Ashland Regional Caregiver Conference - CANCELLED

Ashland Regional Caregiver Conference

Serving Caregivers in Bayfield, Ashland and Iron Counties


April 16, 2020

Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: WITC-Ashland


Catalog number: 47-520-405

Class Number: 25731

About the seminar:

The Caregiver Experience – Tools to Assist in the Journey

Join us for an interactive and educational day for family caregivers and professionals. Author and keynote speaker, Jim Adams, will share his journey as a caregiver. Others will provide information on a variety of caregiver topics. Breakout sessions will allow you to choose other topics that are most important for you.

  • Keynote: Jim Adams, Author, Other Me’s: My Caregiver Experience with Lewy Body Dementia
    • Other Me's is a detailed, personal account of how Jim and his family dealt with the effects of Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson's Disease during the last two years of his wife Diane's life. The book chronicles the progression of Diane's physical and mental symptoms, including Capgras Syndrome, which caused Diane to believe there were multiple versions of Jim, including several malevolent imposters.
    • Objectives
      • Increase your awareness of Lewy Body Dementia and understand differences between Lewy Body and Alzheimer’s
      • Explain the impact that Lewy Body Dementia has on a spouse and family
      • Gain insight into dealing with a person with Lewy Body Dementia
  • Dementia Friends, Jennifer Ellis, WITC
    • A Dementia Friend learns about dementia and then turns that understanding into action. We all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities!
    • Objectives:
      • Understand the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer's disease
      • Gain an understanding of 5 key message about dementia, and resources in your community
  • Question, Persuade, Refer, Stephanie Smith, WITC Veteran Student Advocate
    • QPR Gatekeeper Training is designed to teach "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.  Gatekeepers can include anyone who is positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., caregivers, siblings, friends).
    • Objectives:
      • Identify the warning signs of a suicide crisis
      • Know how to respond to and where to refer someone experiencing a suicide crisis
  • Wellness Program Resources Panel, Suzanne Rooney (Tai Chi), Rebecca Nelson and Donna Jones-Ilsley (Pulse and Pattern), Sharon Hacker (Stepping On), Pauline Jimenez and Gina Emily (Living Well with Chronic Pain)
    • In this panel session you will: experience an overview and demonstration of Tai Chi; learn how holistic movement patterns can improve brain health and strengthen the mind-body connection; engage in a brain-compatible dance lesson based on rhythm (for all ages/mobility levels); and learn about the Stepping On and Healthy Living with Chronic Pain programs and how to apply them as a caregiver.
    • Objectives:
      • Create the desire to learn more about and engage in Tai Chi
      • Understand and experience brain dance movement types and their benefits
      • Understand and experience the process of a Brain-Compatible dance lesson
      • Discover ways to facilitate people’s independence and do things they love
      • Learn the components of the Moving Easy program
      • Explore ways to communicate with healthcare providers about pain
  • Medicare Hospice Benefit 101, Pam Frost, RN and Suzanne Ballantyne, MSW
    • Gain an understanding of the hospice team approach, including myths and misconceptions about hospice care.
    • Objectives:
      • Discover what the Medicare hospice benefit covers
      • Learn what the hospice team approach means to the patient and family
  • Living Well – and Loving – with Alzheimer’s, Teena Racheli, United Methodist minister
    • Learn how Teena created in-home caregiving team for her husband as he progressed through stages of dementia. This team focused on creating a quality of life and connection to the larger community and slowing the disease progression.
    • Objective:
    • Discover strategies to developing a care-team for a loved one with Alzheimer's/Dementia
  • Dementia Live, Erika Johnson, ADRC Director, and Chelsea Thompson, CSW, ARDC Information & Assistance Specialist
    • Dementia Live is a high impact dementia simulation that immerses participants into life with dementia and results in a deeper understanding of what it's like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change.
    • Objectives:
      • Heighten your empathy and understanding of dementia
      • Discover how to elevate engagement and improve quality visits with those living with dementia


Additional information: Light breakfast and lunch included. 6 CEUs available.

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2100 Beaser Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806

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Contact Information

Lynn Fitch

800.243.9482 ext. 2327

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Class fee: $35

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