Time Title/Description Speaker(s)
8-8:30 a.m. Registration/light refreshments/introductions  
8:30-9:30 a.m. Opening keynote: Having Meaningful Communication with Your Loved One-Whether it is age, chronic illness or dementia, being able to communicate with your loved one is vital in providing the appropriate care they need.  Lora will share information about how to prepare for the future and how to de-code and Interpret communication with your loved so it will be helpful and meaninful. Lora Epperly, RN
9:30-10:30 a.m. Estate Planning
Being prepared for the future can make all the difference, but where do you start? In this session, learn more about the legal documents you need for future planning, how to conserve assets and resources for future long-term needs, and how to manage assets without penalization.
Ann Greene, Attorney at Law, Anderson, Desimone and Green, P.C.
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break  
10:45-11:45 a.m. Healthy Aging and Nutrition
Healthy nutrition is important for all ages, but particularly for the elderly who are at increased nutritional risk. Learn more about warning signs of poor nutrition, physical changes that affect appetite and digestion as we age, and how you can help your loved one (and yourself!) maintain proper nutrition to improve quality of life and overall well-being.
Carlin Rafie, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
11:45-12:45 p.m. Lunch/food truck The Periodic Table
12:45-2:15 p.m. Panel discussion: Aging with Social Connection
Maintaining social connection is an integral part of healthy aging. In this panel discussion, talk with professionals about ways to help your loved ones maintain independence while fostering a valuable connection to the community
Tammy Caldwell, Supervisor of Senior Programs, Town of Christiansburg; Kevin Byrd, Executive Director, New River Valley Regional Commission; Amanda Hayes, Program Coordinator, Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs; Jenny Mills, Blacksburg Transit Access Supervisor, Blacksburg Transit; Jan Notter, APRN, FCN, Blacksburg United Methodist Church
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break  
2:30-3:30 p.m. Considerations for Long Term Health Care Decisions
Overview on the Long Term Care options available to persons in Virginia as well as the cost involved. Additionally, the role that Medicare and other insurance policies fill in covering the cost of care will be discussed.  
Janet Brennend, Ombudsman, New River Valley Agency on Aging
3:30-4:30 p.m. Closing keynote: Emerging Technologies for Independent Living and Successful Caregiving-New and emerging technologies are providing our elders the opportunity to be independent longer and helping caregivers to provide care in better and more efficient ways. Learn how they can bring hope to our seniors and caregivers alike. Lora Epperly, RN