Words Matter: Changing the Conversation
Jan Dougherty, MS,
- Compare and contrast negative statements v. facts about Alzheimer’s
- 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
- 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
- Identify three evidence-informed practices for addressing the needs of
- Name helpful online, print and community resources for caregivers, and
for those who support them.
Mindfulness and the Helping Relationship:
James M. Walsh, PhD, LPCMH
- Describe Mindfulness as a
- 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
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
- Identify the consequences of not having an estate plan in place.
Update on Community-Based Dementia
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
- 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
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,
- 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
- Access valid and reliable instruments for assessing their own levels
of compassion fatigue and resilience.
- Describe effective strategies for preventing compassion fatigue and