Past Event Information

2015 Event Information

The 7th Annual Circle of Care was a wonderful event dedicated to helping the caregivers of Manatee County.

Date: November 13th, 2015, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Courtyard by Marriott
100 Riverfront Dr. West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Agenda

Time Details
8:00am Registration
9:45am Housekeeping — Introduction
10:15am Keynote Presentation: “Stress Resilience Skills for Caregivers”
By: Janet M. Cromer, RN, MA, BCPC
11:30am Complimentary Lunch and Visit Exhibits
1:00pm Professional Panel Discussion
2:00pm Relax and Replenish
3:00pm Manatee School of the Arts Program
3:30pm Door Prizes
4:00pm Conclusion

Door Prizes throughout the day.
Agenda is subject to change.

About Keynote Speaker:

Overview & Philosophy

Janet M. Cromer, RN, MA, BCPCJanet Cromer, RN, MA, BCPC is a psychiatric RN, licensed psychotherapist, and educator for healthcare professionals and family caregivers. Janet is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of family caregivers by imparting new skills and strategies. She specializes in teaching mind- body health approaches to stress resilience, traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.

Janet is the author of Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple’s New Life after Brain Injury. Her memoir chronicles the journey Janet and her husband Alan shared to reinvent their lives, identities, and marriage after Alan sustained a severe brain injury. Janet brings both her professional expertise and personal experience to her presentations.


2014 Event Information

The 6th Annual Circle of Care was a wonderful event dedicated to helping the caregivers of Manatee County. As always, the event was free and free respite was provided to loved ones upon caregiver’s request.

Agenda

Time Details
8:00am Sign-in and Visit Exhibits
10:00am Welcome — Greetings
10:15am Keynote Presentation: “Challenges & Rewards of Caregiving”
By: Dr. Joelle Angsten
11:30am Complimentary Lunch and Visit Exhibits
1:00pm Professional Panel: Medical Resources
2:10pm Professional Panel: Community Resources
3:10pm Wrap Up and Grand Prize

Door Prizes throughout the day.
Agenda is subject to change.


2013 Event Information

The 5th Annual Circle of Care was a wonderful event dedicated to helping the caregivers of Manatee County. As always, the event was free and free respite was provided to loved ones upon caregiver’s request.

Date: Friday, November 8th, 2013, 8:00am to 3:00pm
Place: Courtyard by Marriott

Agenda

Time Details
8:00am Sign-in and Visit Exhibits
10:00am Welcome & Greetings
10:15am Keynote Speaker Presentation by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, "Making the Journey When Someone Has Dementia: Figuring Out When You Need Something More or Different & Learning the Difference Between Letting Go and Giving Up!"
11:45am Complimentary Lunch and Visit Exhibits
1:00pm Professional Panel (moderated by Donna Golliher): Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, William B. Padelford Esq., Dr. Anthony J. Montanaro, D.O., Cynthia Palmieri, CMC
2:30pm Surprise Visitor
3:00pm Wrap Up and Grand Prize

Door Prizes throughout the day. Agenda is subject to change.



About Keynote Speaker: Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Overview & Philosophy

Teepa is a dementia expert who trains and consults for agencies, facilities, and families. Her training as a master's prepared occupational therapist as well as her extensive and varied work and teaching experience provides Teepa with a unique perspective of how the brain controls our body and our behaviors. This history has provided her a perfect neurosciences background to explain how a brain disease like dementia affects a person. Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTAShe started her career as a direct care giver over 35 years ago, an NA before there was a "C". She has taken care of two family members with dementing illnesses. The combination of her been-there-done-that skills and her formal training give Teepa the credibility and experience to help caregivers with tried-and-true solutions. Teepa's philosophy is based on years of making mistakes and perfecting a positive approach to caregiving. Her teaching style integrates facts about the brain and how it works, or doesn't work in the case of dementia, with expertise in adult learning principles. She is able to go in and out of character as a typical person with Alzheimer's to demonstrate common issues and problems and to help care providers learn new ways of thinking and managing themselves for better outcome sand results. Teepa is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help family and professional caregivers better understand how it feels to have dementia so they too can be better caregivers. Since her lectures are usually done in the first-person – as if she is the person with dementia – her training gives the audience a first-hand understanding and experience with the disease and a hands-on opportunity to try out new skills in a safe and fun environment.

