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 Common Over the Counter Medications Used in Older Adults — The Do’s and Don’ts
9:00-10:00 Keeping the Peace As Dementia Progresses
9:00-10:00 Peace Within Chaos: Guided Meditation for Caregivers
9:00-10:00 Legal Issues for the Caregiver: Planning for Incapacity
9:00-10:00 Roundtable Discussion: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
10:00-10:30 Break – visit exhibitors
10:30-11:30 Common Over the Counter Medications Used in Older Adults–the Do’s and Don’ts
10:30-11:30 Keeping the Peace As Dementia Progresses
10:30-11:30 Peace Within Chaos: Guided Meditation for Caregivers
10:30-11:30 Legal Issues for the Caregiver: Planning for Incapacity
10:30-11:30 Roundtable Discussion: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
11:30-1:00 Lunch – Caregiving: The Nexus of Nurturing, Numbers, and Needs
1:00-2:00 The Five Love Languages for Caregivers
1:00-2:00 Changing Your Helping Approaches as Dementia Progresses
 1:00-2:00 Building a Care Team: Identifying the Essential Roles and How to Go About Filling Them
 1:00-2:00  Encouraging the Hearts of Caregivers
 1:00-2:00 Are You a Good Steward of your Medicare? Guard your Card… Protect Your Benefits
2:00-2:30 Break – visit exhibitors
2:30-3:30 The Five Love Languages for Caregivers
2:30-3:30 Changing Your Helping Approaches as Dementia Progresses
2:30-3:30 Building a Care Team: Identifying the Essential Roles and How to Go About Filling Them
2:30-3:30 Encouraging the Hearts of Caregivers
2:30-3:30 Are You a Good Steward of your Medicare? Guard your Card… Protect Your Benefits

Course Descriptions

Common Over the Counter Medications Used in Older Adults–the Do’s and Don’ts

Jena Ivey Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, UNC Medical Center, Geriatric Specialty Clinic
It is often hard to know safe over the counter medications to give to your loved ones; these medications can lead to serious harm and increased risk for side effects that may worsen dementia or increase risk for falls or other adverse effects. In this class we will discuss over the counter medications that are not safe to give your loved ones and why. You will learn the safest OTC options to give for common self-care issues.

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 to reserve a space.

Keeping the Peace As Dementia Progresses

Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist,
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
Here you will learn about dementia while following the journey of one family. During this interactive session you will explore the impact of dementia on relationships, communication and decision making all while getting a better understanding of how things progress and what changes may occur.

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 so the session is not disrupted.

Legal Issues for the Caregiver: Planning for Incapacity

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.

Roundtable Discussion: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Mark Philbrick, Kellie Brockman and Meredith Jones, Transitions LifeCare
This class provides caregivers an opportunity to have multiple facilitated table-discussions about caregiver options, hospice and palliative care, senior living options, and grief. Audience members will have the opportunity to rotate to a different table after approximately 20 minutes allowing participants to get an overview of the various topics.

Caregiving: The Nexus of Nurturing, Numbers, and Needs

Audrey Galloway, Associate State Director
AARP North Carolina
Caregiving responsibilities are often described as a juggling act where multiple obligations are held briefly in your hands and then launched into the air so that competing obligations can replace them. For many caregivers, the challenge of keeping all the balls in the air requires an eye on the wellbeing of the loved one being cared for, an eye on costs and time associated with that care, and an eye on your own needs so that you can help better manage other responsibilities. But let’s face it! Only two hands and the need for at least three eyes means we are often dropping many of our balls. Knowing the facts, figures, and framework for caregiving can help you to focus on what’s important and turn your act into a stellar performance.

The Five Love Languages for Caregivers

Yvetta Smith, Eastern Regional Director, NC Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM)
Discerning the primary love language of another and communicating in that language allows love and concern to be shown most fluently. In this interactive workshop based on principals from “The Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman, participants will learn their own primary and secondary love languages. Participants will also learn ways that the principals from this book (appearing consistently on the NY Times best-sellers list since 1995) can be utilized to improve the care of aging adults in any setting.

Changing Your Helping Approaches as Dementia Progresses

Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist,
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
As dementia progresses, the person living with the disease cannot adjust. Therefore, as caregivers, we must. This class will focus on common challenges at different levels of dementia and how to make both verbal and non-verbal modifications in light of them. Communication, approach, and environmental adaptations will all be discussed.

Building a Care Team: Identifying the Essential Roles and How to Go About Filling Them

Gretchen Napier, MSHA, CMC, Owner and CEO, LifeLinks and Meike Weist, MSW, Triangle Area President, LifeLinks
Meike and Gretchen bring their decades of experience helping hundreds of diverse families to share with you best practices for building your care team. Going it alone as a caregiver results in burnout for the caregiver and reduced quality of life for the care receiver. A well-designed care team provides effective support to the caregiver, advocacy for the care receiver and encouragement to the entire family system, During this session, we will explore the essential roles, identify specific people to ask and discuss strategies for building your care team.

Encouraging the Hearts of Caregivers

Rich Gwaltney, Community Engagement Representative, Transitions LifeCare
Join a group of caregivers as they share their personal 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.

Are You a Good Steward of your Medicare? Guard your Card… Protect Your Benefits

Stephanie Bias North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol (NCSMP) Program Coordinator, Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), North Carolina Department of Insurance
Are you getting the most out of your Medicare benefits? Are you prepared to recieve you new Medicare card? Do you know the steps to take to ensure your new Medicare Beneficiary Identification Number is protected? Join us for a converstaion focusing on th eimportance of the 2018 benefits and changes to your Medicare indentifying informaition.