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Agenda for THE 2018 ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CRUISE AND CONFERENCE TO ALASKA

 “Connecting Circles of Care

and Building Bridges of Hope”

*Please note that conference agenda is subject to change*

9/15/2018  - 9/22/2018

DAY 1: Saturday, September 15

Set Sail from Seattle, WA at 4:00 PM

 

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Conference Attendees’ Private Cocktail Party with Welcome and Opening Remarks from Co-hosts: Lisa Marie Chirico, Kathy Shoaf, and Keynote Speaker: Jeff Borghoff

DINNER 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

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Day 2: Sunday, September 16

AT SEA ALL DAY

BREAKFAST 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM

10:00 - 11:00 AM Conference Keynote Presentation:  Jeff Borghoff: “Embracing Change and Living Fearlessly With Alzheimer's Disease”

 

LUNCH 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Dr. Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN: “Bringing Art to Life: a Man & His Family, a Gift & a Place, a Mission” Neurologist Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN describes the benefits of art, creativity and connection in the life of his father, Lester E. Potts, Jr., both in the expression of his personhood and in forming relationships. Benefits of expressive arts therapies and creativity in persons living with cognitive impairment will be discussed. Specific benefits, such as honoring personhood, building human connection and promoting relationships, will be highlighted using specific stories. Lester Potts' art and life story have provided the ongoing inspiration for the work of the Cognitive Dynamics Foundation, especially the Bringing Art to Life (BATL) program, which will be discussed.  Inspiration can be gained through mindfully connecting with persons living with Dementia through artistic creativity. Nothing, not even Dementia, can steal someone's identity.

 

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Sue Frederick: “Write Your Healing Memoir Workshop: A Wisdom-Based Soulful Journey Into Examining Your Painful Moments From Your Soul’s Perspective And Writing A New Story” (Day One of this Workshop) *Attendees are asked to preregister for this workshop, which is limited to 30 participants and runs Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

When we write and share our most raw jagged painful moments, our vulnerability connects us and our inner wisdom heals us. Writing gives us a new perspective on an old story when we learn to quiet the mind, open the heart and write from deep within; from the poet’s mind rather than the drudgery mind. Understanding our soul’s mission; the things we’ve agreed to and why; allows our stories to heal us and connect us to others no matter the costumes we wear and the different lives we lead. At our core we are all just finding our way through pain and loss and reaching for our unique gifts, our inner wisdom and our authentic voice. This work heals by shifting our perspective on the worst moments of our lives to see them in a new light.

Whether you’re a caregiver for a loved one or someone facing a devastating illness - this workshop will give you a healing perspective on your life and allow you to rewrite your story from an inner voice of truth and wisdom. You'll walk away with tools for bringing this shift into everyday challenges and you'll have the beginnings of your own personal healing memoir. This is not just a writing class although you'll end up with the beginnings of your book. We’ll look briefly at our soul's great purpose; our soul agreements with those who've broken our heart; and our many reinvention cycles and what they've taught us. You’ll write your story from that right-brain point of view rather than from the fear and self-doubt of the ego mind. These sacred techniques will free you up to connect with your inner scribe.

Attendees of this Workshop learn to:

- Quiet the mind to hear their inner wisdom; to shift from drudgery mind to poet’s mind.

- Unlock their unique writer’s voice through meditation & understanding of their soul’s mission.

- Explore reinvention cycles as bookmarks for their story.

- Write their grief, pain and guilt stories from their soul’s voice;

including shifting into the perspective of those who have wounded them. 

The primary spiritual principles in this work:

- Brain shifting meditations to quiet the mind and open the heart.

- Understanding your soul’s mission to unlock your unique writer’s voice.

- Exploring your reinvention cycles to see the bookmarks of your story.

- Using meditation and visualization to arrive in the sensory moments of your story.

- Telling the raw jagged truth so that our most vulnerable selves are

revealed which connects and heals us in profound ways.

 

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Martha Pascucci, RD, CSG: “Nutritional Care for the Caregiver: A Holistic Approach to Optimizing Health Through Nutrition” It’s true...you really are what you eat! What you consume in your daily diet significantly impacts your overall health. This session will explore the concept of “Food As Medicine” and the responsibility of the caregiver to practice self-care in order to maximize their overall health to enable them to most effectively care for their loved one with dementia. We will start with a basic review of macronutrients and micronutrients as they relate to energy balance. We will also discuss the concept of Nutrient Density versus Caloric Density.

***Martha is available for 30-minute private chat sessions with conference attendees to discuss specific diet-related questions or challenges. Please use our sign up sheet, available Day One of the conference, to book your session with Martha.

 

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Mike Good: “How to Create an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Friendly Home” Are you one of the nearly 40 million people worldwide caring for a loved one with dementia at home without the proper training required for such a complex and ongoing task? Due to the unique and demanding challenges you will face, caring for them at home is not always best for the person with dementia or you, their care partner. In this two-part workshop, you will learn how you can take a systematic approach to physically transform your home from a detriment to a home that works to improve and protect the well-being of your loved one. As you help them thrive and live at home longer, you will also be rewarded with better health and peace of mind.

