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
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors
10:30-11:30 Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
10:30-11:30 A Guided Meditation Body Scan
10:30-11:30 Are The New Medicare Cards Scam Proof?
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 How to Pay for Long-term Care
12:30-1:30 Changing the Horizons of Alzheimer’s Disease
1:30-2:00 Break – visit exhibitors
2:00-3:00 The Four Things That Matter Most
2:00-3:00 Self-Care for Caregivers
2:00-3:00 When Someone Else Decides

Course Descriptions

Opening Session
Bracing for the Silver Tsunami: Golden Dividends and Strategic Business Opportunities

James H. Johnson Jr., PhD
Nowhere is the urban-rural divide more evident than in the aging of North Carolina’s population. In fully one-half of the state’s counties, which are mostly rural, deaths exceed births and out-migration exceeds in-migration. These counties are literally dying while most of the state’s population growth is concentrated along the I-40/I-85 corridor in mainly two urban counties (Mecklenburg and Wake). Herein lies a propitious opportunity. Aging can be a new engine for innovation, business development, and employment growth, which can potentially eliminate the urban-rural divide and improve the health and well being of our state’s population.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

Cherie Hylton, RN, AAS
This program provides practical information to help dementia caregivers learn to decipher behaviors and how best to respond. The program offers a four-step process to follow and provides details that may apply to any behavior. The four steps are: detect and connect, address physical needs, address emotional needs, reassess and plan for the next time.

A Guided Meditation Body Scan

Patricia McPherson, LMBT, Reiki Master
This program discusses ways to maintain a peaceful practice regularly. More importantly, we will learn short relaxation techniques that are easy to implement in a busy schedule.

Are The New Medicare Cards Scam Proof? Think Again!

Stephanie Bias, NCSMP Program Coordinator,
Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, NC Dept. of Insurance

In 2018, all Medicare beneficiaries received new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers and other personal information. While this is a welcomed change with respect to identity theft, there are still opportunities for unscrupulous persons to scam your Medicare benefits. Join us for a conversation on these scams and learn how to be a good steward of your Medicare benefits.

How to Pay for Long-term Care

Ron Heath
Retirement Funding Solutions, Mutual of Omaha
This session will cover the definition of a reverse mortgage, eligibility requirements, when reverse mortgages are appropriate to use for long-term care, and the impact on other government benefits.

Changing the Horizons of Alzheimer’s Disease

Carol Colton, PhD, Professor of Neurology
Duke University Medical Center

The basic description of Alzheimer’s disease has not changed since Dr. Alois Alzheimer studied his first patient. Then as now, AD is a brain disease that is relentless in its ability to rob our memories and damage our brains. The question is, however, what can be done to reduce its impact in our lives? Novel research and new approaches to treatments have increased our ability to potentially slow the disease process. We know now that the onset is earlier in life than previously thought, allowing us to develop useful interventions to delay the disease process. Is a “cure” on the horizon? The research world has widened the spread of therapeutic directions. Dr. Colton will talk about the new theories on how and when AD may begin in our lives and the current approach to treatments.

The Four Things That Matter Most

Rich Gwaltney, Community Engagement Representative
Transitions LifeCare

Through more than 25 years of caring for gravely ill patients and their families, Ira Byock, M.D., has discovered the life-transforming power of four simple phrases: “Please forgive me,” “I forgive you,” “Thank you,” and ”I love you.” Learn how honest and heartfelt words can serve to heal emotional wounds, strengthen connections, and bring lasting peace of mind — throughout the course of daily life.

Self-Care for Caregivers

Marie Dagger, MS, OTR/L, Annie Deaver, MSW, LCSWA
Orange County Department on Aging

As a busy caregiver, how DO you find the time to take care of you? During this session we will explore why it is so important to refill your cup, and we will work together to find creative solutions in your own life to take care of you…so you can keep taking care of others.

When Someone Else Decides

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

This session includes education on legal issues surrounding incapacity, including guardianship, powers of attorney, health care planning, and using revocable trusts to share the burden of financial decision-making and management.