Walk with Me 2016 – Keynotes



Opening Keynote
March 10, 2016, 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Be With Me – Change the Way You See Me
Karen Stobbe & Mondy Carter
In the Moment

In order for each of us to be a part of a transformation of an organization or care community, we need to have a transformation ourselves. How can we have a new perspective? How do we change the way we view those who are living where we work? Let’s take a brave leap and see where it takes each of us. Join us for this part-performance and part-interactive Keynote that will leave you thinking.

About Karen & Mondy

Karen & MondyKaren was working as an actress, writer and instructor of theater and improvisation when her Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since that time her life has taken a new focus and new path.

She has presented over 700 workshops and keynotes across North America, for 12 people in a church basement and for 1300 in a glistening ballroom. She has consulted with care communities about their dementia services and facilitated all types of retreats.

Karen has worked on dementia curriculum for the National Alzheimer’s Association, Pioneer Network and The Eden Alternative. She is the co-developer for the Hand in Hand Training Program produced by CMS and sent to every nursing home in the United States.

She and her husband Mondy Carter have been featured on This American Life and are speakers at the 2015 TEDMED Conference that was held this past November, video to come soon!

Karen and Mondy live in Black Mountain, NC with their daughter Grace, Karen’s Mom, Virginia who has been living with Alzheimer’s for the last 13 years and their pack of furry animals.

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March 10, 2016, 1:00PM – 2:30PM

Panel Discussion:  Perspectives from Older Adults & Care Partners

Hear the unique perspectives of older adults and care partners as they share their experiences about aging in Canada – the successes, the challenges and the opportunities. Panelists will share their pearls of wisdom to living well and weigh in on how best to support aging Canadians in living life to the fullest.

The panelists come from three perspectives – an older adult living well with Alzheimer’s Disease in the community; an older adult residing in long term care; and a family care partner with experience in both a home care and long term care setting.

Jackie Rae GreeningThe session will be lead by Jackie Rae Greening (pictured on the left), award winning radio announcer for CFCW and now NewCap’s Program Director. Jackie Rae is a committed supporter and public ambassador for aging and those in continuing care. She is passionate about improving the quality of life of older adults and has served in various roles on Boards such as the CapitalCare Foundation and St Michaels Extended Care Centre. She was recently named a finalist for the National Philanthropy Day® Honors, which recognizes extraordinary charitable work by individuals and organizations from across North America.

Her personal connection with Alzheimer’s has driven her continued support for those living with dementia and experiencing challenges as they age. Her mother, now 95, currently lives in the McConnell Place West Alzheimer’s Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Jackie’s recounting of her mother’s day to day experiences, expressions, and resilience will bring a tear to your eye and laughter to your heart.

Panelists will include:

  • Jim Mann, Living With Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Advocate
  • Ken Heatherington, Resident at CapitalCare Lynnwood
  • Debbie Cameron-Laninga, Program Coordinator, Alberta Caregivers Association

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March 11, 2016, 8:45AM – 10:00AM

‘Just Dance with Me’: The Power of Relationships in LIVING
Dr. Sherry Dupuis
Recreation and Leisure Studies and the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance
University of Waterloo

Relationships at multiple levels shape our everyday experiences, limiting and supporting our potential for and ability to live to the fullest. In this interactive session, we will explore relationships at the personal, organizational, and system levels that shape the aging experience and imagine new possibilities for supporting thriving in later life.

About Sherry

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Dr. Sherry Dupuis is the former director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program and a Professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is committed to participatory research and arts-based approaches as a means of promoting personal transformation and social change. To this end, she is currently the co-PI of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance, a large culture change initiative focused on creating a new culture of care, one that places close relationships at its core; ensures active involvement in decision-making by all in the care context; provides empowering, life-affirming and humanistic care; and ensures that processes and strategies are in place so all in the care context are well-equipped to care and better able to translate research into practice.

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Closing Keynote
March 11, 2016, 2:00PM – 3:30PM

Laying a path while walking:
Co-creating residential communities where people flourish

Daniella Greenwood
Strategy and Innovation Manager
Arcare Australia

Daniella will take participants on an exciting and soulful journey through the possibilities inherent in our own hearts, our workplaces, our communities, and in the way we think about and support our most vulnerable citizens. Daniella will showcase examples that highlight the power of a relationship-focused approach to elder care, including key operational tips and practical tools that will assist in bringing relational approaches to life in your organization.

About Daniella

DaniellaGreenwoodPhotoDaniella is National Strategy and Innovation Manager for Arcare Aged Care, Australia. Key innovations include the co-design and implementation of Arcare’s Relational Approach and award winning Dedicated Staff Assignment Model. With a background in music composition and performance, Daniella is a published author and has presented the results of her work to federal parliamentarians and at conferences both nationally and internationally including keynote presentations for Alzheimer ’s Disease International and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Better Practice seminars.

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