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Map Through the Maze 2014

Conference for Alzheimer Care Professionals

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA

Note: Registration for this conference is now closed.

Our annual professional care conference A Map Through the Maze (MAP) is back!

After taking a year hiatus to collaborate with our National Office to offer a one day professional conference at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, we are delighted to share that MAP has returned.

MAP is a conference for professionals working with individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Whether you work in long term care, an assisted living facility, adult day health, home care, hospice, acute care setting, 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 opportunity to network with over 700 professionals and take away new ideas.

MAP offers 39 breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to best practices of Alzheimer's care including care approaches and treatment; non-pharmacological interventions; assessment and diagnosis; working with families; the latest on local research; unique activity ideas and much more.

  • Keynote Speaker:Mary Sharp Mary Sharp, an educator for over 30 years and founder of the Edcon Group, specializes in the care of those with dementia and provides education to healthcare professionals around the world. The Coin's Other Side will identify the six major emotional needs of individuals with dementia and provide examples on how needs can be met to maximize quality of life. Attendees will learn the importance of a vibrant environment and care approaches that can be easily replicated in all care settings.

  • Special Guest:Bill Sharp Bill Sharp, a well-respected management training consultant since 1981, will offer a unique breakout session for managers co-presented with Mary Sharp. Team Building—Piece by Piece focuses on every day common sense approaches managers can use to motivate staff resulting in stronger teamwork, improved staff morale and enhanced quality care.

Questions: contact Lorraine Kermond at


Tufts Health Plan

Gold Sponsors
Goddard House Assisted Living
Hebrew SeniorLife
Cadbury Commons

Silver Sponsor
Caregiver Homes of Massachusetts

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Limited spaces still available. Online and faxed registrations will be accepted until Monday, May 19th, @ 1:00 pm based on availability.

There is no same-day registration.

You will be able to pick your first and second choice for each breakout session, tailoring the day to your own interests.

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


Early$180Until 4/4 (4pm ET)
Late$210Monday, May 19th, @ 1:00 pm based on availability

There are no group rates or same-day registration. 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 Meredith Pierce. Email for more information or call

Online Registration  We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover
Online registration can be done with credit card payment only. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

NOTE: Review the brochure (PDF) first and decide on your first and second choices for breakout sessions, including number and title. You need these before going to online registration.

A new registration page will open in a new window. Follow the instructions and make your selections in the menus for breakout sessions.

Register Online Now!

Mail-in Registration U.S. Postal Service
Download this document (PDF) to view and print the mail-in registration form. 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

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Program     Get full program details in the brochure (PDF)

Schedule of the Day

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

8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Welcome, Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter

Mary Sharp Keynote Speaker, Mary Sharp
The Coin's Other Side will identify the six major emotional needs of individuals with dementia and provide examples on how needs can be met to maximize quality of life. Attendees will learn the importance of a vibrant environment and care approaches that can be easily replicated in all care settings.

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. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch, poster sessions, and exhibitor fair

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Session B

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakout Session C

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Call for Posters

Posters are self-explanatory visual presentations of unique work that has impacted individuals with dementia, their care partners, families, staff, an organization or society at large. Posters Work being presented should aim to have an evaluation component noted as part of the work done to date or be in process of developing measurement criteria to determine the outcome of the work being presented. The presenter is required to be present from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. for informal discussions about their work with conference attendees.

Approximately 700 professionals will attend this conference, making this an excellent opportunity to share innovative work with others.

Please be aware that this session is intended for innovative program, projects, educational tools and trainings and research results. Posters sessions are not appropriate for marketing a service or program. Please consider a table at the Exhibitor Fair for marketing opportunities.

Suggested topics include the following but are not limited to these topic areas:

  • 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
  • Dementia management in the acute care setting
  • 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

For additional information/requirements and to reserve space, please fill out our Poster Presentation Form. SCROLL UP to see the form after clicking.

Note: The number of posters accepted is limited. You are required to be present from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. on the day of the conference. Acceptance of a poster does not include free registration to the conference. Notification of acceptance will be on or prior to April 1, 2014.

We welcome your participation in this important aspect of the conference. Please share this call for Poster abstract form with your colleagues. If you have questions about submission please contact:

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Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor registration is closed.

Take advantage of a great opportunity to showcase your program and services to over 700 elder care professionals at Map Through the Maze 2014. 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.

Map Through the Maze 2014The 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.

  • The exhibitor area is open from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
  • Tables are 6 feet long and simply draped. Displays must be free standing.
  • Set up time begins at 9:15 a.m.
  • Box lunch is provided (maximum 3 people per exhibitor space).
  • The exhibitor fee per table is $395. NOTE: The exhibitor fee does not include conference attendance or discount for registration.
  • Electrical outlet available for an additional $35.
  • Deadline to be included in conference exhibitor listing is April 25th. Questions: email

Current List of 2014 Exhibitors

Monarch Homes
Sostek Homes
Royal Health Group
Hearthstone Alzheimer Care
Rogerson House
Family Care Plus
Springhouse Senior Living
Goddard House Assisted Living
New Horizons at Marlborough
Hebrew SeniorLife
Sunrise Senior Living
Clinton Hospital
Senior Helpers
Right At Home In-Home Care & Assistance
The Gardens at Newbury Court
Home Instead Senior Care
Caregiver Homes of Massachusetts
Senior Living Residences
Nizhoni Health Systems
Levi & Wong Design Associates
PACE of Massachusetts
Whittier Pavilion
Heritage at Framingham
Griswold Home Care
Tufts Health Plan
Care Alternatives Hospice
Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center
Aviv Centers for Living
Hope Health
Senior Whole Health
Dodge Park Rest Home
Home Care Aide Council
Metropolitan Home Health Services, Inc.
Partners HealthCare at Home
Bayada Home Health Care

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Our premier educational conference attracts over 700 social workers, geriatric care managers, home health aides, activities coordinators, and adult day health and long term care providers from throughout New England. Sessions feature virtually every aspect of Alzheimer's care and present a unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a highly concentrated group of elder care professionals.

For more information contact Caitlyn Mosher Ellis at

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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 Credits provided through Berkshire AHEC.

LMHC: Berkshire AHEC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and a cosponsor of this program. Berkshire AHEC may award NBCC-approved clock hours for program that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP maintains responsibility for the content of this event.

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

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258CMR, Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 61633-2

Activity Professionals: The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) has approved 5 clock hours for continuing education for activity professionals.

Nursing Home Administrators: Berkshire AHEC is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing Home Administrators to provide 5 education credits for nursing home administrators.

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The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel is located at 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA.

Easiest access is to take I-495 to Exit 24B onto Route 20 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 shortly after (on the right) Starbucks and Boston Market.  If you pass Hooligan’s you’ve gone too far.

Free on-site parking available.

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

You can reach the hotel front desk by calling 508.460.0700.

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