2019 Dementia Conference

Michigan Assisted Living Association Dementia Conference
September 9 & 10, 2019
Crowne Plaza Lansing West
925 S. Creyts Road
Lansing, MI 48917

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  Any person or organization providing supports and services for persons living with dementia.  
International speakers:

Teepa Snow
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Today’s Voice for Dementia, Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia.  

Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences. Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® dementia classification model and the Positive Approach® to Care training strategies.

Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. She presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Her company, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain changes internationally. Her GEMS® State Model for understanding progression and change in ability, combined with her PAC™ Skills, form practical and effective strategies and techniques for individuals and agencies seeking to optimize care and support for those living with dementia and their care partners. These user -friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices. PAC is collaboratively working to change the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time, in over 30 countries worldwide.

As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Through her work developing Positive Approach to Care, there are many more resources and options for support and help, both online and in-person.


Dr. G. Allen Power
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Author, Geriatrician and Schlegel Chair for Innovation in Aging and Dementia at the Schlegel 
G. Allen Power is an internist, geriatrician, and the newly appointed Schlegel Chair for Innovation in Aging and Dementia at the Schlegel—University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also the clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, NY, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.
Dr. Power’s book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. He served on the technical advisory panel for the U. S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their national antipsychotic reduction initiative. Dr. Power was interviewed for the film Alive Inside, winner of the Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He also was a member of the Scientific Program Committee and a Keynote speaker for Alzheimer’s Disease International 2015 in Perth, Western Australia.
Dr. Power was named one of “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine in May 2013. His second book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being was released by Health Professions Press in June 2014 and the second edition of Dementia Beyond Drugs was released in October 2016. 
Dr. Power also has a 20-year history working in culture change in elder care. He is an Eden Alternative educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors, and also helped develop St. John’s Penfield Green House homes—the only community-integrated Green House homes in the US.

Jack York
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President / Co-Founder of It’s Never 2 Late
Jack York is the co-founder of It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), a company dedicated to helping older adults realize the full benefits of adaptive technology. Originally, Jack did not envision iN2L as a business; the impetus for what became the company was a philanthropic idea—to donate computers to assisted living communities and nursing homes in Southern California. With a 15-year background in the Silicon Valley, he saw a vast potential in fostering these connections, but also saw that conventional technology was too difficult for virtually all residents to use in a meaningful way. As a result, in 1999, Jack retired as Vice President of Strategic Sales for Vishay Intertechnology and started what has become a successful gerontechnology company. He is a sought-after national and international speaker on the technology being used as a means to create personalized experiences that engage and connect residents to their loved ones and the world at large, especially individuals with dementia. As of 2015, the company has a customer base of over 2,000 communities spread out across all 50 states. iN2L’s work has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and dozens of senior living publications.
To be added description for Michael Verde as well as To Whom I May Concern and possibly a few more speakers and biographies as they are confirmed.
CEUs
MALA is pleased to provide a certificate of attendance for CEUs for Adult Foster Care Licensees and Administrators as well as Social Worker and Nursing Home Administrator CEUs and Nurse Contact Hours.