Respite Agenda

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Respite Agenda

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We have a respite room available for carees on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11. While you attend sessions at our conference, your caree will enjoy socialization and activities in our respite room. The conference will take place on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, 8535 W. Higgins in Chicago.

We can accommodate 10 carees on Friday and 30 carees on Saturday. Volunteers will begin the day with bingo followed by a program of workshops provided by art, music and dance therapists as well as a yoga instructor.

We will only provide activities and socialization; any care, such as dispensing meds and toileting, must be provided by you. You are welcome to check in on your caree as often as you'd like. In addition, you and your caree can enjoy lunch together either in the respite room or the Grand Ballroom. You must remain at the conference as an attendee or volunteer for the entire time your caree is enrolled in our respite program.

After registering your caree in our respite program, you'll receive a PDF with a link to our respite form. You must complete and submit the completed respite form by October 24.

Again, we are providing activities and socialization; any care, such as dispensing meds and toileting, must be provided by you.

Please review our agenda to ensure your caree will enjoy our workshops. And, please use your best judgment as to whether our respite program will be appropriate for your caree.

Register for our conference and your caree for our conference respite program.

Respite Room Agenda


Friday, November 10

9 a.m. Bingo


10 a.m. Dance/Movement Therapy with Erica Hornthal
If you love to dance and love to listen to music, then dance/movement therapy is for you! Dance/movement therapy is a safe way to explore the mind body connection. Participants are encouraged to move their bodies and minds to music that will spark memory and connection. No dance experience is necessary.


Erica Hornthal, a clinical counselor and board-certified dance therapist, is the CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy (CDT). CDT provides movement therapy and counseling services to individuals of all ages and abilities. Movement therapy is a niche psychotherapy that focuses on non-verbal communication and body language to communicate thoughts and emotions. Individuals are encouraged to connect the mind and body to express needs, desires, and to encourage self awareness, identity, and self esteem. Erica specializes in working with individuals with movement and cognitive disorders. Her work has been highlighted locally on WGN, Fox, and WCIU as well as nationally in Social Work Magazine, Reader's Digest, and the National Parkinson Foundation.


11 a.m. Progressive Relaxation with Heather Lantry
Heather Lantry has been a Board-certified Music Therapist since 1998. She has worked with individuals throughout the life cycle, from labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care, through geriatrics and hospice care. She completed a Master of Arts in Community Counseling in 2006, with a focus on geriatrics and grief. Heather has owned Right at Home In-home Care and Assistance since 2013, where she advocates for seniors and disabled adults who want to age in place, on their own terms, with independence and dignity. Having known all four of her grandparents, and five of her eight great-grandparents, Heather has experienced first hand the joys and struggles of family caregiving, and is a staunch advocate for excellence in community support. She has been a Certified Care Manager since 2015, and has a collaborative approach to care in the community. She continues to utilize music therapy as appropriate, and enjoys making music with her family.


Noon Lunch


1 p.m. The Use of Art Therapy as a Tool for Well Being with Sharon Hyson
The process of visual art making allows participants to develop inner resources and inner strength, while fostering communication, team building, personal growth, wellness, relaxation, hobbies, and recreational skills. Come relax and play in this hands on art making workshop. In this mixed media art workshop, participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of sensory art materials to create a wish box. We will use text, decorative papers, pressed flowers and other natural materials, plus clay, and sculptural materials. I invite you to come, take a risk, and have fun while exploring your creative side in this guided workshop.


Sharon designs educational, therapeutic, and recreational art studio and art therapy programs. She uses different art mediums and processes in my art therapy sessions including teaching puppetry, jewelry from recycling, and papermaking. Her program builds community bonds and life skills through the arts, recreation, and daily living. The use of the arts builds confidence and self esteem. The process is very important. No art experience is necessary. Sharon currently runs an intergenerational arts program and works in the arts with people who have memory loss. Sharon is also the Art Director for the State's Anniversary Celebration of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


2 p.m. Art with Audra Eisin-Banazek L.C.P.C.
Audra is an Art Therapist who has worked in hospice providing care for both patients and their loved ones, in memory care, and at retirement communities with clients who have various physical and cognitive challenges. She worked with an ongoing support group for those with HIV/AIDs and provided support in Oncology and Palliative Care units at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


3 p.m. Songwriters Workshop with Heather Lantry
Heather Lantry has been a Board-certified Music Therapist since 1998. She has worked with individuals throughout the life cycle, from labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care, through geriatrics and hospice care. She completed a Master of Arts in Community Counseling in 2006, with a focus on geriatrics and grief. Heather has owned Right at Home In-home Care and Assistance since 2013, where she advocates for seniors and disabled adults who want to age in place, on their own terms, with independence and dignity. Having known all four of her grandparents, and five of her eight great-grandparents, Heather has experienced first hand the joys and struggles of family caregiving, and is a staunch advocate for excellence in community support. She has been a Certified Care Manager since 2015, and has a collaborative approach to care in the community. She continues to utilize music therapy as appropriate, and enjoys making music with her family.


