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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"

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, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

  • Explore new research at The MIND Center to identify the prevalence of cognitive decline and dementia as well as other age-related disorders in Mississippi.
  • Describe the future role of early disease predictors or biomarkers in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s.
  • Identify research into factors affecting the differences in dementia risk based on geography and race.
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"

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

McKenzie DrakeWilliams 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"

Tarlyn GatesGreen House Guide/Shabaz Trainer, 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 – "Successful Aging is Worth Talking About"

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

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"

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, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Jackson, MS

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

Cindy Widdig, panelist – Director of Community Education and Awareness, Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter, Ridgeland, MS

Andrew Majeste, RN, BSN, panelist - Clinical Research Nurse, The MIND Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Sue Ann Meng, LCSW, panelist - Social Worker, The MIND Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Jennifer Knight, RN, panelist - RN Care Coordinator, The MIND Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 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"

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

Carole Ward, RN - Palliative Nurse Navigator, Palliative and Supportive Care Services, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 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"

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

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