Program

This year, Map Through the Maze is more customizable than ever! Your base registration includes the keynote and the closing session, with tracks available à la carte. Register for one track or all three, and your price will adjust accordingly. The choice provides you with flexibility to tailor the conference to your own interests.

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Syllabus and Handouts

Mon, May 3rd: Keynote
The Pursuit of Health Equity in Dementia (Carl V. Hill)


Tue, May 4th: Advances in Research Track
New Advances in Research on Treatments to Manage the Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia including Agitation and Aggression (Brent Forester): Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Research (Lisa Quinn):
Wed, May 5th: Activities & Meaningful Engagement Track
Confident Creative Caregiving - How Art Therapy Can Help Professionals and Individuals Living with Dementia (Erica Curcio) Top 10 Activities to Promote Growth & Expression (Pamela Atwood)
Thu, May 6th: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Supporting Caregivers Track
Supporting Family Caregivers: Effective Interventions for Home and in Residential Care (Nicole McGurin & Lisa Sobhian) Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia (Andrew E. Budson)
Fri, May 7th: Closing Session
Hope in Voices of Dementia (Tania Paparazzo, Sibylle Thaler, and Panel of People Living With Dementia)

Overall Schedule of Events

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Time Session Details
Mon, May 3 Keynote: The Pursuit of Health Equity in Dementia
Tue, May 4 Track: Advances in Research
Wed, May 5 Track: Activities & Meaningful Engagement
Thu, May 6 Track: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Supporting Caregivers
Fri, May 7 Closing Session: Hope in the Voices of Dementia

Session Descriptions

Keynote - May 3

The Pursuit of Health Equity in Dementia: Research, Program and Policy Considerations

Monday, May 3, 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

Presented by: Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Alzheimer's Association

This keynote will provide an overview of different dementias and the three hallmark characteristics of Alzheimer’s Disease. Cutting edge research from the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference will be shared including blood biomarkers and three newly identified modifiable risk factors. In addition, there is an urgent need for better diversity and inclusion in dementia science, including research perspectives and study participation inclusion. A vision for health equity will be shared that includes the many pathways through research, care, support and policy.

Advances in Research Track - May 4

New Advances in Research on Treatments to Manage the Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia including Agitation and Aggression: A Focus on Cannabinoids and ECT

Tuesday, May 4, 9:00 - 10:15 am EDT

Presented by:
Brent Forester, MD, MSc, Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, McLean Hospital; Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Center for Population Health, Partners HealthCare; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

This presentation will highlight the prevalence and impact of the neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia and other neurocognitive disorders. Following a case presentation, a systematic assessment approach will be described, and an introduction of the DICE model to assess the patient, investigate the etiology of the neuropsychiatric symptom or syndrome, develop and implement a treatment plan and evaluate the outcome. The evidence base for specific pharmacotherapy interventions, including antipsychotic medications, will be reviewed in depth to better understand the risk/benefit profile of pharmacotherapy. Lastly, a review of recent NIA funded RCTs will be described that have the potential for advancing our treatment options for this common and often devastating complication of neurocognitive disorders.

Break & Sponsor Highlights

Tuesday, May 4, 10:15 - 10:30 am EDT

A fifteen minute break, including highlights from our sponsors.

Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Research

Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 - 11:45 am EDT

Presented by:
Lisa Quinn, PhD, AGACNP-BC, OCN, Nurse Practitioner, Alzheimer's Clinical & Translational Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

This workshop will provide participants an overview of clinical research for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), including current clinical trials and biomarkers of interest. The social determinants of health will be explored as they relate to the incidence of ADRD and participation in research. While significant discoveries about the brain and cognition have been made, disparities in access to care and research remain. The focus will be on education as well as diversity and inclusion.

Activities & Meaningful Engagement Track - May 5

Confident Creative Caregiving - How Art Therapy Can Help Professionals and Individuals Living with Dementia

Wednesday, May 5, 9:00 - 10:15 am EDT

Presented by: 
Erica Curcio, LMHC + ATR

This program will provide professionals an opportunity to learn an art strategy for taking care of themselves, as well as a person living with dementia. Participants will be immersed in a 30-minute art creation session. Please bring a thick piece of paper, magazines, scissors, glue, something to write with, AND any other art supply you feel comfortable using. Following the art session, you will learn strategies that can help someone living with dementia meet their creative potential.

Break & Sponsor Highlights

Wednesday, May 5, 10:15 - 10:30 am EDT

A fifteen minute break, including highlights from our sponsors.

Top 10 Activities to Promote Growth & Expression

Wednesday, May 5, 10:30 - 11:45 am EDT

Presented by: 
Pamela Atwood, MA, CDP, CMDCP, CLL

Whether they live in a community, skilled nursing center, or in their own homes, all clients need to feel a sense of purpose in their day. The best activities target the physical, emotional, or cognitive well-being of clients to support their growth as humans and provide opportunities for expression. This workshop will explain the work of aging and how a multi-sensory, multi-modal structure will innovate your program calendar for all stages of dementia. The Top 10 Activities will give you fresh, evidence-based ideas to enhance the quality of life through meaningful engagement.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Supporting Caregivers Track - May 6

Supporting Family Caregivers: Effective Interventions for Home and in Residential Care

Thursday, May 6, 9:00 - 10:15 am EDT

Presented by:
Nicole Mc Gurin, MS. CDP, Family Services Director, Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter
Lisa Sobhian, MSW, LICSW, CDP, Director of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services, Director of Life Enrichment Programs, D’Youville Life & Wellness Community

This workshop will provide the participant with an understanding of the crucial role of family caregivers in dementia care in both the home and residential care settings. The psychosocial impact of caregiving on the individual as well as the societal impact of caregiving will be discussed with special attention to signs of caregiver stress. A range of effective interventions including education, skill-building, care management, support, self-care and community resources will be presented. Case studies will be used to identify the best interventions to improve outcomes for both the caregiver and the person living with dementia.

Break & Sponsor Highlights

Thursday, May 6, 10:15 - 10:30 am EDT

A fifteen minute break, including highlights from our sponsors.

Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Thursday, May 6, 10:30 - 11:45 am EDT

Presented by:
Andrew E. Budson, MD, Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, VA Boston Healthcare System, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

This interactive talk will include the principles of behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience to discuss the causes of problems with Memory, Language, Vision, Behavior, and Bodily Function. A variety of general and specific strategies will be included, to manage problems with Memory, Language, Vision, Behavior, and Bodily Function. Lastly, a review of which medications can improve and which medications can worsen problems with Memory, Language, Vision, Behavior, and Bodily Function will be discussed.

Closing Session - May 7

Hope in Voices of Dementia

Friday, May 7, 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

Presented by:
Tania Paparazzo, MSW, LICSW
Sibylle Thaler, MPH, Public Health Educator
Panel of People Living With Dementia

This session will provide participants with insight into what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s disease from the perspective of the person living with the disease. Panelists will discuss the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s, challenges specific to Younger Onset and Early Stage Alzheimer’s, and strategies to reduce stigma and improve cultural sensitivity surrounding dementia diagnosis. Coping strategies will be discussed including the role of social engagement, disease education and the importance of advocating and having a voice in dementia care.

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