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A Map Through the Maze

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Map Through the Maze

  • Large 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
  • Speaker handouts available to attendees

A Map Through the Maze

Conference for Alzheimer and Dementia Care Providers

Special Notice Regarding COVID-19

Based on the guidance from local public health agencies, A Map Through the Maze will be offered virtually in the fall. If you would like to keep your registration for the rescheduled conference, you don’t need to do anything. We will update your registration once we have a new virtual date. If you would like to cancel for now, please reach out to Lorraine Kermond at lkermond@alz.org and we will refund you. We will continue to update this website as we have more details.

The health and safety of our constituents, volunteers and staff remain our driver as we address the COVID-19 outbreak and as we continue to pursue our mission, today and in the longer term. While the Alzheimer’s Association staff is working remotely, operations will continue to support our mission. As always, the Alzheimer’s Association is available to you 24/7 for around-the-clock care and support at 1-800-272-3900.

Feedback from 2019 Attendees

“Most organized conference I have been to.”

“I loved the format this year with the different tracks.”

“Love this conference. Thank you for all of your hard work in planning to make this happen. Great refreshments and lunch. I will attend again next year!”

“Best conference I have attended in a long time.  So many great breakouts!”

“I had a great time gaining education, resources and swag! The food was great too!”



Research, Progress and Hope: Is Risk Reduction Possible?

This presentation will address the current state of the field in Alzheimer’s research, highlight Alzheimer’s Association’s sponsored research projects and address what is most needed for progress in the field.

Dr. Maria Carillo

Dr. Carrillo earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s Institute for Neuroscience and completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on Alzheimer’s brain imaging and risk factors at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

As chief science officer, Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., sets the strategic vision for the Alzheimer’s Association global research program. Under her leadership, the Association is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, investing more than $440 million since 1982, and an internationally recognized pioneer in convening the dementia science community. Dr. Carrillo uses her platform as a noted public speaker to play an instrumental role in the Association’s efforts to lobby for increased funding for the disease.

Dr. Carrillo oversees the implementation of the Association’s growing portfolio of research initiatives, including the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®), the world’s largest and most influential dementia science meeting, and the Research Roundtable, which enables international scientific, industry and government leaders to work together to overcome shared obstacles in Alzheimer’s science and drug development. In addition, she leads the Association’s direct involvement in research by serving as a co-primary investigator for the Association-funded and led U.S. POINTER study, a lifestyle intervention trial to prevent cognitive decline and dementia.

A respected expert in the dementia science field, Dr. Carrillo has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.”

Closing Session:

Dementia Care Practice Recommendations: Transforming Dementia Care

Participate in real-time interactive polls to assess person-centered care in your care community, and begin to build a plan to make simple changes in your community that can have a significant impact on both residents and staff.

Doug Pace

Doug Pace

Director of Mission Partnerships

Doug Pace is the Director of Mission Partnerships with the Alzheimer’s Association. He provides strategic leadership in quality, person-centered dementia care in long-term and community based care. Previously, Mr. Pace was the Executive Director of the Advancing Excellence in Long Term Care Collaborative (AELTCC). The AELTCC’s major initiative was the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Home Campaign, a national campaign to improve the quality of life and quality of care for the country’s nursing home residents. He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator who previously ran a 210 bed multi-level community including a skilled nursing facility, a secured memory care unit and assisted living.

Sam Fazio

Sam Fazio

Senior Director of Quality Care and Psychosocial Research

Sam Fazio, PhD., is the Senior Director of Quality Care and Psychosocial Research at the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Fazio received his doctorate in developmental psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to working for the Association, Dr. Fazio worked for Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center at the Alzheimer’s Family Care Center, an adult day center specifically designed for people with dementia. Dr. Fazio is the author of “The Enduring Self in People with Alzheimer’s: Getting to the Heart of Individualized Care” and co-author of “Rethinking Alzheimer’s Care.”

Special Exhibit


Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia

Come meet acclaimed Boston-based photographer, Joe Wallace, and his mother Barbara, and learn about their deeply personal mission to end the stigma of dementia through art, one story at a time. Together, the two have created “Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia”, a growing collection of photographs and stories captured through interviews of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A Map Through the Maze

  • Large 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
  • Speaker handouts available to attendees


Jim Wessler, Alzheimer's Association
Map 2018 Registration

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