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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Henderson Convention Center

Conference Agenda:

7:30 a.m. — Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. — General Session
Presenter: Sen. Valerie Wiener, PublicServiceNV
Title: "Reigniting Your Commitment Through Passion, Purpose, and Intention"
Description: Have you noticed that you engage more powerfully with persons, activities, and commitments that bring you joy? When you understand your own passion, you can then focus on your purpose. Let’s explore how you can personally experience this amazing journey to a joy-filled life!
9:25 a.m. — General Session
Presenter: David W. Coon, PhD, Arizona State University
Title: "Partners in Care: Early and Ongoing Engagement Across the Journey"
Description: This presentation focuses on key changes and challenges across the trajectory of dementia.  It highlights the importance of early and ongoing opportunities for engagement of both partners through examples of proven strategies to help caregiving professionals, family members, friends, and people with memory loss work together more effectively.

10:15 a.m. — Break
10:25am – Concurrent Break Out Session
Presenter: Jennifer Carson, PhD, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno
Title: "Preventing and Responding to Distress through the Promotion of Well-Being"
Description: Most distress among persons living with dementia represents an expression of an unmet need. Instead of treating ill-being through reactive pharmacological and/or non-pharmacological interventions, the primary goal should always be supporting well-being. In this session, you will learn how to use the Eden Alternative’s seven domains of well-being as a framework to assess and proactively support well-being. 

10:30am – Concurrent Break Out Session
Presenter: Jeff Klein, President - Nevada Senior Services
Title: "Navigating the Healthcare System with Alzheimer's Disease and Avoiding Hospitalization"
Description: In this session we explore an innovative and much needed initiative providing a person-centered approach for persons with dementia and family care givers to successfully navigate their transition from hospital to home.  
11:15 a.m. — Break
11:20 a.m. — General Session 
Presenter: Amy Peterson, Former Caregiver
Title: "Younger Onset Alzheimers Disease: The Great Brain Robbery"
Description: Former caregiver, Amy Peterson shares her caregiving journey throughout the trajectory of her husband's disease.  It also highlights the impact and issues unique to younger onset dementia.
12:15 p.m. — LUNCH (Included)
1:05 p.m. — Concurrent Break Out Session
Presenter: Tina Dortch, Program Manager, Office of Minority Health and Equity, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Title: "Challenges to Access to Services in Disparity Populations"
Description: Although the term disparities is often interpreted to mean racial or ethnic disparities, many dimensions of disparity exist in the United States, particularly in health care. Often individuals and practitioners are unaware that a disparity exists and/or how to reverse it.  Recognizing equitable health practices goes hand-in-hand with a person being their own “health advocate” or professionals being “health champions." 

1:05 p.m. — Concurrent Break Out Session
Presenter: Richard D. Chatwin, JD, MBA
Title: "Elder Law and Guardianship" 
Description: If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is a workshop for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place. This workshop is for informational purposes only and does not replace legal advice specific to participants’ own situation or needs. 

2:00 p.m. — BREAK

2:05 p.m. — Panel Discussion
Panel:  Gene Ulrich, Nancy Nelson, Jennifer Carson
Title: "Alzheimer's: A Perspective Conversation"
Description: A panel discussion featuring a person living with dementia, caregiver, and medical professional as they discuss their perspectives relating Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia.  
3:00 p.m. — General Session
Presenter: Katurah Hartley, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Title: "Advocacy and Advances in Public Policy: A Way Forward"
Description: Learn about the latest accomplishments in Alzheimer’s legislation and research funding. Plus explore ways you can help advocate and create change for the future of Alzheimer’s disease treatment and care.
3:50 p.m. — Closing and Evaluations