Biography

Teepa is an occupational therapist currently working as a dementia care and dementia education specialist. She has an independent practice. She has clinical appointments with Duke University’s School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine. She provides educational and training sessions to organizations and providers throughout the US. She also lectures for gerontology and health professional programs at colleges and universities across the country. She provides training and education for Alzheimer's Association and Alzheimer Society conferences, state health care provider organizations, professional association meetings, and caregiver programs and organizations. She works closely with several assisted living and retirement communities, hospice and day service programs, & dementia specialty service providers throughout the US to improve and optimize programs and services to people with dementia and their families.

Teepa has over 30 years of experience in geriatrics. Previously, she served as the education director and lead trainer for the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She has also been a program director and an instructor for community college and a clinical associate professor at UNC’s School of Medicine, Program on Aging. She has a strong and varied clinical background. She was the OT director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics at a Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and has worked as a restorative care coordinator for long term care facilities, as well as providing direct care in community, home health, long term care, assisted living, and rehabilitation settings. She has worked collaboratively to conduct clinical research in a variety of settings and on a variety of geriatric topics.

Teepa was born in West Virginia and raised in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She attended Duke University as an undergraduate and graduated with a major in zoology. She then received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in Occupational Therapy. Since that time she has lived in central North Carolina.

Teepa is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, has received local, statewide, and national recognition for her expertise in geriatrics, dementia care and programming, and staff training. She has developed two training videos, published many articles, and presents locally, regionally, and nationally on a variety of topics and to a wide variety of audiences. This past year she has presented over 350 programs. She has received awards for her clinical and teaching skills from a wide variety of organizations.

www.teepasnow.com
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About Professional Panel


Moderator: Donna Golliher of Windsor Senior Living


Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA


Elder Law Attorney: William B. Padelford Esq. of Garland & Padelford, Attorneys, LLC

William was raised in Michigan, and began college by attending Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He then transferred to The University of South Florida, Tampa and received a Bachelor degree in psychology, followed by graduation from law school at the University of William B. Padelford Esq.Florida, Gainesville, in 1983.

Upon admission to the Florida Bar, William moved to Bradenton, and began his law practice. William specializes in elder law, and its unique issues, with his partner, William H. Garland. This area of law concentrates on estate planning as well as probate & trust administration, living wills, durable powers of attorney, and guardianships. He is available for home conferences, if needed.

William has 3 children, ages 21, 17, and 15. His hobbies include kayaking, camping and exercise at the YMCA.


Board Certified Physician: Dr. Anthony J. Montanaro, D.O. of Practitioners at Home Direct

Dr. Tony Montanaro is a dedicated family physician with 26 years of experience, obtaining his medical degree from Ohio University. After completing his medical studies and Family Medicine Residency in Ohio, he Dr. Tony Montanaroeventually joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. During those eleven years of practicing medicine, and teaching medical students and residents, he was named "Outstanding Teaching Faculty Member" of 2006, and continues mentoring medical students from LECOM in Bradenton.

Originally from Tampa, Dr. Montanaro returned home to personally care for his two aging parents. This led him to the field of "Housecalls" medicine, actually visiting patients in their community facility or home. The personal experience with homecare has made him a top physician in his field, providing skilled, compassionate, and trusted medical care to his patients. He promises to treat patients "like they are his family".

Dr. Montanaro provides:


Certified Geriatric Care Manager: Cynthia Palmieri, CMC of CPA Secure Aging

A fierce advocate for the elderly, Cynthia believes that every senior needs a voice and deserves dignity and respect as they age. She speaks to community groups on the benefits of Geriatric Care Management, Scams, Financial Exploitation and how to protect from those who would harm. She provides a customized plan of action and aggressively protects our clients and their assets from potential predators.

Cynthia works for CPA Secure Aging with Reba Rogers, CPA and CEO of AAA Bookkeeping and Tax Services. She is a Care Manager Certified and a Cynthia Palmieri, CMCCertified Geriatric Care Manager. Cynthia oversees a team who assist clients with financial supervision, case management, advocacy, crisis management, information and referral as well as paperwork organization.

Cynthia worked for the State of Florida for 35 years, 24 of them in Adult Protective Services protecting seniors who had been abused, neglected or exploited. Often she would see older adults who had lost all their assets to someone whom they had trusted. Her training as a Protective Service worker allowed her to see the devastation of clients she served firsthand. Cynthia also provided hands on caregiving services to her parents and her in-laws as they navigated the challenges of aging. Her passion revolves around providing dignity in aging to seniors as well as protecting them from the losses experienced due to exploitation. Her philosophy is to help seniors put in place the protections needed to prepare for the future. A strong advocate, Cynthia works hard to reunite families, coordinate their care, navigate the senior services, monitor finances and provide for their dignity.

Cynthia was born in New Jersey and moved to Kentucky where she was raised. She moved to the Sarasota-Bradenton Area in 1965 and has called this her home for 47 years. Cynthia graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of South Florida and has taken additional Master Level courses in Gerentology. She continues to keep up to date with the changes in Senior Care by attending the National Conferences provided by the American Society for Aging, National Council on Aging and the National Geriatric Care Manager Association.

Cynthia is involved in numerous community organizations for seniors. She was a founding member of the Manatee Aging Network and she has held several positions with the Manatee Aging Network including President, Vice President, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary. Cynthia also holds memberships with the Community Resource Council, Manasota Aging Network, Adult Protection Team, Florida Association of Geriatric Care Managers, National Council on Aging, Florida Council on Aging and American Society on Aging. Cynthia has received numerous awards for her work in the advocacy of Seniors, including:





2012 Event Information

The 4th Annual Circle of Care was a wonderful event dedicated to helping the caregivers of Manatee County. As always, the event was free.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 8:00am to 3:00pm
Place: Courtyard by Marriott

Take Five
We launched a new series called "Take Five" in 2012! We feature helpful topics to benefit both caregivers & their loved ones.




Agenda

Time Details
8:00am Sign-in and Visit Exhibits
10:00am Welcome & Greetings
10:15am Keynote Speaker Presentation by Dr. Aryn Harrison, "So, What is Dementia Anyway? Learning the Language of Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias"
11:45am Complimentary Lunch and Visit Exhibits
1:00pm "What is Long Term Care?" presented by Jodi Egger of Tidemark Financial Services
1:30pm "Protecting Your Assets & More" presented by Edwin M. Boyer of Boyer & Jackson, P.A.
2:30pm "Stress & Aging: Teaching Older Adults Stress Management Techniques" presented by Dr. Jim Concotelli, MSW, PhD of Brookdale Senior Living
3:00pm Wrap Up and Grand Prize

Door Prizes throughout the day. Agenda is subject to change.



About Keynote Speaker: Dr. Aryn Harrison

Dr. Aryn Harrison is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Applied Neuroscience Lab at the University of South Florida. She has had the opportunity to work with adults directly and Dr. Aryn Harrisonindirectly affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias for over a decade.

Dr. Harrison received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Akron. She earned her doctorate in Applied Cognitive Aging Psychology, with a particular emphasis on amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Harrison is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida Polytechnic, where she divides her time between teaching and mentoring students in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, and conducting research in the USFP Applied Neuroscience and Cognitive Electrophysiology Lab. Her research interests center on the neurocognitive and electrophysiological examination of cognitive impairment secondary to early-stage Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and cancer treatment. In addition, she is interested in innovative intervention techniques geared toward the enhancement of self-management skills, quality of life, and, potentially, cognitive processing in these populations.

Dr. Harrison currently serves on the Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (FGCC) Board of Directors and serves as the Chairperson of the Board's Program Committee.

Center for Brain Science, Society for Neuroscience, and International Cognition and Cancer Taskforce



About Elder Law Speaker

Edwin M. Boyer is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney and a member of the law firm of Boyer & Jackson, P.A. Mr. Boyer has practiced law in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida since 1978. He received his Juris Doctor Edwin M. Boyer, Esq.Degree in 1978 from Stetson University College of Law, and also his BA and M.Ed. Degrees from the University of South Florida in 1976. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree from the University of South Florida.

Mr. Boyer is President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a fellow in the Academy, and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the Academy. He is also Past President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the Florida Chapter of NAELA.

Mr. Boyer is a member of the Department of Children and Families Select Advisory Panel for Adult Protective Services. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Attorney Generals Seniors vs. Crime, Inc. since 2004, and served as a member of the State of Florida Long Term Care Ombudsman Council for 12 years. He is also past chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Certification Committee. In 2008, Mr. Boyer was selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Center of Elder Law. He was recently appointed to the Select Advisory Panel on Adult Protective Services by the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families.

Mr. Boyer practices in the area of Elder Law with an emphasis on guardianship, estate planning and administration, advance directives, end of life issues, nursing home resident's rights, and elder exploitation. He is a co-author of the book, Planning for the Elderly in Florida, and speaks frequently on Elder Law issues. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, where he teaches Trusts and Estates, and Survey of Florida Probate. He also teaches Guardianship and Alternatives in the Stetson Elder Law LLM program. In January 2010 he received the William Reese Smith Jr. Public Service Award from Stetson University College of Law.



