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.
Rich Gwaltney, Community Engagement Representative, Transitions LifeCare
Join a group of caregivers as they share their stories. From different backgrounds, with different approaches and different challenges these participants will start this facilitated conversation. They will give you a look into their experiences, positive and negative, in hopes that you can learn from them and share your own caregiving insights.
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 an 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.
Times of Challenge: Understanding and Responding to Distressed Behaviors of People Living with Dementia
Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist,
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
Attend this session to better understand the common physical, emotional and environmental triggers of distress in people living with dementia. Through interactive discussion, you will brainstorm and learn immediate strategies to reduce distress.
Tricia McPherson, Relief Massage and Bodywork
To Begin – Set a Time for 5 minutes. Turn everything off. Sit quietly and breathe. Sound like a vacation? It can be and it can be for YOU! Join this session to learn how to calm the chaos in your mind.You will focus on breathe and learn that you are successful, even if you only meditate for one minute at a time, This class will involve meditation and we ask that you arrive on time.
Mark O. Costley, Attorney and Founder and Jonathan D. Williams, Attorney, Clarity Legal Group
This discussion will address the use of powers of attorney and advance health care directives to plan for incapacity. Also included will be the role of guardianship, an overview of Medicaid services and the changing long-term care insurance market.
Technology and Caregiving
January Brown, Eastern Carolina Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
By following one family’s journey, you will learn six steps to developing individualized approaches to common behavioral challenges exhibited by people living with dementia. Understanding the person, problem, possible cause, developing a plan, practicing your plan and passing on the results can help you find alternatives to medications and make your life and your loved one’s easier to navigate.
Gretchen Napier, MSHA, CMC, Owner and CEO, LifeLinks and Meike Weist, MSW, Triangle Area President, LifeLinks
All families have some level of dysfunction, and they become magnified when caring for an aging loved one. In this session, Meike and Gretchen will explore a few of the reasons why this is true, but more importantly, will focus on solutions. No, you can’t “fix” your sibling, but there are plenty of communication techniques to make your conversations more productive. In addition to sibling challenges, this session will also cover helpful communication strategies between the caregiver and care receiver
Stephanie Bias North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol (NCSMP) Program Coordinator, Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), North Carolina Department of Insurance
Have you received your new Medicare card? What are the steps to ensure your providers are aware of your new Medicare number? How will the Annual Election Period for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans this fall coordinate with the new cards versus the old ones? HELP! Join us for a conversation about these topics. You’ll be glad you did!