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Conference for Alzheimer Care Professionals



SOLD OUT!
There is no same-day registration.

For a full listing of keynote and breakout sessions click here for our conference syllabus

A Map through the Maze (MAP) offers professionals a unique opportunity to learn current and cutting edge information on a wide range of Alzheimer's related care topics including meaningful engagement, the latest on treatment and medications, research updates, working with families, hands on care techniques and much more. With 39 breakout sessions offered there is something for everyone.

Whether you work in long-term care, an assisted living facility, adult day health, home care agency, hospice care, acute care setting, are self-employed, new to this field or a seasoned professional, this conference will provide you practical information directly related to your work. It is a wonderful way to network with over 700 professionals in the Alzheimer's care field while learning new techniques and approaches to care.

Keynote and Breakout Speaker

Dr. Laura N. GitlinDr. Laura N. Gitlin, an applied research sociologist, is professor in the Department of Community Public Health, School of Nursing with joint appointments in Department of Psychiatry and Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Hopkins which is transforming health care delivery and the health and well-being of older adults and their families through rigorous research, trainings of health and human service professionals in evidence-based interventions and models of care, and translation and implementation of proven interventions in service delivery settings. Dr. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, testing and implementing novel nonpharmacological interventions to improve the quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers. She is a well-funded researcher, having received continuous research and training grants from federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute for Health.

Keynote: We can do better: Addressing behavioral symptoms in persons with dementia

This talk will spotlight behavioral symptoms, one of the most challenging aspects of dementia care. Behavioral symptoms occur throughout disease progression, and lead to negative consequences for both the persons with dementia and caregivers. Additionally, behaviors account for over one third of the costs of dementia care. Dr. Gitlin will highlight ways to understand behaviors and evidence based strategies to prevent and manage occurrences.

Breakout Session: What’s a caregiver to do? Strategies for Preventing and Managing Behavioral Symptoms in Clinical Settings

This workshop will present a 6-step process for preventing and managing behavioral symptoms that can be used in various clinical settings. The six steps involve: ongoing assessment for behavioral occurrences, describing the context in which behaviors occur, investigating why behaviors occur, creating a treatment plan, evaluating its effectiveness; and on-going monitoring. Discussed will also include specific non-pharmacological strategies for addressing behavioral symptoms and some of the challenges in integrating behavioral symptom management in clinical settings.


Presenting Sponsor
Brightview Senior Living

Gold Sponsors
  • Caregiver Homes of Massachusetts
  • Goddard House Assisted Living
  • Hebrew SeniorLife
Silver Sponsors
  • The Gardens at Newbury Court
  • LCB Senior Living, LLC
  • New Horizons and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care
  • Life Care Centers of America
  • Blaire House Milford Assisted Living
  • Greenleaf Energy Solutions

Call for Presentations

Conference Overview

Our annual professional conference attracts over 700 professionals from a variety of care settings. Attendees from a wide array of disciplines including nurses, social workers, administrators, educators, activity professionals, direct care providers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and counselors, come to learn the best practices of Alzheimer's care on a wide range of care topics.

Call for Presentations

The submission process is now open to offer a breakout session at MAP. We encourage professionals who have an expertise in a topic related to Alzheimer's care to submit a presentation. We offer 39 different breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to diagnosis and treatment, care approaches, caregiver support, activity and engagement, program development, legal and financial issues, dementia management in the acute care and long term care setting, staff development and support, and latest research initiatives. Each breakout session is 75 minutes. Breakout sessions are offered from 10:45 12:00, 1:30 2:45, and 3:15 4:30. Speakers will be given a timeslot based on the program needs and distribution of topics. The use visual aids such as PowerPoint and the inclusion of take away handouts are strongly encouraged. Below you will find a list of suggested topics. Please note this is not an exclusive list. Please contact Lorraine Kermond at lkermond@alz.org with questions related to breakout topics.

Deadline for submission is December 11, 2015. You will receive notification of acceptance and time slot by January 22, 2016.

