This is our 2017 agenda. 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
All day Health Screenings
All day Chair massages
8:00-8:45 Check in and visit exhibitors / health screenings
9:00-10:00 Opening Session: “LifeStory – Walking in the Way of the Storyteller”
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors / health screenings
10:30-11:30 Enhancing Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia and their Care Partners through Activity
10:30-11:30 Mindful Care for Caregivers
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Nourish the Gut, Nourish the Brain
12:30-1:30 From Worry to Wisdom: Housing Options for Older Adults
1:30-2:00 Break – visit exhibitors / health screenings
2:00-3:00 Arts and Inclusion: The Reflections Program at the Nasher Museum
2:00-3:00 Helping Patients Achieve End of Life Wishes

Course Descriptions

Health Screenings

We’re pleased to announce that as part of our commitment to serve caregivers in our community we will offer convenient, on-site, confidential health screenings at no charge to you. Health screenings will take place during the conference but space is limited so be sure to sign up for your screening upon arrival at the Summit. A health screening is a great assessment tool to determine your current health status. We know that caregivers frequently neglect their own health to care for others.  Your health screening will include:

  • Total Cholesterol
  • Total Cholesterol / HDL Ratio
  • Glucose (Diabetes)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Measured Height & Weight
  • BMI and more

Opening Session: Lifestory – Walking in the Way of the Storyteller

Our keynote speaker for the Chapel Hill Caregivers Summit is Rich Gwaltney from Transitions LifeCare. Rich has more than 25 years of experience engaging audiences of all ages on the issues that matter the most in life. In this opening session, we will explore and discover the power of a story to bring hope to those on the caregiving journey. Together, we will embark on a quest for those hidden treasures concealed within our life stories by viewing them from the vantage point of different story elements.

Enhancing Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia and Their Care Partners Through Activity

Orange County Department on Aging-Orange County CARES Team: (Marie Dagger MS OTR/L CDCP, Kim Lamon-Loperfido, MSW MPH CDCP, Lisa Meinert BA CDCP, Ryan Lavalley MOT OTR/L CDCP, Jenny Womack MS OTR/L CDCP)
Activity engagement has been demonstrated to improve quality of life and provide effective strategies for care management in the context of dementia. This session will focus on tailoring activity in response to individual and collective interests and life histories in the home, community, and group care settings. See Slides Here.

Mindful Care for the Caregiver

Maya McNeilly, Ph.D, Clinical Geriatric and Health Psychologist
Duke University Medical Center, Department of Integrative Medicine
Experience what mindfulness is, how it can benefit you without adding more time to your day, and practice evidence-based mindfulness skills that can boost positive emotions, resilience, and physical health; meet challenges with courage and self-compassion; and experience more ease and joy with your loved one and life.

Nourish the Gut, Nourish the Brain

Dr. Nicole DiNezza, DC, NTP
Functional Medicine and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Infinity Holistic Healthcare, Chapel Hill
The gut and the brain are closely intertwined. The gut’s nerves are also known as the “second brain” and can influence our mood. Additionally, evolving research is uncovering the connection between our gut microbes and our brain. In this class we will discuss the current research connecting the gut and the brain, as well as strategies to eat for both gut and brain health. See Slides Here.

From Worry to Wisdom: Housing Options for Older Adults

Vivian McLauren
Aging Life Care Manager and Certified Geriatric Care Manager
Preferred Living Solutions
Most older adults want to continue living at home; however, sometimes it’s not the best choice. What is the right solution for your aging loved one? Understanding the range of long-term care housing options including levels of care and associated costs will help you have difficult conversations and make wise decisions. See Slides Here.

Arts and Inclusion: The Reflections Program at the Nasher Museum

Jessica Kay Ruhle
Director of Education and Public Programs
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
Art is a powerful tool for people with dementia. Museum visits allow individuals with memory loss to fight isolation through engagement and conversation. Care partners (family and professional) similarly benefit from the personal interactions that happen at the museum. Learn how interactive guided tours at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University use art and music to connect with visitors with dementia. Tours through Reflections: The Nasher Museum’s Alzheimer’s Program are intended for individual museum visitors, as well as organized groups from community support groups and residential facilities. See Slides Here.

Helping Patients Achieve End of Life Wishes

Matthew Fisher , JD, Partner
Iain Stauffer, JD, Of Counsel
Poyner Spruill, LLC
An overview of what patients and caregivers need to know about Advance Care planning and decision making. See Slides Here.