MEETING OF THE MINDS 2018

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, March 03, 2018



 SESSIONS


 GENERAL – Sessions are more general in nature and appropriate for anyone attending the conference. 

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL – Sessions are for healthcare professionals with advanced clinical and practical knowledge.


PRE-CONFERENCE MORNING SESSION (optional)


NAVIGATING THE DAY 

Jennifer Scuse B.A., Psychometrist, Mayo Clinic

Do you have questions about the conference such as how to find your way around, locate your sessions, or how to get the most out of the day? Are you wondering where to go if you need a little quiet time, or what to do if you need assistance? This session will give you a helpful overview of the day and highlight special accommodations designed to make the conference experience stress-free. You’ll be well informed and ready for a great day.



BREAKOUT SESSION ONE

101 – LIVING BEYOND MY DIAGNOSIS

Katie Roberg, B.S., C.T.R.S., Program and Education Manager - Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
Panelist: Ken Lehmann, Darrell Foss, Jane Chang, Ronald Levitus, and Julie Krieger
This facilitated panel discussion will uncover the ways individuals living with dementia overcome day to day challenges of the disease. Those living with dementia will share their insights and perspectives on what they do to live more fully and what they need most from those who support and care about them.

102 – MORE THAN WORDS! FINDING NEW AVENUES OF EXPRESSION

Jim Vanden Bosch, M.A., Executive Director - Terra Nova Films

Using clips from several videos, this presentation will compare how we used to think about dementia to today—and the extreme difference this makes in the lives of those who are living with dementia and their care-partners. The video will demonstrate how music, painting, dance and storytelling open up new and meaningful avenues of expression for persons living with dementia so that they can remain vibrantly connected with others, their environment, and themselves.

Handout: Session 102_Emotional Wellbeing Resources



103 – PRO BRAIN, PRO GAME: A CONCUSSION DISCUSSION WITH A FORMER NFL PLAYER

Ben Utecht, Author, Super Bowl Champion - Surrender The Game, L.L.C.

Every moment matters and it starts with your mind! This session will take you on an emotional journey through the valleys of injury to the heights of a championship. The MVP Program will inspire you to find the value in every moment and discover a renewed sense of purpose.



104 – 
THE BASICS

Kate Selseth, M.B.A., M.P.H., Program Manager - Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This session provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.

Handout: Session 104_The Basics



105 – 
WHAT YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND ABOUT LEWY BODY DEMENTIA

Brad Boeve, M.D., Professor of Neurology - Mayo Clinic

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is often misdiagnosed, and once it is diagnosed, the management of the disease is complex. This session will offer an understanding of the diagnostic and management issues of LBD in a straightforward way.


106 – 
UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH AND WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Leah Hanson, Ph.D., Senior Director, Neuroscience Research - HealthPartners Neuroscience Center

Media headlines about research findings are often over inflated and difficult to interpret. This session will describe the research process and steps required to turn a discovery into a treatment. What it is like to participate in a clinical trial and how to find research opportunities in your community will also be discussed.

Handout: Session 106_Understanding Research and Ways to Participate


107 – D

EMYSTIFYING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: A GUIDE FOR PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Michael Rosenbloom, M.D., Clinical Director - HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common chronic conditions encountered by the primary care physician, yet the diagnosis may be missed greater than 50% of the time. This problem may be due to limitations affecting current medical practice, as well as misperceptions related to the aging population. This presentation will highlight these challenges and myths and offer a best practice approach toward dementia.

Handout: Session 107_Demystifying Alzheimers Disease



108 – 
TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE AND WELL-BEING
Joe Gaugler, Ph.D. - School of Nursing, Center on Aging, University of Minnesota
Technology can offer many advantages, yet understanding what technology is out there, and deciding what types of technology address the needs of persons with memory loss and their caregivers can seem daunting. This presentation summarizes the scientific evidence of these technologies with a focus on the technology that can promote safety, independence, and other key outcomes.


109 – UNDERSTANDING AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND DEMENTIA
Kevin Brown, D.O., MBA, Medical Director - Ridgeview Medical Center
The presentation will discuss the unique challenges and barriers to diagnosing and treating dementia in the African-American community and offer thoughts on how we can move toward overcoming these challenges and barriers. An overview of cultural and genetic risk factors that impact the higher prevalence of dementia in African-Americans will also be reviewed.

Handout: Session 109_African-Americans and Dementia


110 – EARLY DETECTION OF DEMENTIA IN PRIMARY CARE: CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Michael Sharland, Ph.D., LP, ABPP, Clinical Neuropsychologist - Essentia Health

Early detection of cognitive deficits has many recognized benefits. Primary care plays a crucial role in the early detection of cognitive deficits. Many healthcare organizations have begun implementing regular cognitive screening in the primary care setting. This session will discuss the rationale for cognitive screening in the primary care setting, commonly used tools, positive outcomes in implementing cognitive screening, and ongoing challenges.

