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Tuesday, June 8th

Start the Day

Tue, Jun 8 at 9:00 am EDT
Breakfast, Bagels & Boogie!

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Overview

Grab your breakfast of choice, get energized with our virtual DJ Scott Messina, and hear highlights of the day ahead.

Speaker(s)

Scott Messina, Entertainer, Host and Producer, Messina Productions

Partner Conversations at Your Kitchen Table

Tue, Jun 8 at 9:40 am EDT
Digital Access and the Pandemic, Sponsored by Verizon

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Overview

Over a cup of coffee at our kitchen tables, we will dive right into our quick segment on how challenges, opportunities, and resiliency can help us stay connected digitally as we help older adults navigate the pandemic.

Speaker(s)

Zach Bastian, Manager, Strategic Alliances and Public Policy, Verizon

Moderators

Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact, The SCAN Foundation

Mainstage Plenary

Tue, Jun 8 at 10:00 am EDT
Outreach, Impact and The Vaccine Response In The Age of COVID-19

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Overview

COVID changed everything--and it's not done yet. Through it all, aging services providers have been on the frontlines--reinventing their services, educating and supporting older adults, and now helping with the vaccine rollout. Join the nation's top health policy leaders to discuss where things stand one year later, and what's ahead for the pandemic response and vaccine distribution for older adults.
Speaker(s)

Dr. Lisa McGuire, Older Adult Unit Liaison, COVID-19 Response, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Administration for Community Living

Edwin Walker, J.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Administration for Community Living

Category

Main Stage Plenary

Concurrent Sessions (6)

Tue, Jun 8 at 11:00 am EDT
Navigating State Medicaid Waivers for Evidence-Based Program Reimbursement

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Overview

Funding of evidence-based programming through the Older Americans Act and the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) is limited. Community-based organizations, with the support of ACL, NCOA, and other non-profit community-based networks, have explored other avenues to secure alternative reimbursable relationships with payers like Medicaid and Medicare to ensure the long-term sustainability of evidence-based programs. One opportunity in Medicaid is for evidence-based programs to be a covered benefit under Medicaid Section 1915(c) home and community-based services and 1115 Demonstration waiver programs. In a few states, health plans have incorporated evidence-based programs provided by community-based organizations into their Medicaid managed long-term services and supports plan benefits. This panel takes a closer look at the opportunities with the Medicaid waivers and shares the stories from two community-based organizations – one whose state is offering evidence-based programs and another who is in the planning and discussion phase of working with their state Medicaid office. Learnings will also be shared from the Health Management Associates Report on Medicaid Reimbursement released in December 2020.
Speaker(s)

Paul Cantrell, President, ClearView Strategies, LLC

Nikki Kmicinski, Executive Director, Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative, Inc.

Abigail Morgan, Chief Operating Officer, Direction Home Akron Canton AAoA

Sharon Williams, Consultant, Williams Jaxon Consulting

Kristen LaEace, CEO, Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Moderators

Dorothea K. Vafiadis, MS, FAHA, Director, Health Partnerships and Strategic Engagement, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Tue, Jun 8 at 11:00 am EDT
Bridging the Benefits Gap: Using Benefits Enrollment Programs to Enable Better Care and Economic Stability

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Overview

This session will give an overview of how National Church Residences (NCR), the nation’s largest provider of affordable senior housing and services, deployed the Benefits Enrollment Program (BEP) across multiple business lines.  We will share our strategies in incorporating healthcare into housing by assisting seniors with benefits enrollment and their Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). Participants will gain insightful knowledge and understanding how a Mobile BEC program can navigate partnerships for outreach to achieve success.  Hear from one of our valued partners, like the Dream Center, for our integrated approach to success.  In addition, participants will learn about program sustainability efforts that can assist in the continuation of a Benefits Enrollment Center.  We will expound on our goals to help seniors obtain economic security and address disparities. Our target audience is all BEC, SNAP grantees, Nonprofits and Community Action Agencies, Health Care Agencies, State and local government agencies.
Speaker(s)

Jerrie O'Rourke, Corporate Director, Senior Care Management, National Church Residences

Rosemary Mathes, , 

Daniel Mertz, , 

Moderators

Emily McDonald, Director of Economic Security, National Council on Aging

Category

Economic Security

Tue, Jun 8 at 11:00 am EDT
Aging Mastery® and Extension Services: A Match Made in Rural Heaven