Special Interest for MAP 2016

  • Management approaches and staff support
  • Dementia management in the acute care setting
  • Therapeutic activities and meaningful engagement
  • Research on prevention, treatment and care approaches

Additional topics include the following:

  • Therapeutic approaches to direct care.
  • Effective management techniques used when dealing with a diagnosis of depression and dementia
  • Quality of life interventions that have impacted individuals and their care partners living with dementia
  • Unique behavior management techniques and their impact to individuals, care partners, families, staff
  • Collaborative approaches to care, treatment and services.
  • The inclusion of spirituality in care delivery models
  • Management of ethical issues such as advance directives and end-of-life care when working with individuals and families dealing with a dementia diagnosis.
  • Novel interdisciplinary team models for working with dementia population
  • Unique psychosocial and care needs of special populations including racial and ethnic minority, and older members of the LGBT community living with dementia
  • Management and staff support to diminish staff burnout.
  • Music, art, and activities that positively impact individuals with Alzheimer's disease
  • Supporting individuals with an early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis
  • Supporting young adults who have family members living with Alzheimer's Disease
  • Trauma and PTSD and how it may impact someone living with Alzheimer's Disease
  • Driving and safety management issues for professionals and families dealing with issues around dementia
  • Pain management: Diagnosis and treatment of individuals with dementia
  • Application of new research to clinical practice

The deadline for submission is December 11, 2015.

To submit a request for presentation click here.

Note: Each presenter is required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae and an updated bio.

Registration


SOLD OUT! There is no same-day registration.

Continuing Education Credits will be offered for specific disciplines. (See CEC details). Certificate of attendance will be provided upon request.

There are no group rates. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked on or before the deadline to receive reduced rates.

Conference Assistants: We will offer a discounted rate of $100 for a limited number of volunteer slots (responsibilities include early set-up and/or session hosts). Slots will be given on a first come basis. Conference assistant slots must be confirmed and registered with Sarah Dias. Email sdias@alz.org for more information or call 617.868.6718.



Mail-in Registration U.S. Postal Service
Click here to view and print the mail-in registration form (PDF) . The form and payment can be sent to: MTTM, Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Mail-in Registration with Purchase Orders
To reduce confusion with corporate checks sent separate from registration, write the PO number on your registration along with the name of the corporation that appears on the check, and a contact person.

Confirmation will be mailed to you upon receipt of registration.

Questions? Call 617.868.6718

Program

SOLD OUT! There is no same-day registration.

For full program and listing of breakouts click here. [PDF]

SCHEDULE OF THE DAY

7:45 a.m. Registration opens, coffee, and continental breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Opening Remarks, Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Laura N. GitlinDr. Laura N. Gitlin, an applied research sociologist, is professor in the Department of Community Public Health, School of Nursing with joint appointments in Department of Psychiatry and Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Hopkins which is transforming health care delivery and the health and well-being of older adults and their families through rigorous research, trainings of health and human service professionals in evidence-based interventions and models of care, and translation and implementation of proven interventions in service delivery settings. Dr. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, testing and implementing novel nonpharmacological interventions to improve the quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers. She is a well-funded researcher, having received continuous research and training grants from federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute for Health.

Keynote: We can do better: Addressing behavioral symptoms in persons with dementia

This talk will spotlight behavioral symptoms, one of the most challenging aspects of dementia care. Behavioral symptoms occur throughout disease progression, and lead to negative consequences for both the persons with dementia and caregivers. Additionally, behaviors account for over one third of the costs of dementia care. Dr. Gitlin will highlight ways to understand behaviors and evidence based strategies to prevent and manage occurrences.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break and exhibitor fair

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session A

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and exhibitor fair

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Session B

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session C
"Complete evaluation and sign out for CEUs"

In need of Continuing Education Credits? Please note participants are expected to attend the entire program, sign in at the beginning of the conference/sign out at the end and complete all evaluations. Certificates will be distributed by mail within 6 to 8 weeks after the conference. For more information visit our CEC page

Sponsors & Exhibitors


Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Our premier educational conference attracts over 700 professionals from a wide array of settings throughout New England. Social workers, nurses, geriatric care managers, administrators, hospital discharge planners, home health aides, activity professionals, adult day health, home care and long term care providers attend to learn best practices of Alzheimer's care. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a highly concentrated group of elder care providers. Multi-level sponsorship opportunities are available to offer great visibility.