Handout: Session 110_Early Detection of Dementia



111 – NEGOTIATING CHOICE AND RISK

Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation - Schlegel - U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging

This session will address the often thorny issues around choice and risk for people living with dementia. Using a wellbeing framework, attendees will be presented with how stigma and operational practices can limit choice, and how an overemphasis on safety can actually be more harmful to the person. Practical examples and case stories will used to illustrate how a relational approach can be employed, negotiating risk to optimize choice and well-being.

Handout: Session 111_Negotiating Choice and Risk



BREAKOUT SESSION TWO

201 – SELF CARE THROUGH MINDFULNESS BASED DEMENTIA CARING

Angela Lunde, M.A., Education Manager, Co-Investigator - Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Mayo Clinic

Caring for someone with dementia is made up of an infinite number of small moments where one habitually reacts—leading to increased stress, or mindfully responds—leading to calm and overall well-being. This session offers participants an opportunity to learn more about mindfulness, and then try out a couple of practices that can be easily used at any time throughout the day.

Handout: Session201_Recommended Books
Handout: Session 201_Mindfulness_Lunde



202 – UNCOVERING NEW OPPORTUNITIES WHILE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Panelists: Joe Holm, Certified Senior Advisor, Founder - Let’s Go Fishing
Maren Levad, Museum Access Specialist - Minnesota Historical Society
Ann Thureen, University of Minnesota Extension - Growing Connections

Facilitator: Beth Olson, Regional Care Consultant - Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

The session will showcase unique programs that provide opportunities for cognitive stimulation, new learning, and social connection. Specific information on each program will be discussed, as well as how to get involved. (Please Note: Session 202 and 303 are titled the same, but different programs will will be presented at each. Participants can attend one or both breakout sessions.)

Handout: Session 202_Growing Connections Handout
Handout: Session 202_Growing Connections Spring Calendar
Handout: Session 202_House of Memories


203 – FTD: DISCUSSING A COMPLEX DISEASE IN A STRAIGHTFORWARD WAY

David Knopman, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic

This session will provide attendees with an overview of the symptoms that occur in Frontotemporal disorders including primary progressive aphasia syndromes.  An important focus will also include understanding of the prognosis, and ways to manage these disorders.

Handout: Session 203_FTD - Discussing a Complex Disease



204 – LEGAL AND FINANCIAL BASICS AFTER A DIAGNOSIS

Laura Zdychnec, Attorney - Long, Reher, Hanson & Price, P.A.

Knowledge of legal and financial issues is critical to making thoughtful decisions and to overall wellbeing. This session will cover the essential legal and financial planning tools and resources needed for people impacted by dementia.

Handout: Session 204_Legal and Financial



205 – EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Nikki Wegner, M.S., O.T.R./L., Western North Dakota Program Manager - Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. This session will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Strategies are designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

Handout: Session 205_Effective Communication Strategies Tips
Handout: Session 205_Effective Communication Strategies



206 – TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICES IN RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY-BASED ENVIRONMENTS

Jayne Clairmont, B.S., A.A., Owner/Consultant - English Rose Suites

Gail Skoglund, LSW, Director -  Open Circle, Adult Day Services

The session will provide a unique opportunity to receive knowledge and rich content that will help transform practices and approaches in creating an environment where employees thrive and contribute, residents/clients/members have true well being and families are supported and their interest for quality care is achieved.

Handout: Session 206_Transformative Practices



207 – DIVERSITY AND DEMENTIA
Kevin Brown, D.O., MBA, Medical Director - Ridgeview Medical Center
The presentation with include a discussion of unique challenges and barriers people from diverse communities impacted by dementia face in the healthcare system and in the communities in which they live. It will offer insight and perspective on the importance and impact of culture in dementia care and highlight the higher prevalence of dementia in some diverse communities.

Handout: Session 207_Diversity and Dementia


208 – DEMENTIA CONVERSATIONS

Katie Roberg, B.S., C.T.R.S., Program and Education Manager - Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This session provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.

Handout: Session 208_Dementia Conversations



209 – UNDERSTANDING LEWY BODY DEMENTIA (LBD)

Brad Boeve, M.D., Professor of Neurology - Mayo Clinic

This more technical session will focus on diagnostic and management issues pertaining to Lewy body dementia. The updated criteria for the diagnosis of LBD will be reviewed, as well as complex management considerations for patients with the disease.



210 – THE DOCTOR IS IN

David Jones, M.D., Physician - Mayo Clinic

Come with questions about all things related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dr. Jones will offer insight and answer your questions on cognition, normal aging, diagnosing, symptoms, mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.



211 – FROM THE OUTSIDE IN: UN_HOMED IN A DEMENTIA UNIT 

Jim Vanden Bosch, M.A., Executive Director - Terra Nova Films

In this session, the presenter will reflect on the time he spent living as a “resident” in a locked dementia unit and how it helped him better understand what is needed to carry out person-centered support for persons living with dementia. Deeply ingrained notions of “care-giving” negatively affect the quality of living for persons who have dementia. Re-framing “care-giving” can move us toward the deeper and richer work of supporting the person living with dementia.



212 – THE LEARNING LAB FOR ELDERCARE TECHNOLOGIES
The Learning Lab for Eldercare Technologies connects older Minnesotans and caregivers with home health, environmental and social engagement technologies that help them live independently within their chosen communities. This session will include a short presentation on the process of selecting appropriate technologies followed by hands-on experience with different technologies.