Part One: During part one, we will identify the four essential elements of a dementia friendly home, and learn how these elements work together to ease your strain and create a safe and harmonious home for you and your loved one.

 

DINNER 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

 

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Private Film Screening of Documentary: “Do You Know Me Now?” with Q & A afterward moderated by Dr. Daniel C. Potts MD, FAAN

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Day 3: MONDAY, September 17

BREAKFAST 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM

 

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Dr. Daniel C. Potts, MD FAAN: “Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: What to Expect When You're Expecting” Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN will discuss cognitive changes that commonly occur with normal aging, as well as those that should bring one to seek medical consultation.  Mild Cognitive Impairment and the four most common types of Dementia will be discussed: (Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia With Lewy Bodies, Vascular Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia).  A recommended approach toward healthcare provider selection, realistic expectations one should have of a healthcare provider, and "do's" and "don'ts" of office visits will be outlined. Ways to maintain relationships, keep hope alive and experience joy on the journey will be suggested.

 

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Ellen W. Potts: “The Sum of All Fears” What are your biggest fears? Ellen polled an online dementia support group to ask that very question, and then addressed the fears most frequently mentioned. These include fear of failure, lack of preparation, losing yourself, and the future. Fear can be the most crippling thing about a caregiver’s experience, even more so than the disease itself.  How we deal with fear can either define us or destroy us. This talk will give tools to confront common fears in a healthy way.

 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM We sail to Glacier Bay tomorrow. Today, hear about “The Father of Glacier Bay” from his grandson, Peter Maeck. Peter Maeck: “My Grandfather, The Father of Glacier Bay” In addition to presenting "Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia," Peter Maeck will speak about his grandfather Dr. William S. Cooper, who explored, surveyed, photographed, and studied the ecology of Glacier Bay, Alaska in the early 20th century. Dr. Cooper's work led directly to President Calvin Coolidge designating Glacier Bay a National Monument in 1925. Dr. Cooper's continuing efforts led to Glacier Bay's designation as a National Park in 1980, an International Biosphere Reserve in 1986, and a World Heritage Site in 1992. Peter's grandfather became known as "the father of Glacier Bay." In 1980 he was honored with the official naming of Mount Cooper, which is located in the National Park, and will be visible from the Bay.

Cooper was one of the first ecologists to make use of aerial reconnaissance and photography to determine the history of landscapes. Peter will illustrate his talk with vintage photographs taken by Dr. Cooper on his many scientific trips to Alaska between 1916 and 1966.

 

LUNCH 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

ARRIVE Juneau, Alaska 1:00 PM

DEPART Juneau, Alaska 10:00 PM

Get ready to see glaciers, whales, eagles, and many more wonderful creatures as you discover the beauty of Juneau! We offer a wide variety of land excursions to Juneau.

 

DINNER 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

 

***Late Evening: Group Sky Watch to See the Northern Lights on Lido Deck or Glass Enclosed Observation Deck

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Day 4: TUESDAY, September 18

 

BREAKFAST 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM

ARRIVE Glacier Bay, Alaska 7:00 AM

DEPART Glacier Bay, Alaska 4:00 PM

Discover Glacier Bay! We offer a wide variety of land excursions to Glacier Bay.

 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Mike Good: “How to Create an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Friendly Home, Part Two” In part two of this workshop, we will take a closer look at each element. Then we’ll discuss the specific actions you can take in different areas of your home to transform your home into a dementia friendly environment. After this workshop, you will have a basic understanding of what it takes to make a home dementia friendly. This will empower you to provide the best care possible for your loved one while maintaining a loving household.

 

LUNCH 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

DINNER 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sue Frederick: “Write Your Healing Memoir Workshop” (Day Two of this Workshop)

 

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Sister Patricia Markey, FNP: “Circle the World With Love – One Person At A Time: The Importance of Person-Centered Care”

***Sr. Patricia is available for 30-minute private chat sessions with conference attendees to discuss specific challenges or questions. Please use our sign up sheet, available Day One of the conference, to book your session with Sr. Patricia.

 

8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Ellen W. Potts: “The World Behind the Behavioral Issues” Dementia affects the way people with these diseases view and understand the world around them.  This talk will address common issues faced by those living with dementia and their care partners (including behavior challenges, visuospatial issues, eating disorders, financial problems, and safety), and strategies to deal with them. Much of this information is detailed in “A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver,” co-authored by Ellen and Daniel C. Potts.

 

***Late Evening: Group Sky Watch to See the Northern Lights on Lido Deck or Glass Enclosed Observation Deck

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Day 5: WEDNESDAY, September 19, 2018

 

BREAKFAST 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM

ARRIVE Sitka, Alaska 8:00 AM

DEPART Sitka, Alaska 5:00 PM

Discover Sitka! We offer a wide variety of land excursions to Sitka.

