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Friday, July 25, 2008
Program for Parents and Adults

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7:30 - 8:45 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet in Crystal Ballroom A-E


8:45 - 10:00 a.m. - Sessions

 

Celiac - Day to Day
Presenter: Alessio Fasano
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

This discussion group is for parents of children who have celiac disease (or for adults who have celiac themselves). It is intended to be a practical discussion of management techniques that work, food resources that are helpful, and anything else of a functional nature pertaining to this topic.

 

Government and Diabetes
Presenter: Ann Albright and Arleen Pinkos
Location: Crystal Ballroom B

The US government plays an important role in diabetes -- from setting health care policy to leading and funding research to approving new treatments for patients. Join Ann Albright from the CDC and Arleen Pinkos from the FDA to learn more about their roles in keeping our kids healthy and their futures bright.

 

Strike the Spike
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Crystal Ballroom C

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!

 

Glucose: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Presenter: Kim Kelly
Location: Crystal Ballroom D

Glucose is an important nutrient that we all use every day to generate energy. Learn the good things glucose does for us and why it is such a key molecule. When glucose builds up in the body it can result in changes in cells and processes that lead to the complications we see with diabetes. Learn how glucose excess can result in these changes and why tight glucose control is important in reducing those complications.

 

NIH Research Update
Presenter: David Harlan
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

Considerable research over the past 30 years has clearly indicated that type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is the end result of an immune system gone awry. That is, for reasons that remain obscure, the immune system attacks and gradually kills the only cells in the body capable of making the insulin required to control blood sugar- the so called pancreatic beta cells found in cell clusters called the islets of Langerhans. Fortunately, while admittedly difficult, expensive, and emotionally trying, modern insulin based treatments have remarkably improved the prognosis for individuals with the disease. Further, we continue to learn surprising new things about T1DM, like the fact that many and perhaps most individuals with T1DM continue to make small amounts of insulin for years. Our research team is testing an x-ray like technique to see if it can accurately "count" an individual's pancreatic insulin producing cells, and other approaches to see if we can promote insulin producing capacity even in folks with long-standing T1DM. These research efforts will be described.

 

Pump Problem Solving
Presenter: John Walsh
Location: Bluegill

This presentation and discussion session is for people who have been pumping at least several months and who would like hands-on problem-solving for specific challenges faced by themselves or their children.

 

Family Dynamics
Presenter: Paul Madden
Location: Nomeus

Research, clinical studies and patient experiences have taught us that how families communicate has a tremendous impact on medical control and emotional well-being for the child with diabetes, his/her siblings and the entire family. This workshop will focus on providing parents with the tools they need to make managing and living with diabetes a family affair where everyone's medical and emotional needs are met.

 

It's Not Just A Numbers Game
Presenter: Joe Solowiejcyzk
Location: Palani Sailfish

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 S for a new look at type 1 diabetes. It is more than just a numbers game.

 

Transitioning to Adult Care
Presenter: Lynda Fisher
Location: Walu

Transitioning from a teen to young adult stage of life brings a different set of questions, concerns, challenges, and accomplishments. Teens leave for college or move on to jobs. First apartments are rented or dorm rooms are shared. College students often move far from home and have an entirely new medical team. It's an adult medical team – not a pediatric one. What are the differences and what is the best way to transition?

 

Diabetes Around The World Video
Presenter: Fran Kaufman
Location: Fantail

In 2007, Dr. Fran Kaufman and the Discovery Channel produced an exceptional video about diabetes (type 1 and type 2) around the world. Come see it with Fran.

 

Reclaiming Sleepovers and Get-aways
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Damselfish

When diabetes walked in the door, did your precious alone time with a grandchild fly out the window? Learn about the fears that cause the problems, and the skills and tools that can put them in their place.

 

Parents of Athletes
Birds of a Feather Open Room
Presenter: Chris Dudley
Location: Unicorn

Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to bring together groups of people with something in common, for discussion, support, and the sharing of ideas and solutions. The group may be large or small – it depends who shows up! This session is intended for parents of elementary kids with type 1 diabetes.

 

Parents of Tweens
Birds of a Feather Open Room
Location: Veiltail

Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to bring together groups of people with something in common, for discussion, support, and the sharing of ideas and solutions. The group may be large or small – it depends who shows up! This session is intended for parents of tweens (ages 10-12) with type 1 diabetes.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. – Snack Break Outside Oceans Ballroom / Exhibit Hall


10:45 - 12:00 noon - Sessions

 

Glycemic Variability
Presenter: Kim Kelly
Location: Crystal Ballroom B

We've all been taught about the importance of tight control. But do highs and lows matter more than we've thought? Dr. Kelly examines the concept of glycemic variability.

