Session Recordings

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Connecting the Dots: Embracing Your
Story and Moving Towards Resilience

Too Many Hats: Caregiver Identity and the
Journey to
Well-being

Wellness for the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-Care to Enhance the Caregiving Role​

Creating a
Plan for
Independent
Living

Estate
Planning
for
Caregivers

Crucial Conversations in Healthcare: Sharing Wishes for Future Medical Care

Understanding
Alzheimer's
and
Dementia

How to Make the Most of a Visit with a Health Care Provider - as a Caregiver and a Patient

Caring Across Generations: Creating A
Caring Economy
for All

Assistive
Technology
for
Caregivers

9/11 The Day
that Changed
America:
How I
Discovered Resilience

Guardianship and Conservatorship Explained: Capacity, Consent, and the Spectrum of Supported Decision-Making

Counseling Basics
for Caregivers
and
Helping
Professionals

Dementia Capable-Alzheimer’s
Disease
Supportive
Services

The Role of
Caregivers in the Prevention
of Prostate
Cancer

Tai Chi
by
Bob Wood

AM Keynote

Connecting the Dots: Embracing Your Story and Moving Towards Resilience

As caregivers we may find ourselves fighting against the challenging parts of our story. Life is hard and we crave something easier…or maybe just something different. But developing resilience requires us to engage with our life – with our story – in this present moment. Let’s connect the dots between engagement, resilience, and advocacy to discover how our stories can make a difference – for ourselves and for others. 

Presented By:
Jen Griffis - Founder, Raising SuperKids LLC

Jen lives with her family a few miles outside of Grangeville, on the edge of beautiful Idaho wilderness. She and her husband Danny have been married for 23 years and have the privilege of parenting seven amazing children who are always ready for an adventure. 

Behavioral, emotional, and learning challenges among her children have created many opportunities to engage with child-serving systems. In 2013 she began supporting other advocates and professionals by providing parent voice in the creation of a framework for YES, Idaho’s new mental health system of care for youth. For the past 7 years she’s participated in workgroups, presented at conferences, and coordinated groups of parents in a variety of activities all in an effort to ensure Idaho’s system has a solid foundation in parent voice. She was recently appointed to the new Idaho Behavioral Health Council, a group tasked with creating a statewide strategic plan for behavioral health. Jen, a certified parent and leadership coach, also owns a coaching and consulting business, Raising Superkids LLC, that focuses on empowering parents and systems to engage with each other in productive, meaningful ways.

She’s passionate about encouraging parent voice within systems and culture, raising resilient kids no matter what diagnosis or challenge they face, and most importantly, always speaking hope.

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Jen Griffis Photo

AM Breakout: Track 1 - Resiliency is Radical Self Care in Action

Too Many Hats: Caregiver Identity and the Journey to Well-Being

The Family Caregiver Navigator program works with caregivers to assess their needs and
strengths and build a customized care plan that is focused on personal well-being and matches
the caregiver with appropriate resources that can assist. In this session, we will examine
caregiving through the lens of the Caregiver Identity Theory, backed by years of research from
Dr. Rhonda Montgomery at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Participants will take a brief
screener to get a preview of their needs and strengths as it relates to their caregiving situation.
Facilitators will discuss some of the key categories that contribute to caregiver well-being such
as caregiver identity and changing rules for personal care. An open discussion will allow
participants to share some of their biggest challenges and successes in their own caregiving
journey to better health.

Chelsea Smith

Communications and Project Coordinator, Family Caregiver Navigator

Chelsea Smith HeadshotChelsea Smith works on the Family Caregiver Navigator project at the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State. She has a background in marketing outreach and program management in educational non-profits. She has also worked as a producer in video production and digital storytelling before finding her home in Higher Ed and Public Health. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and began her career working in social services before moving into education and marketing. In her spare time, she loves the outdoors and is an active participant in and advocate for the film and music arts community in Boise. 

Tiffany Robb, MHS

Navigator and Program Coordinator, Family Caregiver Navigator

 

Tiffany Robb, research associate within the Center for the Study of Aging and the Lead Navigator for the project. She has worked as a personal trainer and nutrition coach, and is very involved in the Treasure Valley community, developing a parenting group, working with neighborhood associations, and serving on several boards. Tiffany holds a Master of Health Science degree, specifically in health policy, and is passionate about empowering people, the senior population, caregivers, and end of life planning.

Wellness for the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-Care to Enhance the Caregiving Role​

Personal wellness is essential for performing at your best in a helping or caregiving role.This session will introduce caregivers and helping professionals to research on wellness in the helping role. Participants will also learn about the impact of vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue in the helping role. Presenters will provide participants with strategies to address compassion fatigue or impairment through the promotion of personal wellness and resiliency strategies.

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Dr. Lynn Bohecker, Ph.D., LMFT

Director, The Counseling Center at Tree City Church

Lynn Bohecker HeadshotDr. Lynn Bohecker is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in trauma, counselor education, and supervision. Her postdoctoral position was conducting research in a hospital setting related to care coordination focused on medically fragile children with special healthcare needs. She is core faculty at Liberty University and has held leadership positions in the counseling field, presented at the national, regional, and state level, and has numerous peer-reviewed publications.
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Jessica Henderson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Counselor, The Counseling Center at Tree City Church

Jessica Henderson HeadshotDr. Jessica Henderson is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Liberty University who has over 10 years of combined experience in the counseling profession.  Dr. Henderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, certified school counselor, and National Board-Certified Counselor.  She is passionate about advocacy for underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Henderson is working with the Counseling Center at Tree City Church to assist with the development of the Caregiver Support Program and provide counseling services for caregivers in Idaho.

