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 Virtual Dementia Tour
8:00-9:00 Check-in and visit exhibitors
9:00-10:00 Home Safety for the Golden Years
9:00-10:00 Communicating Through Dementia
9:00-10:00 Prepare to Care
9:00-10:00 Dance and Movement for Everyone
9:00-10:00 Investment Fraud: Guarding Your Assets in a Scary World
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors
10:30-11:30 Home Safety for the Golden Years
10:30-11:30 Communicating Through Dementia
10:30-11:30 Prepare to Care
10:30-11:30 Dance and Movement for Everyone
10:30-11:30 Investment Fraud: Guarding Your Assets in a Scary World
11:30-1:00 Lunch – visit exhibitors
1:00-2:00 Dementia – No Such Thing as a Silly Question
1:00-2:00 The Opioid Epidemic: Myths & Facts
1:00-2:00 Legal Information for the Caregiver
 1:00-2:00 Lifestory – Walking in the Way of the Storyteller
 1:00-2:00 What Caregivers Should Know About LGBTQ+ Seniors
2:00-2:30 Break – visit exhibitors
2:30-3:30 Dementia – No Such Thing as a Silly Question
2:30-3:30 The Opioid Epidemic: Myths & Facts
2:30-3:30 Legal Information for the Caregiver
2:30-3:30 Lifestory – Walking in the Way of the Storyteller
2:30-3:30 What Caregivers Should Know About LGBTQ+ Seniors

Course Descriptions


Virtual Dementia Tour

HH Hunt/Spring Arbor
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. The tour will be offered in 20 minute increments throughout each session time, please sign up early, outside of the room, to reserve a space.


Home Safety for the Golden Years

Judith R. Sands, RN, MSL, BSN, CPHRM, CCM, CPHQ, LHRM, ARM
Clinical Consultant

The home should be a place of safety and comfort. There are many hazards and dangers lurking in plain sight, potentially making the home unsafe. Caregivers have so much to handle, safety is often overlooked. Learn how you can minimize the chance of residential accidents or injuries. Practical information will be shared so you can assess your home and make it safer for you and your loved one to enjoy during your golden years..


Communicating Through Dementia

Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
Whether it is a diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or another cognitive impairment, communication can be challenging. As things progress, it becomes even more difficult. Join this interactive session to learn what to say (and what not to say) and how to say it. Learn what skills and abilities remain through the various stages or levels and how to focus on those to better care for your loved one.


Prepare to Care

Helen Mack, AARP
Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you’ll play. It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals or handling bills. No matter where you are in the process of family caregiving, having a good framework to help guide both you and your loved one will make it easier. AARP’s Prepare to Care program will help support you and your loved one in your caregiving journey by outlining five important steps.


Dance and Movement for Everyone

Robin McCall, Director
Andre Avila, Artistic Director, ComMotion (Community in Motion)
Dance and movement bring joy to people of all ages and abilities. For both you and the person you care for, moving to music provides exercise, relaxation, happiness, and a new way to connect with those around you. In this interactive session, ComMotion (Community in Motion) will share their experiences teaching dance and movement classes in a variety of settings and will get the audience moving to some classic tunes.


Investment Fraud: Guarding Your Assets in a Scary World

Elaine F. Marshall, NC Secretary of State
John Maron, Director of the Investor Protection & Education Services Division
Older adults are the number one victims of fraud. The reasons why this is are many, but it mainly boils down to one simple fact: Older adults have access to cash! Join us and learn how to help the person you are providing care for, as well as yourself, recognize and avoid falling victim to possible investment scams. You will learn how to spot the red flags of scams, how to do due diligence, the questions to ask your investment professional, as well as what to do if you or the person for whom you are providing care become a victim of an investment scam. Information will also be presented about the Advance Health Care Directive Registry which the Department manages for the State.


Dementia – No Such Thing as a Silly Question

Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina

Nothing is too simple or too complex when it comes to understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia. Attend this session to ask the questions you’ve been thinking about. Dementia specialist Melanie Bunn will take questions from the audience and share her insights and what she’s learned over her many years of assisting those living with dementia and their families.


The Opioid Epidemic: Myths & Facts

Christine Khandelwal, DO, Director of Inpatient Palliative Medicine, Transitions LifeCare
Board Member of the North Carolina Medical Board
Director of Inpatient Palliative Care, WakeMed Hospitals
Professor, Department of Family Medicine (Geriatrics), Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, UNC-CH, Department of Family Medicine

According to the Center for Disease Control, we have a national public health emergency called the Opioid Epidemic. We hear about it a lot. Increased addiction and overdose rates with an estimated 40% of opioid overdose deaths involving prescription drugs. To learn how this affects each of us, we must first recognize the cause of the current opioid epidemic. Next, we will gain a better understanding of the regulatory guidelines for opioid prescribing by providers. And finally, we will explore common myths and facts regarding opioid use. Dr. Khandelwal will explain all of this while answering your questions and helping you to learn how you, personally, can make a difference in this ongoing issue.


Legal Information for the Caregiver

Mark O. Costley, Attorney and Founder
Jonathan D. Williams, Attorney, Clarity Legal Group
Twelve Do’s and Don’ts for Medicaid Eligibility in North Carolina: This session will focus on practical tips when planning for your loved one’s eligibility for Long-term Care Medicaid or PACE Medicaid in North Carolina.


Lifestory – Walking in the Way of the Storyteller

Rich Gwaltney, Community Engagement Representative, Transitions LifeCare
Together we will explore and discover how the power of story can restore order with imagination and bring hope to your journey. Based on a resource by Rich Gwaltney, together we will embark on a quest for those hidden treasures concealed deeply within our lives by viewing them from the vantage point of different story elements.


What Caregivers Should Know About LGBTQ+ Seniors

Joseph Wheeler, MA
SAGE Raleigh Coordinator
In this session we will examine how historic and continuing social devaluation of LGBTQ+ persons contributes to their isolation and vulnerability. We will also explore the impact of the lack of understanding, awareness, and acceptance of LGBTQ+ concerns and issues among caregivers. Actions and next steps which can be taken by individuals and organizations to create safe places for LGBTQ+ elders to express themselves with integrity will be discussed.