 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Martha Pascucci, RD, CSG: “Forgetting To Eat or Forgetting They Ate: Common Nutritional Challenges in Dementia and Alzheimer’s” This session will address the paradox of overnutrition and malnutrition as it presents itself in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We will discuss basic tools for assessing nutritional status, and why the idea that “food is love” may not be in your loved one’s best interest. Identify the health risks of being overweight as well as underweight. Provide participants with strategies for addressing overeating and undereating.

***Martha is available for 30-minute private chat sessions with conference attendees to discuss specific diet-related questions or challenges. Please use our sign up sheet, available Day One of the conference, to book your session with Martha.

 

LUNCH 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Lisa Marie Chirico: “Same Love, Different Setting: How to Manage the Move from Home Care to Long-Term Care”

 

DINNER 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

 

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Peter Maeck: “Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia”

·    Peter Maeck celebrates his father's brave, good-humored experience with Alzheimer's disease while tracking his own journey from despair to acceptance to ultimate embrace of his dad's condition.

·    Lyrical prose, rhyming poetry, and Peter's own photograph convey a challenging experience with a lyrical and often humorous touch.

·    Initial despair yields to a realization that dementia’s grip is loosened by the power of poetry, pictures, music, and love.

·    Says Peter:

"While my father had Alzheimer's he and I moved from a prose relationship into one of poetry, which was no better or worse, just different, where we engaged more in rhyme than in reason."

"Time froze at first then it melted and we came together in a lyrical middle realm between what had gone before and what was yet to be."

"Dad had been sentenced to a life a dementia, but the key word was life, not sentence."

·    Peter has presented "Remembrance of Things Present" at TEDx events and mental health conferences worldwide.

Recent events include:

-    World Federation for Mental Health World Congress, New Delhi, India

-    World Psychiatric Association XVII World Congress of Psychiatry, Berlin, Germany

-    European Conference on Mental Health, Berlin, Germany

-    Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK

-    Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Tauranga New Zealand

-    National Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society, Ranchi, India

-    Congress of the International Neuropsychiatric Association, Bengaluru, India

-    American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

******Late Evening: Group Sky Watch to See the Northern Lights on Lido Deck or Glass Enclosed Observation Deck

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Day 6: Thursday, September 20, 2018

 

ARRIVE Ketchikan, Alaska 7:00 AM

DEPART Ketchikan, Alaska 1:00 PM

Discover Ketchikan! We offer a wide variety of land excursions to Ketchikan.

 

BREAKFAST 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM

 

LUNCH 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

1:15 PM – 3:15 PM Sue Frederick: “Write Your Healing Memoir Workshop” (Final Day of this Workshop)

 

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Lisa Marie Chirico: “Caregiver Self-Care: A Must, Not An Option” Numerous studies reveal a difficult truth: caregiving is harmful to your health. During this session, tailored specifically to caregivers, Lisa will discuss the critical importance of developing good habits to support well-being in addition to ways that caregivers can make themselves a priority every day of the week.

 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Sister Patricia Markey, FNP: “My Most Valuable Lessons From Being A Nurse More Than 60 Years In Long-Term Care”

***Sr. Patricia is available for 30-minute private chat sessions with conference attendees to discuss specific challenges or questions. Please use our sign up sheet, available Day One of the conference, to book your session with Sr. Patricia.

 

DINNER 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

 

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

8:00 PM – 8:30 PM “Roundtable Discussion Part One”: Here’s a chance to hear from our speakers as they discuss the topics YOU are most interested in hearing about. We’re taking questions from attendees! Don’t miss this special opportunity to get answers to your most pressing questions.

 

***Late Evening: Group Sky Watch to See the Northern Lights on Lido Deck or Glass Enclosed Observation Deck

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Day 7: FRIDAY, September 21, 2018

FINAL CONFERENCE DAY

 

ARRIVE Victoria, Canada 6:00 PM

DEPART Victoria, Canada 11:30 PM

Discover Victoria! We offer a wide variety of land excursions to Victoria.

 

BREAKFAST 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM “Roundtable Discussion Part Two”: If you missed our roundtable discussion last night, here’s another opportunity to hear from our speakers as they discuss the topics YOU are most interested in hearing about. We’re taking questions from attendees! Don’t miss this special opportunity to get answers to your most pressing questions.

 

LUNCH 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM “Let’s Connect Our Circles of Care As We Build Bridges of Hope”: This is your final time to gather with your fellow conference attendees and connect with them. It’s also a perfect time to exchange contact information with your new circle of friends and make plans to connect with them when you get back home!

 

4:00 PM CLOSING REMARKS…CONFERENCE CONCLUDES…SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

 

DINNER 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

 

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Day 8: SATURDAY, September 22, 2018

 

ARRIVE Seattle, WA 7:00 AM