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Overview

Cooperative Extension services and Aging Network services act as a vital bridge for older adults who live in less populated areas to access wellness programs. Panelists will outline and describe their experience in building partnerships in the three states (Colorado, Washington, and Wisconsin), including strategies for building creative collaboration, utilizing community strengths and overcoming typical challenges, as well as adapting to new challenges during a pandemic.
Speaker(s)

James Becker, President, Nexus Solutions

Raven Weaver, Co-Director Washington State University GATHER Lab, Washington State University

Angele Flickinger, Outreach Program Manager, UW-Madison

Angela Sullivan, OAA Consultant - Health Promotion, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging

Moderators

Susan Stiles, Senior Director, Healthy Aging Innovations, National Council on Aging

Category

Healthy Living

Tue, Jun 8 at 11:00 am EDT
It’s All A Matter of Balance – Translating for Virtual Program Delivery

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Overview

Like many other evidence-based programs, the administrator of A Matter of Balance – MaineHealth – had a decision to make when the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the nation’s older adult communities – would the program be put on hold until in-person activities could resume, or would the program be offered virtually? Good news! The evidence-based fall prevention program, which utilizes cognitive restructuring to help older adults view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, has been translated into a virtual program. The virtual translation has been tested by MaineHealth and partnering Community-Based Organizations, like Partners in Care Foundation, to show the same outcomes as the in-person offering. Attend this session to learn more about key aspects of the virtual translation, lessons learned, and future plans for program dissemination.
Speaker(s)

Peggy Haynes, Senior Director, MaineHealth

Christy Ann Lau, MSSW, Senior Director, Community Wellness, Partners in Care Foundation

Cassandra Manfre, Project Manager, Partners in Care Foundation

Kirsten Dorsey OTR/L, Program Manager, MaineHealth

Moderators

Jennifer Tripken, Ed.D., CHES, Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging

Category

Healthy Living

Tue, Jun 8 at 11:00 am EDT
Partnering Across Clinical and Community-Based Organizations to Reach Low Income and Rural Older Adults

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Overview

The Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, EagleForce Health and Clinical Providers are providing an array of programs and services utilizing 'Loaner' Tablets to maximize connectivity for older adults with limited or no internet access.  Individuals who want to participate in evidence-based programs receive 5G tablets loaded with zoom and provider telehealth link. Tablets allow unlimited text and phone data so individuals can connect with family and friends. The tablets are utilized for evidence-based program delivery (7 or more weeks). Physicians are encouraged to order devices for individuals who need ongoing monitoring and support after the evidence-based programs are completed.

Speaker(s)

Leigh Ann Eagle BS, Chief Operations Officer, Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence - MAC, Inc.

Sue Lachenmayr, State Program Coordinator, Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence - MAC, Inc.

Moderators

Lauren Popham, Associate Director, Research and Evaluation, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Tue, Jun 8 at 11:00 am EDT
Organizational Stress: Strategies for Thriving in Tough Times

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Overview

Organizations are living, complex, adaptive systems, and are vulnerable to stress, much like humans. Chronic and repetitive stress can significantly impact an organization’s decision-making, overall functioning, and even culture. The obvious recent stressor for the aging network is the COVID-19 pandemic. Other organizational stressors might include the loss of a contract, incidents with legal or financial liability, or constant financial uncertainty. In this presentation, we will examine a model called the 7 Commitments, developed by Sandra Bloom, and based on trauma theory to help organizations develop some degree of immunity from the negative impacts of stress.
Speaker(s)

Dennis Smithe MA, Client Services Manager, SHIP TA Center (NEI3A)

Moderators

Leslie Fried, Senior Director of the Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

National Institute of Senior Centers Event

Tue, Jun 8 at 11:00 am EDT
Leo Laks Virtual Gathering

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Overview

Attend the premiere event for senior center professionals. Make new virtual connections, and honor colleagues from across the country. Award winners can host viewing parties to share in the award presentation fun, plus an educational keynote presentation.

Speaker(s)

Tracey Colagrossi, Senior Center Director, Arlington Heights Senior Center

Anahita Feltz, Manager, Silver Linings at Old Bridge

Christine Beatty, Principal, Beatty Endeavors LLC

Jill Hall, Division Chief & Acting Nutrition Program Manager Senior Centers and Community Services, Baltimore County Department of Aging

Malia Fox, Former Director, Winona Friendship Center

Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director, Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging

Denise Niese, Executive Director, Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.

