The Caregiver Smile Summit is a five-day event that will transform your caregiving by providing practical knowledge to make you a better caregiver, take care of your own health, while preparing you for your own aging journey. It will commence October 30, just prior to National Family Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
We want you to be able to rock the caregiving experience. Turn it from a burden to opportunity. From surviving to thriving.
We have assembled more than 50 experts in the health, aging and caregiving field who will address all of the important topics you need to know about as a caregiver.
But here’s the thing. This Summit is ideal for almost anyone. If you are just starting to see the signs that mom and dad need care, this is for you. If you are an experienced caregiver, this is for you as well. Even if your caregiving journey is over there is something you can learn about preparing for your own aging needs. That is why boomers should consider attending the Summit. And even foresighted GenX’ers and Millennials, who make up 25% of family caregivers, can learn something too.
HOW IT WORKS
So think of the Summit like a Netflix video release. After months of anticipation of your favorite series, the network releases the whole season on one day. We will be doing the same but over five days starting October 30.
Purchase the Summit for one low price and you will have “all access” to it. In other words, it’s yours forever. Starting on October 30th you will have access to all five days of videos and the accompanying materials and giveaways from our experts. You can also purchase individual days that will give you 48-hour access to that particular day’s videos and materials.
If you think this Summit would be valuable to others consider becoming an affiliate. Every registrant that comes through your affiliate link earns you money.
So take a look at our expert lineup and outstanding topics and then rock your aging experience by registering now for the Caregiver Smile Summit.
Listen to Anthony’s interview on Sound Health Radio where he talks about the Summit. (scroll to 34 minutes in!)
Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC
Anthony is president of The Aging Experience. He helps health care organizations craft experiences and seize opportunities the mature marketplace. He helps family caregivers thrive and individuals make educated aging decisions. A consultant and professional speaker, Anthony is a monthly contributor on The Charlotte Today program, a blogger for Huff Post 50, a former about.com / VeryWell expert in Senior Care, an executive board member of the Dementia Action Alliance.
In his home community he participates in Huntersville CARES, a dementia friendly community initiative, and is a board member of the Lake Norman Family Health Clinic. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives with a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania, Anthony’s clients have ranged from the Cleveland Clinic, Unisys, and King Faisal Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Carolinas Health Care, Novant Health, Wall Street startups and many more. Anthony serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for PPS Alert for Long-Term Care and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Aging and Geriatric Psychiatry.
As someone who helped launch the patient experience movement, Anthony has a unique ability to envision the future state of health care, see solutions before others see problems and formulate answers before people understand the question. He has been called innovative, inventive, original and resourceful. He provides logical support for futuristic thinking and makes difficult to understand ideas easier for people to comprehend. Anthony can connect the dots in healthcare. CEOs retain him for big picture thinking.
Dr. Douglas Fitzgerald
Dr. Fitzgerald is founder/partner of Boomer Senior Living International/ Redstring, LLC (BSLI), the umbrella corporation for Boomer-LivingPlus, Business Authority, Boomer Authority and KeyLifeBenefits. Dr. Fitzgerald serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for BSLI.
He holds BME, MME, ME and Ed.D Degrees and Certifications from East Carolina University, Villanova University, Penn State University and Immaculata University. His honors include: Alumni of the Year – East Carolina University; Guest Conductor for Pennsylvania Music Educators; Guest Conductor in England, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium.
His teaching credentials include public schools in New York and Pennsylvania; East Carolina University; University of the Arts; the College of New Jersey; Immaculata University and the University of Exeter.
His experience includes working with Peter Senge, Systems Thinking, Facilitator for Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits, Facilitator for Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Facilitator for the Chemistry Match, Facilitator for Organizational Change, Facilitator for “What Color is Your Parachute?”
He has served as Director of Conservatory Division -University of the Arts; President of the Faculty Senate – University of the Arts; Pennsylvania Regional Chairman of Music Educators; President of International Mature Marketing Network.
Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera
Author of The Savvy Resident’s Guide; Psychologist; Founder of My Better Nursing Home; author McKnight’s “The World According to Dr. El”
Author, The Grandparent Economy; Publisher of GRAND; Managing Producer, What’s Next Boomer Business Summit
Carol Bradley Bursack
Founder of Minding Our Elders and author of Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories
Senior Director of Spiritual & Grief Care Services at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Creator and Owner of Science for Seniors; Speaker; former Philadelphia Inquirer Reporter
Ashley Maloy, LMFT
Toco Hills NORC Coordinator, Aviv Older Adult Services Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta
M. Jane Markley
International Speaker; Educator; Healthcare Ethics Advisor; Advance Care Planning Facilitator
Dr. Daniel Nightingale
CEO Dementia Therapy Specialists (US) and Dementia Doctor (UK); Actor; Stand-up Comedian; Trained by Dr Patch Adams
Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti
President of Rossetti Enterprises Inc.; Internationally Known Speaker, Author, Consultant
Group Travel Expert; Clinical/Management in Geriatric, Rehabilitation, Home Health and Senior Housing
Today’s Voice for Dementia; Developer of the GEMS® Dementia Classification Model & the Positive Approach® to Care Training Strategies
Paula Spencer Scott
Author, Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers; caregiving/family-life consultant and educator; content chief at Kinstantly
CEO Sterling Health IT Consulting; PCORI Ambassador; Advisor, National Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patient & Caregiver- Powered Research Network
Vice President – Housecall Management Solutions; grandson of founder Dr. Samuel Lupin, winner of the Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Collaboration
Chief, Programs & Services, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Executive Director of most recent White House Conference on Aging
Deupree Meals on Wheels Director; former Adult Day Director; Development Partner Elder Abuse Toolkit with International Federation on Ageing
Owner of The Social Webb; Brand Ambassador for O, The Oprah Magazine; Founder of The Intentional Caregiver
Dr. Maria Zayas
Practicing Psychologist; Faculty Member of the Psychology Department at Brenau University
Day 1 - You Might Be a Caregiver If….
We designed the Summit so that it starts before the caregiving journey and progresses onward from there.
Today we look at the strategies you need to age in place
It is critical to navigate our elder years with conscious intention. The positive aging movement has focused on processes of self-discovery and transformation to clear patterns that sabotage us. Caregiving provides an opportunity to review our lives and significant relationships from a standpoint of care and compassion. You will learn how to transform an experience of surviving into an experience of thriving.
Read more about our expert – Dr. Maria Zayas
You will learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones while navigating caregiving and long-term care issues. Estate planning, ethical wills, power of attorney – these are but a few of the topics Wendy will cover.
Read more about our expert – Wendy Witt
There are so many competing interests trying to tell us what to do with our money – from your 401(k) broker to the media to your brother-in-law Phil. Mike is decidedly agnostic and crafts solutions that combine multiple strategies for success. Everyone wants us to climb the savings mountain. But how do you get back down from the mountain, distributing your wealth to make it last? Mike will show you how.
Read more about our expert – Mike Seibert
You know the kind – the fake IRS agent on the phone, the Nigerian sweepstakes winner. There are so many scams trying to deceive our seniors. We will cover the latest as Anthony draws on his personal knowledge and contributions to the Charlotte Today Show.
Read more about our expert – Anthony Cirillo
Even with advance directives and powers of attorney you may not be protected. Just ask Catherine Falk, daughter of Peter Falk (Columbo). She’ll cover a topic most of us are unfamiliar with – Guardianship.
Why do people end up in a Guardianship when they have their power of attorney documents prepared long in advance? Catherine will explain that and the measures we must take to safeguard end of life care.
Read more about our expert – Catherine Falk
Abuse takes on many forms. Self-neglect, physical and sexual, financial. Would you know the signs of abuse when visiting mom or dad? Learn what to look for and what to do should your loved one be the victim of abuse.
Read more about our expert – Susan Susskind
Aging-in-place is a desire for many but do you really understand what is involved in aging in place with quality and in safety? Patrick will discuss what aging-in-place means, the design features that will have the greatest impact on remaining home, and much more.
Read more our expert – Patrick Roden
Rosemarie has a compelling story that propelled her advocacy and work around universal design. She will explain what that is and how you structurally need to modify your home to live in it safely.
Read more about our expert – Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti
For older adults who have lived in their homes for 30 or 40 years, it’s more than just a move. Most older adults making this transition need to downsize considerably. The organizational and physical tasks — whether you are moving or simply downsizing — can be overwhelming! Senior Move Managers assist older adults and their families with both downsizing to remain at home, as well as the entire process of moving to a new residence. Senior Move Managers specialize in helping clients with the emotional and physical aspects of sorting through a lifetime of memories, while offering effective, affordable solutions to reduce stress and enhance the overall transition experience! Mary Kay will talk about this emerging profession and also how they can assist you in staying in your home longer.
Read more about our expert – Mary Kay Buysse
You’ve seen the celebrity endorsements for reverse mortgages. Probably the last people on earth who need them. Still advertising has compelled people to investigate these instruments. Mike will help us sort fact from fiction. He has no dog in the hunt, just straight advice for you to weigh your own decision.
