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Conference Agenda - Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

7:30-5 p.m.Registration
7:30-8:30 a.m.Continental breakfast/sponsor exhibits open

General sessions

8:30-9:30 a.m.

"Mississippi Leads the Way: Advances in Alzheimer’s and Aging Research"

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Thomas H. Mosley, Jr, PhDProfessor, Department of Neurology and Department of Medicine: Division of Geriatrics and Dudley and Robbie Hughes Distinguished Chair and Director, The MIND Center, UMMC, Jackson, MS

  • Explore new research to identify factors that contribute to brain aging and dementia.
  • Describe how new biomarkers or disease predictors may improve current diagnosis and prevention methods for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Identify research examining the interaction between brain and physical function, such as gait and balance, and how to protect those abilities as we age.
  • Discuss the prevalence of racial and cultural disparities in dementia risk within current research.
9:30-10 a.m.Break/sponsor exhibits open

Concurrent sessions (sessions will repeat)

10-11:30 a.m.

Session 1 – "Art in Mind: Making Memory Connections Through Art"

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Susan Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, LMFTRegistered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Art Therapist, and Marriage and Family Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, UMMC, Jackson, MS

McKenzie Drake, panelist – Williams Hollingsworth Fellow, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

  • Explore how art therapy can enhance the quality of life for dementia patients and their family caregivers.
  • Identify forms of art therapy intervention in both art gallery and art studio settings.
  • Describe research into the impact of art therapy on reducing stress and improving behavioral and psychological symptoms in patients with memory loss and mild cognitive impairment.
10-11:30 a.m.

Session 2 – "Caregiving Tips and Tricks"

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Tarlyn Gates, moderator – Green House Guide/Shabaz Trainer, Traceway Retirement Community Methodist Senior Services, Tupelo, MS

Jon Stirewalt, NHA, panelist - Executive Director, Traceway Retirement Community Methodist Senior Services, Tupelo, MS

Kasie M. Wood, LPC, NHA, panelist - Traceway Retirement Community Methodist Senior Services, Tupelo, MS

  • Identify effective and practical techniques for providing personal care for dementia patients including grooming, dressing, toileting, bathing and feeding.
  • Explore strategies to connect with persons living with dementia while providing care across the care continuum.
  • Discuss methods to manage behaviors and insure patient safety while providing personal care through effective verbal and non-verbal communication.
10-11:30 a.m.

Session 3 – "Ways to Promote Successful Aging for All"

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Teresa Carithers, PhDAssociate Dean, School of Applied Sciences; University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

  • Explore the definition of healthy aging and strategies to stay active, keep mentally fit and maintain independence to contribute to a productive and meaningful life.
  • Discuss the implications and benefits of promoting healthy aging given the predicted growth in the older adult population and increase in prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Identify traditional and non-traditional approaches to maintain healthy living in the areas of nutrition, brain health and chronic disease prevention and management.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Box lunch provided
12:15-12:45 p.m.Ice cream dessert and coffee bar with sponsors, door prizes
12:45 p.m.Sponsor exhibits break down

Concurrent sessions

12:45-2:15 p.m. 

Repeat of concurrent sessions 1, 2 and 3

Session 1 - "Art in Mind: Making Memory Connections Through Art"
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Session 2 - "Caregiving Tips and Tricks"
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Session 3 - "Ways to Promote Successful Aging for All"
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Concurrent sessions (sessions will repeat)

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Session 4 – "Advancing the State of Mississippi Strategic Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias"

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Tina Bancroft, moderator – Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter, Ridgeland, MS

Denise Lafferty, RN, BSN, panelist – Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, The MIND Center, UMMC, Jackson, MS

Kathy Van Cleave, LMSW, LCMHT, panelist – Director of Education and Outreach, The MIND Center,  UMMC, Jackson, MS

Andrew Majeste, RN, BSN, panelist - Clinical Research Nurse, The MIND Center, UMMC, Jackson, MS

Sue Ann Meng, LCSW, panelist - Social Worker, The MIND Center, UMMC, Jackson, MS

Jennifer Knight, RN, panelist - RN Care Coordinator, The MIND Center, UMMC, Jackson, MS

TJ Harvey, panelist – Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Mississippi, Ridgeland, MS

  • Identify implementation components and progress of the current State of Mississippi Strategic Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.
  • Describe how various programs and organizations in Mississippi collaborate to affect the delivery and service system available to persons with dementia.
  • Discuss prospective strategies for inclusion in future macro- and micro-level planning efforts.
2:30-3:45 p.m.

Session 5 – "Palliative Care: Making Wise Decisions Along the Way"

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J. Keith Mansell, MD - Professor of Medicine, Director, Palliative and Supportive Care Services, Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Department of Medicine, UMMC, Jackson, MS

Carole Ward, RN - Palliative Nurse Navigator, Palliative and Supportive Care Services, UMMC, Jackson, MS

  • Describe palliative care and its role in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Explain the difference between palliative care and hospice in relationship to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Identify what caregivers need to know to care well for themselves and their loved ones as the disease progresses toward the end of life.
2:30-3:45 p.m.

Session 6 – "Senior Enrichment: The Importance of Activities"

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Sheri Bankston, CTRSQuality of Life Consultation Services; Jackson, MS

  • Identify appropriate activity interventions for various stages of dementia.
  • Explain why activity engagement is important to overall wellness.
  • Name three creative engagement strategies for successful outcomes.
3:45-4 p.m.Break

Concurrent sessions

4-5:15 p.m.

Repeat of concurrent sessions 4, 5 and 6

Session 4 - "Advancing the State of Mississippi Strategic Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias"
Session evaluation - REDCap

Session 5 - "Palliative Care: Making Wise Decisions Along the Way"
Session evaluation - REDCap

Session 6 - "Senior Enrichment: The Importance of Activities"
Session evaluation - REDCap

5:15 p.m.Meeting concludes - dinner on your own