November 3 | 9 - 10 A.M.
Understanding Wills, Estate Planning, and Finance Power of Attorney
Presented By: Peter Grosskopf, Attorney, Grosskopf Law Office LLC
Good planning can make for smoother transitions, reduced costs, and better outcomes for families. Join Attorney Grosskopf as he provides a broad overview of estate planning, including the use of wills and alternatives to wills and various types of trusts and Financial Powers of Attorney.
November 8 | 2 - 3 P.M.
Understanding VA Benefits and Programs
Presented By: Troy Perdue, Caregiver Support Coordinator, Minneapolis VA + Denise Losie
What do you know about VA benefits & programs? Do you think you qualify but you’re not sure? You’re not alone! Millions of veterans are either unaware of such benefits, are confused by them, or do not know how to access them. This session will review the programs and services available and how they can contribute to a better senior care plan.
November 10 | 9 - 10 A.M.
Dementia Live - A Virtual Simulation Experience - Professional
Presented By: Lisa Wells, Dementia Care Specialist , Aging & Disability Resource Center
Dementia Live offers a unique inside-out understanding of dementia and aging. Participants will gain a heightened awareness of the challenges faced by those who live with dementia. Learn tips and tools to improve communication and care. Items needed to participate in this session include sunglasses, a pair of gloves, glass of water, wallet or purse, pad of paper, pen, paperclips, sticky notes, cell phone, and a magazine or book.
November 10 | 1 - 2 P.M.
Mind the Music
Presented By: Cathy Reitz, Conductor, Stand in the Light Memory Choir
Singing, playing, and listening to music have always been ways in which people touch and move one another. Music transports us away from our day-to-day thoughts and the trappings of our busy lives. Find out why stays in our memories longer than anything else and how music inspires, enlightens, and touches deep parts of us that words alone cannot describe. Your mind will appreciate it.
November 15 | 10 - 11 A.M.
Continuum of Care Panel
Panelists: Therese Quick (St. Francis Apartments), Debbie Lauer (HSHS Wisconsin Home Care), Katie Fennel (Visiting Angels), Whitney Michels (Wissota Place Senior Living), Paula Hinrichs (Dove Healthcare), Holly Anderson (Chippewa County ADRC)
With so many options available today, making the right senior living choice for your loved one can be an overwhelming task. Our panel of representatives is here to make it easier! Join us and hear the features and benefits of each senior living option and ask any questions you have.
November 17 | 1 - 2 P.M.
Coping with Grief and Loss
Presented By: Paula Gibson, Former Director of Communications and Engagement for Azura Memory Care
The pain of loss can be very overwhelming, whether it be a loss of a loved one, a job or a way of life. This session will discuss the stages of grief and provide insight into healthy ways to cope and navigate the journey.
November 17 | 4 - 5 P.M.
Tech Talk for Caregivers
Presented By: Bridget Cramer, Marketing & Social Media Industry Trainer, CVTC
The amount of digital technology available to seniors and their caregivers can be confusing and overwhelming. This seminar introduces technology for caregivers in an easy-to-understand format, allowing each participant to make informed decisions about technology available to make daily life simpler and more enjoyable. Topics of discussion include the top websites and apps for shopping, safety, entertainment, medication management, and appointment scheduling. We’ll also discuss the top online scams that target seniors and tips for avoiding them.
November 22 | 10 - 11 A.M.
Managing Caregiver Stress
Presented By: Sarah Bodeau, LPC, CSAC, Behavioral Care Therapist, Prevea Health
This presentation will focus on identifying the warning signs of secondary traumatic stress and caregiver burnout. I will share some free tools that can be used to measure caregiver stress. We will talk about ways to set boundaries to protect ourselves emotionally when working with individuals with behavioral health issues, as well as other strategies for prioritizing self-care.
November 24 | 9 - 10 A.M.
Substance Abuse and Seniors: What Caregivers Need to Know
Presented By: Troy Bruns, Substance Use Disorder Counseling Instructor, CVTC
Knowing the signs of substance abuse can be the determining factor of whether a loved one gets the help they need. This session will cover how to identify substance abuse, and what to do if you suspect there to be a concern. Additionally, we will also investigate the reality of what happens, who is affected, and the ramifications.
November 29 | 10 - 11 A.M.
The Power of Food!
Presented By: Pam VanKampen, Registered Dietician Nutritionist/Certified Dietician
Healthy eating is important at any age, but it becomes even more important as we get older. Registered dietician Pam VanKampen will walk us through seven “NOURISH Steps” that can keep our bodies and brains healthy, decrease inflammation, control chronic conditions, and boost our energy levels.
November 29 | 2 - 3 P.M.
Oral and Overall Health
Presented By: CVTC Dental Hygiene Students
Evidence of the relationship between oral health to overall health continues to increase. Some underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory diseases are directly affected by infections in a persons' mouth. Many factors impact the ability of an individual to attain and maintain oral health. This presentation will look at the relationship between oral and systemic health, ways to achieve and maintain oral health, strategies for healthcare and other caregivers when providing oral care to others as well as ways to perform based care such as cleaning the mouth and removable appliances such as dentures.