 

Nutrition for the Athlete with Diabetes
Presenter: Rick Philbin and Barb Whedon
Location: Crystal Ballroom C

Learn tips to maximize performance and maintain normal blood sugar during practice and competition. Find out how to balance carbohydrates, protein and fats before, during and after activity. See how adequate hydration can positively impact performance and aid in keeping blood sugars in a normal range. Discuss strategies for eating a diet nutritionally adequate for an active lifestyle.

 

Making Sense of Sensor Data
Presenters: Bruce Buckingham
Location: Crystal Ballroom D

Dr. Buckingham shares his experiences with continuous glucose sensors, offering guidance on using CGM data to improve glucose control in kids with type 1 diabetes.

 

Tissue Engineering: New Frontiers for Insulin Replacement
Presenter: Cherie Stabler
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

At the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), new technologies and processes to restore insulin production are being developed. The DRI's Cherie Stabler, Ph.D., will discuss the current status of islet transplantation, strategies for inducing tolerance, and other exciting research now underway.

 

Glucagon - What You Need to Know
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Bluegill

Glucagon is a tool. To many parents, it is a frightening tool because we bring it out in the midst of an emergency. Learn about glucagon – how to use it and store it – so that if a hypoglycemia situation occurs, you are comfortable in taking action!

 

Non-Traditional Families
Presenter: Scott Scolnick
Location: Nomeus

The idea of a "normal family" is one that is fast becoming a not so normal occurrence. More and more families are comprised of single parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, "blended" families where a child is being parented by a parent who is not their biological mother or father. We see more and more children who split their time between the homes of two biological parents. This session will examine the challenges as well as the opportunities that this type of family situation can offer. It is also about making sure that what your own family situation is is perceived by the children as "normal" because it is.

 

Stress Management
Presenter: Bob Bulgarelli
Location: Palani Sailfish

Parents know that diabetes can introduce additional stress into families. Dr. Bob offers strategies for helping families cope with the challenges that diabetes brings.

 

Safe at School Program
Presenter: Larry Deeb and Crystal Jackson
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

Dr. Larry Deeb and ADA's Crystal Jackson report on the very important Safe at School program, which helps ensure that our kids can take care of their diabetes while they are at school.

 

Diabetes Around The World
Presenter: Fran Kaufman and Amany Maher
Location: Fantail

Drs. Fran Kaufman and Amany Maher explore the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes around the world.

 

Blood Glucose Monitoring for Grandparents
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Damselfish

Get answers to all your questions about blood testing. In previous years we've discussed why kids test so much, what the numbers mean and how much it actually hurts. You'll test your own blood sugar to help get past fears and win points with the grandkids!

 

Single Moms
Birds of a Feather Open Room with Barbara Anderson
Location: Unicorn

Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to bring together groups of people with something in common, for discussion, support, and the sharing of ideas and solutions. The group may be large or small – it depends who shows up! This session is intended for single parents and will be facilitated by Dr. Barbara Anderson.

 

Parents of Elementary Aged Kids
Birds of a Feather Open Room
Location: Veiltail

Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to bring together groups of people with something in common, for discussion, support, and the sharing of ideas and solutions. The group may be large or small – it depends who shows up! This session is intended for parents of elementary aged kids with type 1 diabetes.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Buffet Crystal Ballroom A - E and Foyer


1:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Sessions

 

Diabetes, Drugs, & Alcohol
Presenter: Henry Anhalt
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

As our kids grow up and become teens and young adults, they learn information about drugs and alcohol from resources in the school environment, and they also hear information (not always correct) from their friends and other sources. Drugs -- including prescription drugs, alcohol, and diabetes can be a dangerous combination. Find out why.

 

Advanced Pumping
Presenter: John Walsh
Location: Crystal Ballroom B

This presentation is for people who have been pumping at least several months and are comfortable with the basic concepts of pumping insulin. Learn how to maximize the functions of your insulin pump and how you utilize them to get the best control ever!

 

Sick Day Management
Presenter: Peter Chase
Location: Crystal Ballroom C

Managing your child's diabetes on a 'sick day' can be an entirely different experience. What should you do with insulin dosage when your child is sick? What should you do if they won't eat or are vomiting? Should you push fluids? When should you worry? What constitutes an emergency? And what about ketones? Should you test urine ketones or blood ketones? Join Dr. Peter Chase for a review of current best practices.

 

Accuracy in Continuous Sensing
Presenter: Bill Clarke
Location: Crystal Ballroom D

What does "accuracy" mean when talking about continuous glucose sensors? How does the data from a continuous sensor differ from that from a fingerstick glucose meter? Dr. Clarke will help you understand continuous sensing so you can get the most from it.

 

The Work Remaining
Presenters: Bruce Buckingham
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

What remains to be done to find a cure for type 1 diabetes? What remains to be done to make an artificial pancreas? Dr. Buckingham will present some of the challenges that remain and offer his thoughts on where science and medicine is making progress.

