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If you visit Nashville during the month of December you will most likely be amazed by the beautiful lights that adorn the Opryland Hotel, the exciting shows that grace the many local theatres, or maybe it is Christmas shopping at the newly renovated Opry Mills Mall that strikes your fancy. This year will be no exception when it comes to entertainment in Nashville and for those of you interested in learning more about changing the culture of long term care, there is an additional opportunity to add to the list of possibilities! During the week of December 3rd, an all star line up will take the stage in Nashville for the first time.

On December 3rd, Bill Thomas MD, Al Power MD and Kort Nygard PhD will lead a one day symposium to teach us how person directed care can help us honor the unique needs, preferences, and desires of the individual while meeting the new directive from CMS regarding the reduction of anti-psychotic medications.

On December 4th and 5th Al Power MD, author of Dementia Beyond Drugs, will be facilitating a 2 day learning experience that uses the framework of culture change to create a new approach to caring for people living with dementia. I sat through this workshop in July and it truly changed the way I view people living with dementia. I have heard many approach me saying “culture change is great but what about those living with dementia?”. If that is a question that you have asked, I encourage you to attend this workshop and learn more about how you can impact the lives of this population in a positive way.

Denise Hyde will facilitate a two day workshop that includes six steps to implementing change in your environment. How do we bring change and sustain it? So many times, we have good intentions but we don’t always stay true to the change we have tried to bring. What I mean by that is, we buckle under the pressure way too often and go backwards towards our traditions instead of pressing forward towards deep system change. This workshop will help you to not only outline how to change but will show you the process behind overcoming the resistance that always follows change.

As you can see, the “stars” will be out in Nashville in December and I can’t wait to attend! It will be a great opportunity to learn more about person directed care for our Elders AND to enjoy all of the holiday activities that Nashville has to offer.

Get registration information HERE.