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 for a final agenda.
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 understanding of the physical and mental challenges faced by those with dementia. The tour will be offered in increments throughout the entire day, please sign up early to reserve a space.
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.
Jessica Shurer, MSW, LCSW, Center Coordinator and Clinical Social Worker,
Parkinson’s Foundation Center for Excellence, CurePSP Center of Care, Movement Disorders Center, Neurology, School of Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. It causes rigidity, slowness, and tremors as well as changes in cognition, sleep, mood, and so much more, which can lead to changes in physical abilities as well as identity, lifestyle, and sense of the future. This talk is a small step towards better understanding of a very complex diagnosis and will provide insight into how–through the right care and support–people with Parkinson’s and their family caregivers can live and cope well despite a challenging situation.
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
What does it mean to be someone’s Health Care Agent? This session will 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.
January Brown, Eastern Carolina Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
With all of the resources available to caregivers these days, how do you choose and how can technology really help? Join this session to learn what caregiver technology is and what technology resources can assist you in your caregiving role. Come see how it works in real life caregiving situations. Its not all about computers!
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.
Kim Calabretta, CapTel NC
Is hearing loss a normal part of aging? What should I expect as time goes on? Come to this session to explore the causes of heaing loss. We will discuss the types of loss and what accommodations can be made at home to support them. Learn about supportive products, tips and suggestions for help those we care for as well as ourselves.
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!