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8:30 AMRegistration
Resource Fair
9:15 AMWelcome
Rabbi Alexander Davis, Beth El Synagogue
9:35 AMKeynote Presentation
Myrna Marofsky
10:20 AMTransition Time/Break
10:30 AMBreakout Session #1
11:30 AMLunch
Resource Fair
12:30 PMBreakout Session #2
1:30 PMTransition Time/Break
1:40 PMClosing Ceremony
Giving Voice Chorus

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SESSION ONE: 10:30am – 11:30am, WORKSHOPS #1-6

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1. The Diagnosis: The Family Matters

Presented by Myrna Marofsky, a business consultant, author, mother, and grandmother. Currently, Myrna works as a Chapter Chair for the Women Presidents Organization, delivers presentations about her book, and pretends she is retired.

Eve Marie (Marofsky) Raymond brings a daughter’s view to this topic as she experienced her own loss while supporting her mother and father. Professionally, Eve is an IT services director at the University of Minnesota, where she supports the university community through continual technology change. Eve read and edited many drafts of “To the Last Dance” and learned a lot about her mother during its creation.

Sarah (Marofsky) Kesher played many roles during her family’s life through dementia. She was supporting her parents, parenting her three sons, being a wife, and working full-time – all while losing her father. Today, Sarah is a team development director for Quinn Evans architects, where she serves on the executive team helping to set policy and lead HR decisions that impact the culture.

2. The Doctor Is In: Q&A

Presented by Dr. Michael H. Rosenbloom, director of the HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging and staff member at the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, where he participates in clinical care, research, and programmatic growth. His research interests include early diagnosis of dementia, intranasal therapeutics, large-scale brain networks in cognitive disorders, transcranial magnetic stimulation for cognitive impairment, and post-operative cognitive dysfunction. 

3. How to Reduce Isolation

Presented by Terri Joski-Lang, director of Open Circle in Hopkins and certified Activities Professional. Having traveled the Alzheimer’s dementia journey with family, Terri became passionate about improving others’ dementia journeys and focusing on what persons living with dementia can still do, with purpose.

Eyleen Braaten, executive director of Giving Voice Initiative, inspiring organizations around the world to build choruses that bring joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. 

Lindsay Kant, LGSW, senior services case manager at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis who coordinates the JFCS Memory Café and has worked with older adults and their caregivers throughout her career.

4. Assisting with Legal Matters: What the caregiver should know about estate planning, disability planning, and government benefits 

Presented by Stuart C. Bear, Attorney and President of Chestnut Cambronne PA

5. Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Presented by Debra Stock, volunteer community educator and support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota chapter. Deb has shared her talents with the Association since 2017 because of a familial connection to the disease. 

6. Understanding the Experience of Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Presented by Victor Sandler, M.D., geriatrician, hospice, and palliative medicine specialist at HealthPartners. He is chair of the Minnesota Hospice andPalliative Care Medicine Physicians group, co-chair of the Minnesota POLST Task Force and co-chair of the University of MN Medical Center Bioethics Committee.

Julie Williams, MSW, LGSW, bereavement services supervisor for HealthPartners Hospice, where she oversees the Bereavement, Spiritual Counseling, Music Therapy, and Massage Therapy departments. 

Ashleigh Lundy, RN, Lakeview Hospital liaison for Lakeview Homecare, Palliative Care, and Hospice in Stillwater.

SESSION TWO: 12:30 – 1:30pm, WORKSHOPS #6-12

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7. A Focus on Connection

Presented by Deborah E Richman, BS, C.D.S., director of education and client development for HealthCare Interactive, Inc. 

8. Caregiving and the LGBTQ+ Community

Presented by Paul Blom, owner and operator of Right at Home–In Home Care & Assistance, and founding board member of Training to Serve, the curriculum to train senior service providers on the unique needs and barriers of the aging LGBTQ+ community. 

9. The Search for Quality Care      

Presented by Bonnie Jaffe, RN, senior services supervisor at Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS), where she provides caregiver coaching, family consultations, and leads the JFS grief and caregiver support groups. Certified Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Reach Community for Caregivers, and Dementia Friends presenter, Bonnie is trained by Honoring Choices of MN to assist people in completing advance care directives.

10. Family and Health Care Partnership and Advocacy 

Presented by Michelle Harris, COTA/L- campus director of rehab, Sholom Ackerberg Campus  

Crystal Houghtaling, director of social services at Sholom Home West 

11. Living Your Values in your Caregiving Journey   

Presented by Kim Fischer, MD, anesthesiologist, and a life coach believes that we each have the unique ability to heal ourselves – sometimes we just need permission to trust our inner knowing. 

12. Art for the Body and Mind     

Presented by Jordyn Brennan, MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Jordyn’s work investigates themes of care exhibited in a variety of forms – strengthening our relationships and extending our lifespan and quality of living. Jordyn is an adjunct faculty at Upper Iowa University and co-founder of the Rural Experience Collective, which exists to share stories and experiences of creatives with past and/or current rural ties.