as both a community-engaged artist and scholar has been recognized by a MacArthur Fellowship, an Ashoka Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and multiple major grants. She is author/editor of multiple books, including her latest, Creative Care (HarperOne); as well as The Penelope Project (U of Iowa), and Forget Memory (Johns Hopkins). She is founder of and a Creative Strategist for the award-winning non-profit TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, an alliance of artists and caregivers bringing meaning and joy to late life through creative engagement and has over 1,000 certified facilitators in 49 states and 23 countries (Note: to all in Hawaii: she will happily visit to certify someone there…). 

Dr. Jason Karlawish

Jason Karlawish is a physician and writer.

He researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging, and the neurosciences. He is the author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It and the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont and has written essays for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Hill, Nature, STAT, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.


He is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, where he cares for patients. He lives in Philadelphia.

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