 

Monique Barber, MS, NCC, LPC

Counselor, The Counseling Center at Tree City Church

Monique Barber Headshot

Monique offers a compassionate approach to counseling, seeing individuals as capable of achieving change and growth. She is currently pursuing certification as a Poetry Therapist – an expressive form of counseling that offers people another way to achieve their therapeutic goals. She is happy to be a part of the Caregiver Support Program at the Counseling Center – helping those individuals who care for others so they can find balance and calm in their lives. Monique graduated from the Marriage and Family Counseling program with an addictions emphasis at Northwest Nazarene University.

Idaho Lifespan Respite: Providing Respite Solutions for Rural Caregivers

SWIA3 initiated and developed a consumer direct respite approach.  Consumer direction serves caregivers across the lifespan for respite needs.  SWIA3 Lifespan Respite places a special emphasis on rural communities.  Lifespan Respite discuss community outreach, challenges rural caregivers often encounter and respite opportunities to serve these areas.  Presentation also includes recent expansion into serving Kinship Caregivers respite needs.

Julie Torresani

Lifespan Respite Coordinator, Southwest Idaho Agency on Aging

Julie Torresani HeadshotDegree: Bachelors of Social Work, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas

Creating and implementing Lifespan Respite has been an exciting opportunity for myself and the Agency on Aging.  Assisting caregivers in their caregiver journey is a privilege and I am always inspired and in awe of caregivers.  My personal life includes a husband, a teenager son, a soon to be teenager daughter, a big dog and a little dog.

AM Breakout: Track 2 - Building a Resilient Plan

Creating a Plan for Independent Living

A  thoughtful discussion of various options for parents and their children/youth with disabilities  in planning for the future. 
Parents of children with disabilities and youth with disabilities will explore options for independent living as well as learn about resources in Idaho to help them with their planning as they transition to adulthood. 

Angela Lindig

Executive Director,
Idaho Parents Unlimited

Angela Lindig photo

Denise Myler

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Maintaining Independence in Adulthood: How to Get the Most Out of Your Medicaid/Medicare Plan

In this session you will learn how to help support Independence by understanding how to get the most out of Medicaid/Medicare health insurance benefits. We will focus on the less understood Additional Benefits of many plans including:

Transportation – Meals — Over-the-Counter product purchases – Personal emergency response systems – Care Management and others

As well as some of the more understood Additional Benefits including:

Dental – Vision – Hearing – Fitness

The session will be presented in a non-plan specific way to help all caregivers understand how to access the benefits regardless of which carrier is used.

Jim Spencer

Sr Medicare Manager Idaho Distribution,  Molina Healthcare

James Spencer HeadshotFor the last 10 years Jim has been helping people understand and get the most out of their health insurance. He has been with Molina for the last two years and has been responsible for training and assisting the insurance brokers in Idaho understand the Medicare products offered by Molina, including their Dual Special Needs Plan (DSNP/MMCP). Prior to joining Molina Healthcare Jim owned an independent insurance brokerage that represented many carrier’s products. Through his educational approach to understanding Medicare and his experience with dozens of different products he has helped hundreds of individuals and brokers better understand plan benefits and how to use them.

Crisis Planning for Parents and Families: Behavioral & Mental Health Supports

During this session we will discuss Children’s Mental Health role; when to call the crisis line; what to expect when you call the crisis line; accommodation registry; services/resources provided by Children’s Mental Health; field response; safety planning; and psychiatric hospitalizations.  

Lindsay Harrington, LMSWLindsay Headshot

Lindsay began her career in child welfare for seven years. During that time, she assessed the safety of children in the care of their legal guardians. She then worked as a clinical social worker in the emergency Department of St. Luke’s Hospital for several years. She began working for Children’s Mental Health (CMH) in 2015. She and Almedina developed the CMH crisis team to strengthen response to youth in the community who are struggling with a mental health crisis. She and Almedina also strengthened relationships with community partners and law enforcement to better support youth in the community. Lindsay was recently promoted to clinical supervisor of the CMH unit and continues to support staff in crisis response and case management skills.

Almedina Toomey, LMSW/DE-DISP

Almedina HeadshotAlmedina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Boise State University and Master’s degree in Social Work at Northwest Nazarene University. Almedina has experience working as a safety assessor in Children’s Protection Services. Almedina has been at Children’s Mental Health for last 3 and ½ years. She helped develop the CMH crisis team. Almedina is also training community providers to use the Children and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment Tool and training Law Enforcement regarding children’s crisis response. Almedina is also a designated examiner for adults for State of Idaho.

Estate Planning for Caregivers

David will present on appropriate estate planning for caregivers, guardians and conservators of loved ones with special needs.  We will discuss the differences between planning appropriately for spouses that need care versus other loved ones.  We will focus on building a robust plan, protecting benefits and being prepared for the needs of a loved one after the caregiver passes.

