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The Caregiver Smile Summit is a virtual Summit 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.
The Summit has been recognized by United Health and AARP in the Open Ideo caregiver challenge and our videos are being utilized by corporations, insurers and EAP programs as part of their caregiving assistance programs. In fact we reach more that 5 million people with important information.
We want you to be able to rock the caregiving experience. Turn it from a burden to opportunity. From surviving to thriving. In Caregiver Summit 3 we offer practical tips and solutions that you can apply everyday in your caregiving.
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 too. 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. If you are a caregiver to a spouse or child, we have topics that will interest you as well.
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Recently I purchased your Virtual Caregiver Smile Summit. I am so impressed with the warmth and quality of your interviews and the professional and valuable content of your experts! I ended up spending my holiday weekend watching all the videos, and actually cancelled other plans because it was so good. I want to thank you for putting this together and making it available. I am recommending it to all my colleagues.
Debby Bitticks, Intergenerational Expert, Award-winning Author, Health and Caregiving Advocate.
Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC
Anthony is president of The Aging Experience. He is also a Partner in Global Institutional Solutions and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Digital Life Cloud. 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 contributor to US News and World Report, a recent blogger for Huff Post 50, a former about.com / VeryWell expert in Senior Care, and past executive board member of the Dementia Action Alliance. He currently serves on the board of Senior Net.
In his home community he participates in Huntersville CARES, a dementia friendly community initiative, and is a board chair 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.
Wendy Adlerstein, LSW – Director of Client Care Services FirstLight Home Care; Certified Dementia Practitioner
Dr. Jill Bjerke – CEO and Founder of Home Transition Solutions Group, Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Dorothy Breininger – Dorothy the Organizer – Problem Solver on Hoarders; Featured on Today Show, Dr. Phil, Hallmark Channel and more…
Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown – Aging & Sexuality Expert; Gerontologist; Assistant Professor Albany State University
Senior Director of Spiritual & Grief Care Services at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Dr. Ken Dychtwald – Visionary Regarding the Age Wave; Psychologist, Gerontologist, and Best-Selling Author
Chris Farrell – Senior Economics Contributor at Marketplace, Columnist, Author of Purpose and a Paycheck
Kathryn Harrison – Author of award-winning picture book, Weeds in Nana’s Garden; Smile for Grandpa; member AlzAuthors.com
Dr. Eboni I Green – co-founder of Caregiver Support Services; Author, Caregiving in the New Millennium; Teacher
Brian Harvey – Owner, Harvey Home Modifications; Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist; EPA Lead-Safe Renovator
Gincy Heins – Editor “Before the Diagnosis: Stories of Life and Love Before Dementia,” coauthor “365 Caregiving Tips” Series
John Leland – Award-Winning New York Times Reporter and author of Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year among the Oldest Old
Elizabeth Miller – Family Caregiver; Full-time Employee; Certified Caregiving Consultant; Founder Happy Healthy Caregiver; Author
Dr. Montoro Rodriguez – Gerontology Program Director at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC)
Kelly Niles-Yokum, MPA, PhD – Director of the Gerontology Master’s Program University of La Verne; President, California Council on Gerontology and Geriatric
Irene Smith – Founder of Everflowing, Author, Educator, Advisory Board Elizabeth Kubler Ross Foundation
Terri Tanielian – Senior Behavioral Scientist Rand Corporation and Nationally Recognized Veterans Mental Health Expert
Becoming a Caregiver
Have you been thrust into caregiving out of the blue? These sessions will help you adjust your mindset and your attitude and prepare you for the road ahead.
In this session we talk with Dr. Ken Dychtwald, founder and CEO of Age Wave about some of the topics he explored in the Age Wave/Merrill Lynch Report The Journey of Caregiving, Age Wave is the nation’s foremost thought leader on issues relating to an aging population, with great expertise in the profound business, social, healthcare, financial, workforce and cultural implications.
Learn more about our expert – Dr. Ken Dychtwald
What’s the secret to living a fuller, more content life? For John Leland, an award-winning New York Times reporter and author of the New York Times bestseller “Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year among the Oldest Old,” the answer came from an unexpected place: from the lives of six people age 85 and up. He expected them to educate him in the hardships of old age. Instead, they taught him lessons of resilience, gratitude, purpose and perspective that apply to people of any age. All had lost something – spouses, mobility, their keen eyesight or hearing. But none had lost everything. And they defined their lives by the things they could still do, not by what they had lost. Sociologists call this the “paradox of aging”: as much as our culture obsesses over youth, older people are more content with their lives than young adults. They’re less stressed, less afraid of death, better able to manage whatever difficulties come their way – even when their lives are very, very hard. The good news about old age is that there is good news. And the better news is that we can all learn from our elders’ wisdom and experience. Whatever your age, it’s not too late to learn to think like an old person. John will show us how.
