Conference Schedule

Shuttle bus provided to/from parking lot.

During this event, attendees are able to park in any Commuter Lot, without permit, except metered spots. Anyone with a state-issued handicap permit can park in any available parking spot on campus.

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8-8:45 a.m. Optional Session ~ Port O'Call

Get Moving: Senior Circuit
Barb Schaefer, Kylie Formanek, Fitness Directors, La Crosse Area Family YMCA
Wake up and Move! We invite you to participate in a safe, effective and FUN workout that focuses on improving your cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. Learn new ways to exercise that will motivate you to keep on exercising!

8-9 a.m. Registration and Refreshments ~ Valhalla
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Exhibitors ~ Valhalla
9-9:45 a.m.

Welcome Keynote Speaker ~ Valhalla

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine? Give Yourself Permission to Laugh More and Improve Your Overall Health
Brian Udermann, Ph.D., Ivy Hills Communication
We live in a hectic and fast-paced society. Many diseases and physical conditions are directly related to negative consequences of stress. Is it true that laughter is good for you? The research evidence is now overwhelming, laughter helps connect us with other people, improves our mood, decreases pain, reduces stress, and can even help protect us from having a heart attack. This informative and entertaining session will give you permission to laugh more and change your life!

9:45-10 a.m. Break ~ Valhalla
Concurrent Sessions
10-10:50 a.m.

Introduction to Moving for Better Balance ~ Port O'Call
Barb Schaefer, Kylie Formanek, Fitness Directors, La Crosse Area Family YMCA
Do you want to feel stronger, have better balance, and feel more confident? Participate and learn about how Tai Chi can improve your quality of life! This Tai Chi based program teaches participants balance skills and good body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. Seniors who can walk easily with or without assistive devices are welcome!

Power of Legal and Financial Planning ~ 339 Cartwright Center
Art Peek, Mayo Health System and Tina Johnson, Elder Benefit Specialist, Aging Unit
Feel more secure about your future and long-term care. Learn how planning can save you and your family a long-term care related headache. Don’t wait for an emergency!

Before the After ~ 337 Cartwright Center
Sara Wrobel, Executive Director, Causeway Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Inc.
“Before the After” is a planning tool to be used by anyone, any age, to outline your wishes, prepare and organize pertinent documents and eliminate possible tough decisions for your loved ones. Overview of all topics and materials will further explain this exciting new program!

Unleash Your Learning Potential! ~ 340 Cartwright Center
Learning in Retirement Panel
Learning in Retirement (LIR) can unleash your mind with our variety of classes and trips to choose from. Empower your spirit and learn about this enthusiastic life and learning organization. Find out what we’re about and enjoy the colorful presentation about the various local and international trips this group has been involved with. Come take a peek!

Herbal Oils And Soaks ~ 332 Cartwright Center
Laurie Stiers, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Clinical Herbalist & Owner, Herbs All Around
Herbs All Around Safe & Inexpensive Herbal Recipes for Soothing Joints & Muscles lastiers@herbsallaround.com 

10:50-11 a.m. Break
Concurrent Sessions
11-11:50 a.m.

“We’ve Hung the Lantern” ~ 337 Cartwright Center
Professor Emeritus Les Crocker, who taught art at UW-L from 1969-2001
Do you know why the lantern is a UW-L campus symbol? Or how many names UW-L has had? This session will answer these questions and more about UW-L history dating back to 1909.

Be Stronger to Live Well Longer ~ Port O'Call
Bernice Olson-Pollack, Certified Personal Trainer And Senior Fitness Instructor
A regular strengthening routine is essential to remaining independent and vital as one ages. Practicing some basic bone and muscle building exercises also will help older adults to feel safer on their feet as well as stronger.

Every Flower is a Soul Blossoming in Nature ~ 332 Cartwright Center
Sue Betz, La Crosse County Aging Unit
Inspiration and Instruction in Artistic Flower Arrangement. Take home your creation.

Learn to Share the Care and Get Connected with the Caregiver Coach
 ~ 340 Cartwright Center

Claire Culbertson, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) & Amy Brezinka, Caregiver Coach Program Coordinator, La Crosse County Aging Unit
Caring for a loved one and feeling overwhelmed? You don’t have to go it alone. Find out more about the Caregiver Coach Program and how to Share the Care with family and friends.

Staying Active With the Help of Massage Therapy ~ 339 Cartwright Center
Meredith McCoy, LMT,NCTMB & Instructor Globe University
Massage Therapy is a wonderful way to reduce stress and anxiety but it can also help older adults stay active. This breakout session will discuss the many benefits that massage therapy can provide to older adults.

11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Lunch, Recognitions & Break ~ Valhalla
12:20-1:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker ~ Valhalla

You Might Be a Caregiver If…
Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert
Join Amy Goyer, author of AARP’s “Juggling Work and Caregiving”, caregiving blog and video web series, “Taking Care”, as she relates her inspirational personal journey turning her life upside down as primary caregiver for her parents. She’ll share hard-earned tips for navigating the journey; finding strength and resiliency; and savoring the humorous and joyful moments along the way.
AARP Sponsored Session

Concurrent Sessions
1:25-2:10 p.m.

Caregiving: Tips for Staying Healthy and Sane ~ 339 Cartwright Center
 ~ 339 Cartwright Center

Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving Expert and author of AARP’s “Juggling Work and Caregiving”
Caregiving can be overwhelming. In this workshop, Amy Goyer will provide practical tips for managing your time, creating systems that work, using technology to get organized and share information with your caregiving team, and how to accomplish the most important thing: taking care of yourself.

Come Play the “Raise your Health I.Q.” Quiz Game! ~ 332 Cartwright Center
Violette Rose, Registered Nurse, Aging and Disability Resource Center
Did you know that people who learn about how the body works and how their medications work make healthier choices, have less medical emergencies, and even live longer? Raising your health IQ could improve your health, and even save you money! Prizes, laughter and learning!

The Digital Camera Revolution ~ 337 Cartwright Center
Jack Socha, Author and Instructor & Bob Metcalf, Commercial Photographer
Do I still point and click? No waiting for processing? My grandkids want me to send them the picture digitally. What is that? Join us to learn the basics and hear our recommendations.

Celebrating Diversity in Aging ~ 339 Cartwright Center
Tracy Littlejohn, Hmoob Cultural & Community Agency & Member of Ho-Chunk Nation, Va Thao, Hmong Elder & Caregiver Specialist, La Crosse County Aging Unit
In other cultures people can’t wait to get old. With age comes privilege, wisdom, status. Experience aging in the Hmong and Native American cultures.

Be Stronger to Live Well Longer ~ Port O'Call
Bernice Olson-Pollack, Certified Personal Trainer And Senior Fitness Instructor
A regular strengthening routine is essential to remaining independent and vital as one ages. Practicing some basic bone and muscle building exercises also will help older adults to feel safer on their feet as well as stronger.

2:10-3 p.m. Desserts and Closing Session ~ Valhalla

Dare to Be Wise
Tom Thibodeau, Associate Professor, Viterbo University
All of us are growing for a lifetime. As we continue to age we are growing in wisdom, grace and joy. Celebrate your wisdom!

 

Designated for Caregivers!

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