David J. Wilson

Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group

David Wilson HeadshotDavid is a partner with Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group.  David is a board-certified elder law attorney with the National Elder Law Foundation (one of only six board-certified elder law attorneys in the state of Idaho).  David graduated cum laude from Arizona State University’s College of Law and clerked for the Honorable Daniel Barker of the Arizona Court of Appeals before completing his LL.M. in taxation at New York University.

David practices in estate planning and asset protection in both Idaho and Arizona. David’s practice centers on asset protection and on helping seniors navigate the financial maze that is long term care. David is a VA-Accredited Attorney and also helps veterans navigate the benefits provided by the Veteran’s Administration.

David is the past chair of the Volunteer Leadership Board of the Idaho chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the president of the Idaho Guardians and Fiduciaries Association, sits on the Policy Committee of the Idaho Quality of Life Coalition, and participates in many other community and civic groups.

In his spare time David enjoys basketball, walks with his wife and reading. However, David chose several years ago to have children instead of spare time and now coaches basketball for his 13 and 10 year old sons.

Am Breakout: Track 3 - Resilient Encounters in the Healthcare Setting

Crucial Conversations in Healthcare: Sharing Wishes for Future Medical Care

Conversations about goals of care and end of life discussions can be difficult for caregivers and families. We will discuss tips and resources to initiate these conversations with a focus on palliative care support in these discussions. Additionally we will present a community focused organization which brings advance directive and palliative care resources directly to caregivers with web based support and discuss partnership with local organizations which provide caregiver support training.

Kootenai – Community Outreach, NIPCC and palliative team
Dr. Pelly – Palliative Care physician perspective

Jill Weeks MPH, MHCDS, RN, BSN

Executive Director, Transitional Care Services – Kootenai Health

Jill Weeks currently serves as the Executive Director of Transitional Care Services for Kootenai Health, a 300-bed community owned hospital serving patients in north Idaho, eastern Washington, Montana and the Inland Northwest. In her role, she is responsible for administrative and operational direction of care management across the continuum; including, Utilization management, discharge planning/care coordination, palliative care, acute and ambulatory clinic, social work, medical necessity denials and clinical documentation integrity.

She has a diverse and extensive educational and professional background in the health care field. She has worked in a variety of health care settings including an academic medical center, critical access hospitals, regional health systems, ambulatory clinics, corporate health/benefits, health insurance-health management, ACOs, hospital association and health care collaborative.

Jill is a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education/Preventive Medicine, a Master of Public Health degree, and most recently a Master of Science in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. She has certifications and experience in PCMH practice transformation, Six Sigma/Lean/Process improvement and Population Health.

Nicole Pelly, M.D. 

Outpatient Palliative Care Physician

Nicole Pelly

Dr. Pelly is an outpatient palliative care physician in North Idaho and focuses her practices on using quality of life to help patients determine their goals.  She places an emphasis on advance directives and how they can be completed and used by the medical profession in an efficient manner.  Dr. Pelly is a founding member of the North Idaho Palliative Care Coalition.

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

This course is offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association. At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to identify common signs of dementia, resources for caregivers and those living with dementia, and basic guidance for handling difficult behaviors. 

Dr. Lisa Hong, OTD

Lisa Hong HeadshotDr. Lisa Baxter Hong is a native of Southeast Idaho where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and later a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Idaho State University. She has been an Occupational Therapist in Idaho for the past 12 years with experience in home health, skilled nursing, outpatient rehab., schools, and private practice. She recently completed her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Eastern Kentucky University with capstone work and leadership experience focusing on dementia care.  She worked the past 4 years in ISU’s Master’s of Occupational Therapy program but recently returned full-time to private practice to expand dementia programs.  She owns Generations Occupational Therapy, which allows her the opportunity to work with other therapists that share her passion for the profession.  

Lisa is an active member of the Volunteer Leadership Council (Board of Directors) for the Greater Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, providing community support through education and support groups.  She also serves as Regional Representative for the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA) and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 

Joanne Trammel, MS OTR/L

Joanne Trammel Headshot

Joanne Trammel, MS, OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. After spending a few years working in outpatient rehab and inpatient acute rehab, she embarked on an adventure of being a traveling therapist. Her first assignment was in Cape Cod, Massachusetts at an Extended Care Facility. She then came west and found herself in Idaho working in Skilled Nursing Facilities, inpatient rehab, outpatient therapy, and home health. While here, she met her husband and has been in Idaho ever since. 

Joanne has worked in all aspects of OT with the exception of pediatrics. While in Home Health, she found a passion for dementia care and began seeking continuing education opportunities to enhance her knowledge in this area. She attended and became a certified instructor in Dementia Capable Care in 2013. Soon after, she developed the Occupational Therapy led Activities Therapy Program at Sawtooth Behavioral Hospital in Twin Falls. While there, she was able to provide the staff with the foundational principles of dementia care.

Joanne is the founding Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Idaho State University.  She has been providing dementia education to the community through the Continuing Education program at ISU for the past 4 years and is a Volunteer Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Idaho Chapter.  

Telehealth for Patients and Their Families

This session will cover:

  1. Why telehealth is important for the family caregiver
  2. How families can be included in online appointments (telehealth) 
  3. The importance of the balance of information that family caregivers receive. For example, in chronic care management, families shouldn’t need to be alerted each time the patient’s app or chronic care tracker alerts the clinician’s office about a key indicator being elevated.

Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, FAANP (Hon)

Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs, Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP

Winifred Quinn Headshot

Winifred Quinn is a highly accomplished 20-year expert in health care policy, advocacy, outreach, and relationship management. Dr. Quinn’s passion is to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families. Dr. Quinn helps direct a national campaign dedicated to improving health care through nursing, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which is guided by the landmark 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s clarion call for achieving health equity. Dr. Quinn directs the Campaign’s access to care strategy and its efforts to help create a more diverse nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership. Dr. Quinn’s work includes innovations in workforce and technology, and their related policies, and how they can help older adults live at home with dignity.

Dr. Quinn is an alumna of Union County College and Douglass College, Rutgers University. She received her PhD in health communication from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Her public policy and innovation passion and career are rooted in her young adult experiences of caring for her parents. 

How to Make the Most of a Visit with a Health Care Provider - as a Caregiver and Patient

How to make the most of a visit with a health care provider – as a caregiver and patient

With the limited time that patients and caregivers have with their health care providers, it is essential to be efficient and thorough during a face-to-face visit whether it is in person or by remote technology.  This presentation will start with perspectives of a primary care physician followed by a robust discussion among participants about barriers and solutions for having a successful health care provider visit.

Stephen Montamat, MD

Stephen Montamat HeadshotMedical Director, Post-Acute Medical Group, St. Luke’s Health System

Stephen Montamat, MD leads the St. Luke’s Post Acute Medical Group, a group of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who provide the highest quality care to patients in skilled nursing facilities.  Dr. Montamat arrived in Boise in 1988 to begin his geriatric clinical pharmacology fellowship at the Boise VA.  In 1993, he joined St. Luke’s as one of the earliest physicians of what is now known as St. Luke’s Internal Medicine.  Through the years, he provided medical care to adults in the ambulatory clinic and in the hospital. Beginning in 2019, Dr. Montamat changed his focus to caring for patients after they have been hospitalized, including those patients requiring  care in a nursing facility.  

In his free time, Dr. Montamat volunteers at the Genesis Community Clinic in Garden City. He also enjoys reading, music, playing tennis, spending time with his wife, and playing with his dogs.

Afternoon Keynotes

Caring Across Generations: Creating A Caring Economy for All

Caring Across Generations is a national campaign that was formed in 2011 by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Jobs with Justice in response to an increase in requests for domestic workers to care for parents and relatives with dementia. There are more than 20 million people providing unpaid care for a family member or other person in their life. They are providing this care without compensation and inconsistent access to the services and support they need. Black and Latinx women are most likely to provide unpaid care and are also most greatly impacted by inequity, inequality, and the wealth gap. Caring Across Generations exists to make sure that everyone can care for their loved ones and everyone can live, work, and age with dignity. We are committed to creating a just, equitable, and accessible care infrastructure through communications, culture change, advocacy, and organizing.

 

CAG has had major wins for care in California, Hawaii (Kupuna Caregivers program in 2017), Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin with the passage of legislation and creation of new programs. We have field partners throughout the country who help build our constituency and move the care agenda at the state and federal levels and we call on the individuals in our care activist network to gain support and build people power.

Our current focus is the Home & Community Based Services Access Act (HAA), which will move the country closer to providing care for anyone who needs it at any point over the spectrum of their lives. If you are interested in sharing your care story and believe that a care infrastructure that works for everyone is possible, please contact Aisha Adkins!

Presented By:
Aisha Adkins - Legislative & Organizing Analyst, Caring Across Generations

Aisha Adkins is the Legislative & Organizing Analyst for Caring Across Generations and based in Atlanta, Georgia. She organizes family caregivers across the nation to the care activist network to share their stories and take action in support of policies that help create an accessible and affordable care infrastructure. Aisha is a full-time caregiver for her mother (who was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia in 2013), and earned her Masters of Public Administration in 2020 Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. When she is not a doting daughter and dedicated organizer, she enjoys writing, watching documentaries, and learning about surrealist art.

Aisha Adkins Headshot

Idaho Policy Update: Advocacy, You, and the Legislature

Presented By:
Marilyn Sword & Angela Lindig

Marilyn Borup Sword

Coordinator, Idaho Caregiver Alliance

Marilyn Headshor

Marilyn Borup Sword has been a consultant on disability and aging issues in Idaho and nationally for more than 40 years.  She served as Executive Director of the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities from 1998-2013. Since then, she has consulted on various long-term care, care coordination, and caregiver issues.  Marilyn currently coordinates the Idaho Caregiver Alliance and provides consultation to the ICA’s Family Caregiver Navigator Project. Marilyn has a B.S.

Executive Director,
Idaho Parents Unlimited

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Vaccine Allocation and Distribution: The process, timeline, and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines

Presented By: Gina Pannell

Gina Pannell

Public Health Program Manager, Central District Health – Division of Family and Clinical Services

Gina HeadshotGina Pannell is a Public Health Program Manager at Central District Health in the Division of Family and Clinic Services.  She has worked in the field of public health for ten years in various capacities and is currently overseeing the primary care clinics which provide direct healthcare services to the community.  She is also part of the local public health COVID-19 response efforts as a school liaison, Valley County liaison, and supports the vaccination rollout for the four counties in CDH’s jurisdiction, which includes Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley. 

