Click on a course name to see the course descriptions. On the day of the Summit, you can attend one class in each time slot. Locations of classes will be available day of Summit.

Time Event
All day Visit exhibitors
8:00-8:45 Check-in and visit exhibitors
9:00-10:00 Opening Session: TBA
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors
10:30-11:30 Laughter Self-Care
10:30-11:30 Smart Caregiving
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Supported Decision Making
12:30-1:30 Music in Caregiving and Self-Care
1:30-2:00 Break – visit exhibitors
2:00-3:00 Legal Issues for the Caregiver
2:00-3:00 YMCA Moving for Better Balance

Course Descriptions

Opening Session

Audrey Galloway


Laughter Self-Care

Liza Engstrom, MPH, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Health and Happiness Align
Tap into your inner child and learn to laugh for no reason in this fun & energizing laughter yoga workshop. We all know the age-old adage, laughter is the best medicine — turns out it’s true! Learn the science and experience the benefits in Laughter Self-Care. All ages and mobility levels welcome!

Smart Caregiving

Susan Adams Founder Caregiving Technologies, BS ChE, MAG, CAPS, UD
Caregiving Technologies
What roles might technology play in enabling older adults to maintain a sense of purpose, a connection to professional and family caregivers? How can technology give freedom for caregivers and their recipients to go about daily activity in their homes and communities, even as age-related conditions threaten everything from muscles to memories? Find out how technology can help in caregiving activities and make life easier, safer, and more connected.

Supported Decision Making

Gretchen Napter / Mieke West
We all have fundamental human and constitutional rights to make good and bad decisions about where we live, what medical treatment we receive and how our money is spent. Sadly, many families face the situation where a loved one’s illness or disability causes him or her to make decisions that can be dangerous and life-threatening to that person or to someone else. In this session, Meike and Gretchen discuss ways to empower people with disabilities to make choices with help from supporters who assist them. Learn more about how these strategies promote favorable outcomes and preserve any existing capacity while emphasizing the inherent worth and unique identity of each person.

Music in Caregiving and Self-Care

Allison G. Hingley, MM, MT-BC
Atlantic Music Therapy, LLC

In this session, caregivers will learn about the music therapy profession, how to use music as a tool in caregiving tasks, and how to implement music in self-care to avoid caregiver burnout. For professional caregivers, resources on when to consult, co-treat, or refer will be provided, and all participants will be given an opportunity to develop and practice their own music-based techniques for caregiving and self-care.

Legal Issues for the Caregiver

Mark Costley / Jonathan Williams
Clarity Legal Group


YMCA Moving for Better Balance

Joy Pariz, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Moving for Better Balance trainer and instructor
YMCA of the Triangle

We will discuss the ways that the YMCA Moving for Better Balance program works to reach the goals of improving functional ability (e.g., walking, moving to and from a seated position, etc.), reducing fall-related risks due to poor balance, flexibility, or strength, and reduce fall frequency. You will have a chance to experience some of the techniques and exercises used in the program. We will also talk more about other Y programs that might be beneficial for caregivers in our community.