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Workshops & Presenter Info for Aging Well 2017 Conference

Workshops & Presenter Info for Aging Well 2017 Conference
April 22, 9am – 2pm | Friedberg Moravian Church

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Common Sense Tips for Caring (Session #2 – F)

In our time together we will explore common sense tips for showing care to congregation members and friends. We will look at various methods of showing care through visitation, telephone, cards, e-mail and social media.

Presenter: The Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp, Calvary Moravian Church

The Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp, Calvary Moravian Church. Lane is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, a son of Mitzi and Charlie Sapp of Clemmons, NC. Lane is married to Lilyann (née: Baker) and they have twin sons, Jonathan and Charles. Lane is a graduate of High Point College and Moravian Theological Seminary. A bishop of the Unity, Lane has served as pastor of Calvary Moravian since 1996.

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End of Life Issues, Challenges, & Solutions (Session #1 – C)

When you become more reliant on others to help with medical and financial decisions as you age, how do you make sure that the person in the “driver’s seat” is making decisions according to your wishes? Attorney Ben Limehouse will discuss the tools that elder law attorneys use to help clients prepare: durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, and living wills.

Presenter: Ben Limehouse, Attorney, Liipfert Law Group

Ben Limehouse is a Winston-Salem attorney at Liipfert Law Group who focuses his practice on elder law, special needs law, general estate planning, and estate administration. Ben spent ten years as a public school teacher in Rutherford County, North Carolina, before attending law school at Wake Forest. Ben was also a semi-professional actor and vocalist during his teaching years, and is active with his church choir here in Winston-Salem.

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Exercise at Home (Session #2 – D)

Become aware of the numerous health benefits of exercise that range from preventing Alzheimer’s and diabetes to increasing bone density and heart health. Participants will gain tools and knowledge to confidently begin, continue, and progress with a program suited for their individual needs.

Presenter: Maria Moerk, Licensed Physical Therapist, Novant’s Outpatient Clinic

Maria is a physical therapist with 27 years of experience. She is currently working at Novant’s Outpatient Clinic in Kernersville. She also has over 15 years of Homecare experience. Maria graduated from ECU then studied post graduate in Utrecht, Netherlands with a concentration in manual therapy.

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Engaging Technology Without Fear (Session #2 – E)

Are you eager to try out Facebook or some other social media programs so that you can connect with longtime friends or “Facetime” with family? Would you like to learn how to set your privacy settings so you can engage the world without being taken advantage of? How can you avoid being hacked or spoofed or phished? If you want to learn more about today’s technology, bring your phone, tablet, or laptop and join us to get connected!

Presenters: Andrew David Cox, Communications Project Manager and Amy Linville, Interim College Ministry Coordinator, both of Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM)

Andrew David Cox is a creative content specialist. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio Art in May of 2014 with departmental honors. Initially pursuing a career in editorial cartooning, Andrew started doing communications work for the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) in the fall of 2015. His areas of practice are social media, photography, graphic design, illustration, marketing, and more! In his free time he enjoys playing darts, watching NASCAR, working out, and learning guitar/banjo.


Amy Gardin Linville is currently working with the Board of Cooperative Ministries on college-age ministry management and has previously served as the Communications Coordinator. She recieved a B.A. from Wake Forest, graduated from NYU’s publishing program, and was employed by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to manage research grants and manuscripts. Now working towards a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, Amy enjoys using her skills to serve her church and the province. She attends Rural Hall Moravian Church where her husband, Aaron Linville, is pastor. You can most often find Amy there, with her two cats and puppy, napping in a sunbeam.

Wake Forest senior English major Amy Gardin ('12), winner of the Senior Oration contest, poses in the studio on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

Understanding Dementia (Session #1 – A)

A brief overview that will define dementia, introduce learners to common forms of dementia, and review common signs that differentiate concerning changes in memory and thinking from common aging-related changes in memory.

Presenter: Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD, Assistant Professor, Section on Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Christina is a neuroscientist who studies the aging brain at Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Section on Geriatrics and Gerontology. Her work there focuses on risk factors for the brain and cognitive decline that are common in aging, such as diabetes and obesity, as well as interventions that may reduce this risk, such as exercise.

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Pray as You Can, Not as You Can’t (Session #1 – B)

For some people, praying or talking with God appears as easy as breathing. For others, we wonder things like: Am I doing or saying it right? Why do I struggle with my words? Does God really hear me? Maybe your prayer life has gone stale or it is merely something you do to check off your to-do list. Regardless of what barriers you may be experiencing, I am confident in your ability to find new ways to ignite your prayer life. During our time together, we will begin to explore how we can express ourselves to God in countless and creative ways that are particularly suited to you, your circumstances, and your schedule.

Presenter: Lori Carter, Co-Director of the Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program at the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston Salem; Interim Pastor for Congregational Care at Pfafftown Christian Church

As a Parish nurse and ordained pastor, Lori helps people live healthier, more productive lives through the disciplines of nursing, management, and congregational ministry. Lori lives in Winston Salem with her husband John and their golden retriever, Abby.

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Afternoon Singstunde* and Stories from Across the Province

After lunch, we’ll learn a few Moravian hymns from Sing to the Lord a New Song, the newest Moravian songbook under the energetic direction of the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray.

Presenter: The Rt. Rev. Sam Gray, Director of Intercultural Ministries and New Work, Board of World Mission, Moravian Church, North America

Sam’s parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Joe Gray, took him to Nicaragua when he was 5 weeks old, where he lived for 11 years. He’s served as teacher, pastor, and intercultural organizer over the years. He continues to find ways to work music into his life, having been active in active choir, band, and even a jazz band, “The Brethren.” A bishop of the Unity, Sam has been with the Board of World Mission since 2004. Sam and his wife Lorena live in Winston-Salem and have three sons: Luke, Tim and Christian David, as well as two grand-daughters, Rachel and Gabriella Marie.

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We’ll also hear from the following individuals about their congregation’s
innovative ministries, which often benefit older adult Moravians:

•Kathy Sparks (Macedonia Moravian): Tuesdays at Two
•Grace Shutt (New Philadelphia Moravian): Healing Through Faith
•Pam Prevatte (New Hope Moravian): Caregivers Support
•Joy Cole (Unity Moravian): Single Sisters

*Singstunde: German for Singing Hour. For the Renewed Moravian Church, this was a service devoted to singing. The congregation would join in a series of hymn stanzas, which the brother or sister in charge of the service had carefully selected to develop some specific devotional theme, thus making the service resemble a sermon in song.

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Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, September 21 — Psalm 108:6–13
1 Samuel 13; John 1:43–51

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Creator of the universe, what a privilege you have gifted to us! You have entrusted us to care for the beautiful world that you have created. May we be worthy of that trust. May we tend your garden well. Teach us to be wise stewards and to care gently for the earth and all her creatures. Amen.

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