PM Breakout: Track 1 - Resiliency is Radical Self Care in Action

Assistive Technology for Caregivers

Everyone has probably seen the Saturday Night Live video of the Amazon Echo for Seniors by now… but Alexa is just the beginning.  This presentation will take you on whirlwind tour of the wondrous ways assistive technology such as transfer devices, wander monitors, alerting systems, booster seats, vehicle modifications, and the accessibility features on a smartphone can improve the lives of seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers.  We will look at tools to respond to some of the Big Questions related to aging and disability:

    • How can I get him to turn down the TV so I can stand to be in the same room?
    • What does that tiny print say?
    • I can’t lift you, so what do we do now?
    • Did she take her meds?
    • What could I do for the cost of one month in a nursing home
    • And many, many more…

Krista Kramer

Alternate Finance Coordinator, Idaho Assistive Technology Project

Krista Kramer Headshot Kramer coordinates several programs at the Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP) in Moscow, including the Communication Access Program in collaboration with the Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging, Idaho’s low-interest financial loan program to help people purchase assistive technology, and iCanConnect (the Idaho DeafBlind Equipment Distribution Program).  She has been certified as an Assistive Technology Professional since 2001, and also worked for 23 years as an Independent Living Coordinator for Disability Action Center – NW.

 

9/11 The Day that Changed America: How I Discovered Resilience

Resilience is developed in the face of adversity. When individual, community or societal existence is unchallenged and relatively easy, human nature tends to forget the skills of resilience.  Discovering and developing resilience often leads to a better self-care.  The presenter will share with the participants his personal experience of witnessing the terror of 9/11 in Washington DC and on how it helped him build resilience and how it strengthened him to influence, teach, and inspire others.  The five primary components of resilience (the 5 C’s) will also be discussed.

Steven Snow

Executive Director, Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Steven Snow headshotSteven Snow is the Executive Director of the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  He oversees state level programs to assure accommodation, access services and recommends public policies for the deaf and hard of hearing citizen.

Currently, he serves as a Vice Chairman of Ada County Highway Department (ACHD) ADA advisory board, chairman of Idaho State University Deaf Community Advisory Board, a member of Idaho Supreme Court Language Access committee, a member of Idaho Assistive Technology Project board, a member of Idaho Sound Beginning board, member of Idaho Interpreter Licensure Task Force, a board of director for National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and a member of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Mission Committee.  He also had served as a member on Deaf Center of Idaho board, board of director for Disability Rights of Idaho, and was a member and Vice Chairman of the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind board.

Steven received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Gallaudet University.

Self-Care

In this session, caregivers will learn tips and tricks for self-care.  Self-care strategies are a cornerstone in building resilience.

Camille Evans, LMSW

Camille Evans HeadshotCamille Evans, LMSW, has dedicated her career to improving the care provided and providing support to those that are many times invisible and forgotten.  Through multiple roles within health care, Camille has worked to promote holistic and inclusive care for all community members.  Currently, Camille works as the Social Services Manager and Behavioral Health Consultant for Valor Health, a small health system with a critical access hospital and outpatient clinics.   

Dr. Maja Ledgerwood, DSW, LCSW

Maja Ledgerwood HeadshotDr. Maja Ledgerwood, DSW, LCSW, has dedicated most of her career as a medical social worker.  Maja has worked in various medical agencies assisting and advocating for patients and their families to navigate difficult transitions of their lives.  Maja received her doctorate from Capella University in December of 2019.  Currently, Maja is an adjunct professor of social work at Northwest Nazarene University and serves on several task force committees in Idaho.  Additionally, Maja has opened her own small consulting company, Rural Social Service Solutions, LLC.  to help rural agencies achieve their goals for positive program outcomes and educate staff.

Mapping Your Caregiver Experience

What does your caregiving situation look like? Who helps you support the care recipient? Are you feeling all alone in the process? Who supports you? Join this session to learn how to draw a picture of your current situation. It may surprise you to learn who is – and isn’t – in the picture and what steps you might take to improve the supports you and the person you are caring for receive. Please be prepared to make your own Care Map by having paper and pencil(s), with erasers, available to use during this breakout. No artistic skills required.

Marilyn Borup Sword

Coordinator, Idaho Caregiver Alliance

Marilyn Sword HeadshotMarilyn Borup Sword has been a consultant on disability and aging issues in Idaho and nationally for more than 40 years.  She served as Executive Director of the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities from 1998-2013. Since then, she has consulted on various long-term care, care coordination, and caregiver issues.  Marilyn currently coordinates the Idaho Caregiver Alliance and provides consultation to the ICA’s Family Caregiver Navigator Project. Marilyn has a B.S. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Boise State University.

Track 2: Building a Resilient Plan

Planning for Provider Incapacitation

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to ensure that care for certified family home (CFH) residents continues even when their providers are not able to perform caregiving activities. This presentation explores options that CFH providers might consider when formulating their plans addressing their potential incapacitation. 

Steven L. Millward

Manager, Certified Family Home Program – Division of Licensing & Certification – Idaho Department of Health & WelfareSteven Millward Headshot

Steve Millward has worked for the State of Idaho, Department of Health & Welfare, in various licensing and certification positions for the past 21 years. He has been involved with the Certified Family Home Program since 2014, through which he helps ensure vulnerable adults have safe homes and receive effective care. Promoted as the state-wide program manager in 2016, Steve worked with stakeholders to completely rewrite the rule chapter governing certified family homes in 2017-2018. He studied business management at Boise State University.