Read more about our expert – Mike Seibert
Aging-in-place is harder when you’re alone. What steps do you recommend individuals take to be prepared to age at home alone? What are some of the risks? What should local community support services know about your needs and how can they better serve you? Carol has it covered.
Read more about our expert – Carol Marak
Active Daily Living (ADL) is a online program that helps family caregivers dealing with the challenges of aging loved ones, in particular maintaining independence, maximizing health status, and safely aging-in-place. Dan will give you a guided tour.
Read more about our expert – Dan Ansel
Day 2 - The Caregiving Journey
Welcome to our second day. Now that you prepared yourself to be a caregiver and maybe delayed it by helping mom and dad prepare for a better quality of life at home, it’s time to move on to a time when inevitably most of us will become caregivers.
From recognizing the first signs to family dynamics and the hard talks, we help you step into your journey with preparation and education.
Hey parents are wily devils. They can disguise things from their kids pretty well. Just like your kids try to get over you, so do your parents. In this session you will learn what to spot that shows mom or dad might need care and how to do it sooner. And MaryAnne will share her unique perspective of what it’s like to be an adult daughter caregiving for your aging loved ones.
Read more about our expert – MaryAnne Sterling
Families have been done in when it comes to caregiving, creating wounds that sometimes never heal. It can be a struggle to get siblings or adult children all on board the caregiving ship. Paula will cover the biggest family issues; the best ways to get family members to help more and criticize less; solving disagreements; and much more.
Read more about our expert – Paula Spencer Scott
Read more about our expert – Julie Bigham
One of the hardest discussions you may face with an elder is taking away the car keys. But there are other discussions too. Like when a parent remarries, even senior sex! So how do you navigate these conversations? Learn how in this session.
Read more about our expert – Suzette Binford
You’re on the left coast. Mom on the right. Now what? You can’t move. So how do you care from a distance? The support systems you need, the technology, the coordination can be overwhelming to handle. Amy will provide strategies to help you travel the caregiving miles in ease.
Read more about our expert – Amy Goyer
The truth is that you may need some professional help on your caregiving journey. Tara will share the role of the Geriatric Care Manager, how they can help you and your loved one while saving you money and much more.
Read more about our expert – Tara Bradley
Want to know about the most intriguing technology coming down the pike and how older adults will adapt and change to it? This is your session. Find out if and how senior living providers are keeping up to fill the needs of boomers and elders.
Read more about our expert – Laurie Orlov
What’s coming down the pike you ask in technology, services and products? Well we have just the expert who will tell us what we have to look forward to that will make our lives as caregivers less stressful while improving the quality of life for our loved one’s. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging.”
Read more about our expert – Dr. Mary Furlong
A purposeful care partner is someone who determines the emotional state of the person who is being cared for and addressing their needs. To do that requires developing a certain mindset. And you have to do that while balancing your own needs. Not an easy thing to do but something you will learn how to do in this session.
Read more about our expert – Carol Bradley Bursack
Part of aging-in-place requires thinking about new housing arrangements. SilverNest is a unique roommate matching service that finds the best match for your needs. Considering home sharing? Consider this session.
Read more about our expert – Wendi Burkhardt
As seniors naturally started to congregate in urban areas such as Beacon Hill, a new concept in care emerged. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) are a phenomenon where seniors stay in place and the services they need spring up around them. We will explore this movement in our session and help you better understand options for aging in place in NORCs.
Read more about our expert – Ashley Maloy
Day 3 - Healthcare and Aging
Day 3 of the Summit takes a deep dive into the world of provider healthcare and the world of those caring for someone living with dementia.Learn about your options and how to choose the right ones for your needs.
The biggest growth sector in health care in non-medical home care. So many companies. So many options. How do you choose? Joy is going to sort it all out for us.
Read more about our expert – Joy Loverde
Brooklyn HouseCall is the premier physician group visiting seniors at home throughout New York City. It was founded by Sam Lupin, MD, an accomplished and highly respected physician and a strong advocate for patients who have difficulty accessing primary care, specifically the homebound elderly. For his work, Housecalls for the Homebound, he received The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Collaboration by The Eisner Foundation. His grandson will talk about their approach and what others can learn about bringing services into the home.
Read more about our expert – Daniel Stokar
To age in place effectively requires taking care of your health. Yes house visits are great but what about the time in between? That is when you may need to depend on remote monitoring or what professionals call telemedicine or telehealth. Let’s find out more about it in this session.
