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A Map Through the Maze

Conference for Alzheimer and Dementia Care Providers

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Conference for Alzheimer Care Professionals

A Map Through the Maze (MAP) 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, working with families, hands on care techniques and much more. With 30 breakout sessions offered there is something for everyone.


Call for Presentations


The submission process is now open to offer a breakout session at A Map Through the Maze. We encourage professionals who have expertise in a topic related to Alzheimer’s and dementia care to submit a presentation. We offer 30 different breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to dementia care. Each breakout session is 75 minutes.

Breakout sessions are as follows:

  • Session A: 10:45 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
  • Session B: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Session C: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Submissions will be rated according to topic and evidence based content.

The use of visual aids such as PowerPoint are strongly encouraged and the inclusion of take away handouts is required. Speakers will be required to provide a pdf of their PowerPoint and/or handout in advance. Handouts from all breakouts will be shared with attendees post conference.

Speakers receive complimentary registration to the conference.

Panels are limited to four speakers. Each speaker must submit a proposal form.

Below you will find a list of suggested topics. Please note this is not an exclusive list. Contact Lorraine Kermond at lkermond@alz.org with questions related to breakout topics.

Deadline for submission is December 14, 2018.

You will receive notification of acceptance and time slot by January 18, 2019.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA

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Special Interest for MAP 2018

  • Dementia Management in the Acute Care Setting
  • Creating Purpose: Therapeutic Activities and Meaningful Engagement
  • Advancement in Research: Prevention, Treatment and Care Approaches
  • Community Based Dementia Care
  • Caring for Individuals with Dementia and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Workforce Training and Management

Deadline for submission is December 21, 2018.

Note: Each speaker must submit a proposal form.

Suggested Topics


  • Basics, role of genetics, latest research
  • Application of new research to clinical practice

Staff Management/Training/Retention

  • Interdisciplinary team models for working with dementia population
  • Best practices in staff training
  • Direct care staff and meaningful engagement
  • Implementing culture change
  • Managing staff relationships
  • Preventing staff burnout

Working With Families

  • Discussing tough subjects with families, i.e. placement, end of life preparation, etc.
  • Supporting families throughout disease process and as they grieve

Purposeful Engagement

  • Engagement for those at end of life
  • Holistic therapies and dementia care
  • Spiritual Connections
  • Meaningful activities

Managing Dementia Related Behaviors

  • Redirection and inventions in response to behavioral expressions
  • Effective non-pharmacological behavior management techniques
  • Therapeutic approaches to direct care


  • Management of chronic mental health issues and dementia
  • Quality of life interventions impacting individuals with dementia and their care partners
  • Collaborative approaches to care, treatment and services.
  • Management of ethical issues related to dementia care
  • Unique psychosocial and care needs of at risk populations
  • Use of technology to enhance coordination of care
  • Supporting individuals with an early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis
  • Managing sundowning and dementia
  • Driving and safety management issues
  • Special considerations for end of life care
  • Cultural Differences & Dementia
  • Dementia Friendly Environment in Home and LTC
  • How to partner with PCPs


A Map Through the Maze brings together over 800 professionals from a variety of care settings including assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilitates, home care agencies, hospice agencies, and adult day health centers.



  • Speakers must refrain from promoting, marketing or selling products or services.
  • Employer or service may be mentioned in speaker introduction only.
  • No marketing or publicity materials allowed in breakout room.


Deadline for submission is December 21, 2018.

Note: Each speaker must submit a proposal form.