Presentation Schedule

Event Details

Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00 AM—2:00 PM

Sterling Inn Banquet and Conference Center
34911 Van Dyke Avenue (at 15 Mile)
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312


2014 Caregiver Expo – Presentation Schedule

Guests of the Caregiver Expo have the opportunity to attend their choice of expert presentations offered throughout the day.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

1. “Keeping the Keys”
Sandra Maxwell, Director, Driver Training Program & Sue Falletich, Manager, Michigan Driver Training Program
AAA – The Auto Club Group
Dedicated to helping seniors continue to drive as long and as safe as possible, this presentation by AAA – The Auto Club Group is designed to help seniors and caregivers recognize the changes that aging brings, how those changes affect driving, and how to adjust.

2. “10 Myths About Medicare
Mike Jakubic,
Director of Medicare Operations and Sales
HAP Medicare Solutions
The most important misunderstandings about Medicare and plan options available to Medicare beneficiaries are explained in this session, including understanding the impact of Health Reform and the new Health Exchanges on Medicare.  We’ll remove the confusion, share some resources to help support your decisions and meet your needs, and make sure the critical deadlines are clear.

3. “Protect Your Loved Ones From the Devastating Effect of Long-term Care Costs – Medicaid and VA Benefits Explained”
Christopher J. Berry, Certified Elder Law Attorney
The Elder Care Firm
VA accredited Certified Elder Law Attorney Christopher Berry will explain the different paths to paying for long-term care costs focusing on Medicaid and VA benefits.  Both governmental programs can be complicated and confusing.  He will provide nuts and bolts guidance on both, including the latest legal developments.

4. “Hoarding – Understanding, Intervention Strategies & Treatment”
Janet Kester, LMSW, Therapist and Professional Organizer
TV docudramas such as “Hoarders” and “Hoarding: Buried Alive” have shown a spot light on some of the most extreme hoarding cases and raised awareness of hoarding as a complex disorder that often has serious implications for the hoarder and their family members. In this presentation, Janet Kester will explain compulsive hoarding disorder and share intervention tips, strategies and treatment options.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1. “Managing Your Prescription Medications to Ensure Health & Wellness”
Emily Torongo, Pharmacy Manager, Clinton Township & Matt Brown, Pharmacy Manager, Fraser 
Doctors prescribe medications to treat chronic conditions and diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.   Yet almost half of patients who take a medication daily do not follow the doctor’s instructions, preventing them from receiving the full benefit and putting their health and wellness at risk.  Learn more about this problem and how Walgreens adherence solutions can help you and your loved ones get, stay, and live well.

2. “When You Don’t Know Where to Turn for Help”
Marie Baloga, Director of Community Care Services
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Navigating the maze of long-term care options and understanding where to turn for services to help a loved one remain at home can be overwhelming.  Marie will explore options available to caregivers and how to access services, such as respite care, home delivered meals, care management, personal care, homemaking, support groups, transportation, and more.

3. “Caregiving Survival”
Jill Gafner, BSBM, CDP, CADDCT, Caregiver and Author
Jill L. Gafner, author of “Personal Positioning for the Caregiver”, shares how as a young wife and mother she cared for her late husband who was diagnosed with double lung cancer, brain cancer, stroke, and dementia. Jill explains that before she could make a decent meatloaf she was making life or death medical decisions that she was not qualified to make. With no support group to be found, Jill created a survival program. Jill’s inspiring message has reached thousands through live seminars, newspapers, television and private coaching.

“There’s a Hole in my Bucket List!  Planning for Life’s End”
Cynthia Pimm,
Hospice of Michigan

In this fun and fast-paced session you will learn to manage the choices at life’s end. You will get insider tips to know when it’s time to seek comfort care; choose the provider that is right for you; and bypass professional gatekeepers.  You will learn tricks to get straight answers from physicians; simplify medical decision-making; and avoid dying in the hospital. And you will get tools to manage the information you need on your computer, smartphone, iPad or even paper. Please come laugh and learn how to plug that hole in your bucket list.

12:30 pm to 1:30 p.m.

1. “A Woman’s Issue: Balancing Caregiving and Career”
Sara Hogan, Senior Director, Corporate Administration, Life Secure Insurance Company
Life Secure Insurance Company
Women bear the burden of long-term care and are often significantly impacted physically, financially and emotionally.  Many woman also make career concessions in order to care for a loved one.  Sara Hogan will share her firsthand family caregiving experiences, discuss the importance of planning for long-term care for women, and explore workplace resources that can help you balance the competing demands of caring for your family and your career.

2. “Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dementia”
Lisa Gardner, Program Coordinator Lead
Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter
Learn the basic information about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us.  You will see video clips of individuals whose lives are affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD), as well as videos from leading medical experts. You’ll learn symptoms and effects of AD and other types of dementia, how AD affects the brain, causes and risk factors, how to find out if it’s AD, the benefits of early detection, how to address a diagnosis of AD, stages of the disease, treatment and ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help.

3. “ – Using Online Tools to Manage Your Medicare”
Sara Mary Wallace, Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) Site Coordinator for Macomb & St. Clair
Area Agency on Aging 1-B, the official U.S. government website for Medicare, offers a plan finder tool to help beneficiaries compare their Medicare Part D drug plan options, Medicare Advantage plan options and more.  In this session, you will learn how to utilize this website to make informed Medicare benefit decisions from a MMAP certified counselor just in time for open enrollment.

4. “Legal Tips for Caregivers”
Jim Schuster, J.D., Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
Jim will share his extensive knowledge on caregiver contracts, powers of attorney, wills and living trusts, Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit, Medicaid, asset protection, alternatives to nursing home care, and more.  Learn the legal information caregivers need to know in order to be an empowered advocate for the person you care for!