Essentials of Caregiving – Dementia and Sleep

Event Date & Time

September 22, 2023



Event Details:
Join us for an insightful discussion on the challenges caregivers and individuals with dementia experience.

Join us for an insightful discussion on the challenges caregivers face when managing sleep problems in individuals with dementia and the potential consequences of poor sleep on their overall well-being. This event aims to provide practical tips and guidance to caregivers to promote quality sleep for their loved ones with dementia, emphasizing the importance of self-care for caregivers themselves.


1. Understanding the Challenge

Discuss the impact of sleep disturbances on individuals with dementia.
Explore the challenges caregivers face in managing sleep problems.
2. Practical Tips for Quality Sleep

Share practical strategies and techniques for improving sleep quality.
Create a conducive sleep environment for individuals with dementia.
3. Sleep Hygiene and Routines

Highlight the importance of consistent sleep routines.
Emphasize good sleep hygiene practices for individuals with dementia.
4. Self-Care for Caregivers

Address the significance of self-care for caregivers.
Provide guidance on managing their own sleep and overall well-being while caring for someone with dementia.

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About the Speaker(s)

Dr. Vaou  joined UT Health in San Antonio. She serves as the Division Chief of the Movement Disorder Center which is now a designated Parkinson Foundation Comprehensive Care Center. Dr. Vaou is also the Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Wellness of the department of Neurology at UT Health San Antonio. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Center at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA. Her expertise is treating patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Atypical Parkinson’s, Essential tremor and other movement disorders. She is also a Board-Certified Sleep specialist and treats sleep disorders in patients with movement disorders. Dr. Vaou’s passion is  Deep Brain Stimulation and Sleep Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease and is skilled in Botox injections. In addition to treating patients with movement disorders and Parkinson’s Disease, Dr. Vaou is the Vice Chair of Faculty Development at UT Health in San Antonio.
Dr. Vaou participates in clinical research evaluating novel pharmacological agents and patient education in Parkinson’s Disease. She is very involved in raising awareness of early PD and DBS treatment and PD in Women. She is also very passionate about genetic testing in people with Parkinson’s Disease with a particular focus in the Hispanic population.

Melissa Flores is a Licensed Professional Counselor at UT Health San Antonio’s Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Trinity University and a master’s in counseling from UTSA.
She joined the UT Health team in 2015 and currently provides clinical counseling for individuals and families who are affected by a neurodegenerative diagnosis, including dementia. She helps individuals navigate emotional challenges and difficult transitions related to new diagnosis, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. She also has received training and offers targeted counseling therapy for individuals struggling with insomnia. She focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help navigate and improve thoughts and behaviors of those she works with. Melissa also serves as the Community Programs Coordinator for the Biggs Institute, working with local organizations in San Antonio to create opportunities to provide socially engaging activities for those living with dementia and their families. She is focused on helping families navigate and cope appropriately when living with dementia and making San Antonio a more inclusive place for all individuals affected by a neurodegenerative disease.