Resources for Relatives as Parents

Life is full of transitions and detours; this is especially true for kinship caregivers.  Planning for unexpected times and building a support team are crucial for kinship families. 

This presentation highlights:

  • Transitional points and how to recognize, plan and adjust your support for these times
  • The importance of building your support team
  • Simple practices that have positive results and impact on kinship families

Heidi Smith

211/Navigation/Kinship, Community Resource Development Specialist – Service Integration, Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare – Family and Community Services

Heidi Smith HeadshotHeidi is the Community Resource Development Specialist for 211, Navigation and Kinship.  Her position is a statewide position created to assist the broad dynamic of Idaho’s larger areas as well as rural, underserved populations.  Heidi’s work is primarily completed at a community level as well as “boots on the ground” education, assistance and outreach. 

Heidi has a BA in Elementary Education from Boise State University and has taught in 3 rural Idaho school districts.  Additionally, she has 10 years of experience working with Idaho’s chronically mentally ill population in community-based intervention, crisis management and service coordination.  Heidi has a graduate certificate from Western Michigan University in Kinship Care – her goal is to advance Idaho’s Kinship programming and support to serve Idaho’s kinship families in best practice.  Heidi’s background, skills and knowledge have afforded her a genuine perspective of the challenges and spirit of Idaho’s families and directed her in the support and resources important for their success.

 

Andrea Smith

Professor, College of Education and Human Development, Western Michigan UniversityAndrea Smith Headshot

Dr. Andrea B. Smith, Professor, holds joint appointments in the Departments of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences at Western Michigan University.  Dr. Smith has over 25 years of experience working with kinship care families, both within the United States and internationally. Dr. Smith’s experience in writing and evaluating resources for kinship care families has led to numerous publications and presentations.  In addition, she has worked directly with adults and children in kinship families as a licensed clinical social worker.   Dr. Smith is Co-Executive Editor of Grandfamilies:  The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy.   Dr. Smith has recently co-authored two books written for caregivers which can be used individually or in group settings (Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:  Expanding Your View and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:  Coping with Addiction). Dr. Smith and her husband are the parents of four grown children, ages 25-35.   In her spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys running, swimming, sailing and, before COVID, spending time with family and friends.

Guardianship and Conservatorship Explained: Capacity, Consent, and the Spectrum of Supported Decision-Making

This session is most appropriate for parents, students, teachers, providers, and professionals working with and supporting persons with special needs and their families.  

This highly energetic and interactive presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the planning considerations necessary to ensure the quality of life of a loved one with special needs from youth throughout their lifetime.  Attendees will explore the array of issues and considerations unique to assisting persons with special needs in sustaining a quality of life.


Heather L. Conder

Attorney, C.K. Quade Law, PLLC

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Heather L. Conder is a senior and managing attorney at C.K. Quade Law, PLLC.  Heather grew up in Longview, Washington, before moving to Salt Lake City to begin her academic career.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Utah.  In 2003, she graduated from Regent University School of Law, in Virginia, with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.  After completing the John and Abigail Adams Fellowship, which allowed her to research and present her thesis entitled, “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Are Homeschoolers Sufficiently Protected”, she and her family moved to Boise where she was admitted to practice law by the Idaho State Bar.  Heather is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts, District of Idaho and the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho. 

Until recently, Heather has spent most of her practice in a part-time position allowing her to enjoy life by balancing homeschooling her children with her career.  Homeschooling allowed her to work with the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators in lobbying efforts to retain school choice.  In 2016, Heather received the AILA Chapter Pro Bono Award through the Idaho AILA Chapter, and in 2017, the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award.  Today, Heather primarily focuses her work in the areas of Elder Law, Disability Law, Estate Planning, with an emphasis in Supported Decision Making, and Guardianships and Conservatorships and Related Litigation.  By taking opportunities to travel on short term mission trips to Oaxaca, Mexico and Cambodia, as well as assist her church community in handing out groceries to those in need, Heather’s outreach to her community extends beyond the spectrum of her professional duties.  Additionally, Heather has assisted in citizenship application for refugees through Catholic Charities and is excited about her new volunteering opportunity with Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition. 

Heather’s most cherished pastime is spending time with her husband, three sons and daughter. Parenthood is likely her most crazy adventure so far, especially with two of her children now in adulthood themselves.  It has stretched her far more than law school and any litigation ever would. Together they enjoy cooking, long hikes, and attending sporting events.,


Sean R. Beck

Attorney, C.K. Law

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Sean R. Beck, one of the three managing attorneys at C.K. Quade Law, PLLC, found his niche and serves in the role of lead attorney in the firm’s Medicaid Planning and Elder Law practice.  Having spent much of his youth in Idaho, Sean attended Idaho State University (studying Russian, Spanish, and Political Science), and the University of Idaho College of Law.  During his time in law school, Sean interned at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, took a position at an international law firm in Moscow, Russia, and spent a semester as law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.  After earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 2008, Sean worked for Ada County as a staff attorney to the District Court, and then as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.  It took several years and multiple practice areas before Sean found his passion in the area of Special Needs Planning. Sean’s current scope of work focuses in the areas of Elder Law, Medicaid, Disability Law, and Estate Planning.  Sean frequently provides current and relevant information to both attorneys, the legislature, and lay persons in the areas of Special Needs Planning, Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning, and Probate matters. 

