Prince Conference Center at Calvin College 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 8

Prince Conference Center at
Calvin College
8
Saturday, November 9th
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more than a decade, Clark Retirement Community has dedicated significant
resources and energy into servicing persons with memory loss and their loved ones.
At Clark, we serve as facilitators and friends for all residents with dementia and as
support systems and educators for our community.
The Pathway to Caregiving Conference is specifically designed to assist those
persons who are caring for loved ones with dementia in their own homes or other
community settings. This is part of Clark’s strong commitment to reach beyond our
walls into the general community and provide a resource and education to aide in
the caregiving journey.
Alzheimer’s: Current Statistics and the Importance of
Early Intervention
A1 - Dementia Assessment: Why It’s Important
A2 - What to Expect After a Dementia Diagnosis
A3 - Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee
A4 - Dementia: Patient, Family, and Beyond
B1 - Maintaining Mobility, Vigor and Self-care
B2 - Communication: A Key in Caring
B3 - Guidelines for the Treatment of Dementia
B4 - The Preservation of Joy: Exploring Well-being
B5 - How Do You Want to Live?
C1 - Mindfulness: Peace in the Midst of Chaos
C2 - Behavioral Expressions of Dementia
C3 - Music Therapy: Mind, Body, and Soul
C4 - “I Know He has Dementia but Why is He Doing That?”
C5 - Fitness for the Caregiver
Self-care Through Music for the Caregiver
Alzheimer’s: Current Statistics and the Importance of
Early Intervention
Presented by:
Dr. Bruno J. Giordani, Ph.D
Professor and Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology,
University of Michigan Health System
In this opening session, Dr. Giordani will provide the latest statistics related to Alzheimer’s,
the current efforts in research, and the benefits of getting a diagnosis early.
Dementia Assessment: Why It’s Important
Presented by:
Dr. Kevin Foley, MD
Medical Director of Saint Mary’s Health Care Alzheimer’s Disease and
Memory Disorders Service in the Neuroscience Program
This session will cover what a cognitive assessment is and why it is important. Dr. Foley will also
explore the benefits of an early memory loss diagnosis.
What to Expect After a Dementia Diagnosis
Presented by:
Dr. Bruno J. Giordani, Ph.D
Professor and Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology,
University of Michigan Health System
Dr. Bruno Giordani will discuss important topics that patients and families should consider when
they are beginning their journey with dementia. Information and tips for understanding your
diagnosis, partnering with your doctor, arranging financial and legal documents, maintaining
social supports, managing caregiver stress, and preserving well-being will be explored.
A3 - Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee
Presented By:
Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, Daughter Extraordinaire
Enjoy this comical look at what dementia has taught one caregiver about taking care of a loved one
with memory loss. Be prepared to laugh and enjoy the stories of how this daughter extraordinaire
navigated the maze of caregiving frustration.
A4 - Dementia: Patient, Family and Beyond
Presented By:
Dr. Simin N. Beg, MD
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Hospice
Dr. Beg will discuss the care of the dementia patient, the different life changes that occur for family
members and caregivers, collaboration with the medical community and navigating the disease
throughout the journey.
B1 - Maintaining Mobility, Vigor, and Self-care
Presented By:
Amy Mulwa, RN, Nursing Education Coordinator, Clark Retirement Community
Jane P. Streb PT, MS, Physical Therapist, Clark Retirement Community
If you don’t use it you lose it! Maintaining mobility and self-care will help maximize your ability to
live a vibrant life. This session will explore these benefits and teach you how to maintain mobility,
vigor and self-care for you and the person you are caring for.
B2 - Communication: A Key in Caring
Presented By:
Chris Simons, Director of Dementia Services, Clark Retirement Community
Jan Slot, RN, Director of Resident Services, Clark Retirement Community
Participants will learn proven techniques to communicate with a person with memory loss
in this workshop. We will also explore: changes that occur within the brain, how to keep
families and friends current with changes, and how families and friends can respond to
their loved one with memory loss.
B3 - Guidelines for the Treatment of Dementia
Presented By:
Kyle Baker, Pharm.D., Mercy Health-Saint Mary's Long Term Care and Home Infusion
This presentation will give you an overview of current medications used in the treatment of dementia
and side effects associated with these medications. This discussion will help patients and caregivers
become more comfortable in their treatment decisions.
