9:00 am
Check in, have some breakfast, visit resource tables, and meet other caregivers

10:00 am

10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Understanding Dementia: Exploring Caregiving and Communication as Dementia Progresses 

with Melanie Bunn, RN, Dementia Trainer with Dementia Alliance of NC

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Break - visit exhibitors

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Taking Care of You: The Importance of Caregiver Self-Care 

with Michael Patterson, CDP, Family Caregiver Specialist, Kerr-Tar COG AAA

1:30 pm
Give aways, evaluations and conference closing


Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, GNP  

Melanie Bunn is Dementia Training Specialist for Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, Consulting Associate at the Duke University School of Nursing, and Trainer, Positive Approach to Care. Ms. Bunn also leads her consulting company, Bunn Consulting. 

Ms. Bunn received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, her Master’s degree in Family Health Nursing from Clemson University and a Post-Master’s Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Duke University.

She is a skilled and experienced advanced practice nurse and nurse educator, conducting over 200 national and international presentations and trainings annually to health professionals, community organizations, first responders, families and other groups focused on the care and needs of people living with dementia and their families. She was part of the award winning Accepting the Challenge DVD with Teepa Snow and is now working on the streaming version.

Melanie's training is based on adult learning styles and is very interactive. Her down-to-earth presentations and role play help those learing about dementia better understand how to interact, communicate, and become care partners instead of just care givers

Michael Patterson, CDP

Michael Patterson is a highly motivated coach and family caregiver specialist with 10+ years of experience working with Area Agencies on Aging. Michael works with individuals, groups, and organizations to empower them with the resources, self-care tools, and skills building to become the best version of themselves. Michael also serves as a Certified Dementia practitioner, Tai Chi, and Meditation wellness instructor.

Our Sponsors and Resource Exhibitors

Things to Know About Our Conference

  • The conference will be held at the Vance Granville Community College Main Campus. Tuesday, August 6, 2024.
  • The address is 200 Community College Rd., Henderson NC 27537, off Poplar Creek Road at Exit 209 off Interstate 85. 
  • Click here for a campus map to see where the Civic Center and Parking are located.
  • A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided during the conference.
  • Walk-in registrations are welcome.
  • We will have a variety of resource tables and aging professionals for you to visit during the conference. 
  • 3.0 Continuing Education Units are included with the Professional Registration. These CEUs are approved by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation. If you are unsure as to whether or not these credits are applicable to your professional organization, please check with your certifying board directly. 
  • Please dress in layers as air temperature varies throughout the day. 
  • For questions about the conference, please contact Michael Patterson, or (252) 436-2040, ext. 6072.