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Stephen Astrup

Session Description

Making Sense of Health Care Directives

This session will be an in-depth discussion of the intricacies of health care directives and their importance in advance care planning.

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Dr. Terry Eckmann

Session Description

Building Resilience –
One Thought at a Time

Explore the physiology and power of thoughts – negative and positive. Understand common characteristics of a resilient person and identify strategies to develop and strengthen neuropathways of resilience. Put these muscles to work one thought at a time to overcome challenges, face change, and live life to the fullest.

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Dr. Tracie Mallberg

Session Description

Palliative or Hospice Care: Navigating End of Life Choices

What do you do when you or a loved one has just received a life limiting diagnosis? This presentation will explain care across the continuum, referral triggers, and how to access services. It will also empower you to have the “tough conversations” with loved ones and providers. Every moment matters during the end-of-life journey and it’s important to focus on quality of life.

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Gene Nicolelli

Session Description

HomeFit Guide

AARP research consistently finds that the vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. The AARP “HomeFit Guide” was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. This presentation offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that are more involved and require skilled expertise but are well worth the expense.

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Dr. Laurie Dahley

Session Description

Professional Boundaries, Self-Care and Safety

Our boundaries are formed in our early childhood but have the potential to change as we enter adulthood if we gain awareness of them. We will explore signs of healthy boundaries and warning signs of when our boundaries are blurred or not healthy. We will discuss how these impact our relationships in a positive or negative way and the unintended harm that might occur.

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Dr. Jeremy Holloway

Session Description

Thriving Together

Thriving in life is essential, but cannot be done alone. Every individual deserves to live their life with dignity, a sense of value, and with a legacy that can be passed down to others. The pandemic surfaced previously existent issues of isolation and loneliness of older adults that threatened their quality of life and overall well-being. This presentation focuses on the power and potential of resiliency, connectedness, and self-efficacy as a conduit to thriving individually and together in aging. The theme of this presentation focuses on practices, self-care, and motivation in healthcare.

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Tammy Monsebroten

Session Description

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk

This presentation will discuss how to identify the need to further screen and assess for suicide risk. Attendees will be introduced to validated screening tools, evidenced based safety planning, and effective ways to discuss risk mitigation and lethal means safety.

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Jennifer Syverson

Session Description

Fall Prevention Strategies

This presentation will review fall prevention strategies, equipment to use, and home modifications for older adults living at home and their caregivers. We’ll also discuss the common causes of falls, the three main components of balance, the importance of exercise, and be available for individualized balance testing.

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Skyler Dutton

Session Descriptions

Aging Safely

Everyone should feel empowered to live their best life. During this presentation we will look at how safety concerns change, stay the same or otherwise evolve as we age. Attendees will be challenged to look at how they view safety, and how they can implement positive changes to live a full life with optimal aging and wellness.

You Are Stronger: Preparedness and Considerations for Any Age

This session will explore several considerations regarding violent encounter preparedness. We will confront truths, discuss mindset and physically demonstrate how your body can effectively be used as a weapon to combat a violent encounter.

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Susan Johnson-Drenth

Session Description

Safely Advocate for Yourself and Others

Be prepared by having your Health Care Directive placed with the North Dakota Health Care Directive Registry. Be your own advocate by creating a Durable General Power of Attorney. Be ready to advocate for others after a review of new guardianship and conservatorship law updates.

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Dr. Melissa Mork

Session Descriptions

Well-Being, Optimism, and Other Ideas in Positive Psychology

This presentation will provide attendees with concepts and terms in the application of positive psychology. The focus will be placed on encouraging participants with psychoeducation of optimism, gratitude, resilience, grit, and well-being. Examples will be provided of ways attendees have applied these tenets in the past, and how they can continue to thrive using positive psychology.

Managing Burnout

We can’t pour from an empty cup. This presentation will encourage attendees to use the psychosocial aspects of well-being, self-care, resilience and coping. The goal is to invite participants to reflect on their burnout risk, to encourage them to implement their best coping strategies and personal resilience, and to help them exercise intentional self-care as a way of remediating burnout.