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Learning Objectives


Words Matter: Changing the Conversation about Alzheimer’s 

Jan Dougherty, MS, RN

  • Compare and contrast negative statements v. facts about Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Outline steps to finding meaning for people living with dementia.
  • Examine treatment strategies that maximize function and well-being.
  • Reframe the caregiving experience to create stories of hope, resiliency, and personal growth.


Every Mile a Memory: Navigating through the Stages of Alzheimer’s

Cheryl Miller, LPN 

  • Describe normal brain function
  • List 2 symptoms associated with the each stage of Alzheimer’s
  • Develop caregiving strategies to meet the needs of the individual with Alzheimer’s disease as the disease progresses.


Mild and Major Neurocognitive Disorders – More than Just Alzheimer’s

James M. Ellison MD, MPH

  • Identify the most common forms of non-Alzheimer’s major neurocognitive disorders.
  • Identify the clinical significance of mild neurocognitive disorders.


Traveling Well with a Person with Dementia

Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN

  • Describe the impact of travel on the person with dementia
  • Name 3 travel triggers along with possible solutions
  • Outline how to plan and execute a successful trip


How Faith Communities Can Care for Caregivers

Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN

  • Describe the importance of caring for family caregivers within the faith community.
  • Identify three evidence-informed practices for addressing the needs of family caregivers.
  • Name helpful online, print and community resources for caregivers, and for those who support them.


Mindfulness and the Helping Relationship: Clinical Applications

James M. Walsh, PhD, LPCMH

  • Describe Mindfulness as a Psychological Construct
  • Describe the relationship between Mindfulness, stress reduction and overall well-being
  • Experience a brief Mindfulness practice and have access to online Mindfulness resources


Navigating the Legal Realm of Alzheimer’s Disease

Kerry R. Peck, Esq. and Diana M. Law, J.D.

  • Identify essential estate planning documents.
  • Describe how Alzheimer’s affects the capacity to execute estate planning documents.
  • Identify the consequences of not having an estate plan in place.


Update on Community-Based Dementia Interventions

Deirdre Johnston, MB BCh

  • Describe community-based dementia support programs shown to be effective within the past decade.
  • Discuss the main components of effective programs
  • Develop strategies to implement these principles in practice


Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors

Rachel Wiley

  • Identify causes of challenging behaviors using the Triadic Model
  • Apply the Triadic Model to a current or previous client with dementia to determine causes of behavior
  • Discover approaches handling challenging behaviors
  • Develop strategies to reduce challenging behaviors that relate to specific client scenario


Caregiver Decision-Making & Preferences in Care

Tabassum Majid, PhD

  • Describe key points in caregiver decision-making for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
  • Discuss and interpret factors that influence decision-making (language, environment, goals).
  • Utilize caregiver decision-making tools to facilitate conversations between caregivers in the best interest of the patient.


Living Well with Alzheimer’s: Panel Session

Jan Dougherty, RN, MS, FAAN , Phil Gutis, Person Living with Cognitive Impairment, Rachel Wiley, MS, OTR/L, Cheryl Gallagher, BA

  • Identify the challenges faced by individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.
  • Describe the dimensions of wellness and strategies for supporting and engaging individuals living with cognitive impairment.
  • Recognize how a diagnosis of dementia impacts a persons’ sense of self, engagement in the community and focus on the future.


Burnout or Bonfire: How to Keep Your “Caregiving Light” Alive

Jane Meier Hamilton MSN, RN

  • Explain why caregivers need to prevent compassion fatigue and build resilience.
  • Access valid and reliable instruments for assessing their own levels of compassion fatigue and resilience.
  • Describe effective strategies for preventing compassion fatigue and building resilience