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Education Session D

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 8:00 to 9:30 am

Session D1
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association "essentiALZ® Dementia Care Certification Program":
The Dance of Belonging: Finding Meaningful Avenues of Expression for Persons Living with Dementia
ROOM: Rosemont C-D

Using evocative scenes from several videos, this session will compare how we used to think about Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia to how we are learning to see them today—and the extreme difference this new awareness makes in the lives of persons living with dementia, and for those who assist and support them. The video clips will show firsthand how thinking differently about dementia can open up new avenues of engagement and expression that enable persons living with dementia to communicate and remain connected with others, their environment, and themselves.

Jim Vandenbosch, Executive Director, Terra Nova Films

Session D3
Setting the Research Priorities for a
New Agenda of Person-Centered Care
ROOM: Grand B

In this session you will be able to interact directly with researchers and practitioners to identify research priorities for person-centered care. We will frame these priorities around: support for autonomy and decision-making; care practices; organizational practices; quality and performance improvement practices; and environmental approaches for person-centered care in organizations that provide support and services to older individuals. Also, a distinguished panel with experience about funding for research and programs to support person-centered care will provide their guidance for advancing our research priorities.

Christine Mueller, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing – University of Minnesota


Mary Jane Koren, Consultant, formerly of the Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY
Robert Mayer, President, The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation
Erin Westphal, Program Officer, The SCAN Foundation
Nancy Zweibel, Senior Program Officer, The Retirement Research Foundation

Session D4
Honoring the Spirit Within Through Namaste Care: An End-of-Life Program for Persons with Dementia
ROOM: Grand C

Namaste Care takes its name from the Hindu word meaning "to honor the spirit within." The program was developed for elders with advanced dementia and strives to maintain their highest quality of life. The program provides holistic, person-centered care in a special room offering a quiet, peaceful environment for elders with advanced dementia to engage in meaningful activities. It includes simple and practical ways for care partners to create opportunities for connection, meaning, and joy. This session will define how you can implement such a successful program in your community.

Theresa Bertram, President/CEO, Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh
Gerard Bodalski, Vice President of Health Care Services

Session D5
Living Life Fully with Dementia: Embracing the Winds of Change from Sea to Shining Sea
ROOM: Grand A

Embrace our national journey of change. Together we'll enable individuals, families, residents and clients to live fully with dementia across every setting and community. Envision change as you watch the inspiring families and care partners in the "Person-Centered Matters" video. Engage with leaders of change from the Dementia Action Alliance, the national people's movement for person-centered dementia practices. Explore current attitudes and practices; challenges and opportunities with a diverse panel of stakeholders. Imagine what a nation joined will do in a facilitated insight exchange with your colleagues. Join us in being open to the possibilities!

Karen Love, Founder & Board Treasurer, CCAL-Advancing Person-Centered Living
Walter Coffey, President & CEO, LeadingAge Georgia
Jonathan Evans, Immediate Past President, AMDA: The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
Chris Perna, CEO, The Eden Alternative

Session D6
It's About Relationships, But What Will That Take?: Changing the Equation!
ROOM: International A-B-C

The need for friendship, companionship, love and intimacy are so deeply embedded we instinctually try to make these connections even when more basic needs are not fully met. In the traditional caregiving dyad: one person giving care, the other receiving, there is an imbalance of power that hinders real, reciprocal, wholly adult relationships. This session will share the video of Al Swain, an advocate and person living with disabilities as he shares his perspectives on person-centered planning and relationships and what an equal relationship of power looks like. This lays the groundwork for creating equal and meaningful relationships.

Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Specialist, PHI

Session D7
Neighborhood Time: Embracing Leisure with a New Approach and a World of Possibilities
ROOM: Florence

Neighborhood time is an alternative approach to traditional recreation programming based on the same principles of leisure we practice when living at home. It offers spontaneity and flexibility versus prescription as we set aside our therapeutic agenda to instead support our residents as they pursue their leisure choices, doing things that bring purpose and joy to their day. This is an opportunity for all care partners as authentic relationships are nurtured while meaningful time is spent together in activities of shared interest. Neighborhood time fosters a culture of self-determination, independence and growth, while reconnecting individuals to their own life stories.