4 p.m. Yoga with Gael Chiarella Alba E-RYT, C-IAYT, CCC
Author Gael Chiarella Alba E-RYT, C-IAYT, CCC is best known as a meditation teacher and yoga therapist. Gael experienced the joy of family throughout childhood in a Brooklyn walkup with her beloved grandparents living just steps away. As founder of The Yokibics Institute, she developed mindful trainings for individuals and teams through SelfCareOasis.com. With a mind, body, spirit embrace, those who care for others are given a framework for engaging this essential role with a peaceful, present, and embodied approach.


Register for our conference and your caree for our conference respite program.

Saturday, November 11

9 a.m. Bingo


10 a.m. Dance/Movement Therapy with Erica Hornthal
If you love to dance and love to listen to music, then dance/movement therapy is for you! Dance/movement therapy is a safe way to explore the mind body connection. Participants are encouraged to move their bodies and minds to music that will spark memory and connection. No dance experience is necessary.


Erica Hornthal, a clinical counselor and board-certified dance therapist, is the CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy (CDT). CDT provides movement therapy and counseling services to individuals of all ages and abilities. Movement therapy is a niche psychotherapy that focuses on non-verbal communication and body language to communicate thoughts and emotions. Individuals are encouraged to connect the mind and body to express needs, desires, and to encourage self awareness, identity, and self esteem. Erica specializes in working with individuals with movement and cognitive disorders. Her work has been highlighted locally on WGN, Fox, and WCIU as well as nationally in Social Work Magazine, Reader's Digest, and the National Parkinson Foundation.


11 a.m. Music with Rebecca J. Froman Freiman, MA, MT-BC
Carees are invited to join board certified music therapist Rebecca J. Froman Freiman, MA, MT-BC, of Greater Chicago Music Therapy Inc., for a session of active musicking! Together, we will explore different types of music through hands-on experientials! Participants are invited to join in a variety of hands-on music making opportunities that will allow for connection, creativity, communication, comfort, and creating commonalities with each other. No prior experience with music necessary! Come with an open mind to try different new things, or just sit back and enjoy!


Originally from the Chicago area, Rebecca J. Froman Freiman, MA, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist primarily serving older adults and adults with various types of dementia through Greater Chicago Music Therapy Inc., her private practice. Rebecca's undergraduate studies in music performance (oboe) and psychology were completed at the University of Michigan and she earned her Masters degree at University of Iowa in music therapy. As a clinician for the past 12 years, Rebecca has worked as a staff member in long term and sub-acute care, established and implemented a music therapy program for a local hospice, and has facilitated music therapy individual and group sessions for a variety of clientele in many different settings through her private practice. Rebecca has presented at numerous national and regional conferences as well as for local medical and care providing organizations about music therapy with older adults, dementia, collaboration across disciplines, as well as multicultural awareness and competency in practice. She has supervised and mentored several students in the fields of music therapy, dance/movement therapy, and art therapy, and has published research in the hospital setting and about multicultural music therapy practice. Currently, Rebecca spends her full time traveling to people's homes/care communities throughout the greater Chicago area providing individual and group music therapy sessions, as well as consultation, training, and education about music therapy.


Noon Lunch


2 p.m. Ageless Grace Body & Brain Fitness Fun with Hedy Duggan
Ageless Grace is the Body & Brain Fitness program based on the science of Neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change form and function, to reopen or to create new neural pathways. It’s designed to be practiced by every age group and physical and mental ability. It incorporates a little of many different exercise programs while enjoying uplifting and/or relaxing music from your era.


Ageless Grace is based on PLAY, is FUN and is the way we learned and developed new neural pathways as children.


It consists of 21 simple exercises designed to be done seated in a chair to develop core muscle strength and flexibility. It stimulates the organs and all systems of the body. There’s no technique to learn, movements are natural. Some of the aging factors it addresses:
Joint mobility, Spinal flexibility, Right-left brain coordination, Bone density, Cognitive function, Systemic health, Balance Self esteem, Playfulness. The exercises involve all 5 functions of the brain: Strategic planning, Analytical thinking, Creativity and imagination, Memory and Recall, and Kinesthetic learning.


The program was developed in the Medical and Graduate departments of a major University in the US. We help to nourish your mid-body connection, keep your brain agile and your body responsive. We’ll help you function efficiently and comfortably throughout life and help you retain cognitive function.


As a Certified Ageless Grace Educator, Trainer and Speaker, I learned the rewards of working with people with both physical and mental challenges and became a Certified Dementia Practitioner. As a Certified AromaTechniques Trainer, I have taught Activity Professionals and CNAs to give the critically important gift of touch with hand massages by way of AromaTouch using essential oils.


3 p.m. Art with Audra Eisin-Banazek L.C.P.C.
Audra is an Art Therapist who has worked in hospice providing care for both patients and their loved ones, in memory care, and at retirement communities with clients who have various physical and cognitive challenges. She worked with an ongoing support group for those with HIV/AIDs and provided support in Oncology and Palliative Care units at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


4 p.m. Closing Session in our Grand Ballroom


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