Healthy Aging Conference 2021
"Joy in the Journey"
Friday, September 24
8 a.m. to Noon
Radisson Hotel, 200 Second Street South, La Crosse, WI
Conference Purpose: To educate and raise awareness about dementia and the actions we can take to help others along their Alzheimer's journey.
8–9 a.m. Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
Justin Otis, MD, Neuropsychiatrist, Gundersen Health System
Dr. Otis will present on co-pathology - the presence of multiple diseases with Alzheimer's Disease. The number of co-occurring conditions increases with age and presents a problem for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. He will also discuss how future treatments for neurogenerative disease may target the immune system and inflammation.
9-10 a.m. Planning and Communicating for Legal and Personal Decisions
Sara Wrobel, Executive Director, Causeway Caregivers
Have you ever said, "My kids know what I want" or "I don't have anything of value" or "We have a will, our kids know what to do, what else is there to do?" Before the After offers helpful tips and techniques to assist you as you prepare your final wishes and communicate those wishes to friends, family or designees. Before the After works for any one of any age to plan as little or as much as you'd like.
Heidi Eglash, JD, Attorney and Owner of Eglash Law Office
Dementia can compromise one's ability to manage finances and puts a person with dementia at risk. This presentation aims to increase knowledge of specific legal and financial issues pertaining to dementia, as well as the legal, financial, and care planning that can be done to manage these circumstances. Planning ahead and the options available when planning has not been done prior to a dementia diagnosis will be discussed, along with some useful planning tools and frequently asked questions.
10:10 a.m.-noon Creating Moments of Joy
Keynote Speaker: Jolene A. Brackey, BA, Owner of Enhanced Moments
Founder of Enhanced Moments and author of the book, Creating Moments of Joy. Jolene Brackey is a celebrated nationwide speaker in Alzheimer's education for over 20 years. Jolene has been a keynote speaker at many conferences where family members, CNAs, and professionals share what works and doesn't work. Therefore, the greatest education is being with and having loved someone with Alzheimer's.
Share the vision. A vision that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. When the person has short-term memory loss their life is made up of moments. We cannot create a perfectly wonderful day, but it is absolutely attainable to create a perfectly wonderful moment. When we go where the person is living in their mind, we will create smiles by triggering memories that are engrained in them. Focusing on the abilities they have left instead of their losses may have the possibility of reviving their spirit and ours. Five minutes later, they won't remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger. As will the feeling the speaker leaves the audience as they laugh, cry and be inspired to create moments of joy.
Noon: Local coalition work & closing
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 (i.e. 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 at (608) 775-3885 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 53885, by Monday, Sept. 13.
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 e-mail your needs to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 775-3885.
Grievance statement: If you have questions or grievances, please contact Shayna Schertz at (608) 775-3885.
Cost: $30. Fee includes all program materials, light breakfast and beverages. Please register no later than Monday, Sept. 13. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Limited scholarships available for family caregivers, please call the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of La Crosse County at 608-785-5700.
Other Info: All participants will receive a certificate of attendance
For more information, please contact Gundersen Health System Office of Population Health, (608) 775-4717 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 4717.
*COVID RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY: Mask and social distancing required at conference.