Read more about our expert – Rich Brown
Did you ever leave a physician’s office frustrated and confused? Are you afraid to ask for a second opinion? What sources can you trust on the web? Advocating for your health is hard work and when you are doing it on behalf of a loved one it’s even harder. Cheryl will make it a bit easier to navigate.
Read more about our expert – Cheryl A Scharoun
Dementia is widely misunderstood. Did you know that Alzheimer’s is just one form of dementia? With so much inaccurate information out there, we will take a deep dive into understanding dementia, signs to look for, prevention and treatment.
Read more about our expert – Dr. Daniel Nightingale
Living with dementia is tough. Robert should know. He lives with Lewy Body Dementia. And still he has thrived as an advocate in the industry. What is Lewy body dementia? And how did he overcome the initial diagnosis and depression. Find out more to help you or a loved one living with dementia.
Read more about our expert – Robert Bowles
Teepa is a rock star in the dementia world. Thousands flock to her education programs. She helps people move from what they think they know about dementia to greater awareness. In doing so we better understand why our loved ones living with dementia do what they do. Then she helps you build skill because, if you are going to make a difference, you’ve got to change. We’ll explore more with Teepa.
Read more about our expert – Teepa Snow
Shifting caregiving from crisis to comfort is Lori’s mission. She connects people to best practices and facilitates conversations for dementia care worldwide. Want to have your voice heard? Want to live in the present consciously caring? Lori will tell us how.
Read more about our expert – Lori La Bey
Attacking dementia is not just a medical issue but a societal issue and dementia friendly communities have an edge. We will talk with Nora about Dementia Friendly America and how communities are becoming friendlier places for caregivers and people with dementia. Find out how you and your community can get involved.
Read more about our expert – Nora Super
We often find that people once diagnosed with dementia are written off by society. The work of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is to give an equal voice to those living with dementia in society and in policy making. DAA tools are helping people live well with dementia while advancing person-centered care in the culture.
Read more about our expert – Jackie Pinkowitz
Day 4 - Your Health as a Caregiver/ Caregiving in the Workplace
Host Anthony Cirillo’s sister predeceased his mom while serving as her caregiver. That happens more than you realize. So how can you take care of yourself in the caregiver journey so that you come out intact and whole? Those are the topics we will explore today.
Joan is caregiver to her 89-year-old mother. At first, she was resentful and angry. Then she went through a metamorphosis and now looks on her journey as one of opportunity and optimism. What can we learn from her caregiving experience? Tune in for this heartfelt interview.
Read more about our expert – Joan Braaten
Breeda is a comedic actor who is truly experiencing the sandwich generation and draws her materials from this experience. Through her unique lens, you will learn how to use humor as way of coping with the stress of caregiving.
Read more about our expert – Breeda Miller
Caregivers often find out who their true friends are when they start to become caregivers. Often, they become isolated. How do you cope with that while trying to develop a new network of friends? Where do you seek support? Connie will help us sort it out.
Read more about our expert – Connie Chow
Taking care of myself when there is absolutely no time to do it is hard. How can you get needed help in order to have some needed respite? Shelley will give you solid advice to help you battle fatigue and take better care of yourself.
Read more about our expert – Shelley Webb
One of the most noticeable traits our host Anthony has observed from seniors is gratitude. Kristi, Executive Director of the Network for Grateful Living will help us distinguish between gratefulness and grateful living, how they differ from gratitude and how they can offer particular benefit for those who want to experience aging and caregiving in a positive way.
Read more about our expert – Kristi Nelson
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act turns 50 this year. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 20,857 claims of age discrimination last year and found that 65 percent of older workers say age is a barrier to getting a job. What is ageism and why is it important to address it? What role does ageism play in attitudes about aging and why does it matter? What can individuals do to help dismantle ageism and embrace their aging? Tune in.
Read more about our expert – Cathy Bollinger
Coming out of the closet with your caregiving can have dangerous consequences, which have been well-documented in research. Don is Founder and Chairman of Logistics Health and was featured in the PBS Special “Caring for Mom and Dad” because of his company’s progressive culture and policies to family caregivers in the workplace. He will enlighten us and empower us to bring this culture shift to more workplace.
Read more about our expert – Don Weber
An incredible twenty-five percent of Millennials are family caregivers. Yes, you read that right. Michelle will talk to us about the challenges unique to millennial caregivers, how can we better support them while offering sound advice to cope as a millennial caregiver.
