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9 – 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:15 AM
Courage to Care: Managing Tough Issues

Learn practical tips and strategies in managing difficult situations that you may experience when providing care and support to a person with dementia. A panel of dementia care experts will address possible causes and hands-on approaches to common caregiving situations, such as saying “no” to personal care, sexuality & intimacy, eating problems, incontinence, suspiciousness and transition to long term care.

Kelly Tye Vallis, MS, RSLP, Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg
Sylvia Davidson
, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.), Hospital Manager/Professional Practice Chief, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Therapeutic Recreation, Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto

William Gibson
, MBChB (MD), PhD, MRCP, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Erin Crawford, Program Director, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba

10:15 – 10:45 AM
Courage to Face Grief: “Is what I'm feeling normal?” Understanding Grief and Loss When Caring for Someone Living with Dementia

Losses and grieving occur in different ways in every phase of the dementia journey. But how do you know if what you’re feeling is, in fact, grief? Is it unusual? How can you help the person with dementia cope with loss while you, yourself, struggle with your own grief? Be inspired as Dr. Thompson shares her knowledge and experiences as a healthcare provider, researcher and daughter of a person with dementia.

Genevieve Thompson, RN, PhD, CHPCN(C), Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

10:45 11 AM - Break and Announcements

11 – 11:45 AM
Courage to Look into the Future: Plan Now and be Prepared for the Future!

Dementia is a chronic condition and as it progresses, it can be hard for the person to make informed choices about their care, finances and legal matters. In this panel, learn about the vital conversations, actions and documents that must be planned and established now. Hear more about common issues with wills, power of attorney, tax saving options for caregivers, housing and care fees, caregiver benefits, levels of care, health care directive and end of life care.

Geoff Garland, CPA, CA, Partner, Tax, Deloitte, Winnipeg
Heather Ann Dixon, Lawyer & Notary Public, Counsel, The People’s Corner Law Office, Winnipeg
Karen Schnell-Hoehn, RN, MN, CCN(C), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care Program, St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg

Jessica Harper, Client Support Manager, Alzheimer Society of Manitobaa

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Courage to Take Care of Yourself: Developing Emotional Agility

To care well for others requires us to have the courage to care for ourselves. Self-care goes beyond bubble baths and positive affirmations - it’s about developing the emotional agility to notice and tend to our feelings of isolation, anger, exhaustion and even the sense of being numb. Speaking from his experience as both a conflict management specialist and a father of an adult son with a significant developmental disability, David will share practical strategies and stories to equip and encourage you to notice your own needs. By doing so, you’ll garner the courage to care for yourself while providing care for others.

David Falk, Speaker, Mediator and Conflict Management Specialist, Facilitated Solutions, Winnipeg

12:15 -12:30 PM
Closing Remarks