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Registration is now OPEN!
Join us for expert tips, instruction and wisdom from leading dementia care experts
on Friday, April 22, 2016.


 If you are a FAMILY CAREGIVER, click HERE to register.    


Morning Keynote Addresses


"Music and Memory"

Dan is the founder and Executive Director of the Music and Memory program. He combines an extensive background in high tech training, corporate sales and software applications with social work, specializing in vocational rehabilitation and community service organizing. A former Consultant/Trainer for the U.S. Department of Education, he helped colleges, universities and communities nationwide to apply best practices in community service learning programs. Mr. Cohen also worked for the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education, coordinating the efforts of volunteer and community service programs on 17 college and university campuses serving about 200 community agencies. He earned his MSW from Adelphi University, an MA in Professional Studies from Long Island University and a BS in Psychology from Hofstra University.

Dan's Music and Memory presentation will discuss the value of personalized music playlists on the quality of life of individuals living with dementia, and those who care for them. Participants will hear inspiring stories of how personalized music is transforming the culture of care, learn about public policy and research surrounding music and memory, and discover the benefits of non-pharmacological approaches to care, as well as an update on the work that was featured in the acclaimed documentary "Alive Inside".  To learn more about Dan and his program click HERE



"Mindfulness and Alzheimer's Disease: Care for the Caregivers"

This presentation reviews the challenges for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and explores how the cultivation of mindfulness, present-moment oriented attention and awareness, can mitigate the struggles of health professionals and families. It will also examine how mindfulness can build resilience, giving care providers not only a sense of meaning but also an increased level of energy to manage this difficult disease.

Dr. Krasner graduated from University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and completed a residency in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical School, in Rochester, NY. He has practiced primary care internal medicine for nearly 25 years, and for the past 15 years has studied and facilitated mindfulness-based interventions in health care settings. He has engaged nearly 1,800 participants, medical students, physicians and other health professionals in mindfulness-based interventions. Dr. Krasner has been involved in a variety of research projects, including investigating the effects of mindfulness training on the brain and immune system in the elderly and the effects of mindfulness training on medical student well-being. He co-developed a mindful practice curriculum at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where it has become a required part of third year medical student training for the last eight years.


The 2016 Dementia Care Symposium keynotes are sponsored by: 


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

After lunch, we invite family and professional caregivers to choose one session from each breakout section to attend. Each session lasts about an hour and there is a break before proceeding to the second session. You will be asked to choose the program you want to attend for each sessions when you register, and we will give you a notecard with that selection when you sign-in on the morning of April 22.

Breakout Sessions sponsored by:


Family Caregiver Sessions:

Breakout #1: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Understanding Long Term Care & Working with Staff
- presented by Kristin Crandall, LPN
After engaging long-term care services, family caregivers continue to play an important role. Understanding the perspective of professional service providers can be an asset in navigating the system. Learn practical ways to work with facility staff, grow your relationship with the care team, and effectively advocate for your loved one's care.


 Dementia & Driving 
- presented by Lisa Thorpe, MS, OTR, DRS
This presentation will provide background information about dementia-related changes and their possible impact on driving performance. Participants will learn when to be concerned about driving, strategies to maintain driving fitness, planning for successful driving retirement and the driver evaluation process. Most importantly, attendees will participate in thoughtful dialogue about this sensitive topic.


Breakout #2: 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Daily Care at Home
presented by Lisa Wiedemann, MS, OTR
A person with dementia will eventually need assistance with daily living. Keeping them at home as long as possible requires some adjustments. Skilled occupational therapist and home are expert Lisa Wiedemann will share caregiving skills and creative strategies to adapt to your loved one's changing needs. Topics will include tips on bathing, dressing, meal time and home care options.


Family Matters: Making Decisions Together
-presented by Sandra Lauer, BSN, RN
  Family members often have very different ideas and goals for a loved one's care. Learn how to navigate the tricky conversations we all need to have. You'll come away from this session with methods and mediation strategies to ensure quality care for a loved one, while also maintaining your own sanity!

To register as a Family Caregiver and choose one session from each breakout, click HERE--You will choose ONE program from EACH session!

Professional Caregiver Sessions:

Breakout #1: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Low-Cost Design Solutions to Support Person-Centered Care and Individuals Living with Dementia
presented by Margaret Calkins, PhD
Person-centered care and culture change are a direct outgrowth of the 1990's movement to create special care units for individuals living with dementia. These approaches value deep, meaningful relationships, personal choice, familiar routines and activities, and a recognition that quality of life is as important as quality of care. Unfortunately, older buildings often stand in the way of creating a place where people can really feel at home. This session focuses on remodeling and low-cost environmental interventions that are designed to support "self-directed, relationship-based living" initiatives, and explores the return on investment of making these changes in your building, program and staff training.


Dental Care & Dementia
presented by Al Cantos, DDS
  Individuals with Alzheimer's disease present a particular challenge to dentistry. Approaches to dental care and maintenance of oral health require more aggressive treatment and preventative strategies than in the general population. Topics discussed will include the importance of oral health in the aged population in general, how to identify dental problems in someone with impaired communication, the importance of early intervention, prevention strategies, and techniques for overcoming resistance to care.


Breakout #2: 2:34-3:45 p.m.

Understanding and Managing Responsive Behaviors
-presented by Sarah Harlock, MBA
This presentation will discuss the importance of teamwork and communication in providing comprehensive care for someone with dementia. Participants will learn the importance of understanding behaviors and improving your own approaches, as well as unique concerns in palliative care.


Educating Your Care Team
presented by Ann Marie Doetterl
  At the conclusion of this presentation, the participants will recognize the importance of embedding exercises, be able to utilize positive communication techniques, understand the THINK PEACE method of reaction discovery, and see the direct correlation between high staff morale and excellent resident care.

To register as a Professional Caregiver and choose one session from each breakout, click HERE. You will choose ONE program from EACH session!


Questions?  Please call 1.800.272.3900 during standard business hours.


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