Keynote Programs and Breakout Sessions

Aging Well in Mind, Body, and Spirit

June 3, 2014
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Schewel Hall, Lynchburg College


Keynote Program

9 - 10 a.m., Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

The Changing Face of Mental Health as We Age

Dr. Peter Betz
Medical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, Piedmont Psychiatric Center, Centra

As the mind matures, we can expect changes in the way we experience and understand many aspects of mental health such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, sleep, temperament, and sexuality. This is complicated by sensitivity to medicine, physical abilities or limitations, access to and quality of support, cognitive capabilities, and medical co-morbidity … just to name a few. Join us to learn more about the impact of aging on mental health and how we can best care for our elders with mental health issues.

Dr. Peter Betz is a sought-after speaker and geriatric expert who has been working in geriatric psychiatry for more than 18 years. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Keynote Program

3:45 - 4:45 p.m., Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall

Don't Write My Obituary Just Yet

Missy Buchanan
Author, Columnist

Some older adults live life until the end while others mark off the days and simply wait to die. Whether we are a minister, caregiver, professional, or family member, we all make a difference in the lives of older adults and often influence their sense of purpose. In this program, Missy Buchanan will talk about the importance of living life with purpose and joy — especially in our later years. She will show us creative ways we can encourage, empower, and engage older community members by sharing thoughts from her recent book, Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults.

Missy Buchanan, writer, speaker, and advocate of older adults, is the author of Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults, Living Life with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, and Don’t Write My Obituary Just Yet. She is also the co-author of My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith, with Lucimarian Roberts, mother of ABC’s Good Morning America broadcaster Robin Roberts.

Break Out Sessions, Schewel Hall

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Session Descriptions

  • Ethics at the End of Life
    Michael Gillette, PhD, President, Bioethical Services of Virginia
  • Update: Health Care Reform in Practice
    Gerald Prante, PhD, Assistant Professor, Economics, Lynchburg College
  • Capturing Life’s Journey: Using Stories & Memories in Caregiving
    Betsy Head, Franchise Owner, Home Instead Senior Care
  • Cognitive Changes in the Elderly (With a Focus on Mild Cognitive Impairment)
    Charles Driscoll, MD, Emeritus Professor, Clinical Family Medicine, University of Virginia
  • Helping Older Smokers Quit
    Sandy Kanehl, MEd, CSAC, Program Associate, Alliance for the Prevention & Treatment of Nicotine Addition (APTNA)
  • They Are Here and They Are Grey: The Issues, Impact, and Implications of our Aging Population
    Virginia Burggraf, DNS, RN, FAAN, Griggs Endowed Professor of Gerontological Nursing, Radford University
  • Staying Healthy and Vital After Age 50
    Nancy Overstreet, DNP, GNP-BC, CDP, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Lynchburg College
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Issues, Implications, and Resources Available
    Kathy Dial, MSW, PhD, Director of Youth and Family Services, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc.; Board of Directors, National Kinship Alliance for Children; Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Work, Norfolk State University

Break Out Sessions

1 - 2 p.m.

Session Descriptions

  • The Future of Health Care: A Closer Look at New Models of Care
    Verna Sellers, MD, MPH, Geriatrician and Medical Director, Geriatric Services and Programs, A Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
  • Faith and Aging
    Missy Buchanan, Author, Columnist, and Speaker
  • Caregiving Resources and Model Programs: What Caregivers Are Surprised to Learn
    Christine Jensen, PhD, Director, Health Services Research, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
  • Insomnia and the Older Adult
    Dean Gianakos, MD, ABIM, Associate Program Director, Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency
  • Conversations About Dementia
    Annette Clark, MSG, Gerontologist and Family Services Director, Alzheimer’s Association – Central and Western Virginia Chapter
  • Elder Abuse: Where We Have Come From, Where We Are Going
    Robin Zimmerman, Family Services Supervisor, Bedford Department of Social Services
  • Five Easy Steps to Perfect Presentations
    Paula Youra, PhD, Department Chair and Professor, Communication Studies, Lynchburg College
  • Living Life as a Winner
    Mark Yudowitch, MEd, EdS, Training Specialist & Parenting Program Coordinator, Campbell County Department of Social Services

Break Out Sessions

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Session Descriptions

  • Paying it Forward Through Volunteerism and Civic Engagement
    Brian Jacks, Associate State Director, AARP
  • Simplifying Social Media: Developing Effective Online Profiles to Market Your Services
    Jeremy Langett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Lynchburg College
  • Virginia’s Dementia State Plan: Tracking Progress and Next Steps
    Charlotte Arbogast, MSG, Dementia Services Coordinator, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services
    Carter Harrison, State Public Policy Director, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Connectivity and Aging: Engaging Mind, Body, and Spirit
    Jay White, MS (Gerontology), Director of Professional Development, Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Understanding Older Adult Suicide and Survivorship
    Mary Lou Blevins, Care Manager, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia
  • Protecting Your Assets
    Julianne Dalton, Esq., Associate, Anderson, Desimone & Green, P.C.
  • Aging and Loss: The Healing Power of Reminiscence/Life Review
    Betsy Faughn, MSW, LCSW, MDiv, Bereavement Coordinator, Centra Hospice
  • Active Music and Art Participation After 50: Benefits, Challenges, and Resources
    Kara Eaton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Music Education, Lynchburg College