Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Best Practices in Care

Do you have aging clients with developmental disabilities who have been diagnosed with dementia or are at risk of developing dementia?

Kathryn Pears, MPPM
Principal, Dementia Care Strategies
Education & Training Committee Co-Chair, National Task Group on ID and Dementia Practices

Kathryn Pears is a dementia expert with over 30 years personal and professional experience.  She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management and an Executive Certificate in Health Care Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.  Following a 15 year career with the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter she started her own company, Dementia Care Strategies.  Dementia Care Strategies trains and consults with families, health and long term care professionals and facilities, and aging and disability community agencies on the non-pharmacologic management of the behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Ms. Pears has worked with numerous aging and disability-related state and national organizations presenting workshops on non-pharmacologic management of the challenging behaviors that occur with dementia.  She is also a Master Trainer for the evidence-based Savvy Caregiver Program and was the Lead Trainer for the State of Maine’s Savvy Caregiver Program. Kathryn is a member of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia’s (NTG’s) Steering Committee and co-chairs their Education and Training Committee that developed a national model curriculum on dementia-capable care for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with dementia. A Lead Trainer for the model curriculum, she travels the country conducting workshops on behalf of the NTG.  She is also a consultant in non-pharmacologic interventions for behavioral symptoms of dementia and clinic coordinator for the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry’s (AADMD) Project ECHO® I/DD and Dementia telehealth project and a clinical team member of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in New Jersey’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project's ECHO® I/DD and dementia telehealth project.  

Born and raised in Massachusetts, she spent her adult life in Maine until 2013 when Maine winters lost their charm.  Kathryn now lives in South Carolina with her husband, two horses and three dogs.

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Contact Information

  • For more information please contact Kathryn Pears.

Payment Instructions

  • Be sure to register before January 15 to take advantage of the Early Bird price of $50.

    All major credit cards accepted for online payment.

    If Paying by Check

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

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    Kathryn G. Pears, MPPM
    Dementia Care Strategies
    102 Hickory Drive
    Conway, SC  29526

    Workshop 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.
    A certificate for 8 contact hours will be awarded to each attendee.
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