Agenda | Keynote & Workshop Descriptions

Conference Workshop Information

  • Our speakers have created innovative, evidence-based, interactive and transferable workshops that provide new tools and skills, and address issues of diversity where appropriate.
  • Please indicate your preferred workshops so we can assign workshops to the right size room.  Conference seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Seating will be available starting 10 minutes prior to each workshop.
  • You may self-select any workshop on the day of the conference.

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  • Friday, April 27, 2018
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    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Registration and Expo Hall Open, Breakfast snacks, coffee & tea in Expo Hall.
    Join the Treasure Hunt in the Expo Hall
    8:30 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Welcome - Bob LeRoy, Executive Director
    8:45 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Keynote | HOPE = Knowing You Can Make a Difference
    General Session Ballroom

    John Zeisel, Ph.D.

    Those living with Alzheimer’s disease and those that care for them can feel like a diagnosis means everything will be downhill from there; there is nothing to do but wait in despair. But, the neurosciences inform us that a lot is taking place in our brains – even when someone is living with cognitive challenges. In this presentation Dr. Zeisel will share his hopeful, empowering message called Circles of Hope and inspire organizations, every care partner, and every person with dementia to work together to truly make a difference in the lives of all of people living with this challenge – that’s where HOPE lies.

    10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Honoring Our Champions
    Announcing and Honoring the Chapter Clacey McNary Volunteer of the Year, Morey Skaret Support Group Facilitator Leadership Award and Community Partner of the Year.
    10:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Morning Break: Explore the Expo Hall | Treasure Hunt
     

    Session A 10:30 AM

    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    A1 | I’m Still Here — Communication Interactive Workshop  (A1)

    John Zeisel, Ph.D.

    Good communication skills lead to positive relationships. When you believe the person you’re talking to understands you and can express themselves, you change the way you communicate with them. Dr. Zeisel will share how to become a better listener by changing the way you communicate and understand each other, reducing challenging behaviors. Good communication reduces the 4 “A”s of Alzheimer’s – Anxiety, Agitation, Aggression, and Apathy.

     Optional  Closed 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    A2 | Momentia in My Neighborhood — Creating Dementia-Friendly Programs from the Ground Up  (A2)
    Moderator: Keri Pollock, B.A.
    Panelists: Marigrace Becker, M.S.W., Ruth Egger, M.S., Daphne Jones

    Working from a philosophy and approach of “Nothing about us without us,” Momentia in My Neighborhood is a grassroots process where individuals living with dementia and their care partners gather to design their own innovative dementia-friendly programs – from nature walks to book groups to museum tours. In this hands-on session you’ll learn best practices, lessons learned, and leave with the inspiration and tools to facilitate your own Momentia in My Neighborhood gathering.

     Optional  Closed 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    A3 | The Arts & Enhancing Well-Being  (A3)

    Jen Kulik, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A.

    The arts can be viewed on physical, psychological and spiritual levels. Learn about using the arts as a tool for the dementia journey through active engagement, or listening and watching others, and promoting wellbeing in individuals and communities.

     Optional  Closed 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    A4 | Ethical Dilemmas in the Care of Older People with Cognitive Impairment  (A4)

    Elizabeth Vig, M.D., M.P.H.

    Healthcare professionals, family members, and people living with dementia face many decisions about what types of medical care/interventions to undergo, whether to participate in research, and how to honor a patient’s goals of care in their last days of life. Ethical dilemmas arise when there is a conflict between stakeholders about the right thing to do and can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. Dr. Vig will discuss several ethical dilemmas, offer suggestions for addressing them, and describe the concept of moral distress which can arise in ethically difficult situations.

     Optional  Closed 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    A5 | Frontotemporal Dementia: What’s It All About?  (A5)

    Kimiko Domoto-Reilly, M.D., M.M.Sc.

    Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of related conditions resulting from the progressive degeneration of the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain. Learn how these areas of the brain play a significant role in decision-making,behavioral control, emotion and language.

     Optional  Closed 
     
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Lunch

    Lunch, Photo Experience, Treasure Hunt

    12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Dedicated time in the Exhibit Hall & Treasure Hunt
     

    Session B 1:00 PM

    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    B1 | Understanding Alzheimer’s Research: What We Know, What We Need to Know & What Does It Mean?  (B1)

    Heather Snyder, Ph.D.

