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 April 1 for the 2020 agenda.

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
12:30-1:30 Medicare Coverage and Medication Safety
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, UNC Kenan-Flager Business School
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, Relief Massage & Bodywork
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!

Kevin Robertson, MPA
NCSMP Director & SHIIP Grants Compliance Officer

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.

Lunch Session: What They Had: Parallels, Policies, and Promise

Audrey Galloway, AARP
The major motion picture What They Had tells the story of a family struggling to care for their mother who has dementia. Caregivers viewing the film will see themselves and their loved ones in the characters represented on the screen. Exploring the characters gives us an opportunity to identify resources that can help us on our caregiving journey as well as consider how to best navigate our experience.

How to Pay for Long-term Care

Ron Heath, Reverse Mortgage Advisor, Retirement Funding Solutions, Mutual of Omaha
Bill Comfort, Owner, Comfort Long-Term Care
Jonathan D. Williams, Attorney, Clarity Legal Group
Reverse Mortgages | Long Term Care Insurance | VA Aid and Attendance Benefits
This session will provide information on different sources of payment commonly used by families to help pay for the cost of long-term care. These include 1) using reverse mortgages, including how they work, qualifying guidelines, and examples of how caregiving spouses and children have used reverse mortgages to access home equity to pay for in-home care; 2) using long-term care insurance, with a focus on how the claims process works and what you should know when filing a claim on such a policy; and 3) using need-based government benefit programs, including the basic rules and common pitfalls in dealing with Long-Term Care Medicaid, NC Special Assistance, and the VA Aid & Attendance benefit. After short presentations from each of the panelists, there will be ample time for attendees to ask general questions.

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.

Medicare Coverage and Medication Safety: Keys to Improved Health

Gina Upchurch, RPh, MPH
Founder, Movercize

Participants will increase their basic understanding of Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage options and learn about the Medicare Part D drug coverage. This presentation will highlight ways to decrease the risk of medication-related problems, including those that contribute negatively to cognition.

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, Clarity Legal Group
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.