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Saturday, August 28, 2010 - Program for Parents and Adults

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)


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

 

Opening Keynote: Welcome to the Family
Presenter: Richard Rubin
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

The CWD Friends for Life conferences are often described by participants as 'a big family reunion.' Even if you don't know anyone before you arrive, you immediately get the sense that everyone here 'gets it.' Dr. Rubin, a CWD dad himself, has been to every single Friends for Life conference that CWD has held since 2001. He wants to take this opportunity to welcome you to the family!

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. – Beverage Break - Harbourside Ballroom


10:45 - 12:00 noon - Session

 

Opening Keynote: Best Practices in Canada
Presenter: Dan Metzger
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

Dr. Metzger is one of the leading pediatric endocrinologists in Canada, and he brings practicality and a measure of humor to the type 1 families with whom he works. Join him for a discussion of what is new and cutting-edge, and what he considers to be 'best practices' in the management of type 1 diabetes in Canada.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch Buffet in Harbourside Ballroom


1:00 - 2:15 p.m. - Sessions

 

Why We Pump - A Close Look at the Real Reasons
Presenter: Bruce Perkins
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

For lots of kids and families, pumping insulin is the method of choice in effectively managing diabetes. There are many compelling reasons why this makes sense, and Dr. Perkins will summarize the advantages.

 

Carb Counting Basics
Presenter: Dana Dignard
Location: Pinnacle I (Marriott)

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 and practical information and tips to become an expert carbohydrate counter.

 

Glucose: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Presenter: Kim Kelly
Location: Pinnacle II (Marriott)

Dr. Kelly will present an evidence and science based approach talk as to why it is very important for a person with diabetes to maintain optimal blood sugar control. He presents the advantages and disadvantages of glucose…and why too much sugar in the bloodstream can be harmful to the body long term.

2:15 - 3:00 p.m. – Refreshments Break - Harbourside Ballroom


3:00 - 4:15 p.m. - Sessions

 

Communicating with Your Child with Type 1 Diabetes
Presenter: Joe Solowiejczyk
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

As a family counselor, Joe spends a lot of time helping families make sense of managing type 1 diabetes. Communication is a huge part of these dynamics. Join Joe for a discussion of what it is important to communicate and why.

 

Pumps, Sensors, Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes
Presenter: Mike Riddell
Location: Pinnacle I (Marriott)

Pumps and sensors are great tools while exercising but knowledge is key in order to achieve the best results. Learn about temporary basal usage, how to adjust insulin to carb ratios and other practical tips while exercising.

 

Strike the Spike
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Pinnacle II (Marriott)

Hemoglobin A1c values are affected by post meal blood sugar spikes during the day. Gary will present ways in order to strike the spike with practical tips to slow down post meal blood sugar rises.

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - Program for Parents and Adults

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast in Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)


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

 

It's Not Just a Numbers Game
Presenter: Joe Solowiejczyk
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

Diabetes is so much more than just measuring blood glucose values and counting carbs. It involves family dynamics, school, caregivers, growth, feelings, and most of all- an entire family. Join family counselor Joe Solowiejczyk for a new look at type 1 diabetes. It is more than just a numbers game.

 

Pumping: Basics and Beyond
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Pinnacle I (Marriott)

Are you thinking about changing from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump? Find out basics about pumping in this informative session. Insulin pump terminology and the "how-to's" of pumping will be discussed. Once the basics are discussed, more advanced concepts such as basal/bolus testing, prolonged bolusing and pre-bolusing before meals will be introduced.

 

Managing Diabetes in Schools—A Discussion
Presenters: Barb Marche and Michelle Rago
Location: Pinnacle II (Marriott)

Children with diabetes spend a great deal of time in school and daycare. These facilities need to provide a safe environment for children with diabetes. This session led by mothers of children with diabetes will discuss these issues and will briefly cover how to implement a care plan for a child with diabetes. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion, so please bring your thoughts and be ready to share.

