Nevada Dementia-Capable
Community Care
Stakeholder Conference

January 25th, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Lunch included
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia Street, Reno


8:30 to 9:00 Registration, Networking & Coffee (Grand 1-3)

9:00 to 9:15 Welcome
Amy Dewitt-Smith, Executive Director
Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada

9:15 to 9:30 Stakeholder Overview
Mike Splaine, Cognitive Solutions, LLC

9:30 to 10:30 Transforming Diagnosis and Care Support for
Individuals with IDD Living with Dementia
Amanda Drobnica, MPH, Senior Director of Programs,
Rochester and Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

10:30 to 10:45 Q & A

10:45 to 11:00 Break

11:00 to 11:30 State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Update
Dena Schmidt, Administrator, Aging and Disability Services Division

11:30 to 12:30 Lunch

12:30 to 1:15 Dementia-Capable Community Care programs
available in Northern Nevada

1:15 to 1:30 Community Participation
Mike Splaine, Cognitive Solutions, LLC

1:30 to 2:30 Stakeholder Workgroups

  • Living Alone with Dementia, Mike Splaine, Cognitive Solutions, LLC (Emerald A)
    Twenty percent of people with dementia live in a single person household, and an older person living in a single person household is the fastest growing type of household in Northern Nevada. Who are they and how can we support them with living their best life?
  • Caregiver Support. Denise Hund, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Nevada (Emerald B)
    Many people living with dementia rely on family and friends to support them with managing their lives and activities. How can we bring best practice supports to the growing number of caregivers in our community?
  • Supporting People with Living Their Best Life, Rebecca Arvans, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Emerald C)
    Many people living with dementia or an intellectual disability and dementia, display challenging behaviors as a means of communication. It can be difficult to decipher or respond to these behaviors appropriately. How can we improve our responsiveness and reduce stigma for these community members?

2:30 to 2:45 Break

2:45 to 3:00 Action Plans / Round Robin Session (Grand 1-3)
Mike Splaine, Cognitive Solutions, LLC

3:00 to 3:15 Facilitator Summation
Mike Splaine, Cognitive Solutions, LLC

3:15 to 3:30 Closing Remarks

If you haven’t already, please RSVP by clicking the link below and bring your ideas to develop a way forward as we work together to support communities throughout Northern Nevada. We’re also looking for people to help with the workgroups during the event. Please reach out to the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada with any questions:


This program is supported in part by a cooperative agreement #NV90ADPI0082 from the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).