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McGinty Conference Agenda
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Morning Keynote, 8:30-9:30am

Global Science Initiatives
-James A. Hendrix, Ph.D

The Alzheimer's Association is committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer's disease. Dr. James Hendrix will discuss how the Alzheimer’s Association, which is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, connects  scientific, academic, government and industry thought-leaders and key stakeholders worldwide. He will demonstrate the value of collaboration and how the organization acts as a catalyst toward the time when we will have disease-modifying treatments, preventive strategies and gold-standard care for all people affected by Alzheimer's disease.


Luncheon Keynote, 11:30- 12:30pm

The Musical Brain
-Larry Sherman, MD

In this multi-media presentation that includes live music, Dr. Sherman explores the origins of music and how the brain interprets and responds to music.  He also describes new research showing the value of practicing instrumental music, and how music practice can influence processes that improve brain function in developing and aging brains.


Breakout Session A, 9:45- 11:15am

Relaxation Techniques Using Music and Essential Oils
- Alexis Baker, MT-BC

There are many benefits of using both music and essential oils therapeutically in daily life for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or individuals living with the disease themselves. The therapeutic use of music and essential oils can assist both caregiver and patient in a myriad of ways, such as calming the body and mind, reducing stress and anxiety, relieving tension, promoting rest and relaxation, and improving emotional well-being. The presenter will introduce the therapeutic use of music and teach attendees two specific relaxation techniques using music. The session will also include a general overview of the multiple benefits and uses of essential oils as well as teach several specific ways to apply them in daily life. Participants will be provided scripts for relaxation techniques and sample essential oil packets. 


Safe Medication Use in Older Adult
-Oregon Care Partners

This class will help anyone who cares for an aging person better understand the importance of safe medication use in older adults. The training is designed to increase caregiver knowledge of safe medication use with emphasis on risks vs. benefits; the importance of regular and reoccurring medication reviews; and identify alternatives to the use of medications for people with dementia.

Long Term Care Options for People Living with Dementia
-Sylvia Rieger & Kim Hector

It can be overwhelming trying to find the right living situation when a loved one with dementia needs care. There are many options available, everything from living with family, in-home care or moving into a long-term care setting. With the right planning, a person with dementia and their family can find the right fit where a person’s life is honored and their preferences respected. This session will focus on the different types of settings available for people living with dementia, what to look for and what questions to ask. It will also provide resources and tools that can be helpful when searching for that right caregiver or long-term care setting.


Effective Communication Strategies
-Alzheimer’s  Association Staff

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.


Breakout Session B, 12:45- 2:15pm

Creative Caregiving Giving: Activities for Self Care
-Candace Pratt, Hari Dass Kahlsa, Genevieve Layman, Greta Arell

Caregiving is hard–especially when caregivers neglect themselves. This panel will focus on how to manage stress and create enjoyable opportunities to relax. Hear about one caregiver’s experience processing the care she provided for her mother through creating interactive artwork; find out how horticulture therapy can reduce stress levels; and learn mindfulness techniques that can be practiced at any point in the caregiving journey.


Increasing Success When Moving Out of the Home
-Joyce Beedle, RN, BS

This session will address hands-on care with the people who don’t want help, don’t believe they need help or don’t like to be touched. Eating, bathing, dressing, and grooming will be addressed. There will be two parts to this workshop. Part One will be group “Solution-Seeking” for specific care concerns voiced by the participants. Part Two will be learning and practicing the technique of “Hand-Under-Hand”. Participants will be encouraged to share specific concerns involving hands-on care. Each concern will be addressed as participants are guided through a process, “Solution-Seeking,” that includes both small and large group generation of ideas.    


Dementia and Abuse: How is it Different?
-Ana Potter JD, Allison McKenzie

People living with dementia are more vulnerable to various types of abuse due to their impairments of memory, communication abilities and judgement. As their dementia advances, so does the risk. Many of these cases do not get reported due to the fact that people with dementia are unable, frightened, or embarrassed to report. Abuse among this population is oftentimes not reported not only for the reasons stated above, but also because it is typically committed by those close to the person with dementia. A 2010 study found that 47 percent of participants with dementia had been mistreated by caregivers. Participants of this study said they experienced psychological abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. People with dementia living in care settings may also be at risk for abuse by not only caregivers, but also by other residents.


Addressing Loneliness
-Stephanie Barret Herro, MS

Loneliness in older adults has the health risk equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day and can have deadly consequences. In this session, you will learn the risks of loneliness to older adults, including how loneliness affects those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, and how you can help battle loneliness in our older population.


Breakout Session C, 2:30- 4:00pm

Supporting People with Dementia through the Arts
-Sarah Holland, MSW, MPH

The desire to express ourselves through music or art is something that appears to be consistent throughout culture and time. As we learn more about the profound impact of creative expression on our cognitive development and engagement, we begin to think about how these mediums can be utilized to engage those living with dementia. Join us for an interactive presentation that will introduce potential artistic interventions in a variety of care settings including Memories in the Making and Music & Memory.


Approaches to Palliative Care: When is it the Right Time
-Harry Krulewitch, MD

While palliative care has long existed as a niche specialty medicine, demand for practice has seen steady growth in recent years. This type of person-centered care is focused on quality of life through relieving pain and symptoms, along with addressing emotional and psycho-social needs of both patient and family. More than ever, health care consumers demand personalized attention – particularly when it comes to health. Learn how the health care industry has advanced to better serve America’s aging populations, those living with serious or life-limiting illnesses and resources available to those providing care.


When Nobody Believes You: A Case Study on the Impact of Quality of Life from Living with Dementia with Lewy Bodies
-Christy Turner

Your brain is under attack by alpha-synuclein proteins folding in on themselves, reproducing and running amok. You literally beg for help from every professional you can think of. Nobody will help you, because nobody believes you. You’ve been labeled “hysterical” and “delusional” and a “chronic heavy user of resources.” Now what? This case study explores the experiences of a client living with dementia with Lewy Bodies and my efforts to help her. We’ll look at the difference early intervention could have made in quality of life; why symptom management not only wasn’t working, but was in fact exacerbating an already bad situation; and how changing to a more innovative approach started creating moment-by-moment miracles.


Stay Independent- Rehab Fall Prevention
-Denise Kean, OTR/L, Pres. 

It is crucial to keep a senior with dementia continuing in life where they find value, purpose and meaning. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for those over 65. One of the key ways to prevent falls is to keep the senior physically healthy. For this presentation the CDC STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Death & Injuries) “senior handout” will be provided. The handout overviews 10 key health factors that should be evaluated. Did you know footwear accounts for 30-40 percent of falls? This is a tool the senior and family can use with their primary care physician. An Oregon Health & Science University Clinic has been doing a research study using STEADI and reduced falls since 2011!


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