Gerald Farinas

"Alzheimer's and dementia will affect every single one of us. Instead of bracing for this future, let's deal with it now."

Gerry Farinas, Northern Illinois University Naperville, October 16, 2017


Four-Hour ALZ and Dementia Course

Links are made available during Gerry's presentation days only, at your facility:


Series I

Series II

Series III

Series IV


Activities for ALZ and Dementia


Links are made available during Gerry's presentation days only, at your facility:


Series I for Life Enrichment, Social Work, Administrators

Series II for Life Enrichment, Social Work, Administrators

Series III for Nursing and CNAs

Series IV for Caregivers


Teepa Snow Course


ALZ and Dementia 101


What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Learn the basic science of Alzheimer's Disease.

What is dementia?

Which diseases cause dementia? How do they affect the brain? What symptoms do they lead to? Voiced by Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon, this short introduction explains the essentials of a condition affecting millions around the world.

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a disorder that makes you lose your words.

Validation and communication through empathy

Communicating with a resident with Alzheimer's disease and dementia can be the most difficult thing to do. Learn how to use the validation method promoted by social worker Naomi Feil.

We work with empathy

Brené Brown explains the difference between empathy and sympathy.

Finding joy in an Alzheimer's reality

his talk invites you to consider how empathy, patience, and basic aspects of human interaction can maximize the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection, our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk,  she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

What really matters at the end of life?

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

Short Films


Through the eyes of someone with Alzheimer's

Caring for a mom with sudden dementia


Galen's mother

Danny's mother


A walk with dementia

Dementia village