Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Best Practices in Care

Portland, Maine
Monday, September 24, 2018
Do you have aging clients with developmental disabilities who have been diagnosed with dementia or are at risk of developing dementia?
Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Best Practices in Care
Monday, September 24, 2018 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

901 Washington Avenue
Portland, Maine 04103
United States

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Due to the enthusiastic response to our Brewer workshop on September 17
we have added another workshop in the Portland area!!
About this Workshop:  This workshop is based on the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) highly rated national model training curriculum on dementia capable care of adults with I/DD.  The workshop will be lead by Kathryn Pears, MPPM.  Ms. Pears is co-chair of the NTG's training and education committee that developed the model curriculum and is co-lead trainer for the NTG workshops.  Formerly from Maine, Ms. Pears now lives in South Carolina and travels the country conducting workshops on I/DD and dementia on behalf of the NTG.  

Target Audience:  The workshop is appropriate for all staff in the field of intellectual/developmental disability or aging including DSPs, program managers, adult day services, case managers, behavior analysts, psychologists, nurses, social workers and any staff with direct or ancillary responsibility for caring for aging adults with I/DD.

Hosted by the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Spurwink.

Monday, September 24, 2018
Check-In at 8:45 am
Workshop Runs from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Early Bird Rate through September 8th:  $75.00
After September 8th:  $100.00

Group Discounts Are Available: 
Register 2 people from the same agency and get a 3rd registration free!!  Discount will be applied at checkout.


This workshop covers the best evidence-informed practices in care for adults with DD and dementia. 

Topics include:
  • Aging, dementia, and DD:  a growing challenge for care providers.
  • Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Recognizing the onset of dementia in adults with DD…challenges & resources.
  • Established protocols for obtaining a differential diagnosis.
  • Understanding and managing behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia in adults with DD
  • The 4 triggers of behavioral disturbances in dementia.
  • Non-pharmacologic interventions and the use of medications for managing behaviors.
  • Dementia-friendly design for group homes: easy and inexpensive adaptations to support independence.
  • End-of-life care and ethical considerations.
All participants will receive a certificate for 8 contact hours.


Contact Information

  • For more information please contact Kathryn Pears via email.

Payment Instructions

  • Payment by Check

    Please make check payable to:
    Kathryn G. Pears, MPPM

    Mail Check to:
    Kathryn G. Pears, MPPM
    Dementia Care Strategies
    102 Hickory Drive
    Conway, SC  29526

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