Conferences and Events

HopeHealth conferences are designed for leaders in the health care field — focused on a variety of topics including care delivery models, pain and symptom management, grief and loss, emerging research in Alzheimer's and other dementias — and other topics pertinent to caring for people coping with serious illness. We engage a roster of experts in their field to offer insights and practical information relative to new research and treatments.

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Awareness Conference

The 20th Annual Dementia and Alzheimer’s Awareness Conference will be held Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod - Hyannis

Holistic Approaches for Dementia Care

Are you involved with or interested in making new professional connections — and hearing the latest about Alzheimer’s and dementia from leading experts? This conference will do both. It will help you learn new ideas and approaches to providing care for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. 

This disease has a slow and relentless progression, lasting years from diagnosis. As a caregiver, you are required to adapt and change as care needs increase. You will hear from experts in holistic approaches to improve the caregiving experience. 

You will learn about lifestyle modifications to maintain your own brain, innovative approaches in caring for people with dementia, and how marijuana, cannabis and cannabinoids impact Alzheimer’s disease. The day concludes with a special session on essential oils used for cognitive and behavioral wellbeing.

The 20th Annual Dementia and Alzheimer’s Awareness conference will provide you with cutting-edge ideas to improve the caregiving experience: 

  • Thomas B. Shea, PhD: Lifestyle Modifications to Maintain the Brain
  • Lynn Lazarus Serper, EdD: Innovative Approaches for our Clients' Dementia Care 
  • Denise A. Valenti, OD, FAAO: Marijuana, Cannabis and Cannabinoids for Alzheimer's Patients 
  • Donna Wood Eaton, BS: Use of Essential Oils to Improve Cognitive and Behavioral Wellbeing for your Clients with Dementia

Continuing Education: 6 CEs* for RN/LPN, LICSW, LPC/LMHC and psychologists and marriage and family therapists

Cost: $130.00  Includes materials, breakfast and lunch and 6 CEs. 

Mail-in registration

Thank You to Our Lunch Sponsors                                     

Mill Hill Residence | Maplewood at Brewster
       Maplewood at Mayflower Place

Thank You to Our Breakfast Sponsors




Want to sponsor the conference or have an exhibit table? Call (508) 957-0282 or purchase a sponsorship online

 *Commonwealth Educational Seminars provides accreditation. Click for further information. 

Alzheimer's Disease: What You Need to Know

Free educational program for town and community employees

Help yourself and your community become more dementia friendly. This is the training you've been asking for. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of how to work with individuals and families who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. 

Topics include:

  • Overview of Alzheimer’s and its disease progression
  • How Alzheimer’s changes a persons ability to communicate
  • Understand difficult behaviors and how to manage them
  • Identify family stress, abuse and neglect and how to intervene
  • Communication approaches for positive interactions

Registration is limited. Priority attendance is given to nonprofit, police, fire, ambulance services and town employees on Cape Cod. Reserve your seat today for this important training!

Registration is required. Please bring your lunch.

Learn more by calling (508) 775-5656.

Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need To Know




Program funding generously provided by Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits and The Cape Cod Foundation.

Pain Management Conference

Massachusetts Pain Initiative

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Massachusetts Pain Initiative 2017 Spring Conference

Managing Pain From the Inside and Out

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Meeting: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA
Breakfast and lunch provided

Fee: $129.00 before October 12, 2017; $149.00 after October 12, 2017
Student rate: $65 with student ID 

Program Schedule
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.      Registration/continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.      Welcome and council report 
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.      Maurice Bernaiche DO 
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    Break and visit vendors
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Jayne Pawasauskas, PharmD, BCPS
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Lunch and visit vendors 
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.    John Otis, PhD
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.     Break
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.     Anne Lynch, APRN 
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.     Q&A/closing

John Otis, PhD, director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. He is the author of Managing Chronic Pain, part of the Oxford University Press Treatments that Work Series, an “evidence based” treatment program that includes a therapist manual and patient workbook.

Maurice Bernaiche, DO, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, has more than 15 years of training and practice specializing in the non-surgical treatment of sports injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive-use disorders as well as neuromuscular diseases. He is highly skilled in minimally invasive spinal injections, which help manage back and neck disorders and pain.

Jayne Pawasauskas, PharmD, BCPS, currently focuses her clinical work on the development of pain management education strategies for interdisciplinary practice.

Anne Lynch, APRN, is a nurse practitioner, board certified in pain management, in her seventh year at Newton-Wellesley Hospital Spine Center and Pain Management Services Department. She interned with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction & Relaxation Program and more recently became a certified by Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine as a facilitator to provide the Stress Management and Resiliency Training course at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

5.5 CME Physicians, 5.5 CE Nurses, social workers and psychologists
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Commonwealth Education Seminars provides CE accreditation for nurses, social workers and psychologists. 
For more information about accreditation, please visit: 

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