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Caregiver Conference

Caregiver Conference

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A Conference for Professional and Family Caregivers.

Whether you are a professional or family caregiver this conference will provide you with various engaging and educational topics that will leave you feeling renewed, refreshed, and recharged!

Join us in November for sessions related to legal knowledge, caregiver wellness, and senior care, including a Continuum of Care Panel where representatives from different senior living areas will be available to answer your questions!

 

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In between sessions, you can…

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Relax during a hands-on chair massage or in our ReVibe chair.

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Treat yourself to a paraffin dip.

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Learn about blood pressure and have yours checked.

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Learn to properly use home oxygen equipment and inhalers.

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Create your own custom room spray.

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Join in on a Zumba session.

About the Keynote Speaker

Karla Hult is an Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Walter Cronkite award-winning journalist who's worked in eight different newsrooms throughout the country. Her favorite stories include those touching on international, political, and cultural issues and, of course, stories from the heart, including her award-winning work on her family’s Alzheimer’s journey.

Karla built her career on a foundation of esteemed education. She received a Master's of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, where she also earned a writing fellowship. Karla graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

Today, she continues to report and anchor for KARE 11, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, while also teaching tomorrow’s journalists as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, St. Olaf. But Karla remains most proud of her work as a fierce fighter, emcee, and overall advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations committed to helping the underserved in our greater and global communities. Karla also recently launched her own company, So Many Goodbyes, which is dedicated to helping families, caregivers, and the long-term care community cope with the cruelty of Alzheimer's.

Karla Hult - Keynote Speaker

2022 Conference Schedule

1 - 1:30 P.M.

Registration

1:30 - 2:30 P.M.
Kickoff & Keynote

You’re Not Alone, I’m Still Here, I Love You: Today’s Caregiver Crisis

Presented By: Karla Hult, Award-Winning Journalist
As the population continues to age, the caregiving crisis expands. How will this caregiver crisis affect you and the world? Join us and find out!

In this keynote presentation, you'll learn about the emotional and financial challenges facing family caregivers today from the perspective of a daughter who said So Many Goodbyes, alarming trends throughout the world that represent why family and professional caregivers desperately need excellent community support, and strategies for dealing with the caregiver crisis -- worldwide and within your village, home, or long-term care community.

2:30 - 3:30 P.M.

Activities, Vendors, & Hors d'oeuvres

3:30 - 5 P.M.
Breakout Session #1

Mindfulness for Caregivers

Presented By: Ann Brand, Mindfulness Teacher, Ph.D.
Our capacity to care for others arises from our health and wellbeing. The demands of caregiving can contribute to mental, physical, and emotional stress. This experiential session introduces the practice of mindfulness and how mindfulness can support caregivers in managing stress, improving focus, and growing in kindness and compassion for self and others.

Dementia Live Simulation Experience

Presented By: Lisa Wells & Carla Berscheit, Dementia Care Specialists, Aging & Disability Resource Center
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live with Alzheimer's or dementia? In this evidence-informed, high-impact simulation, participants will be immersed in life with dementia by distorting hearing, vision, and other senses. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of what it's like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory changes, ask questions, and share your stories.

Plan Today for Peace of Mind Tomorrow

Presented By: Penney Dupee, BS CSW
What if illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? Plan for peace of mind!

Advanced care planning is thinking about what would be necessary to you when it comes to your health. In this session, we'll review what you need to know about advance care planning and how to complete an advance directive form in the state of Wisconsin.

Live Better Longer

Presented By: Deb Bruning, BS, CHES®
What have we learned from aging studies that might inform our choices for healthy living? Many misconceptions about aging can keep us from doing the things we want. In this presentation, we will look at lessons from the world’s oldest and healthiest people and discuss how perceptions of aging affect health, how aging and disease are not synonymous, factors that influence longevity (health span), and evidence-based strategies that can help us live our best!

5 - 5:30 P.M.

Activities, Vendors, & Hors d'oeuvres

5:30 - 7 P.M.
Breakout Session #2

Eat Well, Care Well

Presented By: Pam VanKampen, Dietitian
Eating a healthy diet has many health benefits, including maintaining optimal weight, preventing disease, and boosting your mood. In general, healthy eating starts with making good food choices. In this session, we'll discuss meal preparation, nutrition tips, and tasting items from the Eat Well, Care Well cookbook compilation!

Assistive Technology: What is it and How Does it Help?

Presented By: Jenesis Lindbo, Independent Living/AT Specialist, Center for Independent Living for Western WI
Assistive technology enables people to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lives. It reduces the need for formal health and supportive services, long-term care, and the work of caregivers by increasing independence. Join us in this session as we review low-tech solutions and share local resources!

Veteran Benefits and the VA Caregiver Support Program

Presented By: Adam Kohls, Eau Claire County, Denise Losie, LICSW & Molly Malchert, LICSW
The VA Caregiver Support Program is comprised of two separate programs: the Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) and the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). In this session, the presenters will provide information about both programs, the supports offered for Caregivers of Veterans, and respond to your questions.