Carolina Padilla, Founder, Executive Director, Intercultural Senior Center

Category

Senior Centers

Amgen Partner Spotlight Session

Tue, Jun 8 at 12:00 pm EDT
A Clinical and Community Approach to Improving Bone Health Among Older Adults

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Overview

Join this Amgen-sponsored Partner Spotlight session to learn about an innovative clinical and community collaboration that provides holistic health and wellness services and programs for older adults. Bone health, including osteoporosis management and falls and fracture prevention, will serve as the example of this successful partnership. Speakers will include a physician, physical therapist, and registered dietician from AdventHealth and Vice President for Programming from the Center for Health & Wellbeing at the Winter Park Health Foundation. In addition, Robin Lee, PhD from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will share information about the exciting falls prevention partnership between the CDC Foundation and Amgen.

Speaker(s)

Robin Cornell Creamer, DO, FAAFP, Family and Geriatric Medicine Faculty, Medical Director,, AdventHealth Family Medicine Winter Park

Diana Silvey, Vice President, Programming, Center for Health & Wellbeing, Winter Park Health Foundation

Sherri Flynt, MPH, RD, LD, Manager, Center for Nutritional Excellence, AdventHealth

Jana Shamburger, DrPH, MPH, Senior Science and Project Associate, CDC Foundation

Justin Hess, PT, Orthopedic Research Manager, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, AdventHealth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Moderators

Claire Gill, CEO, National Osteoporosis Foundation

PrimeTime Partner Spotlight Session

Tue, Jun 8 at 12:00 pm EDT
New Technologies in Service of Older Adults: Engagement and Impact with GetSetUp and Primetime Partners

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Overview

GetSetUp is the fastest growing social learning and community platform for older adults, creating economic, social and educational opportunities. In the 15 months since our founding we have grown to more than 1.2 million users in 160 countries working with over 70 government, community, and health insurance partners. During the past three months alone, GetSetUp users around the globe have logged more than 4 million active minutes on the platform by accessing the 500-plus hours of programming available each week. Activities offered now include live classes taught by retired older adults, social hours hosted by community members, livestream and recorded programming available 24x7, and special events with speakers who directly address areas of interest to older adults including interactive discussions by Rick Steves, Harry Moseley the CIO of Zoom, Eric Rice Head of Impact Investing at BlackRock, and many more.
Speaker(s)

Lawrence Kosick, Co-Founder, GetSetUp

Abby Levy, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Primetime Partners

Concurrent Sessions (6)

Tue, Jun 8 at 1:00 pm EDT
Medicare Advantage: Laying the Groundwork for Emerging CBO Opportunities

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Overview

Join Medicare experts to learn about the basics of Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs) - types of plans, landscape of supplemental benefits, structure, quality ratings, accreditation, and more. Attendees will gain an understanding of the new Medicare Advantage Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill and other opportunities for community-based organizations (CBO) to partner with MAPs. Considerations and issues for CBO readiness for engagement with MAPs will also be explored.
Speaker(s)

Tim McNeill, Founder, Freedmen's Health

Mark Cullen, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Trellis

Moderators

Laura Plunkett, Senior Program Specialist, Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Tue, Jun 8 at 1:00 pm EDT
Shine a Spotlight on Fraud; STOP Scammers with Phoney Baloney

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Overview

As the #1 target for fraud in our country, elders lose life savings to imposter scams and identity theft at an alarming rate. Bad “actors” easily access this vulnerable population on their primary lifeline – telephones. SAGES Theater fights fire with fire by using talented, older actors to educate the public on simple, protective strategies. The effective power of theater and relatable stories portrayed on stage allow audiences to envision themselves in these situations and effectively rehearse how to respond. Compared to lectures or literature, older adults are more likely to recall what they witness in a play. Guided discussion and sharing of resources after the performance encourage viewers to speak of their own experiences and reverse the statistic that individuals 65+ are the least likely to report fraud to authorities, family members, or friends. Audiences become advocates infused with purpose to share lessons learned and protect others.
Speaker(s)

Michelle Cyr, Associate State Director for Community Outreach in Tampa Bay, AARP Florida