Read more about our expert – John Leland
Caregiving is a life-changing experience, but that doesn’t have to mean the end of living for the caregiver. Learn how to thrive, not just survive, and grow in caregiving.
Read more about our expert – Gincy Heins
From apps to holistic practices to energy healing, we are striving to chill you out, take a breath, and take care of you!
Seeing a loved one or a client that you care deeply about fade away and disappear as a result from a Dementia diagnosis is a difficult and painful experience. You cannot help but to wonder might this be my future? If you have ever worried about your brain health and getting a disease like dementia or Alzheimer’s this is the session for you. In this interview Dr Andrews will discuss how the latest research can help you to protect you brain. She will provide 5 key areas and steps that you can start today that will help protect your brain now and for years to come. There is hope and there are ways that we can protect our brain now that will benefit us in the future.
Read more about our expert – Lucy Andrews
It’s easy for people to say, “take care of yourself,” however, most caregivers do not know where to start when it comes to self-care. In this session the “Ask Emma” Caregiver Wellness Assessment Tool is introduced. Not only is the “Emma” tool a great place to start when it comes to assessing your wellness, it is empowering, and encourages success as you care for yourself and your loved one. Based on research from the “Caregiver Wellness Survey”, a national survey and the Caregiver Wellness “U-Model”, the “Emma” tool stresses the importance of viewing wellness as an ongoing process – a work in progress. Therefore, you must repeatedly re-evaluate your state of wellness, acknowledge your strengths and keep on working toward the best possible wellness.
Read more about our expert – Dr. Eboni I. Green
Eileen Schwartz is an Artist, Writer, Educator, and Founder of Healing Art for Caregivers. Healing Art for Caregivers started as a project to provide opportunities for caregivers to experience creating art in order to find relief from caregiving. The experience of creating art can often be imagined to be difficult for individuals who have had little or no experience with making their own art. However, with Healing Art for Caregivers people can experience creating art in a very relaxed and calm environment. Within minutes ease of creating art becomes relaxing and enjoyable. Eileen will share her caregiving journey, tell us about her program and lead viewers through healing art exercises.
Read more about our expert – Eileen Schwartz
Making Life Easier
The following topics are designed to make your life easier as a caregiver. From organizing tips to making quick meals for you and mom, our goal is to help you simplify and pay attention to what is important.
Somehow, knowing you have a vacation planned to the warm waters in the Caribbean or a trip to a quaint cabin facing a sparkling lake in the mountains can allow you to power through the more difficult days of your caregiving routine. As caregivers, we seem to place our needs last. However, we can learn to care for our loved ones AND still live a life we had always dreamt. DorothyTheOrganizer will teach you how to “Organize your Life around Your Values” which will leave you feeling proud of the care you are providing to others and fulfilled around the care and growth you are creating for yourself. You’ll want to listen to this session to reignite your goals and dreams and get a sense of renewal!
Read more about our expert – Dorothy Breininger
Caregiving can often feel like a full-contact sport, and all too many caregivers find themselves under siege by other family members and even the ones to whom they provide care. This sense of attack drives caregivers either into despair or eventually erupts in rage. Both of those avenues compound the heartache of caregivers and pile on guilt, depression, and other dark thoughts. While caregivers desperately desire to defend themselves, they often feel overwhelmed and outmatched. By incorporating a few principles learned through martial arts, however, caregivers can regain their footing and learn to better direct the seemingly endless barrage of criticism leveled at them.
Read more about our expert – Peter Rosenberger
The session discusses how caregivers can use the new smart speaker technology from Amazon (Alexa) and Google (Assistant) to provide remote care and companionship. Theses smart speakers can also reduce the need for senior care services and allow your loved ones lead a much more active and purposeful life. The session highlights both the current options and upcoming possibilities.
Read more about our expert – Shaun Mitra
Talking with your child about dementia. Capturing life stories. Dealing with family. Yeah, we got you covered.
During the years they are providing care for an aging parent, adult siblings may learn to appreciate each other’s competence and capabilities more than they ever have before. But some sibling groups regress to the rivalrous and contentious relationships with one another they had as kids. In particular, older siblings may still try to boss around their younger brothers and sisters and make unilateral caregiving decisions. We’ll discuss how to recognize and manage old sibling dynamics based on birth order and then take steps to level the playing-field to create more mature and harmonious sibling interactions. We’ll also discuss the nuts-and-bolts of managing a sibling caregiver team, including running family meetings and setting up systems for ongoing dialogue and consensus-building.
