2020 Virtual Conference
Second Wind Dreams® is proud to partner with the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission and Southern Georgia Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging to host our 2020 Conference.
Packed full of education, resources and support for family caregivers and professionals, this VIRTUAL conference invites you to join our mission to provide elders, in every region, with the best care possible.
Thanks to generous support from our presenting sponsor AARP Georgia and exhibitors, we are pleased to offer the following recorded presentations and sessions for on-demand viewing at no cost.
Keynote Presentation: Empathic Person-Centered Care
PK Beville, Second Wind Dreams® Founder and Virtual Dementia Tour® Creator
The Virtual Dementia Tour® Inclusive Program provides the experiential learning that is provided through the traditional VDT® but also provides the comparison of standard and person-centered care. The experience of the person-centered relationship in the context of dementia care is eye-opening and has shown to have care changing results. During this session explore how to be a person - centered carer and how to train your staff to do so as well.
Caregiving During COVID-19
Speaker: Alice Bennett, AARP Georgia Associate State Director; Community Outreach & Caregiving Education
As most patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) depend on caregivers, the impact of the recent pandemic on formal and informal caregivers need to be considered. In the best of time, the physical and mental health of some caregivers is precarious. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt not only the active care of individuals living with ADRD, but also the basic routines that promote their mental health as well as the overall health and well-being of their caregivers, formal and informal. In this session, participants will be introduced to resources and aspects of community life in rural settings that best support care partners and care recipients.
Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth, Resources for Rural Care
Juliette Simpson: AllHealth CHOICE
According to Wikipedia, Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions. But what does that mean to a caregiver in rural America and how can older adults access telehealth in support of aging in place?
The ADRC as a Resource Across Networks: Connecting the Dots
Karen Nelson, Georgia Division of Aging Services
Betty Bryant, Southern Georgia Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging
Eleanor Pye, Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission
The purpose of the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is to be a source of information and assistance to help individuals who are aging or living with a disability, or their caregivers, access private or publicly funded long-term services and supports. This session will provide an overview of how the ADRC can serve to connect individuals and their caregivers (both family and professional) to the resources they need.
Person-Centered Care Moving Toward the Future Across the Realms of Caregiving
Melody E. Brown, Alliant Quality - Quality Improvement Group for Alliant Health Solutions
Linda Kluge, Alliant Quality - Quality Improvement Group for Alliant Health Solutions
The face of long-term care in all settings is changing to focus on the individual. With the changing regulation research and focus on individualized care all aspects of elder care will move toward the person-centered model. This session will focus on government trends, community, and civic attention to caregiving and more.
From the Simple to the Sublime, Dreams Come True: Utilizing Dream Fulfillment to Address Ageism and Social Consciences
Gwenyth Johnson and Brenda Reeves, Second Wind Dreams®
The Second Wind Dreams® award-winning Dreams Program sheds light on the positive aspects of aging. Dream fulfillment not only provides the dreamer with an increased sense of wellbeing and decreased depression scores, but those who reside near the dreamer report similar improvements. Dream fulfillment in long term care settings has been associated with decreased staff attrition rates and greater volunteer participation in the elder care community. By working at the grassroots level, we bring volunteers into the mix to explore the stories of aging individuals and full their dreams, reminding us age does not negate the humanity of the individual.
Beyond the Oxygen Mask: Managing Caregiver Stress
Melora Jackson, Second Wind Dreams®
Being a caregiver is a high stress job, to say the least. We will review some of the aspects of caregiving that make it taxing, and what we can do. We will discuss realistic coping strategies and self-care techniques to manage the stresses that come with providing care.
Assistive Technology and Personal Independence
Peggy Luukkonen, Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia
Assistive technology from very low tech to very high tech can assist both the individual and their caregiver in activities of daily living and maintaining autonomy. Learn about what is available and who to reach out to for advice and hands on experience.
Conversation with AARP Georgia
Facilitator: Dr. Lois Ricci, AARP Georgia's Caregiving Ambassador
AARP Georgia is helping Georgians aged 50 plus and families live their best lives. Join us for a conversation with AARP Georgia’s Caregiving Ambassador, Dr. Lois Ricci. Together, let us learn and explore caregiving and social isolation resources like our Prepare to Care guides and tools, COVID-19 information, Community Connections and much more.
Delivery of Person-Centered Care and Caregiving Resources in Rural Areas
Facilitator: Thom Snyder, Georgia Division of Aging Services
Facilitator: Kimberly Rodgers, Southern Georgia Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging
Facilitator: David Watkins, Georgia Division of Aging Services
Facilitator: Gwenyth Johnson, Second Wind Dreams® joined by Nancy D. Davis EDP Specialist, Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GCDHH)
There is growing interest in delivering person-centered care in all areas of health and healthcare, especially in dementia services; yet acquiring the necessary attitudes, skills, and behaviors simply by observing or participating in current systems of care that employ a medical -centric model is challenging. Leaders in person-centered care have a greater reputation both in and out of their community as well as healthier, happier patients and loved ones. Discover the resources that currently exist in rural areas, the gaps that exist in services and the strategies the aging network are employing to support individuals living with dementia, their loved ones, and professional caregivers in rural communities.