Event Agenda

October 28, 2022

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8:00 am - 4:30 pm (EST)

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Presentations at the Duke Caregiver Community Event will inform and educate you about your options for support from Duke Health and in the community.

Click each timeframe below to find information about presentations and resources available to you on October 28, 2022.

Register for Our In-Person Conference

Registration is open. The conference costs $10 for family caregivers and $75 for professionals in the caregiving industry.

General Attendees

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The Power of Story: The Person Behind the Disease
Presenters:
Nicole Clagett, Director of Community Engagement, Duke HomeCare & Hospice
Cooper Linton, MHA, MBA, Associate Vice President, Duke HomeCare, Duke Hospice, Duke Home Infusion
Joe Wallace, Photographer, Family Caregiver
Jay Reinstein, Community Member

  • It's critical to understand the background, history, story, and culture of a person receiving care. Learn how to better understand these needs and how you can enhance your caregiving skills through the power of stories.

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Caregiver Considerations for Individuals with Heart Conditions
Presenters: Dr. Neha Pagidipati, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Specialist, Duke Health, and Stephanie G. Barnes, MSN, AGPCNP-C, CHFN, Clinical Director for Advanced Heart Failure Services, Duke Heart Center, Duke University Hospital 

  • Learn strategies on how to support a patient or loved one who deals with a cardiovascular condition, including heart failure. We will also review how you can find resilience as you provide care.

Creating a Meaningful Day: Adjusting Activities as Dementia Progresses    
Presenter: Lisa Levine, Senior Director of Programs, Dementia Alliance of North Carolina

  • Understanding what is changing as someone’s dementia progresses is important. But once you know that, how do you help the person find meaning and purpose? Explore ways to engage with a person as their needs increase and their abilities change.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Focus on Family and Friends    
Presenter: Suzanne Mayer, Representative, National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • Better understand the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions and effective communication strategies to talk about them. Learn the importance of self-care and how local and national programs can support you.

Protecting North Carolina's Seniors    
Presenter: Elaine F. Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State

  • Hear how the Secretary of State’s office works to protect seniors from investment fraud, fake charity scams, notary fraud, and dangerous counterfeit prescription drugs. Secretary Marshall will also discuss how the department helps North Carolinians enjoy their golden years on their own terms through the state’s secure, online Registry for Advance Health Care Directives.

Tools, Traps, and Opportunities: Getting It Right When You’re Making Decisions For Someone Else    
Presenters: Mark Costley, Founding Attorney, and Jonathan Williams, Attorney, Clarity Legal Group

  • Hear a detailed review of legal documents and practical issues when a caregiver makes health care, financial, or legal decisions for someone else. The presentation covers what tools are needed to serve the interests and protect the dignity of the person in need of support and care, but also how they should be used to protect the caregiver from liability.

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Making “Sense” of Therapeutic Horticulture: How Plants Can Help You Thrive    
Presenter: Amy Bruzzichesi, MSW, Social Worker, and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator

  • Learn about the history and benefits of therapeutic horticulture for improving well-being and health outcomes, and how therapeutic horticulture is much more than “playing in the dirt.” In a demonstration and optional plant-along, participants will learn how to take cuttings from basil plants to create new plants, and how to propagate hens and chicks plants (sempervivum) from a stock plant. 

The Validation Communication Method: Techniques to Try for your own Breakthrough
Presenter: Sandy Strathmeyer, Director of Engagement and Program Services, Sunrise Senior Living

  • Enter the emotional world of a disoriented person by using the “Validation Method,” an empathetic method of communication that helps reduce stress and enhance dignity and happiness.

Fast-Forward: Changing Lives and Getting the Conversation Started    
Presenters:
Kate DeBartolo, Senior Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s The Conversation Project
Michael Eric Hurtig, Director, and Producer, Fast-Forward 
Lexi Balmuth, Technical Associate II, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab

  • Look into your family's future to maximize choices as everyone ages. Crew members behind the documentary “Fast-Forward” will share clips from the film and discuss some different family stories/dynamics and techniques to help you broach these critical conversations with the people who matter most in your life.

Dementia 101 & Using a Positive Approach to Dementia Care
Presenters:
Daniel Parker, MD, Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Duke Health
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Positive Approach® to Care

  • An overview of mild cognitive impairment and dementia will guide a conversation about diagnosing and managing these diseases. Learn strategies for interacting with those living with dementia, including how to approach safely, and ways to provide verbal support and responses that reduce distress.

Medicare and Medicaid: Are You Aware Of The Differences?
Presenters:
Stephanie Bias, Program Coordinator, North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol
Vada Simone Moore, Staff Development Supervisor, Durham County Department of Social Services' Quality Assurance Training Team

  • Join this conversation on all things Medicare and Medicaid, including eligibility, enrollment, benefits coverage, financial considerations, fraud, waste, and abuse.