Read more about our expert – Barry Jacobs
The relationship between a child and the person living with dementia can be very enriching for both. In this session we talk about how to encourage that connection through 10 activity ideas that can be done together.
Read more about our expert – Kathryn Harrison
This session will cover how to recognize when your cognitive impaired parent is acting inappropriately from a sexual standpoint. Additionally, this session will cover how to discuss this with the parent’s physician, address legal issues that may arise from their actions, and how to address the problem if your parent is arrested for their actions. Additional information will include problems in Long Term Care and in the community due to exhibitionism or sexually inappropriate behaviors.
Read more about our expert – Pamela Pitman Brown
Legal and Financial
Avoiding exploitation. Managing debt. Medicaid spend down. You can't be a complete caregiver without managing the legal and financial minutia.
Do you care for your children and worry about your aging parents? Congratulations, you are a member of the “Sandwich Generation.”
You probably have many questions about estate planning. You know you should be making a will and probably need some other estate planning documents, but which ones? What should you do to protect your children? How can you help your parents as they age? Where do you start?
Catherine will talk about the critical documents all caregivers should have and explain how they work to help with your caregiving journey.
Read more about our expert – Catherine Hodder
Caregivers face many challenges, but four things are absolutely predictable:
- Everyone will have a caregiving ‘event’ – even if it is just their own
- Most people will have multiple experiences.
- The closer the experience is to you, the more financial resources help.
- The older you get, the longer and more expensive the events tend to be.
The session talks to meeting these challenges financially.
Read more about our expert – Heywood Sloane
This session will address the legal and financial aspects of caregiving. While these issues can be daunting, there are a variety of ways that care partners can prepare themselves for their role in the care of their loved one. The legal and financial landscape of caregiving are two separate yet not mutually exclusive areas. We will discuss what we mean by “legal” and “financial” from both broad-based and individual perspectives. Topics include, Medicaid, health and end-of-life such as Power of Attorney and advanced directives, the ethics of personal autonomy in the context of care, as well as the financial waters related to out-of-pocket costs and money management, and caregivers rights.
Read more about our expert – Dr. Kelly Niles-Yokum
This session aims to provide ways to mitigate spending down your assets to care for a loved one. To do this, we will introduce some of the financial areas you can receive support. We will discuss ways to reduce some common expenses. We will suggest methods to plan ahead for care that may be more costly in the long run. We will review items for you to consider if you are at the point of spending your own assets. Finally, we’ll discuss items to consider depending on what stage of life you are as a caregiver.
Read about our expert – Dennis LaVoy
Caregiving in the Workplace
Corporate culture around caregiving issues is slow to change. We will look at ageism, how to deal with your boss and more.
Family caregivers anticipate (but dread) those phone calls from loved ones where assistance is needed right away. How do you minimize the impact to your work and your future career? Elizabeth Miller of Happy Healthy Caregiver will share her tried and true tips to help manage a caregiving crisis while remaining a valuable employee.
Read more about our expert – Elizabeth Miller
“Elderspeak” occurs when an older adult is spoken to by health care workers, service personnel, neighbors or even family members as if he or she is a child with limited understanding. Anna Corwin, an anthropologist and professor at St. Mary’s College of California is our guest expert. She notes that elderspeak sounds like baby talk or simplified speech and is, in fact, a symptom of how older adults are often perceived. In this interview we will cover: the definition of Elderspeak and why it’s a problem; alternatives to Elderspeak; how we should speak to older adults; and for good measure, Anna will share some lessons we can learn from Catholic nuns!
Read more about our expert – Dr. Anna Corwin
For the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under the age of five. And, women are disproportionally impacted by this aging trend. It is proven that across all socioeconomic lines, daughters shoulder the majority of the responsibility of caring for their parents as they age. Oftentimes, women are thrust into a caregiving role, yet the same accommodations frequently do not exist for her as they do for a new mom or dad.
While over the years we’ve seen increased dialogue and support for women who are navigating their careers as they raise young children, much less attention has been paid to those navigating a career while caring for aging parents. Two-thirds of all caregivers are female, and many feel that they sometimes have to choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter.
Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, developed the Daughters in the Workplace℠ public education program offering free resources to help working family caregivers feel empowered to talk to their employers about their needs, while also identifying caregiving support that may be available. This program also provides information to help employers understand what their employees want and need as caregivers.
