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Friday, July 29, 2011 - Program for Parents and Adults

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Reception and Meet the Sponsors and Exhibitors in Grand Ballroom and Trinity Ballroom

 

Welcome to Friends for Life
Presenter: Tom Karlya
Location: Grand Ballroom


Tom Karlya -- a.k.a. Diabetes Dad -- welcomes everyone to Friends for Life Canada 2011.



Saturday, July 30, 2011 - Program for Parents and Adults

8:00-9:00 a.m - Breakfast in the Grand Ballroom


9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Session

 

Opening Keynote Session - Your Finish Line Vision
Presenter: Jay Hewitt
Location: Grand Ballroom


10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Refreshments in the Pre-Function Area


10:45 - 12:00 noon - Session

 

CGMS and New Technology
Presenter: Hanry Anhalt
Location: Grand Ballroom


For lots of kids and families, using CGM devices are the methods of choice in managing diabetes. There are many compelling reasons why this makes sense, and Dr. Anhalt will present some of the science behind it and present new technology to better manage diabetes.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch in the Grand Ballroom


1:30 - 2:45 p.m. - Sessions

 

Managing Hypoglycemia
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Grand Ballroom

Low blood sugars are a scary but unavoidable part of living with type 1 diabetes. Fortunately, there are safe and effective ways to treat and reduce the incidence of hypoglycemia. Gary will present practical information on managing hypoglycemia.

 

Carbohydrate Counting Basics
Presenter: Dana Dignard
Location: Trinity Ballroom

Meal planning, and in particular, carbohydrate counting, is one of the most important skills for anyone with type 1 diabetes to master in order to assure optimal blood sugar control. Come join Dana as she presents some valuable information and practical tips to become an expert carb counter.

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Refreshments in Pre-Function Area


3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Sessions

 

Managing Transitions in Childhood
Presenter: Jill Weissberg-Benchell
Location: Grand Ballroom

Transitions during the elementary school years can be stressful enough without diabetes. Learn how to identify and manage these life transitions, how to talk about them with your children, and how to begin making sense of the additional diabetes challenges that might happen during these same times.

 

Making Sense of Sensor Data
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Trinity Ballroom

If your child is on a CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system) or you are thinking about starting one for your child, come listen to Gary describe the pros and cons of CGMS and how to make sense of the extensive data that comes with such a system. Gary will elaborate on how to focus effectively on CGMS trends rather than comparing CGMS data with blood glucose results.

6:30-10:00 p.m. Family and Friends Banquet and Dancing (dinner served from 6:30-7:15) in the Grand Ballroom; all ages welcome!




Sunday, July 31, 2011 - Program for Parents and Adults

8:00-9:00 a.m - Breakfast in the Grand Ballroom


9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Sessions

 

Making Sense of Sensor Data
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Grand Ballroom

One of the toughest things for people with diabetes to manage is those after-meal blood glucose spikes that simply refuse to come down. Learn some management techniques that work!

 

Infusion Sets and Sensors
Presenter: Natalie Bellini
Location: Trinity Ballroom

There are so many infusion sets on the market right now—picking the right one can be mind-boggling in and of itself. What are the differences between angled versus straight-in insertions? Why is a 6mm cannula different than a 9mm in terms of function, and who should use each? Which infusion sets go in by hand and which have an insertion device? Which sets are proprietary to specific pumps, and which can be used with any pump? How do you get an infusion set to stick—and then how do you get it off when it's really stuck? If you are considering a cgm, what are the things to learn about the differences between sensors? Natalie has a sense of humor about all of this—and not only will she give you tons of information, she will have you laughing in your seat as you make sense of it all!

 

Managing Diabetes in Schools - A Discussion
Facilitator: Barbara Wagstaff
Location: Simcoe

Children with diabetes spend a great deal of time in school. This discussion session will focus on the challenges faced by families with type 1 in the Canadian school system and how best to address them. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion, so please bring your thoughts and be ready to share.

