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 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
8:00-9:00 Check in and visit exhibitors / health screenings
9:00-10:00 Medicare Benefits: Think You Can’t Become a Victim of Healthcare Fraud? Think Again!
9:00-10:00 Virtual Dementia Tour
9:00-10:00 Project Lifesaver, Bringing Loved Ones Home
9:00-10:00 More than Plaques and Tangles: Understanding and Living with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
9:00-10:00 Triangle Caring Families: Building Your Team and Finding Support as Care Needs Change
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors / health screenings
10:30-11:30 Medicare Benefits: Think You Can’t Become a Victim of Healthcare Fraud? Think Again!
10:30-11:30 Virtual Dementia Tour
10:30-11:30 Project Lifesaver, Bringing Loved Ones Home
10:30-11:30 More than Plaques and Tangles: Understanding and Living with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
10:30-11:30 Triangle Caring Families: Building Your Team and Finding Support as Care Needs Change
11:30-1:00 Lunch – visit exhibitors / health screenings
1:00-2:00 Journal Writing for Caregivers
1:00-2:00 Medication Safety
1:00-2:00 Virtual Dementia Tour
 1:00-2:00 Organizing the Day with the Person Living with Dementia–Putting Together your Puzzle
 1:00-2:00 “What About ME?”: Caring for Yourself as a Caregiver
 1:00-2:00 Pain Happens…Suffering is Optional
 1:00-2:00 The Road Ahead: A Discussion about Comprehensive Driving Evaluations
2:00-2:30 Break – visit exhibitors / health screenings
2:30-3:30 Journal Writing for Caregivers
2:30-3:30 Medication Safety
2:30-3:30 Virtual Dementia Tour
2:30-3:30 Organizing the Day with the Person Living with Dementia–Putting Together your Puzzle
2:30-3:30 “What About ME?”: Caring for Yourself as a Caregiver
2:30-3:30 Pain Happens…Suffering is Optional
2:30-3:30 The Road Ahead: A Discussion about Comprehensive Driving Evaluations

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

Medicare Benefits: Think You Can’t Become a Victim of Healthcare Fraud? Think Again!

Stephanie Bias
North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol (NCSMP) Program Coordinator
Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
North Carolina Department of Insurance

Each year, Medicare changes and is often challenging to navigate. Join in a conversation about Medicare’s updated benefits, and delivery of services as well as tips on Medicare fraud prevention. By becoming an informed beneficiary, you will take steps to assure your healthcare benefits remain in a safe harbor for the future!

Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) is designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. The VDT is a dementia simulation creating understanding of the physical and mental challenges faced by those with dementia. VDT is offered in full session format this year. Each session is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be offered during all four time periods.

Project Lifesaver, Bringing Loved Ones Home

Corporal Brad Kirby, Durham County Sheriffs Office
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. Since 1999, Project Lifesaver has been the leading innovation in the search and rescue of at-risk individuals. This free program protects those who wander, and brings piece of mind to families, caregivers, and the community. Also during this session, you will get pointers on interacting with law enforcement and first responders.

More than Plaques and Tangles: Understanding and Living with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist,
Alzheimer’s North Carolina
Melanie Bunn will lead an interactive session discussing the impact of different types of dementia on areas of function and ability. Special focus will be on strategies to improve quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Triangle Caring Families: Building Your Team and Finding Support as Care Needs Change

Bobbi G. Matchar, MSW, MHA, Social Worker and Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Community Coordinator, Duke Aging Center Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, Family Consultant, Central NC Project C.A.R.E
Finding the right support at the right time and in the right place can be challenging. The needs, preferences and capacities of care receivers and of family caregivers change over time. What’s out there and how do you decide what’s best?

Journal Writing for Caregivers

Carol Henderson
Writing in a journal is a useful tool for helping us cope with and make sense of our lives. We can track what matters to us and how our loved ones are doing. We can record important information, jot down memorable moments, and explore our deepest feelings. Evidence-based studies show that writing about what’s important improves the immune system, lowers pulse and blood pressure, and can offer healing shifts in perspective. In this session, we will learn easy and accessible techniques for self-expression that can relieve stress and offer personal insights–even if we have very little time. No writing experience necessary.

Medication Safety

Marilyn Disco, PharmD, CGP, Clinical Services Director
With the vast amount of medicine people take these days, medication errors are common. These errors can lead to complications and even hospitalization. Join this session to learm more about possible mistakes and get tips and suggestions to better manage multiple medications. Medication records will be provided to participants to help family members organize medication information.

Organizing the Day with the Person Living with Dementia–Putting Together your Puzzle

Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP
Dementia Training Specialist, Alzheimer’s North Carolina

Melanie Bunn will help you untangle what to do and when to do it to bring the joy of flexible structure to your life. Focus will be on connecting level of dementia and ways to spend time to create a day that provides meaning and opportunity for success for people living with dementia and their care partners.

“What About ME?”: Caring for Yourself as a Caregiver

Betsy Barton, MPH, Educator, Transitions LifeCare, Family Caregiver
Caregivers often get lost in the flurry of doctors’ appointments, transportation, preparing and serving meals, and just plain worrying about what the future holds. This session addresses the importance of your self-care. Learn more about why it is important to take care of yourself. Hear practical tips and strategies to make it happen in your life. Don’t wait – start now!

Pain Happens…Suffering is Optional

Cathy Morley, RN, BSN, Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, Nurse Educator, Transitions LifeCare
This session is for caregivers who want to understand more about pain and how to best manage it. Pain has a negative effect on lives which can lead to suffering. This class explains the different types of pain, how to assess it and provides tips on how to stop the pain cycle before it begins. Learn how to be your loved ones best advocate and help ensure they receive adequate pain relief whenever possible.

The Road Ahead: A Discussion about Comprehensive Driving Evaluations

Melissa Werz, OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Duke University Health System
For many of us, the ability to drive is deeply connected to our independence and part of what makes us who we are. As we grow older there is often discussion about the need to stop driving because of age, significant health issues or physical limitations. The key is to find out about your individual ability to drive safely by being evaluated by a professional through a comprehensive driving evaluation and this presentation will describe who may benefit and what to expect from such an evaluation