Conference for Alzheimer Care Professionals
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA
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.
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, a professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, has keynoted conferences throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to appearing on CNN and Nightline, he is the author of numerous publications and books including Living with Grief: Alzheimer's Disease. He has served as a consultant to multiple medical and social service agencies and has received numerous awards for his extensive work in bereavement, including the Caring Hands Award and the Dr. Robert Fulton CDEB Founder's Award. He is a Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York and an ordained Lutheran Minister.
Keynote: Grief and Loss in Dementia
This session will explore the process and journey of grief for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease as well as the grief process for family members and professional caregivers. There are many forms of grief, including anticipatory mourning for those newly diagnosed who are experiencing day to day losses. Disenfranchised grief, a term developed by Dr. Doka, describes a grief process which is not acknowledged by society. For those living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, this can include changes in relationships, reversal of family roles, loss of a driver's license, or relocation to a facility.
Dr. Doka will discuss ways individuals with dementia may manifest grief and provide specific intervention strategies that can be used by professionals to support individuals and their families through the grief process.
Do you have an expertise related to Alzheimer's Care? Interested in presenting at MAP? Click here for Call for Presentations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to breakout topics.
Deadline for submission is December 12, 2014. You will receive notification of acceptance and time slot by January 15, 2015.
Special Interest for MAP 2015
- Management approaches and staff support
- Dementia management in the acute care setting
- Therapeutic activities
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 12, 2014.
To submit a request for presentation click here.
Note: Each presenter is required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae and an updated bio.
Schedule of the Day
Registration opens, coffee, and continental breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Welcome, Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kenneth J. Doka
Grief and Loss in Dementia will explore the process and journey of grief for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease as well as the grief process for family members and professional caregivers. Discussion will include ways individuals with dementia may manifest grief, and provide specific intervention strategies that can be used by professionals to support individuals and their families through the grief process.
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, poster sessions, and exhibitor fair*
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Session B
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Break and exhibitor fair*
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session C
*New at MAP 2015 – Extended Exhibitor Fair
The full program will be posted late February.
To submit a request for presentation click here. Note: Each presenter is required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae and an updated bio.
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. 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 – 1:30 p.m. for informal discussions about their work with conference attendees. Poster submissions will open December 1st.
Note: Poster submission does not include registration for the conference.
Deadline for submission is March 1, 2015.
Notification of acceptance will occur by April 1, 2015.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
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).
NEW AT MAP 2015 — EXPANDED EXHIBITOR TIME INCLUDING A
LONGER LUNCH SESSION AND NEW AFTERNOON BREAK TO PROVIDE GREATER VISIBILITY
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 2015. 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., and 2:45 – 3:15p.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 3:45 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 25th. 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 Credits provided through Berkshire AHEC.
Nursing: This program meets the requirements for nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing - 244 CMR 5.04.
Social Work: Application for social work continuing education hours has been submitted. Authorization is pending.
Activity Professionals: Application has been made to the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) for approval of continuing education hours for activity professionals.
Nursing Home Administrators: Berkshire AHEC is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing Home Administrators to provide education credits for nursing home administrators.
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.
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