An active community-minded professional, Sean serves on the board of directors for the Idaho non-profit, Neurodiversity Matters Idaho.  He participated and graduated from the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, and holds membership in the Trust and Estate Professionals of Idaho, the Tax, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Idaho State Bar, and is an active member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association.  Sean’s legal advocacy serves clients well in administrative, state, and federal proceedings and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts, District of Idaho, and the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho. 

A dedicated family man, Sean resides in Boise with his wife and three children, whom he prioritizes above all else.  Having coached over 20 seasons of youth sports, when not on the field or courts, he continues to plan new adventures in Idaho’s wilderness, as well as in other countries and cultures.

Personally, he enjoys participating in various adult sports leagues, tackling home construction projects that are out of his league, keeping (and using) his season pass to Bogus Basin, and playing musical instruments.  Ever mindful of public perception and first impressions, Sean remains extremely proud of the fact that his new acquaintances “would never have guessed” that he works as an attorney.

VA Caregiver Resiliency

Learn about the programs available within the VA Caregiver Support Program that are intended to support  caregivers with education, skills,  resources, outreach and connection in their role as Caregivers to our country’s Veteran’s.  We will discuss recognizing the causes and signs of Caregiver burnout and ways of minimizing and repairing  through  opportunities that can enhance a caregiver’s resiliency.  The presenter would like to encourage  Caregivers doing this job every day to participate in a robust discussion providing feedback regarding their needs, wants and interests in the Program of General Caregiver Support Services.   The presenter would like  caregivers to consider a resiliency plan by incorporating a supportive intervention into their daily or weekly lives to recharge and become more resilient. 

Janelle Peterson, LCSW

Caregiver Support Program, Program of General Caregiver Support Services – Boise VA Medical Center

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Janelle Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent the last 30 years working in community , school districts, tribal and Veteran health care systems focusing on individuals effected by mental, cognitive or physical disabilities and their family members.   Janelle has extensive experience in working with Veteran’s with PTSD, cognitive disabilities including TBI and a range of other conditions.  She has worked with the VA Caregiver Support Program as the Caregiver Support Coordinator for the Program of General Support Services (PGCSS) since March 2020 and has recently transitioned to the BOISE VA from Roseburg VA Medical Center in Oregon.

Track 3: Resilient Encounters in the Healthcare Setting

Living Mindfully with Covid

Attendees will learn what mindfulness is and how we can mindfully approach the challenges because of our current Pandemic. Neuroscience of mindfulness and resilience will be discussed. 

Potential benefits of living mindfully with COVID: improved awareness of one’s fears, expectations, and judgments and how they color the way we relate to adversity; improved capacity to see the situation from an optimistic and hopeful perspective; improved capacity to stay “in the present” and stay connected with our family and friends as well as oneself in kinder and gentler ways. Living Mindfully is about honoring life, relationships, connectedness, and a sense of belonging. Many individuals are natural at this. They are always present, patient, loving and proactive. They never lose hope, never dwell in despair or panic. For most others (including me), daily intention and training is needed in how to live mindfully during these difficult times. Living mindfully is not easy. Let’s help each other to make Living Mindfully with COVID a reality. Let’s leave a legacy of positivity, resilience, optimism, gratitude, deep reverence for life and a strong sense of hope for our children and younger generation. 

Abhilash Desai MD

Idaho Memory & Aging Center, P.L.L.C.

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Dr. Desai is a geriatric psychiatrist and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Washington School of Medicine. He is the co-author (along with his wife Dr Faith Galliano Desai) of the book One Day Mindfulness Millionaire: Living Mindfully – A Lighthearted Primer for the Uninitiated. He is also the co-author (along with his mentor Dr. George Grossberg, a national and international leader in Geriatric Psychiatry) of the book Psychiatric Consultation in Long-term Care: A guide for healthcare professionals, 2nd Edition published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. His practice focuses on helping patients with Intellectual disabilities, Autism, Treatment-resistant Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder, Dementias and Long-term care residents. He has been in practice for 21 years. Dr. Desai conducts workshops on stress management and neuroplasticity-based resilience training that includes learning simple one-minute meditations and living mindfully.

Counseling Basics for Caregivers and Helping Professionals

Caregivers, caregiver navigators, and other helping professionals have close relationships with their recipients. During these close relationships caregivers may be entrusted with personal, private or sometimes distressing information. Unfortunately, without training, caregivers and helping professionals may flounder in their efforts to navigate these conversations and relationships.The purpose of this session is to provide caregivers with basic counseling skills to assist them in responding empathically during highly distressing, traumatic, or emotional interactions.The presenters will provide an introduction to basic attending skills, simple empathic responses, establishing healthy and ethical boundaries, and the importance of creating a self-care routine.