 

Celiac Discussion Group
Facilitators: Heather Kyllo and Mike Schurig
Location: King

Come share your challenges with the group and hear about solutions for managing celiac disease. You may go home with a tip or two that will make a big difference in your life!

 

Grandparents Discussion
Presenters: Facilitator: Jill Weissberg-Benchell
Location: Carlton

Come join the grandparents discussion group facilitated by Jill Weissberg-Benchell. It promises to be an enlightening and fun time for all!

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Refreshments in Pre-Function Area


10:40 - Noon - Sessions

 

Pumps, Sensors, Exercise, and Type 1 Diabetes
Presenter: Mike Riddell
Location: Grand Ballroom

Come learn how useful tools such as CGMS devices and insulin pumps can help athletes and your children with diabetes attain optimal blood sugar control without the fears of lows commonly associated with exercise.

 

Sick Day Management
Presenter: Natalie Bellini
Location: Trinity Ballroom

Don't let sick days get you down and ruin your child's blood sugar control. Listen to Natalie present some useful and practical ideas on how to be prepared when your child with diabetes becomes ill.

 

Carbohydrate Counting Basics
Presenter: Dana Dignard
Location: Simcoe

Join Dana's presentation as she presents practical information on how to effectively use insulin pump tools to cover higher fat meals or high glycemic foods. Also tools for effective portion control and meal planning will be included.

 

Advocacy - Getting Involved
Facilitators: Tom Karlya, Barb Wagstaff, Barbara Pasternak
Location: King

Can you really make a difference? Tom, Barb, and Barbara are three parents who definitely have made a difference – repeatedly – in the world of type 1 diabetes. They will walk you through the how-to's of getting involved, whether you're a newbie or have been an advocate for years. Please bring your questions and stories to share!

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch in the Grand Ballroom


1:30 - 2:45 p.m. - Sessions

 

Avoiding Diabetes Burnout
Presenter: Jill Weissberg-Benchell
Location: Grand Ballroom

The emotional side of diabetes is often overlooked, but it's so important because many people experience burnout. They are simply overwhelmed by the day-to-day demands of diabetes. Feeling overwhelmed makes it almost impossible to take good care of your diabetes. This session presents ways to prevent or overcome diabetes burnout and is applicable whether you are a person with diabetes, a family member experiencing "secondary" diabetes burnout, or a health care professional trying to make sense of it all.

 

Meet the Athletes
Presenters: Mike Riddell and VIP Athletes
Location: Trinity Ballroom

Come meet some very special athletes and hear their stories. Be sure to bring your questions and camera.

 

Parenting your Teen with Type 1 Diabetes
Presenter: Natalie Bellini
Location: Simcoe

Teens without diabetes are hard enough to parent but add diabetes to the mix…well, you get the picture. Join Natalie as she discusses effective ways and strategies to work with your teen with type 1 diabetes during this challenging time. (Note: Once upon a time, Natalie WAS a teen with type 1 diabetes!)

 

Dads' Discussion Group
Facilitators: Tom Karlya and Scott Kyllo
Location: Carlton

Back again by popular demand ... the Dad's Hour! Whether you're new at diabetes or have been at this a long time, there is always good information to be shared in a forum like this. Join your facilitators for some great interaction. Dads only, please.

 

Moms' Discussion Group
Facilitators: Lauren Lanning and Barb Wagstaff
Location: King

CWD moms have a lot on their minds and a lot to share by the end of the conference. Each year at Friends for Life, we hold the Moms Group… which breaks down into a number of topic-related or age-related discussions that are smaller in nature and easier to manage with so many participants. Please join us!

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Refreshments in Pre-Function Area


3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Session


 

Closing Keynote - Care Suggestions
Presenter: Jeff Hitchcock
Location: Grand Ballroom

Jeff Hitchcock, President of CWD and dad of Marissa, will wrap up the second annual FFL Canada conference with a presentation summarizing current care suggestions for caring with a child with diabetes.



Session Codes:   Science   Research   Diabetes 101   Psychosocial   Exercise   Grandparents   Legal & Advocacy

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