Read more about our expert – Michelle Seitzer
Grandparents are providing care – in terms of time and money – across a continuum that includes adult children, grandchildren and aging parents. And they do so at the risk of their own health and often their retirement savings – regardless of socioeconomic status. It’s pretty scary when you think about the pressure this will put on this generation to continue to generate income long into their 70’s. Many actuaries believe that government estimates of those who will relay solely on Social Security is grossly underestimated. Talk about a delicate balance! Lori will talk about the implications and what grandparents can do to take control and achieve balance.
Read more about our expert – Lori Bitter
Day 5 - Did We Miss Anything? Absolutely!
As we enter Day 5, the “acuity” level and the toughness of the subject matter escalates. As it becomes apparent that caregivers need to pass the baton on to professional caregivers, planning for long-term care needs and even planning for death and dying become necessary.
The sooner you address the issues the better. You don't want a crisis down the line. Let’s dive in.
Choosing assisted living or skilled nursing care is hard work. With more transparency, the information overload is, well, overwhelming. Walter will show us how we can make choosing less stressful.
Read more about our expert – Walter Coffey
Sure my Social Security will pay for long-term care, right? Wrong. Medicare? Maybe. Scott will help us sort out how you pay for care. Pay attention because you really want to think about this well before you ever need it.
Read more about our expert – Scott Morrison
The American Seniors Housing Association reports that senior bullying occurs in every independent living community; 10-20% of seniors have experienced some type of aggression. Those mean-girls who teased others about their hair, their clothing and more in elementary school didn’t change, they just got older. The bully boys who stole lunch money have found a new way to intimidate. It can be middle school with wrinkles! How do you identify bullies in senior living and cope with them? And what should you ask of management in senior living to do. Dr.El will provide insight.
Read more about our expert – Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera
Kathy is an elder travel specialist and will cover what you need to know in order to travel safely with seniors, allowing everyone to have a good time and quality time with each other. Who know you may want to join Kathy and host Anthony on their Caregiver Smile Cruise after hearing what she has to say.
Read more about our expert – Kathy Shoaf
Gloria brings both science and music programs to nursing and assisted living homes around the Philadelphia area and is a sought-after national speaker who teaches other activity professionals new ideas to enhance the lives of residents. She will show us how to move beyond bingo to offer activities to older adults that are meaningful for their lives.
Read more about our expert – Gloria Hoffner
Social isolation of elders is a fact. One thing can relieve that isolation – technology. Des will discuss the challenges for seniors wanting to use social media, the different platforms, and the pitfalls and the opportunities that await.
Read more about our expert – Des Walsh
Spelling out you end of life wishes can be a hard conversation to have but it is a necessary one. What are Advance Directives and Medical POAs? What is Advance Care Planning? When should someone have the “conversation” and complete their Advance Directives? Find out when we talk to Jane!
Read more about our expert – M. Jane Markley
The Go Wish Game is a unique way to use playing cards to better understand what you really want at the end of life. Reverend Wildemuth will explain what they are, where to obtain them, and how to use them.
Read more about our expert – Reverend Larry Wildemuth
In the midst of the journey, we often do not think about what is next “after” caregiving. It is both liberating and frightening at the same time. How does one get to acceptance and how can health providers support caregivers in their next phase? Chris is the expert.
Read more about our expert – Chris MacLellan
Hospice is a misunderstood service and palliative care even more so. Yet hospice can be not just a medical service but a spiritual one as well. Larry will sort it out and put hospice in a new light and one you may want to consider when the time is right.
Read more about our expert – Larry Dawalt
Anthony has spent thousands of hours around seniors and has learned a lesson or eight about what we can learn from them to live a quality life. Most of the lessons come from seniors in nursing homes, which the general public typically associates with death and dying.
Read more about our expert – Anthony Cirillo
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OUR CHARITY PARTNER
Our Charity Partner – The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund – http://www.thanksmomanddadfund.org
The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund® is a charity created to honor parents, grandparents and mentors by supporting programs and services for the aging population. It works to improve the quality of life for older adults and honors the contributions of older adults one generation to another by raising funds and making grants to agencies serving them.
Part of the proceeds of the Summit will benefit this Fund. Your contributions help fill gaps, encourage program innovation and increase services for older adults. Those services can include, but are not limited to, transportation (perhaps a ride to the doctor), home delivered meals for the homebound, adult day care, respite care for caregivers and critical information and assistance for families struggling to meet the needs of their parents or loved ones.
Through ongoing fundraising and grant-making, the Fund engages the public in support for such programs through greater awareness and promotion of the vital services provided by agencies and organizations serving older adults.
It was incubated at the Atlanta Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging in cooperation with The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and currently operates as a free-standing 501 (c) (3) nonprofit.