Brain Health 101

Presented By: Paula Gibson, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Director of the Healthcare Workforce Training Institute
Healthy living isn’t just crucial for your body. It is vital for your brain too! This presentation will discuss ways to engage in easy but significant exercises that enhance brain activity and productivity. Learn memory techniques and creative brain boosters that can be done in seconds. In addition, gain a better understanding of the brain and how it is affected by memory loss related to dementia.

7 - 7:30 P.M.

Closing

 

Karla Hult, Award-Winning Journalist

Karla Hult is an Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite award-winning journalist who's worked in eight different newsrooms throughout the country. Her favorite stories include those touching on international, political, and cultural issues and, of course, stories shared from the heart, including her award-winning work on her family’s own Alzheimer’s journey.

Karla built her career on a foundation of esteemed education. She received a Master's of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, where she also earned a writing fellowship. Karla graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

Today, she continues to report and anchor for KARE 11, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, while also teaching tomorrow’s journalists as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, St. Olaf. But Karla remains most proud of her work as a fierce fighter, emcee and overall advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations committed to helping the underserved in our greater and global communities. Karla also recently launched her own company, So Many Goodbyes, which is dedicated to helping families, caregivers, and the long-term care community cope with the cruelty of Alzheimer's.

Karla lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Gary and their two strong girls, Grace and Isabella. The family loves traveling, reading, and catching the sunset at Nana and PopPop’s home on their beloved Clear Lake in Forest Lake, Minnesota.

 

Ann Brand, Mindfulness Teacher, Ph.D.

Ann Brand is a certified mindfulness teacher through The Mindfulness Training Institute (MTI) and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). She is also an Associate Lecturer in the College of Education, Hospitality, Health, and Human Sciences at The University of Wisconsin-Stout and Program Specialist for Mindfulness Training for Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM). Ann holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with an emphasis on child development and families. Since receiving her mindfulness teacher training through MTI in 2014, Ann has introduced the practice of mindfulness to students, teachers, administrators, and educational leaders in both K-12 and higher education. Ann also works with business and health care organizations. She offers professional development for educators in Wisconsin and teaches mindfulness classes in her community at The Center in Eau Claire, WI.

 

Lisa Wells, Dementia Care Specialist, Aging & Disability Resource Center

Lisa Wells has been with the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County (ADRC) for 20 years. Ms. Wells provides support for individuals with dementia and their care partners, offers memory screenings, evidenced based-programs, assistance with care planning, and connections to support and resources. She assists in developing dementia-friendly communities, civic awareness of dementia-related issues, and trainings. Her previous work includes the Eau Claire City/County Health Department, L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 14 years in skilled nursing facilities in therapeutic recreation and rehabilitation in Minnesota and Kansas, and 4 years as an instructor at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake, Wisconsin teaching in the Gerontology – Aging Services Professional Program. She holds a master’s degree in Gerontology from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

Carla Berscheit, Dementia Care Specialist, Aging & Disability Resource Center

Carla Berscheit is the Dementia Care Specialist for Aging and Disability Resource Centers of Chippewa and Dunn Counties. She started this role in 2020 as part of the expansion of the Dementia Care Specialist program throughout the state of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the ADRC Carla worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years, primarily working with older adults in a short-term rehabilitation setting, when they were recovering from an injury or surgery. Often, the people she worked with had varying stages of dementia too, which required additional treatment and coordination to ensure a safe return to their prior living environment.

Carla also cared for her mother that was living with dementia. Carla understands the challenges, concerns and isolation that can come along with being a caregiver of someone living with dementia. Carla wishes she would have had the resources available from a Dementia Care Specialist when she was caring for her mom. Carla feels she did the best she could with the resources she had at the time. She has a passion for reaching caregivers and empowering them with education and resources to do their personal best.

 

Penney Dupee, BS CSW Advance Care Planning Coordinator – Marshfield Clinic Health System

I am a social worker with over 30 years of experience in health care. My experience has included acute psychiatric care, long-term care, managed care, and currently Advance Care Planning Coordinator at Marshfield Clinic Health System. As an advance care planning coordinator, I assist patients in planning for future health care needs and help them state what matters most.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, time with my friends and family, and I also volunteer at hospice, and my dog Emmett and I volunteer at long term care facilities.

 

Deb Bruning, BS, CHES®

Deb Bruning, BS, CHES® serves as Prevention Program Coordinator for the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County since 2012. She is a certified health education specialist with more than three decades of experience coordinating community health promotion programs and facilitating classes that promote healthy living and positive behavior change. She will tell you it’s the best job in the world – she gets to work with interesting people, talk about important matters, and exercise on the clock!