Click here for a complete listing of sponsorship opportunities (PDF).

Reserve your space now! Click here to complete the online exhibitor form.


Presenting Sponsor
Brightview Senior Living

Gold Sponsors
  • Caregiver Homes of Massachusetts
  • Goddard House Assisted Living
  • Hebrew SeniorLife
Silver Sponsors
  • The Gardens at Newbury Court
  • LCB Senior Living, LLC
  • New Horizons and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care
  • Life Care Centers of America
  • Blaire House Milford Assisted Living
  • Greenleaf Energy Solutions


Exhibitors
  • AAAAA Private Home Health Care, Inc.
  • Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center
  • Care Dimensions
  • Constellation Hospice
  • Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. and Lexington Memory Café
  • Dodge Park Rest Home
  • East Boston Elder Service Plan
  • Heritage at Framingham Senior Living / Mary Ann Morse Healthcare, Inc.
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Home Staff, LLC
  • Right at Home in Home Care & Assistance
  • Charm Medical Supply
  • Fallon Health
  • Genesis Healthcare
  • Gentiva Hospice an Affiliate of Kindred at Home
  • Golden Living Center
  • Griswold Home Care
  • Hope Health
  • Peregrine's Landing at Tewksbury
  • Visiting Angels
  • The Wingate Residences




Exhibitor Information

Reserve your space now! Click here to complete the online exhibitor form.

Want to receive greater visibility and receive a complimentary registration to the conference? Consider joining us as a sponsor. Click here for a complete listing of sponsorship opportunities.

Take advantage of a great opportunity to showcase your program and services to over 700 elder care professionals at Map Through the Maze 2016. Our highly regarded Alzheimer's conference attracts professionals from a wide array of care backgrounds including nursing homes, assisted living, hospital and acute care settings, adult day health, community based programs, home care, rehabilitation centers, hospice, and education institutions.

The well attended exhibitor area is a great place to promote your unique program and business and network with professionals. Please note the selling of products is not allowed. As an exhibitor, you will be listed on the MAP website and in our day of conference exhibitor listing. Exhibitor space sells out early so reserve your space now!

  • The exhibitor area is open from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Tables are 6' long and simply draped. Displays must be free standing
  • Set up time begins at 9:30 a.m. Breakdown ends at 2:15 p.m.
  • Box lunch is provided (maximum 3 people per exhibitor space)
  • The exhibitor fee per table is $500. NOTE: The exhibitor fee does not include conference attendance or discount for registration.
  • Electrical outlet available for an additional $35.

Questions: email MapExhibitormanh@alz.org

Reserve your space now! Click here to complete the online exhibitor form.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits or a Certificate of Attendance is provided upon request for the conference at no charge. In order to receive credit, you must attend the keynote and three breakout sessions, and complete an evaluation for each. You are required to sign in/out at the CEC table the day of the conference.

Continuing Education Provider:
Berkshire AHEC

Nursing: This program meets the requirements for 5 nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing - 244 CMR 5.04.

Activity Professionals: This program has been approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) to offer 5 hours of continuing education for activity professionals.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted to the Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.

Nursing Home Administrators: Berkshire AHEC is recognized as an approved provider by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators to offer 5 continuing education credits for nursing home administrators.

Directions

Route 495 to Exit 24B onto Route 20 West. If using a GPS, please be sure to enter West.

The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel access road is about one mile, on the right. You cannot see the hotel from the main road.

Watch for the hotel and trade center sign on the right, shortly after the R.K. Shopping Centre and the large gray building (Millennium Place) on the right.. If you pass The Westender restaurant and the Twin Boro Crossing plaza, you've gone too far. You can reach the hotel front desk by calling 508-460-0700.

Click here to get point to point directions via Google Maps.



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