Christine Hamacher, Executive Director, SAGES Theater Inc. (Senior Actors Guild & Education Services)

Kelly McGuire, SAGES Theater Board Member, SAGES Theater Inc. (Senior Actors Guild & Education Services)

Moderators

Michelle Mai, Senior Program Associate, National Council on Aging

Category

Economic Security

Tue, Jun 8 at 1:00 pm EDT
Lessons Learned in Remote Delivery of Evidence Based Programs

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Overview

Discover how Healthy Living for ME adapted to the pandemic early on so that they could serve Maine's rural communities.  During this session we will share our lessons learned and include a round table component to learn from others. This break out will include implementation of evidence-based programs through remote delivery including, community workshops, leader trainings, data collection, technology, marketing and the “small town babble factor.”    Gain a better understanding of our successes and challenges while acquiring tips and tricks to bring these programs back to your organizations and make a difference.
Speaker(s)

Jennifer Fortin, Fidelity and Training Manager, Healthy Living for ME

Moderators

Maura Porcelli, Senior Director, Senior Community Service Employee Program (SCSEP), National Council on Aging

Category

Healthy Living

Tue, Jun 8 at 1:00 pm EDT
The Best of Both Worlds: Vaccine Education through Pharmacists and Senior Centers

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Overview

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the importance of vaccination education among older adults for recommended vaccines including flu, pneumonia, and shingles (Zoster), and the role senior centers can potentially play in vaccination education. One senior center’s experience as part of an academic-community collaborative research project testing the efficacy of a Pharmacist-led versus Peer-led vaccination education program will be shared and implications for practice discussed. Though not specifically focused on COVID-19, discussion will also include potential implications for future vaccination education programs.
Speaker(s)

Renee Cunningham, Executive Director, Center in the Park

Megan McCoy, Director of Grant Research and Development, Center in the Park

Laura Pizzi, Director, Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (HOPE) Program and Professor, Rutgers University

Moderators

Lauren Popham, Associate Director, Research and Evaluation, National Council on Aging

Category

Senior Centers

Tue, Jun 8 at 1:00 pm EDT
Better Together: Strengthening Individual Programs through Partnerships

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Overview

Hawaii SHIP and SMP Hawaii are programs in the Advocacy, Education, and Outreach Section (AEOS) located in the Executive Office on Aging (EOA), an attached agency under the Hawaii Department of Health. Prior to 2020, each program worked separately which we found to be inefficient and counterproductive. Our plan was to come together as a unified section which we accomplished through monthly Volunteer Coordinator meetings. During these meetings, we identified partners that the programs shared, program needs and wants, and challenges to recruitment and retention. We identified areas on which to collaborate through innovative brainstorming and planning meetings. After conducting these methods, we identified two needs: the first need was to bring the volunteer-based programs together though cross training, shared meetings, and opportunities; the second need was to capitalize on what each program has to offer thus benefiting the other program. Overall, the programs wanted a more unified section with an improved relationship with volunteers. AEOS committed to monthly meetings to strengthen the bond between the programs. These meetings provide EOA, section, and program updates; cross-trainings; and important dates. The goal of this presentation is to share methods of brainstorming, planning, identifying partners, and provide ideas for innovative activities using concrete and current examples from our collaboration. Our target audience are Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Volunteer Coordinators, and volunteer-based organizations. The concrete examples to be discussed are collaborations on marketing campaigns (television and radio show interviews, and newsletters); shared resources (training materials, announcements); joint meetings, trainings, and presentations; finally culminating in an inaugural event, entitled “Silver Linings: 2020 End-of-Year Virtual Celebration.”
Speaker(s)

Wanda Anae-Onishi, Program Specialist IV (Hawaii SHIP Director), Hawaii State Health Insurance Assistance Program

Norma Kop, Program Specialist IV (SMP Volunteer Coordinator), Hawaii Senior Medicare Patrol

Candace Young, Program Specialist IV (Hawaii SHIP Volunteer Coordinator), State Health Insurance Assistance Program

Moderators

Leslie Fried, Senior Director of the Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Tue, Jun 8 at 1:00 pm EDT
Raise More Money During the Pandemic and Beyond: Case Studies and Best Practices