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Dr. Lynn Bohecker, Ph.D., LMFT

Director, The Counseling Center at Tree City Church

Lynn Bohecker HeadshotDr. Lynn Bohecker is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in trauma, counselor education, and supervision. Her postdoctoral position was conducting research in a hospital setting related to care coordination focused on medically fragile children with special healthcare needs. She is core faculty at Liberty University and has held leadership positions in the counseling field, presented at the national, regional, and state level, and has numerous peer-reviewed publications.
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Jessica Henderson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Counselor, The Counseling Center at Tree City Church

Jessica Henderson HeadshotDr. Jessica Henderson is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Liberty University who has over 10 years of combined experience in the counseling profession.  Dr. Henderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, certified school counselor, and National Board-Certified Counselor.  She is passionate about advocacy for underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Henderson is working with the Counseling Center at Tree City Church to assist with the development of the Caregiver Support Program and provide counseling services for caregivers in Idaho.

 

Monique Barber, MS, NCC, LPC

Counselor, The Counseling Center at Tree City Church

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Monique offers a compassionate approach to counseling, seeing individuals as capable of achieving change and growth. She is currently pursuing certification as a Poetry Therapist – an expressive form of counseling that offers people another way to achieve their therapeutic goals. She is happy to be a part of the Caregiver Support Program at the Counseling Center – helping those individuals who care for others so they can find balance and calm in their lives. Monique graduated from the Marriage and Family Counseling program with an addictions emphasis at Northwest Nazarene University.

Dementia Capable-Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services

In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to the Office of Performance Evaluations overview of the report on the State’s Response to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia. Following the report, the Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) will cover the supportive services offered by Area Agencies on Aging and community partners.  The ICOA has led a four-year initiative funded by the US Administration on Community Living to help improve supports to families caring for people with dementia.

Sasha O’Connell, MSC

Evaluator, Office of Performance Evaluation

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As an evaluator with the Idaho Legislature, Sasha O’Connell provides lawmakers with information to support effective public services. This year Sasha helped guide an evaluation of Idaho’s response to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Sasha has a research background in tax policy, labor economics, and family financial security. She has diverse evaluation and policy analysis experience including work on education funding, domestic violence, health care, and retirement savings.

Sasha is pursuing a PhD in public policy and administration at Boise State University. She holds an MS in economics and policy analysis from DePaul University with distinction, a BA in economics and a BA in sociology from the University of Washington.

Lynn Fyanes, MHS

Program Specialist, Idaho Commission on Aging

Lynn Fyanes HeadshotLynn Fyanes, MHS, serves as a Program Specialist with Idaho Commission on Aging focusing on building dementia capability, consumer-direct respite, and caregiver support.  Over the last few years, Lynn has worked with Boise State University, Center for Study of Aging as a Research Analyst and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, College of Health Sciences.  She holds a Master of Health Science with an emphasis on Policy from Boise State University and B.S in Political Science from the University of Utah.  She has recently retired from the US Air Force after 26 years, specializing in Cyber Support (IT), serving in several different capacities across the globe. Lynn is actively involved with the Boise VA Medical Center and enjoys teaching the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class in local and rural communities.

Speak Out, Opt Out, Throw Out: Preventing Opioid Misuse in Idaho

Reported opioid overdose-related deaths in Idaho have increased 82% over the last decade, and more than 64,000 Idahoans aged 12 and older misused prescription pain relievers in 2019. Our goal during this presentation is to empower Idahoans and caregivers to help prevent opioid misuse in their communities by providing them with the resources and information to speak out about the dangers of opioids, opt out of receiving opioid prescriptions, and throw out and properly dispose of expired and unused medication.

Marianne King

Interim Administrator and Grant Project Director, Idaho Office of Drug Policy

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Marianne has been with the Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP) since 2013.  She is currently serving as the Interim Administrator and Grant Project Director for the Primary Prevention portion of the federal Substance Abuse Block Grant. Prior to moving to ODP, Marianne served for 9 years as the Executive Director of the DrugFree Idaho Coalition, in Boise.  That position taught her the power of building relationships among stakeholders and the importance of patience!  Marianne is an IC&RC board Certified Prevention Specialist with a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Gonzaga University.

Jessie Dexter

Program Specialist, Idaho Office of Drug Policy

Jessie Dexter HeadshotJessie Dexter was born and raised in northern Idaho. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho and her MPA from Boise State University. Over her professional career, she has worked with the Idaho Office of Refugees, the Treasure Valley YMCA, and Boise State University on projects related to economic stability, youth development, and basic needs insecurity. She has been a Program Specialist with the Idaho Office of Drug Policy for nearly a year supporting their substance misuse prevention efforts.

The Role of Caregivers in the Prevention of Prostate Cancer

Kate Gibbons

Kate Gibbons HeadshotPatient Programs Manager, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer

Driven by the cancer journeys of her family members and her mission to make a positive impact on people’s quality of life, Kate has always been determined to pursue a career path where she could be a source of support for others. She began her career at the American Cancer Society where she coordinated the volunteer transportation program as well as shared screening recommendations, diagnosis information, and much-needed resources with patients and their families. Following that, she informed the aging population in and around Austin, TX by teaching and organizing disease self-management education programs as the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area. Most recently, she held the role of Senior Program Manager at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.

Through her experience Kate has developed a passion for letting people know what resources exist to help them, working to develop programs where needs are unmet, and empowering individuals through education. Kate’s goal is to spread the word far and wide so that no one will feel alone in their fight or say, “I wish I would have known about that program when my family and I needed it the most.”