Thursday, February 21, 2019
Rate the educational sessions and activities scheduled for Day 1 of our conference surrounding the theme of  “Social and Emotional Connections for Healthy Relationships: Strengthening Ties that Bind Hearts and Minds.”

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* 1. Opening session keynote speaker: Sam Wiley, Alzheimer’s Association “Love your Elder, Love Yourself” and 1st Educational Session, “Communication is Key.” Reducing the risk of cognitive decline and communication strategies for each stage of the disease.

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* 2. Pam McIntyre on “Encouraging Social and Emotional Growth in Children of Today’s Families” with strategies to promote healthy development and partner to support children in all families.

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* 3. General session luncheon keynote speaker: Dr. Deborah Hutcheon on “Disordered Eating: Less about Food, More about Relationships” review of common risk factors and interventions with one’s relationship to food, family, friends, acquaintances, and communities.

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* 4. Dr. Deborah Hutcheon on “Optimizing Mental and Emotional Health: Exploring the Food/Mood Connections” to optimize physical health and mental and emotional health.

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* 5. David Tafaoa, in “Dealing with Sudden Traumatic Loss” and helping those dealing with trauma and assist them in going forward.

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* 6. Yolanda Ferguson "Strengthening Personal and Family Relationships with Financial Stability & rdquo; by equipping students with career options and post-secondary education pathways.

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* 7. Glenna Mason “4-H Healthy Lifestyles” and Juanita Mendenhall with “Disaster Assistance Updates.”

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* 8. Blanton, Pesce, and Mason displaying items that provide “Threads of Connection” using the Cornell-stored guides in “Weaving Relationship Tapestries with Simple Gifts for Those with Alzheimer’s.”

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* 9. General session banquet keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca Pinkney-Thomas in “Strengthening Social and Emotional Ties for Strong Relationships in the Digital Age.”

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* 10. The pacing and organization of the conference over-all was . . . .

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