Pre-Event Activities

Included free to all event attendees

Pre-Event Activities

Compassionate Touch®

Pam Brandon, President/Founder AGEucate
V’Ann Giuffre, V.P. Operations, Training Specialist, AGEucate

Compassionate Touch® is an evidence-informed, proactive approach of skilled touch that helps prevent behavioral expressions in people with dementia while, at the same time, reducing job stress in care-partners. In this session, you will learn why skilled touch is good “medicine” in dementia care; how touch strengthens care-partner relationships; two Compassionate Touch® techniques; the clinical impact of skilled touch on behavior, pain, and anxiety; and case examples of integration in existing eldercare communities. The experiential focus of the session makes the knowledge “come alive” and attendees leave with a skill that can immediately be applied as a new tool.

Pam Brandon brings over 20 years’ experience in family and professional caregiver education. Having engaged and trained thousands of care-partners and organizations, she is passionate about helping others embrace positive change. She is privileged to lead and direct this fast-growing company to new heights of success. Originally from the Chicago area, she has lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for over 33 years, and proudly calls it home.

V’Ann Giuffre has been an education specialist in school, business and conference settings for over 20 years. She finds great satisfaction in making learning come alive for people, whether aged 3 or 93. She brings her energized teaching style to her role as Master Trainer for Dementia Live™ and Compassionate Touch® and is a Certified Ageless Grace™ Educator. As AGE-u-cate’s Vice President of Operations, V’Ann keeps the balls in the air, juggling logistical details. Born and raised in rural Central Texas, V’Ann now lives in Fort Worth.

Tuesday, August 25
10:00 am – 11:00 am est
Wednesday, August 26
10:00 am – 11:00 am est
Thursday, August 27
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm est


When you go to an in-person conference, networking, getting to know people, and forming new relationships can be one of the highlights of the event. In our virtual gathering, we don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity, and so we invite you to join us for 30 minutes of fun and sharing as we connect you with fellow attendees.

Each Ice-Breaker session will be unique — the more you attend, the more people you meet and the more Icebeaker topics you get to explore!

Tuesday, August 25 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm est
Tuesday, August 25 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm est
Wednesday, August 26 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm est
Wednesday, August 26 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm est
Thursday, August 27 10:00 am – 10:30 am est
Thursday, August 27 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm est


Laughter Yoga

Pioneer Network is pleased to welcome Celeste Greene, Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, and founder of Laugh Active, to our virtual gathering.  Celeste is on a mission to grow each of us in our capacity to have fun and experience joy and wellness in our lives,  sharing Laughter Yoga with individuals and organizations who want to experience more happiness and improve their ability to laugh often and from the heart.

Laughter Yoga is an innovative health and wellness program that uses intentional laughter as a form of physical exercise to enhance health and wellbeing. Practically anyone can laugh heartily and achieve the health benefits of laughter without relying on jokes, humor or comedy. The concept is based on scientific knowledge that shows whether you are laughing at something funny or you are having fun choosing to laugh, both generate physiological and psychological health benefits.

Information on how to sign up will be sent to all attendees.

Tuesday, August 25
1:00 pm -1:30 pm EST

Wednesday, August 26
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST

Thursday, August 27
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm