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Thursday, July 24, 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. - Session

 

Opening Keynote Session: Welcome to the Family
Presenter: Richard Rubin, Ph.D.
Location: Crystal Ballroom A-E

Join your CWD friends for an emotional welcome to CWD's 2008 Friends for Life conference

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


10:45 - 12:00 noon - Sessions

 

Picking the Right Infusion Set
Facilitator: Natalie Bellini
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

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 vs straight-in insertions? Why is a 6 mm cannula different than a 9 mm 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 really stuck? 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!

 

Why We Pump
Presenter: Henry Anhalt
Location: Crystal Ballroom B

For lots of kids and families, pumping insulin is the method 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!

 

Continuous Glucose Sensing
Presenter: Bruce Buckingham
Location: Crystal Ballroom D

Continuous sensors are on the very cutting edge of diabetes management technology. From the early GlucoWatch devices to the newly available subcutaneous glucose sensors to the technology just on the horizon, Dr. Buckingham will share with us the history of these devices and how they will soon redefine the standard of diabetes care.

 

Emerging Technologies: Bridging The Newest Disciplines To Cure Diabetes
Presenter: Norma Kenyon
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

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

 

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.

 

Schools and 504 Plans
Presenter: Crystal Jackson
Location: Fantail

Children with diabetes spend a great deal of time in school and daycare. The federal regulations mandate that these facilities provide a safe environment. This session 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! Session sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

 

A Beginner's Guide to Diabetes for Grandparents
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Damselfish

Are you or your family new to diabetes? Do you feel overwhelmed? Do words like "basal," "bolus," or "nocturnal hypoglycemia" leave you scratching your head? Then this session is for you. Enjoy clear explanations of what diabetes is, how it's treated and what all those important new words mean.

 

Parents of Teens
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 teenagers with type 1 diabetes.

 

Parents of College 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 college students 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

 

Carbs Count
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

Whether you're new to carbohydrate gram counting or have been practicing it for years, this session is for you. Learn the reasoning behind carb counting for achieving optimal blood sugar control, as well as carb counting techniques from basic to advanced. Presented by a Certified Diabetes Educator and author of The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting. Find out whether or not two doughnuts really equals one bagel!

 

Introduction to Pumping
Presenter: John Walsh
Location: Crystal Ballroom B

Are you thinking about changing from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump? Find out the basics about pumping in this informative session. Insulin pump terminology and the "how-to's" of pumping will be discussed. You might want to consider a saline pump start offered by the different pump companies at the conference. This opportunity is offered by several of the pump companies in the exhibit hall. Please refer to them for guidelines.

 

How to Get Moving & Eat Right
Presenter: Ann Albright
Location: Crystal Ballroom C

Exercise and healthy food choices make a big difference in the health of everyone -- not just kids with diabetes. Learn how to make better choices from Ann Albright.

 

Understanding Diabetes Research
Presenter: Peter Chase
Location: Crystal Ballroom D

Doctors and scientists around the world are making incredible progress in learning about the causes of type 1 diabetes and are working tirelessly to find a cure. Dr. Chase will help you learn how to get the most of the many studies that are published each week about diabetes. Learn about the models that scientists use (what's an NOD mouse?) and which studies have the most impact on your life.

 

Closing the Loop: The Artificial Pancreas
Presenters: Stuart Weinzimer and Ed Damiano
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

It seems easy enough -- take a continuous glucose sensor, connect it to an insulin pump, and you have an artificial pancreas. Learn about the work being done today to make this concept a reality from Dr. Weinzimer from Yale and Dr. Damiano from Boston University.

 

Looking at Meter Glucose Data
Presenter: Bill Clarke
Location: Anemone

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.

 

How to Eat an Elephant
Presenter: Scott Scolnick
Location: Nomeus

One of the most powerful impacts on diabetes management revolves around the emotions associated with it. This can either help or hurt and sometimes both. We will explore how we can look at how we deal with the everyday challenges and change our perspective with the hope of changing behavior for both your child as well each the family.

 

Growing Up and Letting Go
Presenters: Joe Solowiejczyk
Location: Palani Sailfish

This presentation is for parents interested in helping their older child with diabetes leave home effectively into the next, more independent phase of life. It will focus on helping the whole family deal effectively with the psychological factors related to "letting go/helping to grow," "empty(er) nest syndrome" as well as providing you and your child with diabetes the tools you need to set up a safe diabetes environment away at school. The emphasis is on helping to make this most important life transition as smooth as possible by considering the realities, talking about them and providing tips on how to make it work for everyone involved. The presenters both have type 1 diabetes, have both graduated from college and will incorporate their experiences into their discussion.

 

Discrimination
Presenter: Crystal Jackson
Location: Fantail

Crystal Jackson, Associate Director of Legal Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association (ADA)'s National Office in Alexandria, Virginia, reviews the laws regarding discrimination and diabetes.

