IWCA New Year Gathering

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 / 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Virtually

Come together with our inspiring group to network and celebrate what is ahead for IWCA throughout 2023!


Past Events

Take Charge of Your Memory: 7 Secrets of Brain Science to Boost Your Memory and Stay Sharp by Dr. Sherrie All

Memory and brain health can be strengthened at virtually any age. In her relatable and engaging style, Dr. All will review the new neuroscience of brain health and offer you 7 key lifestyle strategies that will help you optimize your memory and build a better brain. This talk pairs with her book, The Neuroscience of Memory.

Don't Let Dementia Steal Everything

Join Illinois Women Conquer ALZ for a special presentation hosted by attorney, author and former Alzheimer’s Association Board Member, Kerry Peck. In this webinar, Kerry will discuss the difference between aging and dementia, ways people can protect themselves and their loved ones with estate planning, and what happens when there’s no estate planning in place. Hypotheticals and real life situations will be used to demonstrate these concepts and provide practical advice.

Power of Purple 2021

Thanks to all who joined us for Power of Purple on June 13. Together, we raised over $56,000 for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, support and research. Donations are still being accepted at

An Intimate Conversation with Artist Susanne Dotson: "Can You Tell Me Who I Am"

Illinois Women Conquer ALZ brings you exclusive access to artist Susanne Dotson's deeply personal story of her mom's journey with dementia. Please join us to hear her story reflected through her artwork and purchase a print of one of her select paintings. All proceeds from the prints will support the Alzheimer's Association.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Join Illinois Women Conquer ALZ to learn the ways Alzheimer's and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The one-hour program will cover typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

In Conversation with Author Jataun J. Rollins, AM, LCSW

Jataun J. Rollins, AM, LCSW, author of What's Funny about Dementia? Laugh to keep from Crying, will give guidance on how to prepare individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia for the holiday season during COVID-19, and give guidance on how to reduce fear and anxiety for the individual and caregiver.

IWCA Annual Meeting

Connect with Illinois Women Conquer ALZ members as we reflect on the past year and look toward 2021.

Woman to Woman: Empowered Caregiving Through Dementia and COVID-19

Your partner has just been diagnosed with dementia. Now what? There are particular factors to consider regarding estate planning, long term care options, financial considerations, managing a household, and options for when care needs exceed capability. Join IWCA Members and our expert panel for an open and interactive conversation. The discussion will include a legal perspective and case management insights along with advice for caregiving during COVID-19, options when home is no longer an option, and memory care living during a pandemic.

The expert, all-women panel includes:

Charlotte Bishop, Creative Care Management
Ellen Masuret, Harbor Chase of Naperville
Gail Niksic, Elderwerks Educational Services
Susan Scatchell, Gentle Home Care
Stephanie Sexauer, Sexauer Law

When Dementia Leads to Drama

This program led by attorney Kerry Peck discussed the situations that families have encountered when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, and the legal methods that are commonly used to resolve these dilemmas.

Power of Purple 2020

Thanks to all who joined us for Power of Purple on June 14. Together, we raised over $45,000 for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, support and research. Donations are still being accepted at