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Dementia Care @ AAIC - Translating Research to Practice

Schedule and Speakers




8:15-8:30 a.m.

Association welcome and overview

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Opening session: Research Update

Pharmacological Treatments: What’s New from AAIC

Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.
Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Progress in pharmacological treatments continues across the globe. This speaker will highlight new developments discussed at AAIC days earlier.

Non-Pharmacological Treatments

Katie Maslow, M.A.
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences

This session will provide an overview of evidenced-based non-pharmacological treatments that are being developed alongside pharmacological treatments.

9:30-10 a.m.

Morning break

10-11:15 a.m.

Panel One: Going Beyond the Task to Person-Centered Relationships

Tadd Clelland, L.S.W.
Senior Living Residences

Anna Ortigara, R.N., M.S., F.A.A.N.
THE GREEN HOUSE® Project at NCB Capital Impact

Nancy DeVita
Compass Memory Support

Rebecca Erdos
Fox Hill Retirement Community

Charlene Fay, R.N.
Fox Hill Retirement Community

Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

To create a culture of person-centered care and relationships it is necessary to get beyond the task and the traditional, hierarchical care systems to seeing and valuing the person living with dementia, the care partner and family members. This session will review the evidence around work and care practices that support quality dementia care, featuring a panel that will explore experiences of families and care staff as they enter into deep, knowing relationships with people living with dementia. It will also delve into the outcomes of innovative workforce models that support person-centered relationships.

Panel Two: Non-Pharmacological Treatments

Lisa Gwyther, M.S.W.
Duke School of Medicine


Mary Mittelman, Dr.P.H.
New York University

Nina Silverstein, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Boston

John Zeisel, Ph.D.
Hearthstone Alzheimer Care

Joan Uronis
Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisor

The evidence base for non-pharmacological treatments, programs, approaches and practices has kept pace with pharmacological treatments, but health and social service professionals are less aware of non-pharmacological evidence as it awaits translation to community practice. This panel will begin with remarks from an Alzheimer’s Association Early -Stage Advisor and her care partner on diagnosis, care and their life now. Then, attendees will receive a summary of findings from the New York University caregiver intervention randomized control trial. The session will also discuss the pathway from driver to passenger and supportive, dementia-friendly transportation alternatives to enhance community mobility for persons with dementia. Lastly, the session will take a futuristic look at living with dementia in the context of a residential care setting, highlighting innovative person-centered arts and enrichment activities focused on quality of life in a community setting.

11:15 a.m.–1 p.m.

Poster session and exhibit tables — Care Corridor, AAIC Exhibit Hall

12 p.m.

Boxed lunch served in AAIC Exhibit Hall

1:10 -1:50 p.m.

Understanding People with Alzheimer's Disease: Interpersonal Relationships Are Key

Keynote speaker: Steven Sabat, Ph.D., Georgetown University

Understanding and helping a person with Alzheimer's disease requires that we recognize that there are different ways to understand dementia itself. This key note session will explore how understanding the person, his or her history, his or her selfhood and social relationships can be tremendously helpful in understanding the effects of Alzheimer's disease on him or her and deciphering the best care approaches.

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions

Breakout One: Staff Development and Training

New Workforce Development for Dementia Care
Mary Guerriero Austrom, Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Innovative Approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
Megan Mueller, Home Instead, Inc.

Breakout Two: Breakout Two: Behavioral Symptoms of AD

Trajectory of Evidence-Based Programs: Replication in Community Settings of an Exercise and Behavior Management Program for Persons with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers
Heather Menne, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

6-Step Model for Detecting and Managing Behavioral Symptoms in Practice Settings
Laura Gitlin, Johns Hopkins University

Breakout Three: Early-Stage Programs

The Memory Ensemble: An Improvisational Theater Experience for Individuals with Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
Mary O'Hara, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Unforgettables: A Chorus for People with Dementia and Their Family Members
Mary Mittelman, New York University School of Medicine

Enhancing Care and Support Through Early-Stage Engagement Programs
Monica Moreno, Alzheimer’s Association

Breakout Four: Creative Arts and the Environment

The Nancy Healing Garden for Individuals with Alzheimer's: Introducing Art in the Concept of Care
Fescharek Reinhard, Fescharek Design

Bird Tales- Delight Hearts & Minds with the Nurture of Nature
Kathleen Maher, Candlewood Valley Rehab and Health Care Center

Discovering Art
Danielle Ancona, Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

Breakout Five: Volunteering and Mentoring

Vocational Approach to Dementia Programs
Saba Ahmed, Dementia Care Coordinator, Radford Green at Sedgebrook

College Student Volunteers at Memory Cafe: A Valuable Untapped Resource
Kimberly Betts, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Reciprocity: The Experience of medical Students and Persons with Alzheimer's in the Northwestern Buddy Program
Darby Morhardt, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Breakout Six: Innovative Care Models

Alternatives in Alzheimer's Care
Tammy Ann Pozerycki, Pleasantries Adult Day Services, LLC

Habilitation Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
Daria Rabkin, Aviv Centers for Living

Tales of Evidence-Based Transformation: THE GREEN HOUSE® Project
Anna Ortigara, THE GREEN HOUSE Project

3:30-3:45 p.m.

Afternoon break

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Breakout sessions

Breakout Seven: Non-Pharmacological Treatments

The Team Approach to Improving Quality of Life While Reducing Antipsychotics
Maureen Bradley, Royal Health Group

A Partnership in Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Challenging Behavior in Nursing Residents with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
Paul Raia, Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter

Normalizing Environments, Programs and Culture
Stephen Winner, Silverado Senior Living

Breakout Eight: Hospice and Palliative Care

Understanding Behavioral Expression in Hospice
Lena Smith, Retreat Healthcare

Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia: Training and Implementation in NYC
Jed Levine, Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter

Breakout Nine: Early-Stage Counseling

Counseling People With Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease: A Powerful Process of Transformation
Robyn Yale, Early Stage Specialist

Trajectory of Evidence-Based Programs: Development and Evaluation of an Early-Stage Dyadic Intervention for Persons with Dementia and Their Family Carers
Carol Whitlatch, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Breakout Ten: Care Approaches

The Feeling World of Dementia: Learning Person-Centered Care
Jane Stein-Parbury, University of Technology

Emotional Intelligence and Dementia Care: Building Caregiving Skills
Gary Davis, Salmon Health and Retirement

Implementing a Whole Foods Brain Healthy Nutrition Program for Older Adults in Assisted Living Residences
Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Boston University School of Medicine

Breakout Eleven: Technology and Care

Laura Gitlin, Chairperson

Safety at Home
Jeffrey Kaye, Oregon Health and Science University

The Role of Technology in Monitoring Sleep-Cycles: Promising New Directions for Research and Clinical Use
Nancy Hodgson, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Staying Connected Through Online Tools
Sara Czaja, University of Miami

Breakout Twelve: Interacting with the Clinical Team

Proactive Memory Care: Enhancing Primary Care for Patients and Caregivers
Richard Fortinsky, University of Connecticut Center on Aging

Improving Patient and Family Centered Care for Hospitalized Patients with Dementia: Partner with Me
Cynthia Barton, University of California, San Francisco

The Value of Research Education in a Fully Developed Plan of Care
Lenore Jackson-Pope, Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter

Dementia Care @ AAIC

Make history at AAIC 2013 • Boston, MA • July 13-18, 2013