 

Pam VanKampen, Dietitian

Pam is part of the Nutrition Team for the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR). Pam holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Illinois State University and completed her post-graduate dietetic internship at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. She worked for Lakeside VA Hospital for five years as a Clinical, Renal, and Nutrition Support Dietitian. She was a Chief Clinical Dietitian and Dietary Manager for Vencor Hospital, a for-profit hospital specializing in ventilator patients of all ages. She began work for the WI Aging Network in 1996. She has been a dietitian for 34 years.

 

Jenesis Lindbo, Independent Living/AT Specialist, Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin

Jenesis Lindbo is an Independent Living/AT Specialist who works at the Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin. She started working at CILWW as an Independent Living Specialist in 2016, and started working with Assistive Technology, and fell in love with it, in 2017. Jenesis is chairperson of the Assistive Technology Advisory Council for the state of Wisconsin, a position she has held since August 2017. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Assistive Technology Professional through Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America.

 

Adam Kohls, Eau Claire County

Adam has worked at his position with Eau Claire County for 8 years after previously working at the Veterans homeless program. He is a trustee on the Chippewa Valley Veterans Tribute Foundation in River Prairie. He served 8 years in the Army and graduated from UW-Stout with a Business degree.

 

Denise Losie, LICSW

Denise Losie, LICSW is the General Caregiver Support Program Coordinator at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Denise has 10 years of experience with the Minneapolis VA which includes mental health. She is currently the lead Coordinator for the General Caregiver Support Program. In her role as the coordinator, she provides leadership regarding the development and implementation of programs for Caregivers.

 

Molly Malchert, LICSW

Molly Malchert, LICSW, General Caregiver Support Program Respite Coordinator at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Molly provides respite care leadership throughout the Minneapolis VA and is the respite point of contact for PCAFC-enrolled Caregivers. Molly’s 14 years of experience as a Social Worker at the Minneapolis VA includes Primary Care outpatient and inpatient settings, Dialysis, and the Caregiver Support Program.

 

Paula Gibson, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Director of the Healthcare Workforce Training Institute

Paula Gibson is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Director of the Healthcare Workforce Training Institute, which provides educational opportunities for those going into the field of healthcare and those healthcare professionals already serving the community. Before working for the Institute, Paula worked in the field of long-term dementia care for 14 years, creating dementia-based trainings for employees and caregivers across the State. Paula is an enthusiastic, compassionate presenter who has spoken locally for over two decades and has been a featured keynote speaker at various statewide conventions. She is also a family caregiver who has assisted numerous loved ones with memory loss related to dementia.

2022 Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Assisted Living Advisors
Insurance Associates
Mayo Clinic
Oakleaf Clinics
 

Gold Sponsors

ADRC of Chippewa County
ADRC of Dunn County
Dove Healthcare
The Zaniya Center
We Are Us
St Croix Hospice
Comfort Keepers
 

Silver Sponsors

Visiting Angels
ADRC of Eau Claire County
Alzheimer's Association
Prevea Health
St Francis Apartments
HSHS - Sacred Heart / St. Joseph's
Consumer Direct Care Network
Senior Review
Appeal to Heaven
 

Bronze Sponsors

Aveanne Healthcare
The Center for Independent Living
Our House Senior Living
Wissota Place
St Catherine University
TMG Wisconsin
Dispatch Health
Brotoloc North

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2022 Caregiver Conference. Sponsorship of the Caregiver Conference provides a tax-deductible opportunity to recognize your business and supports this educational event for caregivers in our communities!
Thank you for your past support and future consideration!

Platinum ($1,000)

Three Opportunities Available

  • Sponsorship recognition on printed marketing materials
  • Opportunity to provide a branded product to include in conference check-in bag
  • Sponsorship recognition on Chippewa Valley Technical College social media pages
  • Company flyer included in conference folder
  • Two free professional registrations to the conference
  • Sponsorship recognition on event website
  • Exclusive vendor space at conference entrances

Gold ($500)

  • Sponsorship recognition on Chippewa Valley Technical College social media pages
  • Company flyer included in conference folder
  • Sponsorship recognition on event website
  • Premiere vendor space located in conference common area

Silver ($350)

  • Company flyer included in conference folder
  • Sponsorship recognition on event website
  • Vendor space located in conference hallway

Bronze ($150)

  • Sponsorship recognition on event website
  • Vendor space located in conference hallway

Sponsor the Conference

Sponsorship of the Caregiver Conference supports education and student scholarships. The conference is a great way for our caregivers to learn more about topics related to legal knowledge, caregiver wellness, senior care, and more!

I am unable to be an event sponsor, but I'd like to make a contribution of:

I am interested in providing an item for the Gala auction.

 

Maps & Parking

Where to Find Us

This event will be held at our Business Education Center located in Eau Claire.

CVTC Business Education Center
620 W. Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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Parking Information

Parking will be available around the Business Education Center during the event. Please follow parking signs upon your arrival at CVTC.

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