Read more about our expert – Laklyn Hogan
Deep Dive Dementia Care
Dealing with aggression, boredom, dignity, hygiene, restlessness and more. We will explore the nitty gritty of caregiving for someone with dementia.
The industry has long been searching for non-pharmological solutions to help people living with dementia. There is abundant evidence that activity-based therapies help people to “live well” with their dementia – music and reminiscence, exercise and dance, gardening and cooking and more. Now comes along Digital Therapeutics that overcomes some of the limitations of activity-based therapy. Dr. Salomon has developed a touchscreen tablet-based tool that provides an interactive 3D world she calls DevaWorldTM, a digital platform that people with dementia love to use and a place where both members of the care dyad can come together for engagement, learning, and fun. We’ll speak with her about how this new technology helps those living with dementia and their family caregivers.
Read more about our expert – Mandy Salomon, Ph.D.
In this session, we will take a brief look at the various issues and risk factors faced by people affected by dementia and their families and how the new generation of Smart Wearable Devices are making a difference to ensure that their lives become significantly safer and at the same time, also provide their family and caregivers with peace of mind.
Read more about our expert – Aamod Wagh
Music. It’s all around us, it tells the stories of our lives, our dreams, hopes, passions and fears. We all have our own unique relationships with it and yet it can unite us through a chord or simple melody. So why is music not more universally recognized as a form of treatment for people living with dementia? What is being done about this in the UK? We talk with Grace Meadows, Programme Director for Music for Dementia 2020, a campaign to improve access to music for people living with dementia, carers and families, about how M4D is doing just that.
Read more about our expert – Grace Meadows
Most people in the early stages of memory challenges stop reading. Why is that? Do they actually lose their ability to read or is something else going on? Research shows that most people even in the late stages of dementia retain some capacity to read. So why aren’t they reading? In this session, we address these questions and outline care partner strategies to keep an older adult’s deeply-rooted ability to read alive and active.
Read about our expert – Susan Ostrowski
Aging in Place
From technologies to strategies to finances and more, we provide ways for you and or your loved one to sensible stay where you are!
Most people want to age in place but is that realistic? In this session we will learn how to prepare to age in place by developing a plan for it. It’s not as easy as you think and help from a professional can be invaluable. That’s why we have Annalee on board.
Read more about our expert – Annalee Kruger
The majority of family caregivers tend to be one spouse taking care of another usually in the home. The family dynamics when one spouse is healthy and the other not can sometimes get tricky. What are the unique needs of the well spouse? What can well spouses do to cope and survive? Are there resources available to help? We’ll explore that and more with not one but three speakers from the Well Spouse Association.
Seniors and their adult children want to ensure that the home they live in as they grow older is a safe and secure one. But the truth is our lives and style of living change but our homes don’t. We bring enticing, up-to-the-minute information, suggestions and solutions on all facets of whether or not remaining in the home is the best option for you.
Read more about our expert – Dr. Jill M. Bjerke, B.S., D.C.
More seniors are choosing to age in place but is that realistic? Often people fail to consider the home modifications that must be made in order to safely live at home. In this session, we have the experts that matter who will discuss why people choose to age in place, the typical age of people who retrofit their homes, as well as specifically looking at four key areas that typically need modification – entryways, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms.
Senior Living Options
This topic explores the world of formal senior living - assisted, CCRCs, nursing homes - financing, choosing and more.
You heard about through the media or through the whispers in your neighborhood. I heard Martha was “kicked out” of her assisted living. Can someone be made to leave a senior care facility? In this session, we talk to an experienced attorney who will show you how and what you need to do to prepare legally for long-term care. We’ll cover caregiver agreements, Medicaid, VA Aid and Attendance benefits and more. If you’re facing the prospect of having to move mom or dad into a care home, this is a must.
Read more about our expert – Sean Curran
The hardest piece of moving a loved one into a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living community is giving over their care to strangers. For some families they have turned to Granny Cams for peace of mind. Learn the laws, the pros and cons of cameras, and thought provoking questions to consider when placing your loved one in someone else’s care.
Read more about our expert – Angelia Brigance
The caring journey is a unique life experience for everyone. It can hold moments of great joy as well as moments of great uncertainty. In looking at the caring journey through the lens of The Caring Circle it allows for presence, balance, connection, respect and support. In this session, we will explore the concept and implementation of The Caring Circle, particularly as it impacts a team approach to care as in a senior care home. A Circle Culture helps us to see we are all connected one to another and that when we work together as a circle we can experience the beauty and grace that life has to offer.
