Family Caregiving and People with Dementia


Webinar Date



Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals


HIGN's Executive Director Dr. Tara Cortes hosts Dr. Kalisha Bonds-Johnson, Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Dr. Ab Brody, Associate Director of the Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing and Associate professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, and Dr. Tia Powell, Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, to discuss family caregiving and people with dementia.


This webinar focused on some of the challenges and rewards experienced by family caregivers of people with dementia. The speakers addressed "caregiver burden" from three different perspectives and discussed some of the logistical and emotional impacts on caregivers. Presentations include: Kalisha Bonds-Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC: Understanding Decision Making in African American Dementia Dyads Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN: Liberalizing access to person-centered care for persons living with dementia and their family care partners Tia Powell, MD: Challenges in Family Caregiving


Kalisha Bonds Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC: Dr. Kalisha Bonds Johnson is a T32 National Institute of Nursing Research Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Bonds Johnson graduated with a PhD from Oregon Health & Science University in 2019. During her PhD program, she was funded through several mechanisms, including the SAMHSA at American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program and the Jonas Foundation as a Veterans Healthcare Scholar. In her postdoctoral fellowship, she is advancing this line of inquiry to focus on the decision-making processes regarding formal care (e.g., paid services for older adults by an institution) for African American persons living with dementia and how these decision-making processes affect the quality of life of African American persons living with dementia and their families.

Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN: Abraham Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN is associate director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and associate professor of Nursing and Medicine at NYU Meyers College of Nursing. He is also the founder of Aliviado Health and the Pilot Core Lead of the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory. His work focuses on the intersection of geriatrics, palliative care, quality, and equity.

Tia Powell, MD: Dr. Powell holds the Trachtenberg chair in Bioethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she is Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry and directs the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics. She is recognized for her scholarship related to the allocation of scarce resources in public health disasters, dementia, LGBT issues, and end of life care. She was a Next Avenue 2019 Influencer in Aging, and was named as a Crain’s 2019 Notable Woman in Healthcare. Her book, Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End, was published by Penguin Random House in 2019.