Caregivers Conference 2012

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Caregivers Need Care Too

This conference is designed to offer caregivers several different ways to look at their lives and to deal with their emotions.  Taking care of themselves is foremost in the long list of duties that need to be performed.  Engaging in activities that target their cognitive, emotional and physical well being can make a difference towards how they view their lives and responsibilities.  

When, Where and How Much?

Saturday, October 27, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
McDaniel College
Old Gill Gym and Lobby
The is no fee for this event but registration is required
Campus Info

Hosted by:

The Center for the Study of Aging
The Center for the Study of Aging (CSA) at McDaniel College was established in 2007 to provide educational resources for families, scholars and professionals who serve the fast growing segment of our society, individuals over the age of 60.

The Bureau of Aging and Disabilities
The Bureau of Aging and Disabilities is a division of the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services and is the principle agency that plans, advocates, and develops programs and services for older adults.  



8:30 – 9:00    Registration, Light breakfast

9:00 – 9:20    Key Note Speaker     
(Alva Baker)

9:20 – 10:15    Understanding Challenging Behaviors     
(Diane Martin)

10:15 – 10:30    Break

10:30 – 11:00     Confronting and Dealing with Emotional Issues:  Anger, Guilt and Burnout     (Gail Jones)
11:00 – 11:20    Stress Relief     
(Kimberly Brooks)

11:20 – 11:40    Therapeutic Massage     
(Kathy Volrath)

11:40 – 12:00    Using Laughter    
(Kimberly Brooks)

12:00 – 12:20    Therapeutic Activities to Enhance the Day
(Charlene Fischer)

12:20 – 1:15     Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 1:35    Eating for Energy and Tranquility     (Alva Baker)

1:35 – 2:15           Talking About Sensitive Subjects: 
Driving, Losses, & Placement Out of Home   
(Sharon Baker)

2:15 – 2:30            Wrap-Up
(Dr. Diane Martin)
2:30- 3:00    Vendors


Dr. Alva Baker

Alva S. Baker, MD, began caring for frail elderly patients in the long term care setting in 1972.  He is a member of local, state and national medical societies.  In addition to a number of other esteemed positions, Dr. Baker also serves on the Gerontology faculty at McDaniel College as the Director of The Center for the Study of Aging.  Dr. Baker is board certified in Geriatrics and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He has taught extensively about medical direction issues and continuous quality improvement to medical directors and staff at all levels in residential care facilities throughout the long term care continuum. 

Dr. Diane Martin

Diane Martin, Ph.D., Academic Director, The Center for the Study of Aging and Visiting Assistant Professor of Gerontology at McDaniel College.  Dr Martin joined McDaniel College in 2007.  Primary interests: memory/ cognition in later life, ageism, mental health and aging, and intergenerational living/communication. 

Gail Jones

Gail Jones has served as the coordinator for the Public Guardianship Program for the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities since 1989.  She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland with an emphasis on the aging population and has been working in the field of geriatrics since 1977.  She is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor working to reduce sigma attached to mental illness.  She is also an adjunct professor at Carroll Community College teaching Introductory Sociology. 

Kimberly Brooks

Kimberly brooks holds a degree in Gerontology from George Mason University.  She is an Integrated Yoga therapist, an Associate Polarity Practitioner and a Reiki Master.  She has been teaching yoga to seniors, stress management, and memory dynamics for seniors for Oasis and suburban Hospital for over 10 years.  Kimberly is on the faculty for AKS Massage School, where she taught the Geriatric Program.  She has a passion for active aging and commitments to helping seniors understand how to age younger and stronger and keep their independence.  

Kathy Volrath

Kathy Volrath has been in the business world for over 30 years, She received her AA Degree in Therapeutic Massage from Anne Arundel Community College and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.  She owns Therapeutic Kneads Wellness Center in Eldersburg.  The Wellness Center is open seven days a week and offers massages, reflexology, energy work, facials, acupuncture and nutritional counseling.  These services are offered at the Eldersburg location and in homes and businesses.   She also goes to various nursing homes. 
Kathy is a certified cancer and mastectomy massage therapist, certified massage cupping practitioner, certified equine and canine massage therapist, and a certified healing touch practitioner.  She has received training in Swedish, myofascial, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports massage, lymphatic massage, massage for fibromyalgia, massage for the chronologically-gifted, various biofield/engery therapies, reflexology, Indian head and foot Massage, Hot Stone massage, Thai Herbal Massage, Raindrop Therapy, Thai Massage and Healing Touch for Animals.  Kathy enjoys helping people from 9 months to 109 years.

Charlene Fischer

Charlene A. Fischer, graduate of University of Maryland, College Park 1976.  She has a BS in Fine Art focusing on Design of Craft.  She also has 29 years of experience working in the field of gerontology.  When her daughter turned three, she went back to work. She was an Activity Director in a skilled nursing facility in Manchester, Maryland. In 1990, She came to the Bureau of Aging and Disabilities as the Coordinator of what is now called the Senior Inclusion Program. She has been designing, developing, and implementing, multiple level activity programming for over 30 years. She is married, lives in Westminster, and has 3 adult children.

Sharon Baker

Sharon Baker graduated from Temple University in 1969 and Baltimore School of Massage in 1996.  She is a retired social worker with over 30 years of experience.  Currently, she is co-facilitator of Carroll County Alzheimer’s Support Group (which she founded in 1985) and a self-employed massage therapist.  She has presented workshops and classes at the national convention of the American Society of Aging, Towson University, and Boscov’s Campus of courses.  She takes care of her two grandchildren, Ben and Sophie, and is a caregiver for her 89 year old mother.


There is no fee for the conference but registration is required

Registration deadline is October 24, 2012

Click here to register online.