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Conference for Alzheimer Care Professionals


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 Speaker

Dr. Brad Dickerson Brad Dickerson, MD, MMSc (MGH, Harvard Medical School) is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is also Co-Director of the Imaging Subcore of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at MGH. Dr. Dickerson has extensive knowledge in the areas of mild cognitive impairment, the neurology of aging, neuroimaging, Alzheimer’s disease, and cognitive neuroscience. He completed his medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine in 1999. He later completed his residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Dickerson has led in multiple foundation-, industry-, and NIH-funded research grant projects. He has published extensively in the field of neurodegenerative disease, neuroimaging, aging, and cognitive neuroscience.

Keynote: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders: The Importance of Making an Early Diagnosis

A tremendous amount of research effort over the past decade has been devoted to the development of methods to make a confident, early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, culminating in new diagnostic criteria for many forms of neurodegenerative dementia. Keynote discussion will include the importance of research including clinical trials of new potential treatments, and how these advances are being translated into clinical practice.


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 a.m –12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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 9, 2016. You will receive notification of acceptance and time slot by January 20, 2017.

Special Interest for MAP 2017

  • Caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities and dementia
  • 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 9, 2016.

To submit a request for presentation click here.

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

Program

Registration Opens March 1, 2017

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. Brad Dickerson Brad Dickerson, MD, MMSc (MGH, Harvard Medical School) an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is also Co-Director of the Imaging Subcore of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at MGH. Dr. Dickerson has extensive knowledge in the areas of mild cognitive impairment, the neurology of aging, neuroimaging, Alzheimer’s disease, and cognitive neuroscience. He completed his medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine in 1999. He later completed his residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Dickerson has led in multiple foundation-, industry-, and NIH-funded research grant projects. He has published extensively in the field of neurodegenerative disease, neuroimaging, aging, and cognitive neuroscience.

Keynote: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders: The Importance of Making an Early Diagnosis

A tremendous amount of research effort over the past decade has been devoted to the development of methods to make a confident, early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, culminating in new diagnostic criteria for many forms of neurodegenerative dementia. Keynote discussion will include the importance of research including clinical trials of new potential treatments, and how these advances are being translated into clinical practice.

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 CECs

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).




Exhibitors
  • Dodge Park Rest Home
  • Heritage at Framingham Senior Living/Mary Ann Morse Corp.

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 (PDF).

Take advantage of a great opportunity to showcase your program and services to over 700 elder care professionals at Map Through the Maze 2017. 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.

Deadline to be included in conference exhibitor listing is April 22nd. Questions: email MapExhibitormanh@alz.org

Reserve your space now to become an online exhibitor!

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: Application has been made to the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) for approval 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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