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 was held Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod - Hyannis

Holistic Approaches for Dementia Care

The 20th Annual Dementia and Alzheimer’s Awareness conference provided these 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. 

Thank You to Our Lunch Sponsors                                     

Mill Hill Residence | Maplewood at Brewster
       Maplewood at Mayflower Place

Thank You to Our Breakfast Sponsors




If you would like to sponsor the 2018 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 2018 Spring Conference

Compassionate Care for the Millennium

Friday, March 16, 2018
Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Meeting: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA
Breakfast and lunch provided

Fee: $129.00 before March 12, 2018; $149.00 after March 12, 2018
Student rate: $65 with student ID 

Program Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   Welcome and council reports
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Dr. Rajagopal presents and film viewing of Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Morning break and visit vendors
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Continue discussion of the film and compassionate care issues
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and visit vendors
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dr. Jennifer Ritzau presents: Palliative Care Practice in the United States
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Questions and answers, evaluations, closing

Dr. Rajagopal is a 2018 Peace Prize nominee and global health thought leader. He is a world-renowned expert in pain management and palliative care. He is the founder of the Pain and Palliative Care Society in Calicut, India which has grown over the last ten years into the largest palliative care center in the country. He works tirelessly to improve opioid availability in India.

Dr. Jennifer Ritzau, director of palliative care and associate medical director at Hope Hospice, leads a team of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing palliative care across a continuum that stretches from hospitals to long term care. In addition, as medical director of Visiting Nurse of HopeHealth, she directs their palliative care team, providing an extra layer of support for skilled home care patients living with advanced illness.

5 CME Physicians, 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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