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
8:00-9:00 Check-in and visit exhibitors
9:00-10:00 Encouraging the Hearts of Caregivers
9:00-10:00 Virtual Dementia Tour
9:00-10:00 Times of Challenge: Understanding and Responding to Distressed Behaviors of People Living with Dementia
9:00-10:00 Peace Within Chaos: Guided Meditation for Caregivers
9:00-10:00 Legal Issues for the Caregiver: What it Means to be a Health Care Agent
 9:00-10:00 TBD
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors
10:30-11:30 Encouraging the Hearts of Caregivers
10:30-11:30 Virtual Dementia Tour
10:30-11:30 Times of Challenge: Understanding and Responding to Distressed Behaviors of People Living with Dementia
10:30-11:30 Peace Within Chaos: Guided Meditation for Caregiver
10:30-11:30 Legal Issues for the Caregiver: What it Means to be a Health Care Agent
10:30-11:30 TBD
11:30-1:00 Lunch – visit exhibitors
1:00-2:00 Technology and Caregiving
1:00-2:00 Creative Approaches to Common Challenges: Understanding Behaviors
1:00-2:00 Virtual Dementia Tour
 1:00-2:00 TBD
 1:00-2:00 Avoiding the Potholes of Family Dynamics
 1:00-2:00 2018: A Year of Changes in Medicare
2:00-2:30 Break – visit exhibitors
2:30-3:30 Technology and Caregiving
2:30-3:30 Creative Approaches to Common Challenges: Understanding Behaviors
2:30-3:30 Virtual Dementia Tour
2:30-3:30 TBD
2:30-3:30  Avoiding the Potholes of Family Dynamics
2:30-3:30 2018: A Year of Changes in Medicare

Course Descriptions

Caregiver Stories

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.

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 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.

Peace Within Chaos: Guided Meditation for Caregivers

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.

Legal Issues for the Caregiver: What it Means to be a Health Care Agent

Mark O. Costley, Attorney and Founder and Jonathan D. Williams, Attorney, Clarity Legal Group
What does it mean to be someone’s Health Care Agent? Explore an Agent’s duties and how an Agent might best carry out those duties using tools such as supported decision making and substituted judgment. Whether for the person you love or yourself, this information is important for all of us.

Technology and Caregiving

January Brown, Eastern Carolina Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging

Creative Approaches to Common Challenges: Understanding Behaviors

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.

Avoiding the Potholes of Family Dynamics

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

 

2018: A Year of Changes in Medicare

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!