    This session will discuss the latest research in Alzheimer’s and dementia, including common definitions, where the field is moving, outstanding questions in research and how to translate it to actionable items for each of us today.

     Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    B2 | The Power of Music  (B2)

    Michael Byrd, M.Div., and Leslie Lehnhoff, M.A., C.C.M.

    Music has the profound power of enriching a person’s life. In the past few years we have experienced the benefits from implementing a personalized music program as a first step in enriching the quality of life for people living with dementia related disorders. With the aid of a professionally trained and certified therapeutic musician, learn how to progress from a personalized program to a personally energizing, socially engaging music experience in an inviting community setting.

     Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    B3 | Stress and Distress Behaviors in Dementia  (B3)

    Tatiana Sadak, Ph.D., P.M.H.N.P., A.R.N.P., R.N.

    This presentation will describe dementia related difficult behaviors, identify their contributing causes, and evidence-based interventions.

     Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    B4 | The Three D’s: Delirium, Depression, and Dementia  (B4)

    Emily Trittschuh, Ph.D.

    Untangle the confusion about delirium and depression and their symptoms, which often mimic dementia and are often comorbid. Dr. Trittschuh will use case examples to help you identify key similarities and differences between clinical symptoms and characteristics.

     Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    B5 | Enhancing Dementia Management and Caregiver Support in Rural Areas  (B5)

    Kristen Childress, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., F.N.P.- B.C., C.W.C.N.-A.P., and Jonathan Medina, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.

    The road to a diagnosis of dementia and the subsequent journey is often challenging for the patient and their caregivers, even in the best of circumstances; those in rural areas often face additional barriers in this process. The goal of this workshop is to give providers and caregivers tools to navigate common issues related to dementia care with a focus on addressing challenges unique to the rural healthcare setting.

     Optional  Closed 
     
    2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Afternoon Break, Treasure Hunt, Explore the Exhibit Hall & Photo Experience
    2:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break | Treasure Hunt Drawing | Photo Experience
     

    Session C 2:45 PM

    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    C1 | Scripted-IMPROV™ — Putting True Engagement into Practice  (C1)

    John Zeisel, Ph.D.

    How do you shift from residents sitting around falling asleep during “entertainment” to engaging them in what they feel is interesting and important? Scripted-IMPROV™ is a highly engaging evidence-based program in which residents with dementia are the improvisors – not the audience. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, this project is among the first and largest Phase 2 Clinical Trials of a major non- drug intervention for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Dr. Zeisel will discuss the research, show examples of the Scripted-IMPROV intervention in action, and share measurable results – reduced depression and improved quality of life.

     Optional  Closed 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    C2 | How to Start Alzheimer’s Cafés and Memory Loss Walking Groups  (C2)
    Moderator: Keri Pollock, B.A.
    Panelists: Marigrace Becker, M.S.W., Cayce Cheairs, B.A., Melinda Franklin, B.A., Kenna Little, B.A.

    This session builds on the earlier Momentia in My Neighborhood session and addresses how to create and launch specific programs. We’ll focus on two of the more successful dementia-inclusive programs locally that are growing across the state: Alzheimer’s Cafés and Walking Groups. Learn the specifics that will set you up for success and program sustainability.

     Optional  Closed 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    C3 | The Lewy Body Dementias (dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease with dementia)  (C3)

    Debby Tsuang, M.D., M.Sc.

    Lewy Body dementia is arguably the second most common cause of dementia in the elderly. This includes both dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease with dementia. This workshop will review the clinical and pathological characteristics of these diseases, their unique and shared genetics, and pharmacological and non-pharmacologial treatments for the myriad of symptoms expressed in these disorders.

     Optional  Closed 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    C4 | Using Technology for Better Living with Memory Loss  (C4)

    Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Ph.D., licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Learn current research and future insight into high and low tech options for improving everyday living with memory loss. Topics include assistive technology, smart technology, factors impacting technology use, self-management, and clinical applications for people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia and their caregivers.

     Optional  Closed 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    C5 | The Growing Concern of Elder Abuse  (C5)

    Page Ulrey, J.D.

    Abuse, neglect and exploitation are afflicting people with dementia at astounding rates, yet these cases often go unrecognized and unreported. Learn how to recognize these crimes, the efforts of the criminal justice system to take them on, and how you can best respond to them.

     Optional  Closed 
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