Heather Luth, Director of Recreation at the Village of Wentworth Heights, Schlegel Villages

Session D8
Failure Free "How To's" on Initiating and Sustaining Your Culture Change Journey
ROOM: Rosemont A-B

How do you initiate the first steps of culture change? What can you do to sustain it? This session will offer practical elements that can easily be implemented to achieve and maintain culture change. Participants will learn how to create a vision, support processes that facilitate implementation of the vision and move staff from acceptance to commitment, investment and enthusiasm. Our culture change coaches will describe various strategies and processes that will help you to successfully initiate and sustain person-centered practices as you begin your culture change journey.

Peggy Brenner, Regional Director of Nursing, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
Kari Gansky, Assistant Director of Nursing, Southampton Estates / An ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
Iain Crichton, Chaplain, Granite Farms Estates / An ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
Scott McNeish, Director of Resident Nursing, Plantation Estates / An ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.

Session D9
Stirring Up the Wind – How to Get Motivated and Started on Your Culture Change Journey without Breaking the Budget
ROOM: International D-E-F

Get ready to stir up some winds of change in your community! This session will focus on how Health Systems, Inc. got started with their culture change journey at more than 60 skilled for-profit nursing homes in Missouri. Using the "Artifacts of Culture Change" as a foundation to evaluate and plan for change, teams have been empowered to implement changes both small and large. In this session, you will learn practical tips and tools your team can implement to get motivated without spending a lot of money.

Julie Ballard, Director of Culture Change, Health Systems, Inc.

Session D10
Designers' Diaries: The 24-Hour Dementia Simulation Experience
ROOM: London International

What is it really like to live with dementia? How would that better inform our approach to designing environments for aging? These were questions that a team of senior living design experts tackled by utilizing dementia simulation techniques while living as memory care residents in communities across the country. Learn about this unique research project by exploring the first-hand perspectives and benefit from the insights gained. We will discuss the dementia simulation strategy, physical environment, perceptual changes, cognitive impacts, and psychological factors of this experience as well as the future of memory care through emerging approaches, programs and research studies.

Amy Carpenter, Associate, SFCS Architects
Melissa Pritchard, Senior Vice-President, SFCS Architects
Addie Abushousheh, Gerontologist, Organizational & Environmental Development

Session D11
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Homemakers
ROOM: DaVinci A-B

A household homemaker must possess unique and specialized skills in order to perform their critical role effectively. The homemaker is a vital team member in the success of the household care team and they are instrumental in achieving high levels of resident and family satisfaction. Learn what qualities, skills, and personal characteristics are necessary to be a super-star homemaker. Establish some "good habits" in this practical presentation that is guaranteed to take your household experience to the next level, and raise your resident satisfaction to its highest potential.

Jeffrey Goldone, President, J. Goldone Consulting and Training, LLC

Session D12
Busy Doing Nothing? How to Foster Purpose and Meaning for Our Elders in Long-Term Living
ROOM: United A-B

Are your residents busy doing nothing? Are they actively engaged? Evidence shows elders prefer continued engagement in meaningful and purposeful activities/occupations. Those who are occupationally active show positive therapeutic benefits; demonstrate fewer negative behaviors; need less help with self-care; report positive mood; and describe greater quality of life. Despite positive outcomes of meaningful engagement, studies suggest elder residents are inactive most of the time, are engaged in passive activities, and do not experience significant verbal interaction with caregivers. This session offers real-time strategies to increase engagement for residents living in post-acute settings, and to focus on continued quality improvement plans.

Kathleen Weissberg, Education Director, Select Rehabilitation

 Session A: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
 Session B: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm
 Session C: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:00 to 5:30 pm
 Session D: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 8:00 to 9:30 am
 Session E: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 10:30 to 12:00 Noon
 Session F: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 2:15 to 3:45 pm
 Session G: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 4:00 to 5:30 pm




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