Handout: Session 212_The Learning Lab



BREAKOUT SESSION THREE

301 – THE DOCTOR IS IN

David Jones, M.D., Physician - Mayo Clinic

Come with questions about all things related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dr. Jones will offer insight and answer your questions on cognition, aging, mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.



302 – HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUR BRAIN AND BODY

Kendra Binger, B.A., Program Manager - Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. This session will discuss research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Handout: Session 302_Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body



303 –
UNCOVERING NEW OPPORTUNITIES WHILE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Panelists:

Jane Oxton, Director of Education and Outreach - Paramount Center for the Arts

Solveig Anderson, Teaching Assistant - Paramount Center for the Arts

Rivel Greenberg and Mary Dew, Volunteers, Weisman Art Museum

Angie Renee, Teaching Artist - Northern Clay Center

Facilitator: Abby Beumer, Regional Care Consultant - Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

The session will showcase unique programs that provide opportunities for cognitive stimulation, new learning, and social connection. Specific information on each program will be discussed, as well as how to get involved. (Please Note: Session 202 and 303 are titled the same, but different programs will will be presented at each. Participants can attend one or both breakout sessions.)

Handout: Session 303_Art Sparks - Registration
Handout: Session 303_Uncovering New Opportunities


304 – FTD DOESN’T BRING ME FLOWERS: THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PROFESSIONAL AND FAMILY CAREGIVERS WHEN IT’S FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA

Renee Riedel, Professional Caregiver, English Rose Suites, b.home Home Care 

Anna Hilleren, Support Partner for father with FTD

This session offers a candid and insightful look at supporting someone living with FTD. Told from the real life experiences of a daughter and a professional caregiver, attendees will learn that with a person-centered approach the possibilities for limiting challenges and enriching the life of someone with FTD can be achieved in ways you may never image.

Handout: Session 304_FTD Doesn't Bring Me Flowers_Hilleren


305 – LATE LIFE LIVING

Vic Sandler, M.D., Medical Director Homecare and Hospice - Fairview Hospitals

This session will describe the later stages of dementia. Factors that predict poor prognosis will be reviewed and the critical importance of physician initiated advance care planning will be outlined. Physicians have the responsibility to educate families to explain the common clinical issues encountered in advanced dementia and thereby enable families to make decisions consistent with the wishes and values of their loved one.

Handout: Session 305_Late-Life Living



306 – CAREGIVER TO CAREGIVER 

Panelist: Mary Margaret Lehmann, Mary Foss, Hsien-hsin Chang, Chris Erickson

Facilitator: Shaina Rud, Care Consultant - Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
Support partners have said that caring for a person with dementia is one of the hardest “jobs” they’ve ever had to do. They’ve also said it’s one of the most rewarding and meaningful. This facilitated panel discussion invites attendees into the lives and experiences of four Support Partners. Each of them will offer lessons learned, recommended resources, and remind us that there is comfort in the shared experience.


307 – 
TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE AND WELL-BEING
Joe Gaugler, Ph.D. - School of Nursing, Center on Aging, University of Minnesota
Technology can offer many advantages, yet understanding what technology is out there, and deciding what types of technology address the needs of persons with memory loss and their caregivers can seem daunting. This presentation summarizes the scientific evidence of these technologies with a focus on the technology that can promote safety, independence, and other key outcomes.


308 –  BEHAVIORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA (BPSD) THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS

Allen Power, Ph.D., Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation - Schlegel - U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging

This session challenges the dominant paradigm of BPSD and shows how reliance on this framework has become one of the greatest barriers to reducing inappropriate psychotropic medications. Attendees will learn how a reductionistic view of dementia misses the root cause of most distress and how an alternate view has been shown to provide superior results and significantly reduce use of antipsychotics and psychotropic medications.

Handout: Session 308_BPSD Through A Different Lens



309 – A CLINICIAN’S GUIDE TO ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE MYTHS AND MISPERCEPTIONS

Michael Rosenbloom, M.D., Clinical Director - HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common chronic conditions encountered by the primary care physician, yet the diagnosis may be missed greater than 50% of the time. This problem may be due to limitations affecting current medical practice, as well as misperceptions related to the aging population. This presentation will highlight these challenges and myths and offer a best practice approach toward dementia.

Handout: Session 309_A Clinicians Guide to Alzheimers Disease Myth



310 – A HEALTHCARE TEAM: ENGAGING FAMILY CAREGIVERS

Joan Griffin,Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Ellie Madison, MHA, Neuroscience Program and Operations Manager, Allina Health, Emily Downing, MD, Medical Director Cognition and Memory Program

This session will review recent research conducted with family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. This research has focused on the caregiver perspective of what should be standard "best practices" for healthcare teams in providing relationship-centered care. Engaging caregivers as healthcare team members and assuring caregiver well-being as they provide care to loved ones are key themes that will be discussed.

Handout: Session 310_A Healthcare Team Engaging Family_ALLINA
Handout: Session 310_A Healthcare Team Engaging Family_MAYO



 

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