Why Attend The New England Conference for Dementia Care Professionals?

For decades, A Map Through the Maze and the Connecticut Dementia Education Conference have taught professionals the best practices and most cutting-edge research related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Now in 2022, for the first time, these two conferences have combined into the New England Conference for Dementia Care Professionals. We emphasize practical, concrete recommendations that you can take back to any care setting.

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Session Recordings

Recordings are available to all conference registrants. Recordings are passcode protected. If you have questions, please contact Lorraine Kermond at lkermond@alz.org.

Mon, April 4th: Keynote
Important Considerations Regarding Psychosocial/Environmental Care Practices to Reduce Behavioral Expressions of Persons with Dementia (Sheryl Zimmerman)

Tue, April 5th: Advancing Research Track
Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis: Impact on Cognitive Functioning and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology (John Haran) Depression and Apathy: Early Signs of Cognitive and Brain Changes in Older Adults (Kevin J. Manning)
Wed, April 6th: Activities and Meaningful Engagement Track
Horticultural Therapy: When Life Gives You Lemons (Jeff Eleveld) Be Your Own Man: Dementia-Inclusive Activities for Men (Catherine Livingstone)
Thu, April 7th: Differentiating Dementias: Diagnosis, Treatment and Care Approaches Track
Getting the Diagnosis: Why It’s Important (Carolyn Fredericks) Treatments and Care Approaches Panel (Katherine Amodeo, Carolyn Fredericks, Katie Brandt)
Fri, April 8th: Closing Session
A Neuroscience Guide for Thriving in Uncertain Times: Principles for Hope and Happiness (Jack Paul Gesino)

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Important Considerations Regarding Psychosocial/Environmental Care Practices to Reduce Behavioral Expressions of Persons with Dementia

Presented by Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D

This session will provide participants a general understanding of behavioral expressions of persons with dementia including what they are, what triggers them, and strategies to help prevent, and manage them. A range of evidence-based nonpharmacological practices to address these behaviors will be discussed, including how to employ the practices and special considerations related to their feasibility. Panelists will provide examples of how they have implemented best practices to understand behavioral expressions, and strategies to bring about sustainable person-centered culture change at their workplace. Attendees will receive a “How To Manual” to take back to their workplace.

Closing Session:

A Neuroscience Guide for Thriving in Uncertain Times: Principles for Hope and Happiness

Presented by Jack Paul Gesino, DSW, LCSW

We live in unprecedented times, and the stress and challenges dementia care professionals experience during this pandemic is unfathomable. This presentation will examine how the demands of the modern environment and workplace have met and exceeded the limits of the biological brain. Understanding the neurobiology of stress and its consequences is imperative. Learn the ways in which such neurobiological interventions, such as, practicing gratitude, savoring, kindness, awe, and the psychology of possibility can literally rewire the brain towards experiencing positive emotions and a renewed sense of hope and happiness.

What Attendees Have Said

  • "I like the virtual because it was 1 1\2 hours and then I could go right to work. No traveling and it was cost-effective. All of the zoom meetings were amazing."
  • "Very Informative, valuable information, excellent speakers"
  • "Excellent presentation and filled with extensive medical research."
  • "This was very informative, and I look forward to sharing some ideas with family caregivers"
  • "Some of the best presentations I have seen in a while! Thank you!"
  • "Phenomenal and relevant presentations! It was great and so informative!!!"

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