"Stress & Aging: Teaching Older Adults Stress Management Techniques"

Ah, the golden years - worry free living for the rest of your days. Sounds great, but is it reality? Stress is all around us and older adults are not immune to it. Older adults often have different types of stress compared to younger adults and understanding the life course of older adults is Dr. Jim Concotelli, MSW, PhDcritical to developing appropriate stress management strategies for them.

The cumulative effects of changing rolls within their family and society, combined with the normative changes associated with aging, all have implications both on the way stress is experienced as well as treatment strategies. There are a wide variety of techniques older adults can do to minimize stress and maximize happiness.

Dr. Jim Concotelli, MSW, PhD will review the literature on stress and aging, discuss ways to teach stress management to older adults and provide guidelines for how to lead age appropriate stress management programs.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

Optimum Life by Brookdale



2011 - 3rd Annual Circle of Care

Date:Thursday, November 10, 2011, 8:00am to 3:00pm
Place: Courtyard by Marriott

Agenda

Time Details
8:00am Sign-in and Visit Exhibits
10:00am Welcome & Greetings
10:30am Keynote Speaker Presentation by Dr. Kevin O'Neil, "Caring for the Caregiver"
12:00pm Complimentary Lunch and Visit Exhibits
12:45pm Breakout Sessions A & B*
2:00pm Breakout Sessions A & B*
3:00pm Wrap Up/Grand Prize

*Breakout Sessions:

     A. Optimum Life Workshop

     B. Elder Law:
               Presented by Edwin M. Boyer, Esq. of Boyer & Jackson, PA, President of the                National Academy for Elder Law Attorneys

         Veteran Services:
               Presenter to be announced

     (Breakout Sessions A & B are available at 12:45pm and 2:00pm)

Door Prizes throughout the day. Agenda is subject to change.



About Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kevin W. O'Neil, MC, FACP is the Chief Medical Officer for Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's largest provider of senior living housing and related services. He has practiced and taught Dr. Kevin O'Neilgeriatric medicine for over 30 years. Dr. O'Neil is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the University of South Florida.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. O'Neil oversees and provides professional evaluation for Brookdale's Optimum Life culture, a bold initiative that defines the way we live. By balancing six key dimensions of wellness - emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and purposeful - Optimum Life will seniors live at their peak level, and within a lifestyle that promotes health, wholeness and fulfillment.

Dr. O'Neil practiced and taught geriatric medicine for more than 30 years. A graduate of Boston College and Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his internship in Internal Medicine at theWashington Hospital Center and his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Previously he was an assistant professor of medicine at the UMass Medical Center and is currently a clinical Professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the University of South Florida.

Dr. O'Neil is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the American Geriatrics Society.

He has been awarded a CMD (Certified Medical Director) from the American Medical Directors Association. Dr. O'Neil is co-editor and a contributing writer to Optimal Aging Manual, which Art Linkletter called "the great master book for the boomers."



About Elder Law Speaker

Edwin M. Boyer is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney and a member of the law firm of Boyer & Jackson, P.A. Mr. Boyer has practiced law in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida since 1978. He received his Juris Doctor Edwin M. Boyer, Esq.Degree in 1978 from Stetson University College of Law, and also his BA and M.Ed. Degrees from the University of South Florida in 1976. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree from the University of South Florida.

Mr. Boyer is President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a fellow in the Academy, and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the Academy. He is also Past President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the Florida Chapter of NAELA.

Mr. Boyer is a member of the Department of Children and Families Select Advisory Panel for Adult Protective Services. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Attorney Generals Seniors vs. Crime, Inc. since 2004, and served as a member of the State of Florida Long Term Care Ombudsman Council for 12 years. He is also past chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Certification Committee. In 2008, Mr. Boyer was selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Center of Elder Law. He was recently appointed to the Select Advisory Panel on Adult Protective Services by the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families.

Mr. Boyer practices in the area of Elder Law with an emphasis on guardianship, estate planning and administration, advance directives, end of life issues, nursing home resident's rights, and elder exploitation. He is a co-author of the book, Planning for the Elderly in Florida, and speaks frequently on Elder Law issues. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, where he teaches Trusts and Estates, and Survey of Florida Probate. He also teaches Guardianship and Alternatives in the Stetson Elder Law LLM program. In January 2010 he received the William Reese Smith Jr. Public Service Award from Stetson University College of Law.



