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Healthy Aging Conference

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
Nov 22, 2019
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Radisson Hotel
La Crosse, WI

Learn about the importance of socialization as we age.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

The cost of the conference is $30, which includes all program materials, breakfast, lunch and beverages. Please register by Monday, Nov. 18. Registration fees are non-refundable. Limited scholarships and respite opportunities are available through the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of La Crosse County. For more information, please call (608) 775-4717.

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Giving Care, Taking Care

Friday, Nov. 22
Breakfast and registration – 7:30 a.m.
Conference – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Radisson Hotel
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

Conference Purpose: To educate and raise awareness about dementia and the actions we can take to help others along their journey.

Agenda Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
7:30 to 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8 to 8:15 a.m.

Chris Butler, regional president, Verve, a Credit Union

8:15 to 9:15 a.m. What's New with Alzheimer's Disease?
Concepcion Santillan, MD, neurologist, Gundersen Health System

Dr. Santillan will review current and future treatment options and other strategies to help stop or significantly delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease. She will cover new technology used in training, trials, the newest evidence, and lifestyle predictors.

9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Heidi Eglash, JD, attorney and owner, Eglash Law Office, LLC; Brittney Swenson, member experience manager, Verve, a Credit Union

Dementia can compromise one's ability to manage finances and put a person with dementia at risk. This presentation addresses specific legal and financial issues pertaining to dementia, as well as legal, financial, and care planning to manage these circumstances.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community
Joanne Sandvick, La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium Cheryl Neubauer, Aging & Disability Resource Center; Kelsey Flock, Aging & Disability Resource Center; Carla Lundeen, Inclusa; Kris Krall-Lowenstein, Gundersen Health System

During this session, learn about local initiatives that are helping make La Crosse a dementia-friendly community.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Networking lunch
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Breakout Session 1
(see below for descriptions)
1:15 to 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2
(see below for descriptions)
2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. Panel and Closing
Amy Brezinka, BSW, program facilitator, City of La Crosse Parks & Recreation Department: Opportunities for Caregivers and Caretakers
Kathy Lucey: Learning Through the Experience
Aging & Disability Resource Center of La Crosse County: Connection to Local Supports & Services
Tim Britain, CSA, executive director for Havenwood of Onalaska: Insights from Assisted Living Facilities

Breakout session descriptions

  • Breakout A: Before the After Planning
    Sara Wrobel, executive director, Causeway Caregivers
    In this session, learn about funeral and memorial planning, obituary writing, and completing important forms like advance directives, a will, power of attorney and much more.
  • Breakout B: Your Voice Matters: Advocating for Your Journey
    Kelsey Flock, CTRS, dementia care specialist, La Crosse County Aging & Disability Resource Center
    Learn ways you can advocate for yourself and your loved one with dementia. Also discover why this is important for bettering your quality of life and for the future of caregivers and people with dementia in our community.
  • Breakout C: Managing Medications in the Setting of Dementia
    Pharmacist: Cass St Pharmacy Gundersen Health System
    Learn about treatment options for Alzheimer's disease and associated conditions, as well as strategies and other considerations for making medication regimens patient- and caregiver-centered.
  • Breakout D: The Alzheimer's Association
    Sharlene Bellefeuille, ADC, AP-BC, outreach specialist, Alzheimer's Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter
    Learn how we provide care and support, education and awareness, accelerate research, and advocate for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer's.

Who should attend?

  • RNs, LPNs, certified nursing assistants, resident care assistants, social workers at all levels, recreational therapists, health educators, administrators
  • Case managers
  • Care coordinators
  • Home care providers
  • Long-term care facility employees
  • Family care network providers
  • Service referred agency staff (e.g., Aging Unit, ADRC)
  • Family or professional caregivers
  • Anyone interested in learning more about healthy aging

Special Accommodations: If you have any questions or concerns about this program or require special assistance or accommodations in order to participate, including dietary needs, please contact Shayna Schertz, Office of Population Health, Gundersen Health System, at (608) 775-3885 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 53885.

ADA statement: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gundersen Medical Foundation seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability that might require special accommodations, please email Shayna Schertz, Office of Population Health, Gundersen Health System, at or call (608) 775-3885.

Grievance statement: If you have questions or grievances, please contact Shayna Schertz, Office of Population Health, Gundersen Health System, at (608) 775-3885.

Other Information: All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

For any questions or concerns, please call (608) 775-4717.

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, November 22 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Radisson Hotel

Location Details

  • Radisson Hotel
    300 S. Second St
    La Crosse, WI 54601

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