B4 - The Preservation of Joy: Exploring Well-being
Presented By:
Miranda Ward, Personal Services Manager, Clark at Home
In this workshop participants will discover how to enhance the quality of life for individuals with memory
loss and for themselves through hands on applications. We will explore various areas of well-being.
B5 - How Do You Want to Live?
Presented By:
Rev. Jan Lancaster, B.S. RN, RN Case Manager, Emmanuel Hospice
We will discuss the importance of goals and preferences regarding advance directives. You will learn tips
for starting, having, and continuing the conversation, along with the value of Hospice and Palliative care.
C1 - Mindfulness: Peace in the Midst of Chaos
Presented by:
Carol Hendershot, Co-founder, Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Grand Rapids
Center for Mindfulness
Sometimes we wonder what happened and why, we worry about the future and get overloaded
by the demands of each day. You will discover how mindfulness can bring moments of beauty
and tranquility, even on the most challenging days.
C2 - Behavioral Expressions of Dementia
Presented by:
Chris Simons, Director of Dementia Services, Clark Retirement Community
Jan Slot, RN, Director of Resident Services, Clark Retirement Community
What is the person with dementia experiencing? A look at interpreting needs through behavior and
nonverbal communication. You will learn how you as the caregiver can respond to these needs.
C3 - Music Therapy: Mind, Body, and Soul
Presented by:
Alisha Snyder, Music Therapist, Franciscan Life Process Center
You will discover what music therapy is and how it can benefit not only persons with memory
loss, but also caregivers. This presentation will include experiential interventions.
C4
- “I Know He has Dementia but Why is He Doing That?”
Presented by:
Joy Spahn, Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter
C2a loved one's dementia progresses, changes in mood, personality and behaviors can be
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challenging and sometimes frustrating for the care partner. This interactive presentation will
provide insight into why these changes occur and some approaches to help manage them.
C5 - Fitness for the Caregiver
Presented by:
John R. Stevenson, Ph.D, Professor of Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University
Caregivers, take care of yourself FIRST! This presentation will cover fitness basics and goals in
addition to methods for improving fitness and health for caregivers.
Self-care Through Music for the Caregiver
Presented by:
Alisha Snyder, Music Therapist, Franciscan Life Process Center
Regroup with your fellow participants and let the music move you. During our final session
you will have the opportunity to rejuvenate and practice self-care through music.
It’s Never 2 Late
IN2L - It’s Never 2 Late - Technology enhances life in many ways. The IN2L program
provides many tools to connect people living with memory loss in an interactive way.
Clark was the first continuing care retirement community in Michigan to utilize this
innovative system. Clark uses other technology tools like iPod’s and iPad’s in their
dementia programming on a daily basis. To learn more about Clark’s dementia
programming call (616) 452-1568.
Our favorite health tip? EXERCISE YOUR VOICE.
Ready to be more involved in your health care decisions? Then pencil
us in. At the new Mercy Health, we believe your empowered voice is
the key to good health. And it’s as important as your team of health
care experts using the latest technology. So, speak up. We’re listening.
Your voice. Our expertise.
MercyHealth.com
Opening Session: 9:10 am - 10:30 am
Alzheimer’s: Current Statistics and the
Importance of Early Intervention
Morning Session: 10:45 am - 11:45 am (Choose One)
A1 - Dementia Assessment: Why It’s Important
A2 - What to Expect After a Dementia Diagnosis
A3 - Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee
A4 - Dementia: Patient, Family, and Beyond
Luncheon: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Dietary restrictions: _______________________________
Afternoon Session I: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Choose One)
B1 - Maintaining Mobility, Vigor and Self-care
B2 - Communication: A Key in Caring
B3 - Guidelines for the Treatment of Dementia
B4 - The Preservation of Joy - Exploring Well-being
B5 - How Do You Want to Live?
Afternoon Session II: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm (Choose One)
C1 - Mindfulness: Peace in the Midst of Chaos
C2 - Behavioral Expressions of Dementia
C3 - Music Therapy: Mind, Body, and Soul
C4 - “I know He has Dementia but Why is He Doing That?”
C5 - Fitness for the Caregiver
Closing Session: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Self-care Through Music for the Caregiver
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RSVP by October 27, 2014
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