 

Insulin Pumps for Grandparents
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Damselfish

Get pump comfortable! Learn how pumps work, what "basal" and "bolus" insulins are and what they do; the safety features of pumps and the practical skills you’ll need when your pumper comes to visit.

 

Parents of Preschoolers
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 preschoolers with type 1 diabetes.

 

Parents of Elementary 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 elementary aged kids with type 1 diabetes.

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


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

 

Celiac - The Science
Facilitator: Alessio Fassano
Location: Crystal Ballroom A

One in ten children with diabetes also have celiac -- an allergy to gluten. Dr. Fassano is one of the world's leading experts on celiac and he will present the state of the art in the scientific and medical understanding of celiac.

 

Smart Pumps and Sports
Facilitator: Rick Philbin
Location: Crystal Ballroom B

Today's insulin pumps are not only smaller but they are smarter too! Learn how to use advanced features on pumps to make sports and exercise easier to manage. Many kids involved in sports were only concerned about whether to wear their pump during activity but now with advanced features such as temporary basal, separate basal program, insulin on board (IOB), and bolus calculator performance is enhanced. This promises to be a fun interactive discussion about Smart Pumps and Sports.

 

Managing Hypoglycemia
Presenter: Gary Scheiner
Location: Crystal Ballroom C

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): It's the most powerful limiting factor in achieving intensive blood glucose control. How low is too low? How often is too often? How can you minimize your risk, especially severe hypoglycemia? And what is the best way to treat lows when they occur?

 

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.

 

Closing the Loop: The Artificial Pancreas
Presenters: Stuart Weinzimer and Ed Damiano
Location: Crystal Ballroom E

It seems easy enough -- take a continuous glucose sensor, connect it to an insulin pump, and you have an artificial pancreas. Learn about the work being done today to make this concept a reality from Dr. Weinzimer from Yale and Dr. Damiano from Boston University.

 

The Science of Exercise
Presenters: Kim Kelly
Location: Anemone

When your mom told you to go outside and play, it turns out she knew what she was talking about. Dr. Kelly helps us understand just how important exercise is to our health.

 

Planning a Pregnancy
Presenters: Fran Kaufman and Nicole Johnson
Location: Fantail

Young women (18-30) face their own sets of issues, concerns, joys, and growing pains. Add type 1 diabetes to the mix and you have - well - a lot to talk about. This session is "by request" of young women who participated in the conference the last two years and wanted their own time to continue conversation with Dr. Kaufman.

 

Disordered Eating
Presenter: Barbara Anderson
Location: Nomeus

In this workshop, we will explore the complex condition of "disordered eating" in persons with Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM) with a focus on prevention and treatment. We will first define "disordered eating" and clarify how this is different from, and also overlaps with, "eating disorders." We will identify the broad and complex number of factors—from cultural, familial, to individual-- that contribute to the development of "disordered eating" in our young people with T1DM. We will focus on the many reasons why people omit or under-dose their prescribed insulin, and will identify the many links between diabetes-related problems (e.g., hypoglycemia, gastroparesis) and "disordered eating." We will report research findings on the very serious outcomes of this very complex condition, as will as the specific ways that parents health care providers can help in preventing "disordered eating." Resources with respect to treatment and prevention will be provided to participants.

 

Diabetes Overwhelmus
Presenter: Richard Rubin
Location: Palani Sailfish

The emotional side of diabetes is often overlooked, but it's so important because many people, particularly those families newly-diagnosed, suffer from "diabetes overwhelmus." 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 overwhelmus and is applicable whether you are a person with diabetes, a family member experiencing "secondary" diabetes overwhelmus, or a health care professional trying to make sense of it all.

 

Firsts
Presenter: Henry Anhalt
Location: Walu

The first day home after diagnosis. The first day of school. The first sleepover away from home. The first visit to grandma and grandpa. The first day driving. There are lots of firsts in the lives of kids, but each first has extra meaning for kids with diabetes. Dr. Anhalt will explore these firsts, offering guidance and humor.

 

Grandparents' Discussion Group
Facilitator: Betty Brackenridge
Location: Damselfish

If you have successes to share or problems to talk out, please join our group of experienced Grands. We will discuss them all.

 

Parents of Preschoolers
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 tweens (ages 10 - 12) 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 preschoolers with type 1 diabetes.



Photo Family and Friends Banquet
6:30 to 8:30 in Crystal Ballroom A - E
Buffet dinner served
All Ages Welcome

Preregistration and Tickets Required

Sponsored by Novo Nordisk and LifeScan

Followed by ...
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Photo Music and Dancing
8:30 to 10:30 in Crystal Ballroom A - E

All Ages Welcome
Tickets not required

Sponsored by Novo Nordisk and LifeScan
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Photo Teen Pool Party
8:30 to 10:30 at the Pool Grassy Reception Area

Teens 13-18 Welcome
Tickets not required

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