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Making “Sense” of Therapeutic Horticulture: How Plants Can Help You Thrive    
Presenter: Amy Bruzzichesi, MSW, Social Worker and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator

  • Learn about the history and benefits of therapeutic horticulture for improving well-being and health outcomes, and how therapeutic horticulture is much more than “playing in the dirt.” In a demonstration and optional plant-along, participants will learn how to take cuttings from basil plants to create new plants, and how to propagate hens-and-chicks (sempervivum) from a stock plant. 

The Validation Communication Method: Techniques to Try for your own Breakthrough
Presenter: Sandy Strathmeyer, Director of Engagement and Program Services, Sunrise Senior Living

  • Enter the emotional world of a disoriented person by using the “Validation Method,” an empathetic method of communication that helps reduce stress and enhance dignity and happiness.

Fast-Forward: Changing Lives and Getting the Conversation Started    
Presenters:
Kate DeBartolo, Senior Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s The Conversation Project
Michael Eric Hurtig, Director and Producer, Fast-Forward 
Lexi Balmuth, Technical Associate II, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab

  • Look into your families’ futures to maximize choices as everyone ages. Crew members behind the documentary “Fast-Forward” will share clips from the film and discuss some different family stories/dynamics and techniques to help you broach these critical conversations with the people who matter most in your life.

Dementia 101 and Using a Positive Approach to Dementia Care
Presenters:
Daniel Parker, MD, Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Duke Health
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Positive Approach® to Care

  • An overview of mild cognitive impairment and dementia will guide a conversation about diagnosing and managing these diseases. Learn strategies for interacting with those living with dementia, including how to approach safely, and ways to provide verbal support and responses that reduce distress.

Medicare and Medicaid: Are You Aware Of The Differences?
Presenters:
Stephanie Bias, Program Coordinator, North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol
Vada Simone Moore, Staff Development Supervisor, Durham County Department of Social Services' Quality Assurance Training Team

  • Join this conversation on all things Medicare and Medicaid, including eligibility, enrollment, benefits coverage, financial considerations, fraud, waste, and abuse.

Professional Attendees

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Diversity in Clinical Trials: Updates on the New Ideas Study
Presenter: Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Professor of Health Policy & Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • Diversity in clinical trials is vital to ensure new Alzheimer's treatments are safe and effective for people of any race, ethnicity, age or gender, and geographic location. New IDEAS is a study supported by the Alzheimer's Association and the American College of Radiology on mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Hear about the research and how the IDEAS research team and the Alzheimer's Association will share results to help advance care and support in addressing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease  
Presenter: Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Duke Health

  • Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease has allowed for new discoveries in prevention and treatment. Hear about the latest progress made in understanding the disease and steps people can take now to ensure optimal brain health. 

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Putting the Pieces Together: The Puzzling World of Caregiving and Policy    
Presenters:
Pax Baptist, Associate State Director of Outreach and Advocacy, AARP North Carolina  
Audrey Galloway, Manager of Outreach and Federal Advocacy, AARP North Carolina  

  • The type and quality of care for vulnerable and older populations are often driven by public policy passed by state elected officials. Knowing what these communities need and how to effectively engage elected officials around these needs can vastly improve the caregiving environment. However, it is often challenging to create the caregiving picture, because sometimes the policy pieces and needs pieces don’t fit together perfectly. Let’s talk about the individual pieces to this puzzle and how to make them fit in support of caregivers and those for whom they care.

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Not Just Being Mean: How to Have (and Maintain) Boundaries and Empathy at the Same Times
Presenter: Jan Dillard, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Duke Health

  • Boundaries are sometimes viewed as mean or rigid.  But these limits define and support therapeutic relationships, creating safe and clear expectations for a caregiver and the patient or loved one. In this session, hear about the benefits of boundaries and how to stick to them.

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Creating a Safe Space” Demo Area (8:00 am to 3:00 pm)

  • Aging and living with chronic illness can cause challenges to an older adult’s mobility and increase their risk of falling.  This area demonstrates the before and after of an older adult’s living space as it is modified from a space with potential hazards to a safe environment.

DukeWELL-ness Clinic (8:00 am to 4:30 pm)

  • Sign up for a 15-minute health and wellness visit with DukeWELL, part of Duke Health's Population Health Management Office. Each short assessment with a licensed clinician checks your cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, and more. You can review the results right away.

Portraits of Dementia Gallery (8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
By Photographer Joe Wallace

  • This gallery includes photos of people living with dementia to destigmatize the disease and better understand the human side of dementia. From the artist: “The goal of this traveling exhibit is to destigmatize those living with dementia. To use empathy as a means for connection and understanding. To tell a more complex and complete story of those living with the disease and its effect on their families and loved ones.”

Dogs with a Purpose (12:40 to 1:00 pm)

  • Visit with certified therapy dogs after lunch. Take a break and hear about the benefits of therapy dog visits, which can help lower anxiety, alleviate loneliness, and even normalize heart rate and blood pressure.
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