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Metro Detroit Fall Conference
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A Meaningful Life with
Alzheimer's Disease

Thursday, November 30, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Schoolcraft College VistaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia

Please note this conference is currently full.
We will update this section should spaces become available.

Join us for a day with Teepa Snow!

          As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research and firsthand caregiving interactions. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 30 years her wealth of experience has led her to develop Positive Approach® to Care techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout
the world.

Positive & Meaningful Interactions: It Starts with You!

At our Sixth Annual Fall Conference, Teepa will lead three sessions that will explore how to promote positive and meaningful interactions with people living with dementia by adapting the way we typically communicate:

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
  • 8:30-10 a.m. - Managing Behavior: Start with Yourself will help care providers manage their own behaviors to change patterns rather than focusing trying to get the person with dementia to “behave themselves.”
  • 10-10:30 a.m. - Break
  • 10:30 - Noon - Dealing with Distress in Those Around You will help attendees respond effectively to the challenges and frustrations dementia may bring for all involved in care. The goal of the session is to provide insights and skills that can reduce the stress and promote more positive interactions by using active listening, empathy and validation rather than information, defensiveness, explanations and reality orientation.
  • Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Part One of Programming to Fill the Day with Meaning: What You Choose to do Makes a Difference will help learners develop skills to implement activities that take into account a person living with dementia’s level of cognitive ability and interests, resulting in a daily routine that provides a balance of work, rest, self-care and leisure activities.
  • 2:30-2:45 - Break
  • 2:45 - 4:15 - Part Two of Programming to Fill the Day with Meaning: What You Choose to do Makes a Difference

Registration Cost

$75 Professional Registrations ($60 Early Bird Rate ends Friday, November 17 at 5 p.m.)
$40 Senior (62+) & Healthcare Student Registrations
$20 Family Caregivers & Individuals with Early-Stage Memory Loss Registrations

Earn Continuing Education Credits!

Attendees will earn six continuing education credits for social work, nursing home administrators, occupational therapy, physical therapy or a certificate of attendance for other disciplines including general, case managers, and recreational therapists. Nursing CEUs will earn 6.25 contact hours.

Looking for a place to stay? There is a discount group rate available at the Hyatt Place - Detroit/Livonia. Find out more here.

For more information:

Click here to download a printer-friendly flyer.

Questions or interested in our sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jean Barnas at or 248.996.1033


Sponsored in part by


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.