Virtual Duke Caregiver Community Event Agenda

September 20, 2022 / Available On Demand

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Presentations, information sessions, and resources from the virtual Duke Caregiver Community Event will be available on-demand through May 2023.

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Disease and At-Home Needs

Presenter: Laura Blue, RN, DNP, Team Leader & VAD Coordinator, Duke University Hospital

  • Living with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) provides a unique set of challenges for a patient and their caregiver as they deal with the impact of heart disease. There are needs for administering medications, transportation to medical appointments, and more. This session will share ways that caregivers of patients with LVADs can more efficiently complete daily activities and find resilience in their personal and professional lives.

Presenter: Jennifer Szakaly, Nationally Certified Care Manager and Guardian, Caregiving Corner

  • Long-distance caregivers face unique challenges related to emergency management for loved ones, getting reliable information about care, and navigating a service system from hours or states away. In this session, we will look at those challenges, and provide potential solutions, education, and resources to long-distance caregivers.

Presenter: Jennifer Tyner, CMC, Aging Life Care™ Professional Lead Care Manager, AOS Care Management

  • Learn how to prepare emotionally and financially to make your home a long-lasting one for you and your loved ones.

Presenter: Robin Zook, PharmD, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist    

  • Medication therapy management is guided by a pharmacist and is intended to improve outcomes for people taking multiple medications. It includes five core elements: a review of medications, a personal medication record, an action plan, intervention or referral, and follow-up. This presentation will explore the how-tos of medication therapy management and how it can be valuable to reduce the risk of taking too many medicines.

Matt Hyde, Assistant Director of Patient Care Services Home Health, Duke HomeCare & Hospice
Latoya Galberth, MS, OTR/L, CDP, Galberth Health  

  • This session will provide explain how physical, occupational, and speech therapy can help our aging population. We will discuss the use of adaptive equipment to help your patient or loved one at home and prevent injury to both of you.

Presenter: Christopher Jones, Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke Health

  • We’ll discuss three main differences between palliative and hospice care and offer insight on when health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, will pay for additional support at home.

Diversity and Inclusion

Presenter: Rev. Henry Edmonds, Program Coordinator, Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and NC Registry For Brain Health

  • Rev. Edmonds, a retired pastor from South Carolina, will offer a personal account of his experience as a caregiver, taking care of his father-in-law for 10 years. You will also hear how he’s supported caregivers in his congregation for more than 15 years, and his suggestions to help your well-being.

Presenter: Katherine Ramos, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Counseling Psychologist, Duke Health

  • Understand strategies to support caregiving in the context of Hispanic and Latin values. These considerations are offered through storytelling of personal and professional care experiences.

Presenter: Joe Wheeler, Coordinator, SAGE Central North Carolina

  • This program will examine some of the unique challenges and needs of aging LGBTQ+ people. We will explore suggestions and resources to help families and colleagues create inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ older adults and will lay the groundwork for caregiver networks to realize their commitment to serving LGBTQ+ older adults.
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Financial and Legal Needs

Presenter: Meike Wiest, MSW, CMC, Care Management and Guardianship Supervisor, Arosa

  • What does guardianship mean beyond its legal statutes? Learn what adult guardianship is, the role and responsibilities of a guardian, and the benefits, limitations, and common misconceptions about guardianship. Meike Wiest, a licensed social worker, is not a legal professional and cannot provide specific legal advice.

Presenter: Stephanie E.  Bias, Coordinator, North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol Program 

  • Are you being a good steward of your Medicare benefits?  Americans lose $68 billion annually to  fraud, waste, and abuse. Join us for a conversation on ways to protect your benefits and how the North Carolina Senior Medicare Patrol Program can help you avoid these schemes.

Presenter: Frank Summers, Certified Financial Planner, Cetera Investors 

  • Serious illnesses are expensive, and most caregivers make significant financial and personal sacrifices to care for a loved one. Learn how to fund care, avoid costly financial mistakes, and help caregivers manage their own finances.

Presenter: Jonathan Williams, Attorney, Clarity Legal Group    

  • What legal tools do caregivers need to be familiar with to manage a loved one's care? We will discuss powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and other documents that can help caregivers manage their responsibilities.

Presenter: Audrey Galloway, Manager of Outreach and Federal Advocacy, AARP North Carolina

  • Managing the costs associated with caregiving is not always easy. Learn financial tips to incorporate into your caregiving and hear about resources that can assist you.

Managing Communication and Relationships

Presenter: Kate DeBartolo, Senior Director, The Conversation Project at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

  • Join this session to learn ice breakers, tips, tricks, and messaging ideas to have conversations about health care, end-of-life care, and how to better understand the needs of a patient or loved one.

Presenter: Rev. Alyssa Botte, MDiv, MA, LCMHC, Greenway Counseling & Wellness

  • This program will explore how neurocognitive disorders and caregiving responsibilities impact and change relationships. Participants will learn to identify common relational changes that occur due to dementia, such as changes in communication, intimacy, roles, and responsibilities. You will also learn to implement coping strategies to improve connection and self-care.

Presenter: Suzanne Mayer, Representative, National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • Learn how to 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.

Presenter: Cornelia Poer, MSW, LCSW, Duke Geriatric Evaluation, and Treatment Clinic    

  • Communication needs gradually change for a person living with dementia and their care partner. This affects one's ability to express oneself and to understand. This session will explore the barriers to good communication and strategies care partners can use to reduce stress and effectively communicate. 

Technology in Caregiving

Presenter: Arif Kamal, MD, Chief Patient Officer, American Cancer Society

  • Caregivers are key to improved health outcomes, but they don’t always have an active role with a clinical care team. Hear about digital tools like telemedicine and virtual visits that you can use to engage with providers.

Scott Grant, Certified Senior Advisor, Graying with Grace 
Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker, Duke Dementia Family Support Program

  • Have you considered how technology could assist you in your role as caregiver? This session will introduce care partners to a variety of products to make caregiving easier.
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Understanding Dementia

Presenters: Daniel Parker, MD, Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Duke Health

  • 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.

Presenter: Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, Dementia Training Specialist, Dementia Alliance of North Carolina    

  • Life is about changing what you can change and letting go of what you can't. When someone in your life is living with dementia, this distinction becomes even more important. This talk provides methods for how to care for a person with dementia while caring for yourself. It will include a discussion of the six "Ps" of behavior management: problem; person; possible cause; plain, practice; and pass it on.

Bobbi Matchar, MSA, MHA Facilitator, Director, Duke Dementia Family Support Program
Anne Marie Clifford, Daughter Caregiver

  • When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, you may feel overwhelmed. This panel discussion with family care partners will describe practical steps to make life easier and prepare for the future.
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