Friday, November 16, 2012

Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

Welcome to the New Age of Caregiving Symposium. We are excited that  we created an entire day just for you, the professional and family caregiver. Our intention is to empower and encourage you to create balance in your lives everyday. We have specifically chosen speakers, sponsors, and holistic practitioners who feel passionate about providing information, resources and guidance that will make your caregiver journey more fulfilling, more balanced and more clear.

The beauty of this symposium is that this is your day. You get to pick and choose which breakout session you want to attend, when you want a healing massage and if you want to meet Lee Woodruff, our national keynote speaker.

Mistress of Ceremonies – Trisha Randall, Publisher of Senior Living Guide


8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast in foyer and
Picasso Grand Ballroom – Visit vendors, Spa & Healing Center and shop at Dillard’s Boutique.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Official Welcome Session in Picasso Grand Ballroom

Kim Linder, Host – Official Welcome – Featured speakers: Tom Curran, Fox 13 News Anchor introduces 2 Inspirational Caregiver Awards – Welcome Sponsors – Breakfast Sponsor Dillard’s selects 2 Caregiver Makeovers – Harmony Home Health – William Rambaum VIP Sponsor

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Mini-Break

Please carefully read all your options for the Morning Breakout Sessions: Choose one you want to attend.


A) Mind-Body Cohesion: The Key to Unlimited Possibilities

located in Van Gogh Room A

Attendees will be guided through a relaxing stress-reduction hypnosis experience. Learn how to access your creative mind to develop your inner resources for a healthy lifestyle, pain relief and achieving your personal goals.

B) Advance Directives-Know the Law & Your Rights

located in Van Gogh Room B

Learn from the experts, State of FL Advance Directives statute rights, best practices related to individual person, family and health care workers. Provided by Co-Presenters: Robin A. Bleier, RN, HCRM from RB Health Partners, Chart Your Own Course, Ltd. Co. and Care Resources and Karen L. Goldsmith, JD with Goldsmith & Grout, P.A. Sponsored by Novaerus (includes 2 RN & NHA CEU’s)

10:15 a.m. -11:15 a.m. Early Morning Breakout Sessions for ALL Caregivers

(some oer CEU’s)

A) “How to protect your disabled loved one or elderly family member from Fraud & Exploitation”

located in Picasso Grand Ballroom

Watch excerpts from the “lm “Last Will and Embezzlement” as background to this disturbing and pervasive topic. Caregivers will learn how to prevent, identify and report this crime. Provided by William Rambaum, Certi”ed Elder Law Attorney; Geri Williams, Regional Administrator for Agency for Persons with Disabilities and BeLinda Amankwaa, Senior Human Services Program Specialist with Department of Children and Family Adult Protective Services. (1 CEU)

B) “The Senior Gems”

located in Gateway Room

Senior Helpers who has partnered with Teepa Snow, a renowned educator in geriatrics and dementia care, to create the Senior Gems of Dementia Program. Healthcare professionals and family caregivers will bene”t from this interactive presentation by identifying the different levels of dementia & how to handle their behaviors. Teepa Snow is featured in the video. Provided by Stacy Geier from Senior Helpers. (1 CEU provided)

C) “Alternative Medications & Supplements”

located in Feather Sound Room

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “My doctor never has time to answer all my questions.” is is your chance to ask the doctor your questions or express concerns. Provided by Dr. David LeVine, board certi”ed geriatrician from Menorah Manor & Inn on the Pond

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Late Morning Breakout Sessions for ALL Caregivers

(some oer CEU’s)

D) “The Crucial Balancing Act of Fall Risk Management”

located in Gateway Room

Identify safety risks you and your loved ones juggle every day and how to make better choices.

Provided by The Harmony Home team: Christa Moffatt, RN, MS. Melanie Bowman, LCSW, MPH and Carole Ware- McKenzie (1 CEU provided)

E) “The Role of the Caregiver in Protecting A Loved One’s Physical Assets”

located in Feather Sound Room

Otfen caregivers are focused on providing care. Sometimes that’s not enough. this program will discuss why and how to be prepared for potential absences from your home and how to secure your valuables.

Provided by Dale Smrekar with Downsizing Advisory Services


Lunch featured speakers: Dr. David Morgan from USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, Rick Phelps, Early Onset Dementia, Dr. Jay Poonkasem from Suncoast Hospice, Independent Chair team, Harmony Home Health team, Dillard’s presents 2 Caregiver Makeovers

1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Our special guest: Lee Woodruff, National Keynote Speaker


2:15 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Break/Lee Woodruff book signing/visit vendors/ Spa & Healing Center

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions for ALL Caregivers

F) Early Onset Dementia – You’ve Heard the Diagnosis, Now What?

located in Picasso Grand Ballroom

Let’s explore the differences between early onset and the early stage of Dementia, when symptoms begin, coping tips and how to address special issues. Have this rare opportunity to ask a man in his fifties who has early onset Dementia what is it like being him and what tools are in his toolbox that help him remain independent. Provided by Carol White, Divisional Memory Care Specialist with Brookdale Senior Living with special guests Rick Phelps & his Dementia Service Dog Sam (1

CEU provided

G) “Person-Centered Care: A Plan for Life”

located in Van Gogh A Room

Learn what Person Centered Care is and how it relates to an individual’s desire to live without loneliness, helplessness and boredom, the true cause of suffering.

Provided by Maureen Rulison with Caregiver’s Support & Resources, Melissa Spangler, Attorney with Law Firm of Fisher & Wilsey, Melanie Bowman, LCSW with Harmony Home Health and Mark Grande with Eternal Cremations

H) “Caregivers at the Workplace”.

located in Van Gogh B Room

This unique workshop addresses the real problems that face employees and employers when it comes to caregiving. How does a company balance supporting their employees who are caregiving and expecting 100% productivity? How does a caregiver approach their employee when they need support and resources? How can this work out well for everyone involved? Provided by Margery Pabst, author of Enrich Your Caregiver Journey

I) “Improving Your Brain Health with Specific Foods”

located in Feather Sound Room

Get an overview of what constitutes a brain healthy diet. Small cooking demonstration will illustrate how easy it is to cook nutritionally. Provided by “The Alzheimer’s Chef ” Christopher Rivera from Paci”ca Senior Care Belleair

J) “Living with Brain Injury: Keeping Hope”

located in Gateway Room

Understand ways to cope with Brain Injury for survivors and caregivers. Provided by Angelica Brozyna Ph.D. from Tampa

General Hospital (1 CEU provided)

Closing Ceremony & Happy Hour

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony & Happy Hour in the Picasso Grand Ballroom

Happy Hour with Comedienne Maureen Sullivan, RN will entertain us with her great story-telling and humor. Door Prizes to be announced including 5 free cruises to the Bahamas. Closing remarks.