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Overview

Did COVID-19 reduce your budget or fundraising results? Did you have to cancel fundraising events? Does your community think you need less money because your facility isn't fully open or you're working remotely? IF you answered YES to any of these, this session is for you. Hear success stories and best practices for raising more money during the pandemic and beyond - through individual giving, fun and easy donor cultivation techniques, targeted email blasts, virtual events, donor search tools and board involvement. You will learn about strategies and tactics that will help you achieve sustainability as the world recovers. Instead of seeing COVID-19 as a hindrance, attendees will hear real-life examples of how to position their organization to raise money during the pandemic and beyond. The session will help attendees think about their fundraising goals and past results and how they can build and improve on those.
Speaker(s)

Barrie Atkin, President, Atkin Associates Strategy/Marketing/Fundraising

Moderators

Stephanie Pilato, Senior Director, Finance and Contract Management, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Aetna Partner Spotlight Session

Tue, Jun 8 at 2:00 pm EDT
Combatting Social Isolation Among Seniors

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Overview

Experts from CVS Health working to solve the problem of social isolation among older adults will discuss the importance of a total approach to healthy aging for seniors, including how to stay healthy, connected, and active during COVID-19 and beyond. Good health is not just physical, nor is it attained through a stroke of luck. Our minds and bodies are interconnected. Experts agree that healthy aging requires addressing the needs of the whole person, including the role that social connection can play in one's physical and mental health. Christopher Ciano will lead a panel presentation of senior-level experts from CVS Health/Aetna to cover the three dimensions of total health: body, mind and spirit.
Speaker(s)

Christopher Ciano, President, Aetna Medicare

Cara McNulty, DPA, President, Aetna Behavioral Health

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, Chief Medical Officer, Aetna

Pause, Stretch & Network

Tue, Jun 8 at 3:00 pm EDT
Visit the Expo Hall

Concurrent Sessions (6)

Tue, Jun 8 at 3:15 pm EDT
Form Follows Function/Dysfunction: Building a Statewide Contracting Entity for Area Agencies on Aging

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Overview

A current  ACL grantee will share its experience, mid process, of creating a central contracting entity with 16 AAAs in North Carolina. Obstacles encountered will be explored and strategies to overcome those will be presented. The audience will be challenged to suggest their own strategies to address specific barriers.
Speaker(s)

Jeff Bachar, Strategy Director, NC Center for Health and Wellness

Nicolle Miller, Director of State and Community Collaborations, NC Center For Health and Wellness at UNC-Asheville

Moderators

Kathleen Zuke, MPH (she/her), Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Tue, Jun 8 at 3:15 pm EDT
Bridging the Gap – WV SHIP’s Role in Helping Transition from Medicaid to Medicare

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Overview

This presentation will focus on what WV SHIP is doing to help people transitioning from Medicaid to Medicare to ensure they are getting correct and accurate information, have the health insurance coverage they need, and are receiving benefits they are eligible for to help with Medicare costs.  It will explore the importance of education, partnerships, and outreach.  It will also review challenges and areas for improvement.
Speaker(s)

Rebecca Gouty, SHIP/SMP State Director, WV Bureau of Senior Services

Moderators

Ann Kayrish, Senior Program Manager for Medicare, National Council on Aging

Category

Economic Security

Tue, Jun 8 at 3:15 pm EDT
Remote Delivery Balance Days: Effective Screening and Recruitment Pathway to Prevent Falls

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Overview

Balance Days, now adapted for remote delivery, is a falls risk screening and falls prevention program recruitment tool based on the Centers for Disease Control’s STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths and Injuries) Instrument. Although falls in adults age 65 and older often lead to serious injury or death, they are underreported to primary care providers. The pandemic has increased fall risk for many older adults who may be less active and more isolated. This interactive workshop will provide instruction, written materials, physical screening training, and tips for effective use of technology to give the participant all the tools necessary to conduct a community based remote delivery Balance Days falls risk screening event to engage older adults and enroll them into effective falls prevention programs. Additionally, we will discuss strategies to facilitate referrals from healthcare providers to community-based organizations and implications for future hybrid screening approaches.
Speaker(s)

Dawna Pidgeon, PT, CEEAA, Falls Prevention Lead, Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging

Moderators

Erin Kee McGovern, Director of Programs, Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging

Category

Healthy Living

Tue, Jun 8 at 3:15 pm EDT
Turning Loneliness Into Joy: Tapping Your Creativity for Program Results

