A Map Through the Maze
Conference for Alzheimer and Dementia Care Providers
There is a change in the brochure breakout listing.
Session A, Breakout 6: Cracking the Code: A New Approach to Difficult Behavior that Engages Professionals in Problem Solving is CANCELLED.
Session A, Breakout 6 has been replaced with The Power of Nature - Bringing Nature's Healing to Elders with Memory Loss.
Session A, Breakout 10 is now a single presentation, Music and Connection: How to Reach and Connect with Loved Ones Through Music Therapy.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, due to an increased attendance demand, is excited to share that A Map Through the Maze is moving to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA! Our new space, a state of the art conference center, provides 10 large breakout rooms and over 100,000 square feet of exhibitor space.
What’s New at A Map Through the Maze?
- Larger breakout rooms with table seating
- 30 breakout sessions with new speakers and care topics
- Expanded exhibitor area including morning session and interactive learning opportunities
- Easy access from MBTA Commuter Rail
Celebrating its 25th year, A Map Through the Maze, a practical based Alzheimer’s and dementia care conference, offers professionals a unique opportunity to learn current and cutting edge information on a wide range of Alzheimer’s related care topics including meaningful engagement, the latest on treatment and medications, research updates, communication tips, managing dementia related behaviors, hands on care techniques and much more. With 30 breakout sessions offered, there is something for everyone.
Whether you work in long-term care, an assisted living facility, adult day health, home care agency, hospice care, acute care setting, are self-employed, new to this field or a seasoned professional, this conference will provide practical information directly related to your work. It is a great opportunity to network with over 800 professionals in the Alzheimer’s care field while learning new techniques and approaches to care.
Melanie Bunn, GNP, MS, RN
Melanie Bunn, GNP, MS, RN, is a Consulting Associate at the Duke University School of Nursing, Certified Trainer, Coach and Consultant for Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, and has her own education consulting company, Bunn Consulting. She received her degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Master’s degree in Family Health Nursing from Clemson University and a Post-Master’s Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Duke University. She has provided primary care to older people in a variety of settings including retirement homes, long term care nursing, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and in the home as a gerontological nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and staff nurse.
In 2014, Ms. Bunn was awarded the Dr. Ewald W. Busse Award by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services Department of Health and Human Services for her contributions to improving the care of older adults with dementia and their families. Her research efforts have focused on improving care of older people, especially those with cognitive impairment, through improving the education of inter-professional teams and families.
Keynote: Managing Pain and Dementia: Detection, Assessment and Treatment
Pain has an impact on behavior, function and quality of life for people living with dementia, but is one of the most mismanaged conditions. The challenges of understanding and treating acute and chronic pain for those with dementia are complex and often overlooked. Identifying and treating pain requires the ability to listen to what individuals are communicating through behaviors and body language.
To treat pain for someone with dementia we must look beyond the words. This keynote offers the opportunity to explore strategies for identifying and managing pain including the use of standardized tools for assessment and monitoring along with the use of medications for individualizing comfort measures.
Special Breakouts – Melanie Bunn, GNP, MS, RN
Smoothing Transitions in Care
For individuals living with dementia, a change of environment can be confusing, overwhelming and anxiety provoking, as well as put them at greater risk of being over medicated. This workshop will discuss universal processes throughout levels of care, and identify successful models in transitions in care of people living with dementia. Collaboration and buy-in from stakeholders from different organizations is essential for smooth transitions.
Hospitalization Needs for People with Dementia
Hospitalizations have a significant impact on the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners. This session provides strategies for planning ahead, managing the hospital stay and discharge plan, and determining the appropriate level of care. Environmental and communication approaches to improve functioning and behaviors in the acute care setting will be discussed as well as developing a team approach that includes family and other informal care partners.
Hebrew Senior Life
Levi + Wong Design Associates
Senior Living Residences
Partners HealthCare at Home
Essex Group Management
Seven Hills Foundation
Traditions Home Health Services
LCB Senior Living, LLC
Maplewood Senior Living
AAAAA Private Home Care Inc.