17th Annual Senior Healthcare Professional Summit

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Addressing the Caregiving Needs of Geriatric, Alzheimer’s, and Hospice Patients (Formerly known as the Geriatric Healthcare, Alzheimer's, and Hospice Conference) March 5-6, 2014, Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck, ND

16th Annual Geriatric Healthcare, Alzheimer’s & Hospice ConferenceGoals and Objectives
To present the latest information on end-of-life, Alzheimer’s, and health-related issues affecting senior adults. General session and workshop speakers will present information, identify challenges and suggest appropriate responses to health-related and end-of-life concerns and Alzheimer’s disease.

At the conclusion of this conference participants will be able to:

Discuss information on healthcare, end-of-life and Alzheimer’s related needs of senior adults.
Identify health-related challenges and appropriate responses.
Describe state perspectives on service delivery issues.
Identify methods for professional caregivers to better manage stress in the work environment.

Social workers, clergy, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, other interested healthcare professionals, and any other professionals who provide health-related and supportive services to senior adults, Alzheimer’s and end-of-life patients. Family members and seniors may also benefit from attending.

Rooms have been reserved for conference participants at the Ramkota Hotel (701) 258-7700 or (800) 528-1234 for Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5. When making reservations, please indicate you are attending this conference. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the conference participant.

Continuing Education Credits
“St. Alexius Medical Center (OH-438, 6/1/2016) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation."

  • Application has been made for 9.5 contact hours.*
  • Social workers will receive 9.5 CEUs.*
  • Certificates of attendance will be issued to other participants.
  • * An additional 2.0 contact hours/CEUs will be awarded if attending the Wednesday evening “Family Caregiving Workshop".

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7:30 - 8:30: Registration - Visit Exhibits - Refreshments
8:30 - 8:45: Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45 - 10:30: Opening Keynote: Creating Moments of Joy - Jolene Brackey
10:30 - 10:45: BREAK - View Exhibits - Move to Sessions
10:45 - 11:45: Concurrent Sessions One (choose one)

1. Native Elder Health Needs (Geriatric)
Paula Morin-Carter, Ph.D., National Resource Center on Native American Aging     
2. Improving Communication & Understanding Behaviors of Persons with Dementia (Alzheimer’s)
Kelly Mattis, LPCC, NCC, Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND
3. End of Life Care for People with Dementia (Hospice)
Kirsten Frantzvog, LAPC, M.Div., Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND

11:45 - 12:45: LUNCH is provided - Visit Exhibits - Move to Sessions
12:45 - 1:45: Concurrent Sessions Two (choose one)

4. Stepping On: Fall Prevention Program (Geriatric)
Diana Read, BS Ed, ND Department of Health
5. Rural Dementia Care (Alzheimer’s)
Gretchen Dobervich, BSW, LSW, Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND
Brad Gibbens, MPA, UND Center for Rural Health

6. Palliative Care: Bringing Common Sense Back to Medicine (Hospice)
Laura Archuleta, MD, St. Alexius Family Practice and Hospice and Palliative Care Director

2:00 - 3:00: Concurrent Sessions Three (choose one)

7. Nutrition Care for Seniors (Geriatric)
Kathy Stewart, St. Alexius Clinical Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator
8. Music with Older Adults: Sensory Needs and Considerations (Alzheimer’s)
Meganne Masko, Ph.D., MT-BC/L, UND School of Music
9. A National Study of Rural Hospice: Issues & Implications (Hospice)
Brad Gibbens

3:15 - 4:45: Closing Keynote: Memory Enhanced Activities - Jolene Brackey

Family Caregiving Workshop (Open to the public)
Ramkota Hotel
6:30 - 7:30: Family Moments - Jolene Brackey
7:30 - 8:30: You’re Your Own Best Coach - Rev. Nick Mezacapa

Thursday, March 6, 2014
7:30 - 8:00: Registration - Refreshments
8:00 - 9:15: Opening Keynote: Battling the ‘No’ People - Rev. Nick Mezacapa
9:30 - 10:30: Concurrent Sessions Four (choose one)

10. Put Pep in Your Step: Starting & Maintaining an Exercise Program (Geriatric)
Kim Hanson, MS, St. Alexius Human Performance Center
11. Understanding Wandering (Alzheimer’s)
Nikki Heinert, MS, OTR-L, Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND
12. Spiritual Distress at the End of Life (Hospice)
Lori Lundblad, M.Div., St. Alexius Hospice Chaplain

10:30 - 10:45: BREAK - Refreshments
10:45 - 11:45: Closing Keynote: Staying in Control of Your Own Perspective - Rev. Nick Mezacapa
11:45 - 12:00: Closing Comments, Door Prizes, Evaluations

Keynote Speakers
Bob EdwardsNick Mezacapa as been ordained to the Episcopal Priesthood for the last 30 years. He has served as the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, right across the street from The Mayo Clinic for the past 26 years. Before moving to Minnesota he served churches in Iowa, Michigan, and New York. A graduate of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, he was trained as a teacher and athletics coach and worked in the field for seven years. It was after his teaching career that he attended Colgate/ Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York to receive his Master’s in Divinity Degree and subsequent ordination to the priesthood.

Nick brings his experience as teacher, coach, priest, husband and father to his presentations with passion and authenticity. His experiences as a prostate cancer survivor, radio personality and an active thespian combine to generate a style and urgency that is unique. He has delivered his presentations to a wide variety of groups across the country, focusing on the subject of “Survivorship and Spirituality."  You will find his perspective refreshing and inspiring!

Angie Renee
Jolene Brackey
is the Founder of Enhanced Moments and author of Creating Memories of Joy. Jolene is a celebrated, national speaker on Alzheimer’s Disease education. She has a B.A. from Iowa State University and extensive experience with people who have Alzheimer’s. Jolene has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences attended by family members, medical providers and other professionals, sharing stories of what works and what doesn’t work when dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s. She believes the greatest education is being with and having loved someone with Alzheimer's Disease.


Registration Information
Fee: The registration fee is $139 for both days. This includes materials, lunch and breaks. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline (postmark) is Thursday, February 20, 2014. Payment must accompany registration. Registration cannot be shared by individuals.

Late Registration: If registration is postmarked after Thursday, February 20, 2014, there will be a $25 additional charge, or $164 registration fee. On-site registration fee is $164, space permitting.

Cancellation: The registration fee less $20 will be refunded if you choose to cancel before February 20, 2014. Conference fee may be transferred to another person without penalty. No refunds will be given if requested on or after February 20, 2014.

Program Changes: St. Alexius Medical Center reserves the right to make program changes or to cancel the conference. In the event of cancellation, only those who pre-register will be notified and their fees will be refunded in full.

Endorsements: In no way is there an implication of any product endorsement by the provider(s) of this educational activity or endorsement of any commercial products or exhibits.

For more information call (701) 530-7700 or toll free (800) 843-9628.



St. Alexius Medical Center Alzheimer's Association

March 5th, 2014 7:30 AM   through   March 6th, 2014 12:00 PM
Phone: 701-530-7700
Both Days $ 164.00

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