Understanding Dementia Conference – February 12, 2016


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Dementia is a disease. It is not normal aging. Unfortunately, the prevalence of dementia is significant. The Alzheimer’s Association informs us that someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds.   Every professional can expect to work with clients with diminishing or diminished capacity. How should you respond to those individuals? Are you prepared, or will you struggle when that happens?

Dr. Peter Rabins

On February 12, 2016, the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey hosted a conference in Dalton, Georgia. This conference was designed to help you understand the challenges of working with individuals who have diminished or diminishing capacity. Dr. Peter V. Rabins, author of The 36 Hour Day, is our keynote speaker. Dr. Rabins delivered two presentations. The first was “Alzheimer’s Disease: The Challenges and Joys of Caregiving” and the second was “Surrogate Decision Making.”

Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland Baltimore county (UMBC), Professor of Psychiatry, part time, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a member of the Berman Bioethics Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He was the founding director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the first holder of the Richman Family Chair in Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His career has focused on the psychiatric and behavioral symptoms of neurological diseases including the dementias, as well as geriatric mood disorders, and serious mental illness in the elderly. He has published more than 300 articles and book chapters and is an author or co-author of 8 books including the 36_Hour Day, Practical Dementia Care, The Why of Things, and Getting Old without Getting Anxious. You can learn more about Dr. Rabins at the Johns Hopkins University website.

Our second speaker was Viki Kind. Ms. Kind, a bioethicist, is author of the Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making. Ms. Kind spoke on “Evaluating Risk, Danger and Safety When Creating the Care Plan.”  

Viki KindViki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, professional speaker and hospice volunteer.  Her award winning book, The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can’t, guides families and professionals who are making decisions for those who have lost capacity.  Viki is known as “The People’s Bioethicist,” because she is a rare individual who bridges two worlds, that of the health care professional and of the family struggling to make the right decision. She is an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and has been a caregiver for many years for six members of her family.




The conference was held at Stage 123, which is located at 123 W. Gordon Street, Dalton, Georgia

CEUs: Through the generosity of Dalton State College, social workers received 6 CEU credit.


Agenda:  The agenda was as follows: Friday, February 12, 2016

  • 8:00 to 8:50 Registration
  • 8:50 to 9:00 Welcome David L. McGuffey
  • 9:00 to 10:30 Dr. Peter V. Rabins, Professor and the Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-Author of The 36 Hours Day Alzheimer’s Disease: The Challenges and Joys of Caregiving
  • 10:30 to 10:50 Break [Visit exhibitor tables]
  • 10:50 to 12:20 Dr. Peter V. Rabins, Surrogate Decision Making
  • 12:20 to 1:40 Lunch [Visit exhibitor tables]
  • 1:40 to 3:10 Viki Kind, M.A., Bioethicist and Author of the Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making, speaking on Evaluating Risk, Danger and Safety When Creating the Care Plan
  • 3:10 to 3:25 Break [Visit exhibitor tables]
  • 3:25 to 4:25 Viki Kind will be speaking on Capacity and decision-making. (Mr. Sabatino will not be able to join us).
  • 4:25-4:30  Final Door Prizes and announcements
  • 4:30 Adjourn 


The Fine Print: Seating is limited, and registration will not be confirmed until payment is received by the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey. No one is guaranteed a door prize; door prizes may be given to any person attending other than sponsors. Door prize winners are responsible for shipping costs, if any. All non-lawyer attendees are responsible for turning in their own CEU requests to appropriate boards and paying all CEU costs; the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey will provide you with a certificate of attendance, and will make materials available in electronic form. This program will be filmed. The Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey reserves the right to use, publish, display, distribute, sell, and/or reproduce in any manner video/recorded voice/photographs, including the right to edit or use a portion of such video/recorded voice/photographs for educational and marketing purposes and/or the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey website or other websites. Further, the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey reserves the right to partner with other organizations regarding any video or audio rebroadcast of the program presented. The Elder Law Practice reserves the right to make changes in the schedule to accommodate speaker travel plans or for other purposes. Because we are offering this conference to non-lawyers at a significantly reduced rate and we will incur expenses (e.g., reserving lunch, etc.), registration is not refundable. The Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey is not responsible for any loss or damage (including travel expenses and hotel accommodations) as a result of an alteration, postponement or cancellation of the event. Please note that while speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publication, the Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey reserves the right to modify the advertised speakers and topics if necessary without any liability and without any specific notice. Any changes will be updated on our webpage as soon as possible.

If you have questions regarding next year’s event, please feel free to speak with Melinda Byers. You can reach us at (706) 428-0888.

Our door prize winner:

Door Prize Winner


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