Conference Schedule & Program

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

8:30 am – Registration and Exhibitor Hall opens

8:30 am – Breakfast (Hosted by Tribute Assisted Living & Memory Care)

9:00 am - Keynote Address

  • Finding the Joy in Caregiving: Rev. Jeri Fields
    Frequently caregiving is characterized as being a burden but it can also bring great joy to both the caregiver and the person being cared for. In this session Jeri will guide us on how to find that joy.

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Breakout Sessions

  • Caregiving 101: Carol Downs, MSW, State President of AARP Virginia
    A framework to help guide both you and your loved one will make the caregiving process easier. During this session, a framework to help you make plans to care for loved ones will be shared.

  • Demystifying Hospice: Melissa Wertz, Director of Market Development, VITAS Healthcare
    Often people do not take advantage of hospice benefits because of misconceptions and misunderstandings relating to hospice care. In this session you will learn the myths and truths about hospice care.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Self Care Strategies for Caregivers: Dan Campbell, LCSW
    Caregiver stress and burnout is common. Experience mindfulness strategies and discuss ways to help you maintain your sanity while dealing with your loved one in need of care, your family members, and professionals.

12:00 pm - Lunch (Hosted by Westminster at Lake Ridge)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Medicare 101: Lisa McFarren-Polgar, Starling Benefits
    Educational presentation on Medicare – all parts and key timing elements. Learn when Medicare does and doesn’t pay for skilled nursing, key times to switch plans, Medicare Advantage vs. Original, penalties for delayed decisions.

2:00 pm - Break, final chance to visit the Exhibit Hall

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Changes in Intimacy with Dementia: Mikki Firor, MS, Gerontologist, Trovato, LLC
    Focusing on the changes in intimacy that someone with dementia experiences, to include touching, changes in libido, physical and affection, and more. The importance of intimacy, how to redirect challenges that arise, and how to remain appropriately intimate will be discussed.

  • Making the Most of Life with Parkinson’s: Shirlea Hennessy, PT, DPT, GCS Tara Connor, MOTR/L, The Virginian
    Parkinson’s disease is often misunderstood. This session will focus on a general overview of Parkinson's disease, medical/medication management and the rehab role. Differences between PT and OT, as well as tips and tricks for caregiver training and advocacy for the client and care-partners.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm- Panel

  • Building your Caregiving Team: Marie Woodard and Karen Vassar
    Building your caregiving team is an important part of caregiving. It will improve the quality of life for your loved one and for yourself. Learn about the full spectrum of services and resources you can find in the community.

Registration required, respite care is available if registered by April 5th

Presenters were very well qualified and experts in their fields.
— C.S.