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Dementia Management in the Acute Care Setting

Signed into law by Governor Baker in August 2018, The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Act (H.4116) will improve caregiver and patient experience in the acute care setting by requiring all MA hospitals accountable to the Department of Public Health to implement an operational plan for recognition and management of patients with dementia or delirium in acute care setting.

Attend A Map Through the Maze to learn next steps in developing an operational plan for dementia care in your acute care setting. Learn from experts who are on the forefront of this important work.

CEUs provided for nurses, social workers and activity professionals. Certificates of attendance provided to all attendees.



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DCU Center

50 Foster Street

Worcester, MA

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Track: Dementia Management in the Acute Care Setting

Keynote, Sounds of Silence: Ending the Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease

Susan Wehry, MD, Chief of Geriatrics,
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Session A
Creating an Operational Plan to Address Dementia in the Hospital Setting: Why, When and How, Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, Senior Advisor in Aging, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CAPABLE Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Linda Pellegrini RN GNP, MS, Division of Geriatrics, UMass Memorial, Member, Medical Science Committee Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH and Governor’s Advisory Council On Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment; Judith Johanson, Wife, Caregiver and Advocate


Session B
Approach to Care for the Dementia Patient in a General Medical-Surgical Hospital, David S. Harnett, MD, Attending Psychiatrist & Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical Center

The Role of the Social Worker in Supporting Caregivers in the Disease Process: In the Acute Care Setting and Beyond, Anne Marie Olsen-Hayward, LICSW, Outpatient Geriatric Therapist, Frisbie Memorial Hospital Geropsychiatry


Session C
From Policy to Implementation: Making Your Hospital Dementia Friendly, Sheila Kennedy,
MD, Medical Director of Quality/Hospitalist, Emerson Hospital; Terrie Enis PT, MSPT, Director of Ambulatory Services and Service Line Development, Emerson Hospital; Martha Rafferty, RN, BSN, Director, Emergency Services, Emerson Hospital; Margaret Foley, RN, MSN, Director of Care Management, Emerson Hospital

Schedule of the Day

Time Activity
 7:45 am - 9:00 amRegistration Opens
Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Fair
9:00 am - 10:15 am Keynote Presenter
10:15 am - 10:45 am Exhibitor Fair & Coffee Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Session A
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch & Exhibitor Fair
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Session B
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Session C
4:15pm Pick up CEUs or Certificate of Attendance in the Showcase Corner. Attendees must sign out to receive CEU Certificate.

** Registrants can choose from ten different breakout sessions

CEU’s approved for nurses, social workers, and activity professionals. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to all attendees. Registrants must sign out at the end of the day to receive certificate.

Jim Wessler, Alzheimer's Association
Jim Wessler, Alzheimer's Association
Jim Wessler, Alzheimer's Association