 

Celiac Discussion
Presenters: Heather Kyllo and Mike Schurig
Location: Port of San Francisco (3rd floor, Renaissance)

Come share your challenges and solutions with managing celiac disease when eating out, at school, and at friend's houses. The discussion will be led jointly by a mother who has a teen with celiac disease and a registered dietitian.

 

Grandparent Discussion
Presenter: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Port of Singapore (3rd floor, Renaissance)

Grandparents are a very important part of the diabetes caregivers team, and they can effectively share time and fun with a child living with diabetes as long as they are equipped with proper diabetes knowledge and skills. Come meet and talk about issues you want to learn more about.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. – Beverage Break - Harbourside Ballroom


10:45 - 12:00 noon - Sessions

 

CGMS and Pumping
Presenter: Bruce Perkins
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

Continuous glucose monitoring systems are becoming more prevalent and accurate in the diabetes marketplace. For lots of kids and families, pumping insulin and using CGMS devices are the methods of choice in managing diabetes. There are many compelling reasons why this makes sense, and Dr. Perkins will present some of the science behind it.

 

Carb Counting and Tools for the Real World
Presenter: Dana Dignard
Location: Pinnacle I (Marriott)

How do you eat a high fat meal and make sure you don't suffer post meal spikes after the meal? Come listen to Dana as she presents some useful and practical guidelines on how to fully utilize advance pump features in order to balance various meals and fast acting insulin.

 

JDRF Research Update
Presenter: Jim Johnson
Location: Pinnacle II (Marriott)

Jim Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences and the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia. An expert in the fundamental biology of diabetes, he is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles since 2000, many in prestigious journals. His current work focuses on the processes that control the survival of pancreatic beta-cells in type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and islet transplantation.

 

Grandparents Hands On—Meters and Pumps
Presenter: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Port of Singapore (3rd floor, Renaissance)

Join Betty as she explains and uses hands-on demonstrations to review how to appropriately use a blood glucose meter and how to assist with giving insulin via an insulin pump. Since grandparents are vital members of the diabetes caregivers team in many families, it is important that they feel comfortable and competent with regards to the tools of diabetes management.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Buffet in Harbourside Ballroom


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

 

Making Sense of Sensor Data
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

If your child is on a CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system) device 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 on CGMS trends rather than comparing CGMS data with blood glucose results.

 

Moms Discussion Group
Presenter2: Lauren Lanning, Michelle Rago, Heather Kyllo
Location: Pinnacle I (Marriott)

CWD moms have a lot to say. 75 minutes is probably just enough time to barely scratch the surface of some really good topics.

 

Sick Day Management
Presenter: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Pinnacle II (Marriott)

How do you control diabetes when your child is sick? Come listen to Betty give information about proper sick day guidelines. Topics will include: proper hydration, ketone testing, guidelines for nausea, vomiting, etc., when and what to eat when sick and many more topics.

 

Dad's Discussion Group
Presenters: Tom Karlya and Scott Kyllo
Location: Port of San Francisco (3rd floor, Renaissance)

Join Tom 'Diabetes Dad' Karlya and Scott Kyllo – two 'dads with two' (two kids with type 1) for a unique discussion about real problems facing real families. You will come to realize just how 'not alone' you are.

 

Success in Sports
Presenter: Mike Riddell
Location: Port of Singapore (3rd floor, Renaissance)

Exercise with sports is a great way to keep blood sugars in control. Mike will present ways to be successful and smart with all kinds of sports activities during practice and competition. Learn ways to prevent hypoglycemia both during and hours after exercise and competition. Bring your own (or your child's) sports and training experiences to share.

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. – Refreshments Break - Harbourside Ballroom


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

 

Closing Keynote
Presenter: Tom Karlya
Location: Harbourside Ballroom (Renaissance)

Join "Diabetes Dad" Tom Karlya as he brings a humorous and insightful conclusion to the first annual Friends for Life Conference in Canada. This is a not-to-be-missed closing keynote.



Session Codes:   Science   Research   Diabetes 101   Psychosocial   Nutrition   Discussion Group   Grandparents


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