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Pioneer Network Pre-Session

Sunday, July 31
Implementation of CARES® Online Dementia Training & Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® Certification Within Your Organization
9:00am – 4:00pm ($150 fee)

Help your staff be prepared, feel confident, and get recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. CARES® online dementia training with Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ® certification provides an affordable and consistent way to implement person-centered dementia care training and to meet many state requirements. 

Join us for a facilitated training session led by national CARES® expert, Debbie Richman. At the end of the training session, you will be eligible for individual Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ certification and be provided with resources to implement CARES within your organization.

CARES® is a series of online video-based training programs nationally recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and has become a cornerstone of professional caregiver training for more than 100,000 individuals thus far. 

More than 50% of CARES® content is presented through video examples and interviews of real people living with dementia, their families, professional caregivers, and dementia experts (no actors). It also features "common approach" and "CARES® Approach" comparative video vignettes demonstrating how our person-centered approach makes a visible difference in care. 

Participants will receive a copy of the CARES® Classroom Guide™ for Administrators and Educators (CARES Dementia Basics version), a $199.95 value.


Debbie Richman
, Vice President, Education and Outreach, Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota-North Dakota chapter
John Hobday, CEO and Founder, HealthCare Interactive, Inc.
Julie Sipchen, Senior Associate Director, Mission Partnerships, Alzheimer's Association

Sunday, July 31
Culture Change Boot Camp
1:00pm – 4:00pm ($25 fee)

Though broadly applicable for the conference audience, this session is particularly designed to support the first time Pioneer Network conference goer, to provide you with foundational information about the culture change movement and its key defining elements. To do this, we will look at the values and principles of the movement and how they shape our personal and organizational journeys. We will explore how the language we use sets the stage for transformation and then look at some of the core practices that have helped individuals and organizations to move this revolution along.

This foundation will provide context to assist you in designing a personalized conference experience that best delivers on your unique learning needs and objectives. The session will walk you through defining what you hope to achieve from the conference and aid you in the selection of the sessions that will best help you meet your goal.

Our goal is for you to leave this session with a plan for using this one-of-a-kind event to its fullest to shape your role in revolutionizing the culture of aging!

Joan Devine, Director of Education, Pioneer Network
Paula Lee, Person Centered Care Liaison, The Sarah Community
and Special Guests

Sunday, July 31

Conference Orientation
4:30pm – 5:50pm

Whether this is your first Pioneer Network Conference, your 5th or your 10th, join us for tips, hints and a little history. Learn about the about the technology at your fingertips with a walk through the conference app and its features, the times and places that will offer networking opportunities, how to find the sessions that are right for you, the important special events and the all the fun you'll want to be sure not to miss.

Sunday, July 31
In it Together: Lessons Learned from the Big UnEasy
6:30pm – 8:00pm

In 2005, staff from 50 New Orleans area nursing homes helped their residents survive Hurricane Katrina and the weeks and months of its aftermath. They persevered, often as islands in the midst of a breakdown of communication and services. Many of these staff did not know what had become of their own families. They made it through by "being in it together." Their lessons of community and humanity in the face of such a devastating crisis provide a roadmap for how to be in it together before a crisis hits in order to be able to make it through anything that may come.

Join us for a viewing of the 45-minute video followed by an interactive discussion. (1.5 CEs available)

Barbara Frank, B & F Consulting
Cathie Brady, B & F Consulting
with Special Guests