2010 - 2nd Annual Circle of Care

Date:Tuesday, November 10, 2010
Place: Renaissance on 9th - Senior Enrichment Center

Objectives

Agenda

Time Details
8:00am Sign-in and Visit Exhibits
9:00am Welcome & Greetings
9:15am Keynote Speaker Presentation by "Dr. Jamie." (His publications such as "Take Your Oxygen First" will be available for purchase.)
10:30am Fifteen minute break/Door Prizes
10:45am Keynote Speaker continues
12:00pm Lunch with Entertainment * Complimentary Lunch - Enjoy your meal and visit with exhibitors.
12:30pm Resource Panel - This is your opportunity for professionals to answer your questions.
2:00pm "Laughter is the Best Medicine"
2:30pm "Manatee County Caregiver of the Year"
2:45pm Wrap Up/Door Prizes

Presented By:

Ana Guillermo of h2u - Blake Medical Center
Faye Larson of Tidewell Hospice & Pallative Care
Clair VanNostrand of Clare Bridge
Connie Flint of Westminster Communities of Bradenton
Cynthia Palmieri of CPA Secure Aging
Denise Walker, RN of Visiting Nurse Association of Florida
Donna Cahn of Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended Care, LLC
Donna Golliher of Windsor Senior Living
Jill Trewin of Home Instead Senior Care
Kathy Moore of Doctor's Choice Home Care, Inc
Laurie Zimmerman of CPA Service
Libby May of Assisted Lifestyle
Linda Nelson of Meals on Wheels PLUS Adult Day Services
Lisa Dahlquist of Senior Information Center
Lorraine Berry of Lorraine Berry Consulting & Organizing
Marge Lowe of Cottages of Bradenton
Pam Green of Summerfield Assisted Living Residence
Sue Fox of Alzheimer's Association Gulf Coast Chapter
Thomas Van Dyke of Visiting Angels Senior Home Care
Tracie Adams of Manatee County Government



2009 - 1st Annual Circle of Care

Date:Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Place: Renaissance on 9th - Senior Enrichment Center

Objectives

Agenda

Time Details
9:00am Registration Sign-in and Exhibits: Participants sign-in and have an opportunity to visit the exhibits in the ballroom and outside and fill out door prize tickets.
10:00am Opening/Keynote Speaker: Welcome greetings by Linda Nelson, Caregiver Forum Chairperson of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Morning Session Introduction by Jill Trewin of Home Instead. Presentation by Former Manatee County Commissioner Pat Glass, Keynote Speaker.
11:30am Complimentary Lunch by Freedom Village and Door Prizes announced by Denise Walker of Visiting Nurses Association and more time for Exhibits: Enjoy your meal and visit with exhibitors and complete door prize tickets.
12:30 Roy Wilkes, Elder Law Attorney - Elder Law
Debra Wilson, Physical Therapist - "Taking care of YOUR physical well being while taking care of others."
Melissa Bender, Stand Up Comedian - "Laughter is the Best Medicine"
1:30pm Resource Panel
Libby May, Moderator
Presentations by professionals in the community on:
Government Services - Tracy Adams, Manatee County Government
Community Based Services - Thomas Van Dyke, Visiting Angels Senior Homecare of Bradenton & Manatee County
Facility Based Care - Donna Golliher, Windsor Senior Living
Senior Safety and T.I.F.F' s (To Inform Families First) - Cynthia Palmieri, CPA Secure Aging and Christine Olson
Healthy Lifestyle - Ana Guillermo, h2u Blake Medical Center
2:30 pm Wrap Up / Door Prizes

Presented By:

Ana Guillermo of h2u - Blake Medical Center
Bettina Tyler of Tidewell Hospice & Pallative Care
Clair VanNostrand of Clare Bridge
Connie Flint of Westminster Communities of Bradenton
Cynthia Palmieri of CPA Secure Aging
Denise Walker, RN of Visiting Nurse Association of Florida
Donna Cahn of Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended Care, LLC
Donna Golliher of Windsor Senior Living
Jill Trewin of Home Instead Senior Care
Kathy Moore of Doctor's Choice Home Care, Inc
Laurie Zimmerman of CPA Service
Libby May of Assisted Lifestyle
Linda Nelson of Meals on Wheels PLUS Adult Day Services
Lisa Dahlquist of Senior Information Center
Lorraine Berry of Lorraine Berry Consulting & Organizing
Marge Lowe of Cottages of Bradenton
Pam Green of Summerfield Assisted Living Residence
Sue Fox of Alzheimer's Association Gulf Coast Chapter
Thomas Van Dyke of Visiting Angels Senior Home Care
Tracie Adams of Manatee County Government

Sponsored By

Community Resource Council
Manatee Aging Network