University of Southern Indiana

MAIA Pre-Conference

Workshop for Long-Term Care Staff:
Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
USI's Carter Hall ~ 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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This third annual pre-conference workshop is designed especially for direct care providers who work with or care for persons with memory disorders, dementia, and/or Alzheimer's disease. Certified nursing assistants, activities and dietary staff, housekeepers, social workers, nurses, long term care personnel, and home health care providers will find it useful and relevant.

Register 4 and get 1 more FREE! Workshop registration is $30 per person or $120 for direct care team of five.

Workshop Facilitator: David Troxel

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David Troxel has become nationally and internationally known for his writing and teaching in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease & long-term care. He has co-authored five influential books (most notably, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care) on Alzheimer’s care and numerous articles relating to dementia care and staff development & training. He is a past Executive Board member of the American Public Health Association and past member of the National Alzheimer’s Association Ethics Advisory Board. 

He most recently served as the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara (California) Alzheimer’s Association (1994-2004). Today he works as a writer, speaker, and long-term care consultant.  He has spoken at over 300 conferences including keynote presentations at various US, Canada and international conferences.

 His areas of expertise include best care practices for persons with dementia, caregiver support, staff training & long-term care program development. David has also been a family caregiver, supporting his mother Dorothy who passed away with Alzheimer’s Disease April, 2009.

You can read more about David’s work on his website at or on Facebook at

Closing Concert: Kareen King

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Registered Drama Therapist Kareen King, MA, will close the Pre-Conference Workshop with a special performance titled: Finding Emilou: A Relationship-Centered Care Case Study in Concert. In a unique case study format using original song and narrative, she will illustrate several crucial relationship-centered care lessons she learned from an individual with dementia who was considered by some to be the stereotypical “nursing home shouter.” Participants leave with a greater propensity toward empathy and being fully present with someone.

Kareen King returns to MAIA for the second year in a row, having led three engaging concurrent sessions in 2015. She is the founder of The Golden Experience® and well-known as a keynote speaker, creative engagement specialist, recording artist and author of Engage! 28 Creative Enrichment Experiences for Older Adults (ArtAge Publications). She provides educational concerts and creative engagement workshops to enrich the world of aging.

Her original song-story CD’s have been used as a resource for caregiver training. For more information, visit

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