 

Making a Diabetes Emergency Kit
Presenter: Barb Whedon
Location: Bluegill

If you had to leave home quickly in an emergency, would your diabetes supplies be somewhere, ready to go with you? If so, come share your ideas about what’s in your emergency kit. If not, come learn about how to be prepared!

 

Moms' Discussion Group
Facilitator: Barbara Anderson with CWD moms Lauren Lanning and Michelle Rago
Location: Nomeus

CWD moms have a lot to say. An hour is probably just enough time to barely scratch the surface of some really great topics.

 

Meet the Athletes
Facilitator: Rick Philbin with the Special Guest Athletes
Location: Palani Sailfish

Athletes from across North America have come to the Friends for Life conference to meet our kids and share their stories. This is an opportunity for parents to meet these same athletes, ask questions about how they manage their diabetes and do some of the incredible things that they’ve accomplished.

 

Transitioning to Adult Care
Presenter: Lynda Fisher
Location: Walu

Transitioning from a teen to young adult stage of life brings a different set of questions, concerns, challenges, and accomplishments. Teens leave for college or move on to jobs. First apartments are rented or dorm rooms are shared. College students often move far from home and have an entirely new medical team. It's an adult medical team – not a pediatric one. What are the differences and what is the best way to transition?

 

Problem Solving at School
Presenter: Crystal Jackson
Location: Fantail

Crystal Jackson is an expert on helping to problem-solve situations which are challenging for our children at school. Bring your own challenges and be ready to share ideas.

 

Glucagon & Diabetes Emergencies for Grandparents
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Damselfish

Scary low blood sugars. Scary high blood sugars. They don't happen often, but they sure get your attention! Learn what you need to know and do about diabetes emergencies. Includes tools to guide you through them safely.

 

Parents of College Age Kids
Birds of a Feather Open Room
Location: Unicorn

Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to bring together groups of people with something in common, for discussion, support, and the sharing of ideas and solutions. The group may be large or small – it depends who shows up! This session is intended for parents of college age kids with type 1 diabetes.

 

Parents of Teens
Birds of a Feather Open Room
Location: Veiltail

Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to bring together groups of people with something in common, for discussion, support, and the sharing of ideas and solutions. The group may be large or small – it depends who shows up! This session is intended for parents of teens with type 1 diabetes.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. – Snack Break Outside Oceans Ballroom / Exhibit Hall


3:15 - 4:30 p.m. - Sessions

 

Genetic Engineering
Facilitator: Engene
Location: Crystal Ballroom D

Scientists from Engene present their research that uses genetic engineering to cure type 1 diabetes.

 

Looking at Meter Glucose Data
Presenter: Bill Clarke
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

A close look at meter glucose data can help you make better diabetes care decisions. It can also help you determine your risk for hypoglycemia in the immediate future. Dr. Bill Clarke will help you get more out of your meter.

 

Dads' Discussion Group
Facilitators: Richard Rubin and Stefan Rubin
Location: Nomeus

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.

 

Bringing it all Together
Presenter: Chris Dudley
Location: Crystal Ballroom C

Retired NBA Center Chris Dudley presents a powerful insight in living with diabetes. He delivers a message to motivate and inspire others to live their dreams today. Every experience he shares will bring inspiration and encouragement. Chris was diagnosed at the age of 16 and is a true super star and powerful role model that will bring the tone and tenor of hope not just for a "normal life" but rather a "great life" that comes from not only beating the disease everyday but excelling in Life.

 

Making a Difference
Presenter: Larry Deeb
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

Families are invited to explore ways to make a difference in the lives of kids living with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Larry Deeb will offer ideas in this interactive session.

 

Closing Session for Grandparents
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Damselfish

How has your experience at Friends for Life been? What has helped most? What do you still have questions about? What should we Grands do next year – for repeating grandparents and for the newbies?

 

Single Moms
Birds of a Feather Open Room with Barbara Anderson
Location: Unicorn

Birds of a Feather sessions are intended to bring together groups of people with something in common, for discussion, support, and the sharing of ideas and solutions. The group may be large or small – it depends who shows up! This session is intended for single parents and will be facilitated by Dr. Barbara Anderson.



Photo Dessert with the Faculty
9 - 11 pm in Crystal Ballroom D/E
Enjoy dessert and coffee with all the Friends for Life faculty
And see CWD's First Scientific Poster Presentation

Sponsored by Smiths Medical
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Photo Tween Social with Karaoke
8 - 11 pm in Coral Ballroom
(No Dinner)

Sponsored by LifeScan
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Photo Teen Dinner Dance
8 pm - Midnight in the Wedgwood Ballroom
All teens welcome (ages 13 to 18 only, please)
Dress Nicely -- No Jeans
No Parents Allowed (just chaperones!)

Sponsored by Bayer Healthcare
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Photo Young Adults Dinner and Salsa Dancing
7 pm - Midnight in Crystal Ballroom A/B
Ages 18-25

Sponsored by Bayer Healthcare
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