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Carol Woods shares its "quest upstream" to enjoy the gifts and face the challenges of creating a dementia inclusive community. Southminster shares tips on teaching fitness to a multi-level class, and K4 Connect discuss how connected wellness devices are changing senior living.

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Carol Woods Retirement Community
750 Weaver Dairy Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
United States
Contact: Leslie Roseboro

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Registration Fees:  Members:  $125 first person and $100 for each additional person from the same community.
Non-Members: $175

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The Quest Upstream - Nurturing a Dementia-Inclusive Community
Carol Woods has a longstanding practice of integrating residents living with dementia into the community; there is no memory care unit. To strengthen inclusion, enjoy its gifts and face its challenges, we embarked on The Quest Upstream. This participatory action research initiative is centered on the belief that the distress a person living with dementia might express (so-called behaviors) is not an inherent result of dementia. More often, it is communication of an unmet need. By proactively supporting well-being, behaviors are lessened or eliminated. Successes and lessons learned will

Jen Wilson, Vice President of Well-Being, has been part of the Carol Woods Retirement Community since 2008. In this role she ensures that the community upholds its philosophical focus on meaning, purpose and life satisfaction. Specifically, she provides leadership for health and well-being services across the continuum of care, including primary care, conventional and complementary therapies, life enrichment, social work, pastoral counseling, fitness, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. Prior to this she worked at the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, leading North Carolina nursing homes through quality improvement efforts to implement person centered care and eliminate restraint use.

Melanie Johnson, RN, Lead Nursing Engagement Coach, is responsible for nursing services in the higher levels of support. She has been with Carol Woods Retirement Community since March of 2018. Prior to that, she worked in the Long Term Care field for fourteen years, ten of which she served as Director of Nursing. For the last seven years, Melanie has been actively involved in the Culture Change and Person Centered care movement, actively participating in system, process and construction changes to promote person centered, resident-directed care. She is driven to ensure meaningful experiences and quality care for all seniors residing in long term care facilities.

Jessica Fines-Crawford, MSW, Resident Life Coordinator, has been part of the Carol Woods Retirement Community since 2011. As Resident Life Coordinator, Jessica leads the team of Certified Nursing Assistants in the Health Center; supporting staff to build effective partnerships with residents that focus on the whole person and help residents remain connected to things that give them a sense of meaning, life satisfaction, and purpose. Jessica came to Carol Woods as an MSW intern and has held different positions within the organization, from Renovation Coordinator to a member of the Social Work team, ultimately transitioning to the Resident Life Coordinator three years ago.

Finding Balance teaching fitness to a multi-level class
Learn techniques to help you exercise your group in a way that everyone feels successful. Learn how to properly design a mind/body program that will meet the needs of each different group of people within the same community. Practice a seated cardio, strength and meditation class using different movement patterns that you can easily modify.

Gay Gasper Manager of Wellness at Southminster and is the choreographer of over 30 fitness videos. She moved to the Carolinas from NJ in 2010 and worked as the Group Exercise Director of one of Charlotte largest YMCA's, until becoming the Manager of Embrace Wellness at Southminster Retirement Community. Along with her full time job, Gay continues to teach classes for numerous facilities and travels educating exercise professionals around the globe. Currently presenting for Body bar in the water with using the Aquaflex bar and on land with the Micro bar. Certifications: Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Exercise Instructor Interactive Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA) Presenter Group Exercise, Personal Trainer, Aqua, Pilates, Barre, Cycle American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Exercise Instructor Aquatics Exercise Association (AEA) Booty Barre RYT 200 Hour Yoga Certified CPR/AED/Oxygen and First Aid

Smart Communities: How Smart Home and Connected Wellness Devices are Changing Senior Living
The presenters will share how leaders in the senior care setting are embracing smart home concepts, which pair emerging technology with innovative design concepts. The judicious use of smart home technology can attract a greater portion of the senior market, including younger and more engaged residents. The audience will learn how smart home technology also can increase financial stability of senior living communities by providing what residents need to age in place longer, while maintaining resident safety and compliance with government mandates.

Derek Holt is President of K4Connect, a company that creates solutions that enhance the lives of older adults and individuals living with disabilities by integrating the latest in smart technologies into a single responsive system, all while fostering family and community engagement. Since joining the company in 2015, Holt has overseen the launch and expansion of K4Community, the company's flagship product for senior living. Currently, K4Connect serves more than 13,000 older adults across the United States. Using his technology expertise and his experience with senior living communities, Holt aims to create solutions that truly make the lives of residents and teams better.


LeadingAge North Carolina is a registered sponsor of continuing education with the NC State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. Comments regarding the Registered Sponsor Course may be addressed to 3733 National Drive,Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.


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