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Overview

Discover the fundamental principles of creative aging programming, each guided by research and best practices, and explore how they can boost your current engagement program.
Speaker(s)

Jessica McCraken, Director, Creative Spark, Covia

Kate Wade, Director, Creative Spark & Social Call, Covia

Moderators

Xavier Vaughn, Program Manager of Medicare, AARP

Category

Healthy Living

Tue, Jun 8 at 3:15 pm EDT
Moving Forward on Elder Justice

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Overview

This session will provide a brief overview of the current situation of elder justice in America and discuss what the future might hold. Topics to be covered will include the status of federal elder justice programs and activities; current and future funding for those programs; and the outlook for further progress, including new funding opportunities, new legislation, and new perspectives on what “elder justice” actually looks like.
Speaker(s)

Bob Blancato, Executive Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

Meredith Ponder Whitmire, Policy Director, Defeat Malnutrition Today

Moderators

Evan Zimmerman, , 

Category

Public Policy & Advocacy

Tue, Jun 8 at 3:15 pm EDT
Embracing Your Digital Twin: Creating Tours, Fundraising and Marketing in a New Virtual World

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Overview

A global pandemic certainly brought challenges to businesses everywhere, but in the midst of it all we found strategies and solutions that would serve us well into the future. COVID-19 halted in-person access to the campuses of Senior Friendship Centers located in Southwest Florida. The use of 3D/360 degree virtual reality tours now opens the potential to reach more broadly as it markets its programs and services, and conducts fundraising for long-term sustainability. These new approaches bring more flexibility and provide a greater foundation to build marketing, fundraising, and outreach for their mission.
Speaker(s)

Erin McLeod, President & CEO, Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.

Michelle Moulin, CEO/Founder, Blue Immersive Media

Crystal Rothhaar, Communications Director, Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.

Moderators

Simona Eldridge, Staff, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Pause, Stretch & Network

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:15 pm EDT
Visit the Expo Hall

Concurrent Sessions (7)

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
Healthy 4 All: Improving Access to Health Promotion Programs

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Overview

People aging with physical disabilities represent a vulnerable and marginalized population.  They face significant barriers in accessing community physical activity and health coaching programs, and this has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This session will discuss ongoing efforts to improve access to  two such programs (EnhanceFitness and EnhanceWellssness) for people aging with physical disability, including strategies and research outcomes for remote delivery.

Speaker(s)

Paige Denison (she/her), Director - Health, Wellness and Project Enhance, Sound Generations

Ivan Molton, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at UW Medical Center - Montlake and University of Washington professor of Rehabilitation Medicine., Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center

Moderators

Jean Van Ryzin, Senior Director, Communications, National Council on Aging

Category

Diverse Population

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
How Community Health Workers Connect Hard-To-Reach Older Adult Communities to Health and Social Services

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Overview

Community Health Workers are trusted members of their community who empower their peers through education and connections to health and social resources. This session will provide an introduction to the Community Health Worker (CHW) profession and how CHWs are instrumental in connecting with hard-to-reach populations. The presentation will review the definition of CHWs and clearly explain their roles and core competencies. It will address how CHWs play a crucial role in alleviating the various barriers faced by hard-to-reach older adults, particularly Hispanic/Latinx older adults, by addressing the key social determinants of health affecting the population and promoting health. The presenter will provide concrete examples of MHP Salud’s CHW Navigator program in which CHWs help individuals and families in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas navigate the insurance marketplace and prepare insurance applications, financial stability, and access to healthcare.
Speaker(s)

Sharon Patrick, Program Director, MHP Salud

Jose Luis Rucobo, CHW Resource Specialist, MHP Salud

Moderators

Kristen Kiefer, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, National Council on Aging

Category

Economic Security

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
Clinic Integration: It’s Not Rocket Science

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Overview

We present an easy, effective, and replicable model that addresses two objectives. The first, address the deepening opioid crisis with evidence-based non-narcotic pain intervention through engagement of patients in self-management programs; and the second, offer providers, health systems, and payors a model to effectively and efficiently engage in a referral and patient management process that measurably improves health outcomes and improves provider scores and VBP returns.
Speaker(s)

David Stibbe, Provider Relationship and Experience Manager, Juniper, a Program of Trellis