Read more about our expert – Michelle Cameron Bozeman
End of Life
From advance directives to hospice care, estate issues and more,we gently and respectfully guide you through the inevitable issues that we all will face some day.
Let’s talk about loss. It’s a thread that’s woven through our lives. And yet, we do it so badly. We’ll explore how to show up for ourselves and our friends and family through loss and grief. This will be a practical, nitty-gritty conversation. Expect honesty, fearlessness, laughter, tears, and maybe even a song or two.
Read more about our expert – Kate Schutt
During this interview Irene will define Touch Awareness, educate the audience about positive outcomes associated with Touch Awareness in Caregiving and teach the audience basic Touch Awareness skills that can be implemented into daily caregiving immediately.
Read more about our expert – Irene Smith
At some point, your caregiving responsibilities will end. Many caregivers find themselves asking: what’s next for me?
Perhaps Morrie Schwartz, the professor in Mitch Albom’s wonderful book Tuesdays with Morrie, summed it up best when he said ‘everything that gets born dies.’ We all know that, but it’s not that simple- especially in the case of life limiting illness that can come quickly or drag out for years. In this session, Anthony is joined by Larry Dawalt, who has been in hospice care for over 25 years, to talk about what hospice provides to patients and families, the grieving process, self-care for caregivers, joyful moments and times of struggle, and various other aspects of end of life care.
Read more about our expert – Larry Dawalt
After the Caregiving
From lessons learned to restoring your joy and purpose, we will explore the part of caregiving people forget about - when it's over.
Many people with caregiving responsibilities are forced to leave their job behind. What steps can be taken to find employment—your purpose and a paycheck—when it comes time to find a job again? There are no easy answers. But there are practical avenues to pursue. We will explore all of this with Chris!
Read more about our expert – Chris Farrell
In this session, Mollie Lacher, founder of Sunny Care Services, will cover the important steps to take after losing a loved one, what tasks are more time-sensitive than others and why, and how to uncover important information about your deceased loved one if they left little documentation behind. Losing a loved one is already an emotionally difficult chapter and this session will ensure you are able to navigate the work of closing your loved one’s affairs with clarity and confidence. You will also receive a copy of the Sunny Care Services After Loss checklist that includes a detailed roadmap of the tasks to complete after losing a loved one. Sunny Care Services is a comprehensive concierge service for families who are experiencing loss and takes on all of the tactical tasks of closing out a loved one’s life so you don’t have to.
Read more about our expert – Mollie Lacher
Everyone will experience a loss during their life time. In our session, Loss Of Life Advocates Owner & Founder, Esther Cardenas Pipoly will discuss the painful and difficult decisions family members will have to make for a loved one during a life transition. Being prepared can make these decisions easier, however most people are not prepared and leave the burden of decision making to their loved ones. Guilt and Grief can cripple family when making decisions which can lead to disruption. She will provide tips on how to get prepared ahead of time as well as in the event of an emergency and will walk you through what happens between Physicians, Palliative Care, Hospice and Funeral Homes.
Read more about our expert – Esther Cardenas Pipoly
Shifting Demographics of Caregiving
Millennial Caregivers. Grandparents raising grandkids. The late 40's Caucasian woman is not necessarily the face of today's caregiver.
Get tips and insights on finding the right fit for peer support, and discuss why it matters. This session will explore creative ways to reach out if you’re not a networker at heart or have an extroverted personality, and develop a plan for building a diverse village that serves you best.
Read more about our expert – Michelle Seitzer
There is consistent evidence that caregiving for grandchildren is psychologically, emotionally, and physically challenging for grandparents. However, many of them may not be able to receive the support they need from their own families or public services. Using the Selective Optimization with Compensation framework and principles of solution-oriented cognitive models, our experts at UNCC implemented a six-week session pilot program to increase grandparents’ effective coping strategies, reduce stress, and improve parenting and communication with grandchildren. Preliminary data from suggest that participants improved their level of parental efficacy, social relations and confidence in organizing their time and priorities. Results indicate that focusing on solution-oriented strategies may empower grandparents and contribute to a better self-care and psychological adjustment.
There are 5.5 million military caregivers in the U.S. A recent RAND Corporation study – “The RAND Military Caregivers Study” – focuses on the caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured military service members and veterans. The study aimed to quantify military caregivers’ needs and examine existing policies and programs for meeting them. In this session, we’ll speak to Terri Tanielian, Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND, who served as a project leader on the study. Learn the resources available to military caregivers and how we can help military caregivers on their journey.
Read more about our expert – Terri Tanielian
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