2016 Agenda

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Choose one “class” in each time time slot.

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Locations will be available day of conference.

Time Event
All day Visit exhibitors
All day Chair massages
8:00-9:00 Check in and visit exhibitors
9:00-10:00 General Medication Management Tips for Caregivers
9:00-10:00 Virtual Dementia Tour
9:00-10:00 Legal Tools and Solutions for the Caregiver
9:00-10:00 Stroke: Identify the Signs, Know What to Do and Determine Your Risk
9:00-10:00 Brain Changes and Behaviors: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
9:00-10:00 Supportive Palliative Care: Comfort for people with advanced illness and their caregivers
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors
10:30-11:30 General Medication Management Tips for Caregivers
10:30-11:30 Virtual Dementia Tour
10:30-11:30 Legal Tools and Solutions for the Caregiver
10:30-11:30 Stroke: Identify the Signs, Know What to Do and Determine Your Risk
10:30-11:30 Brain Changes and Behaviors: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
 10:30-11:30 Supportive Palliative Care: Comfort for people with advanced illness and their caregivers
11:30-1:00 Lunch – visit exhibitors
1:00-2:00 Facing Our Challenges: Dealing with the Stress of Caregiving
1:00-2:00 Elder Financial Exploitation and Fraud
1:00-2:00 Virtual Dementia Tour
 1:00-2:00 Finding the Flow: Organizing the Dementia Day to Avoid “Sundowning”
1:00-2:00 Live Well at Home – Meet the Thrive Tribe
1:00-2:00 Navigating Long Term Care Facilities: Pre and Post Admission
2:00-2:30 Break – visit exhibitors
2:30-3:30 Facing Our Challenges: Dealing with the Stress of Caregiving
2:30-3:30 Elder Financial Exploitation and Fraud
2:30-3:30 Virtual Dementia Tour
2:30-3:30 Finding the Flow: Organizing the Dementia Day to Avoid “Sundowning”
2:30-3:30 Live Well at Home – Meet the Thrive Tribe
2:30-3:30 Navigating Long Term Care Facilities: Pre and Post Admission

 

Course Descriptions

General Medication Management Tips for Caregivers

Jena Ivy Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, UNC Medical Center, Geriatric Specialty Clinic
Managing medications for an older adult can be extremely challenging. The higher number of medications, plus the increased tendency to have negative side effects from medications, puts them at high risk for adverse health outcomes from their medication regimen. Caregivers play a crucial role in helping to mitigate these possible harms and help their loved ones acheive the best possible outcomes from their medications.

Virtual Dementia Tour

Sunrise Senior Living
The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. The VDT is a dementia simulation creating understanding of the physical and mental challenges faced by those with dementia. VDT is offered in full session format this year. Each session is on a first come, first served basis and will be offered during all four time periods.

Legal Tools and Solutions for the Caregiver

Laurn Maxie, JD, Attorney, NC Planning, Adams, Howell, Sizemore and Lenfestey, PA
Lauren Maxie will discuss planning for long term care events and share key legal documents for caregivers and family members. She will also review why one needs a caregiver contract.

Brain Changes and Behaviors: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, Dementia Training Specialist, Alzheimer’s North Carolina
Understanding the impact of dementia on the brain will help you know how to respond and react to make situations better. This session will cover structural and chemical changes from the perspective of interpreting the behaviors of people with dementia and communication approaches to improve interactions

Stroke: Identifying the Signs, Know What to Do and Determine Your Risk

Angela Hollis, RN-BC, Stroke/Heart Failure Educator
Did you know that 80% of strokes are preventable? Knowledge is power. The more you know about your health, the better equipped you are to lower your risk of stroke. And in case it does happen, time is of the essence. Learn to act F.A.S.T.

Supportive Palliative Care: Comfort for people with advanced illness and their caregivers

Laurel Patel, MD, Chief Medical Officer Transitions LifeCare
(Pal-ee-uh-tiv) Care – a medical approach focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. Learn what it is, where it fits into caring for a loved one with advancing illness, and how it can help both of you.

Facing Our Challenges: Dealing with the Stress of Caregiving

Pat Snyder, Author and Family Caregiver
A family caregiver herself, author Pat Snyder discusses the caregivers’ enemy within, stress. She gives tried and true practical ideas for identifying and then dissipating stress while exploring the challenges of caregiving with humor and understanding.

Elder Financial Exploitation and Fraud

Lauren Benbow, JD, Investor Education Program NC Department of the Secretary of State, Securities Division
This session will help you to learn the emotional, mental, and physical consequences of elder financial abuse. You will be able to recognize the warning signs and red flags. Resources and real-life practical tips will be shared.

Finding the Flow: Organizing the Dementia Day to Avoid “Sundowning”

Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, Dementia Training Specialist, Alzheimer’s North Carolina
This session builds on basic understanding of brain changes to help individuals build a day that flows for the person living with dementia and carepartners. Special attention will be placed on purposeful activities, energy management and application of progressively lowered stress threshold.

Live Well at Home – Meet the Thrive Tribe

Gina Murray, RN and Tim Murray, Owners of Aware Senior Care and Family Caregivers
Learn about signs and indicators that additional help may be needed to live well at home and the resources available to get that help. In this presentation you will discuss creating a care team to form your circle of support nicknamed the “thrive tribe”. The “Thrive Tribe” are organizations/companies that can provide “joyful” services that not only help you live well at home but can bring joy to your life!


Navigating Long Term Care Facilities: Pre and Post Admission

Kathryn A. Lanier, MS, Chief, Elder Rights, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services
This workshop will focus on what caregivers need to know in order to make informed decisions about long term care facility placement. Topics will include information about the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program as a resource before and after placement, financial considerations, psychosocial well-being, and resident advocacy. Attention will be placed on how to transition from a home based caregiver to that of a facility based caregiver.