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.

This is a sample agenda. Please check back on April 1, 2019 for a final agenda.

Time Event
All day Visit exhibitors
8:00-8:45 Check-in and visit exhibitors
9:00-10:00 Opening Sesion – Caregiving: It’s Personal
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: What It Means to Be A Health Care Agent
2:00-3:00 Moving for Better Balance

Course Descriptions

Opening Session – Caregiving: It’s Personal

Audrey Galloway

There are 1.28 million caregivers in the United States.  That means that there are at least 1.28 million caregiving stories.  And, many of these caregiving stories share similarities.  However, each story has its own trademark, its own dominant characteristic, its own defining moment.  What we learn as caregivers reshapes us, reorders our world, and reimagines our role in it.  Accordingly, it is the deeply personal aspects of caregiving that inspires others, sheds new light, and highlights the best of who we are. AARP has a collection of caregiving stories by men and women striving to do their best for their loved one that reminds us that caregiving is always personal.

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: What it Means to be a Health Care Agent

Mark O. Costley, Attorney and Founder and Jonathan D. Williams, Attorney
Clarity Legal Group

What does it mean to be someone’s Health Care Agent? Explore an Agent’s duties and how an Agent might best carry out those duties using tools such as supported decision making and substituted judgment. Whether for the person you love or yourself, this information is important for all of us.

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 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.