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
9:00-9:45 Opening Session
10:00-11:00 So Your Family Member Has Been Diagnosed with Dementia, Now What?
10:00-11:00 A Caregiver’s Productivity Toolkit
10:00-11:00 Improving Quality of Life Through the Power of Music
10:00-11:00 Legal Issues for the Caregiver
10:00-11:00 Understanding and Caring for People with Dementia at End of Life
10:00-11:00 Finding Encouragement and Rest in Your Caregiving Journey
11:00-11:30 Break – visit exhibitors
11:30-12:30 So Your Family Member Has Been Diagnosed with Dementia, Now What?
11:30-12:30 A Caregiver’s Productivity Toolkit
11:30-12:30 Improving Quality of Life Through the Power of Music
11:30-12:30 Legal Issues for the Caregiver
11:30-12:30 Understanding and Caring for People with Dementia at End of Life
11:30-12:30 Finding Encouragement and Rest in Your Caregiving Journey
12:30-1:30 Lunch and entertainment
1:30-2:30 So Your Family Member Has Been Diagnosed with Dementia, Now What?
1:30-2:30 A Caregiver’s Productivity Toolkit
1:30-2:30 Improving Quality of Life Through the Power of Music
1:30-2:30 Legal Issues for the Caregiver
1:30-2:30 Understanding and Caring for People with Dementia at End of Life
1:30-2:30 Finding Encouragement and Rest in Your Caregiving Journey

Course Descriptions

Opening Session

Speakers will include Jerry Salak, UNC-CH, and Tiffany Christensen, lifelong CF patient, double lung transplant recipient and professional patient advocate.
A first for the Caregivers Summit at RTP, we come together in the morning for several “TED”-like talks, presented by Underwriting Sponsor AARP. These talks will kick off our day in an inspirational way. This type of talk is designed to address a range of caregiving topics, often through storytelling. Speakers have a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.

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 increments throughout each session time. Please sign up early, outside of the room, to reserve a space.

So Your Family Member Has Been Diagnosed with Dementia, Now What?

Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSWA, Social Worker and
Bobbi Matchar, MSW, MHA, Director, Duke Family Support Program
Diagnose and Adios. Unfortunately, families sometimes feel they have received a life-altering diagnosis with little information to successfully put to rest the questions swarming in their head. Where do we go from here? In this seminar we will discuss how to prioritize next steps.

A Caregiver’s Productivity Toolkit

Emily S. Parks, Productivity Consultant with Organize for Success®
Managing the health of someone you care about can be difficult, but it’s especially challenging when coupled with all the demands of normal living. Juggling your own work, home, community and self-care needs within your role as a caregiver often feels impossible. In this session, Emily will provide tips, best practices and real-life solutions garnered from her own caregiving experiences as well as her work with clients. She will equip you with resources to better address “all the things” while feeling less like you’re losing your mind.

Improving Quality of Life Through the Power of Music

Kacy Hall, Director of Outreach
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
Have you ever heard a song on the radio that changed your mood or brought back a special memory? Personalized music, music of one’s own taste and interest, has been proven to have a positive impact on the lives of individuals with dementia and also on their caregivers lives too! In this breakout session, learn how music evokes emotions and memories, creates a more positive environment, deepens relationships, can lessen the need for prescription drugs, and how it can improve the day to day lives of caregivers and those they care for in many other ways . You will learn how to develop a personal music plan for yourself and for the individual you are caring for, and how to make this one of the most useful tools in your caregiver tool box!

Legal Issues for the Caregiver

Mark O. Costley, Attorney and Founder and
Jonathan D. Williams, Attorney, Clarity Legal Group

12 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.

Understanding and Caring for People with Dementia at End of Life

Mark Philbrick, MSN, RN, Director of Education & Volunteer Services
Transitions LifeCare
This session reviews the most common forms of dementia. Explains how to use the FAST scale to assess when patients would qualify for palliative care, home health and hospice services. Describes practical methods and techniques to help effectively care for dementia patients who are in the final stages of life.

Finding Encouragement and Rest in Your Caregiving Journey

Rich Gwaltney, Community Engagement Representative
Transitions LifeCare
Join us to explore strategies to help you to find the strength you need to continue caregiving and the courage to face challenges along the way.