Deb Ludvik, BSN, RN, Specialty Operations Manager, Neuroscience

Dave Fink, Master Trainer, Juniper, a Program of Trellis

Georgia Panopoulos, PhD, LP, Mental Health, HealthPartners

Moderators

Ken Bracht, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, National Council on Aging

Category

Healthy Living

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
Memory Does Matter: Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, a Non-Pharmacological Approach to Improving Cognition in Dementia

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Overview

The purpose of this proposal is to introduce Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), one of the most well-established, non-pharmacologic interventions for people living with dementia. CST was developed by a group of researchers from the United Kingdom following a large systematic review of literature of non-pharmacological interventions for dementia (Spector et al. 2003). Following the review, the researchers selected the most effective elements and combined them to develop the program. CST provides a straightforward session structure and guiding key principles that are the foundation of the program with a focus on mentally stimulating and engaging discussion and activities for participants. The focus of these discussions is based on opinions rather than facts, recognizing that older adults with dementia often have difficulty recalling specific details or information. Generating new thoughts, ideas, and associations is another core feature. CST has been rigorously tested to demonstrate improvements in cognition specifically in the area of language. The intervention is cost-effective and now available globally, where researchers are validating the original CST outcomes. Although CST is offered in the United States, it not widely available in part due to a lack of knowledge and/or the cost of travel to the UK for training. Saint Louis University’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (SLU GWEP), in partnership with the UK researchers is now designated as the only official CST Training Center in the United States. CST Facilitator Certification training is now offered by the SLU GWEP CST Training Team.   Our goal of this presentation is to disseminate information about this valuable therapy to healthcare organizations and clinicians, health professions faculty and staff, and community-based organizations in an effort to meet the growing need for safe and effective treatments for persons living with dementia. In addition to the overview of CST, information will be provided on accessing training and certification.
Speaker(s)

Debbie Blessing, GWEP Project Coordinator, A.T. Still University

Marla Berg-Weger, Professor, School of Social Work Executive Director, Geriatric Education Center, Saint Louis University

Max Zubatsky, Associate Professor & Program Director Medical Family Therapy Program, Saint Louis University

Moderators

Liz Berke, , 

Category

Healthy Living

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
Thorny Issues in Reframing: SOLVED

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Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of our lives, especially for those of us who work in the field of aging.  Suddenly, we are seeing ageism exposed as never before: older people are being asked to sacrifice themselves for the good of the economy; everyone older than age 60 is being labeled as “vulnerable”; and long-term care facilities are experiencing inadequate supplies of protective equipment. We need to address these issues with language that will explain, put the necessary factors in context, and promote collective benefit and problem-solving attitudes. This session will teach you how to handle these thorny communication issues with evidence-based reframing aging and reframing elder abuse techniques.  Examples will be provided, but feel free to bring your own communications to reframe.
Speaker(s)

Laurie Lindberg, Project Manager, Reframing Aging Initiative

Alyssa Neumann, Project Coordinator, National Center on Elder Abuse

Moderators

Brandy Bauer, Director, Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging

Category

Public Policy & Advocacy

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
From Middlescence to Elderhood: A Strategic Approach to Supporting Our "Third Age"

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Overview

Two-thirds of all people who have ever lived past age 65 in the history of the world are alive today. With longer lifespans, often 20-30 years beyond traditional retirement age (referred to by authors Ken Dychtwald and Robert Morison as our "Third Age"), comes a higher percentage of free time to fill each day, and yet so much of planning for this phase of life is focused only the financial and other technical aspects with often little thought given to how we'll spend it once we leave work. We can devote more time planning for a week's vacation than what we'll do with ourselves during our elderhood, often at the detriment to our wellbeing. For many, our careers define us, driving everything from how we introduce ourselves to where we live to the state of our self-worth. It's no wonder that older workers struggle to make this transition, especially if this aspect of career development is neglected or they don't see a future beyond their current role. Attend this session to learn how you can provide transition support to older workers within your organization or as a part of services provided to the aging population more broadly through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, or as an employee benefit complementary to additional wellness or career development offerings. Through interactive activities and discussions, you'll come away with insights and a framework for implementing a strategic approach to support employee exits in an intentional, joyful, and planful way, unclogging the top of talent pipelines, encouraging knowledge transfer with less "brain drain," and fostering an organizational culture of servant leadership.

Speaker(s)

Lisa Downs, President and Owner, New Aspect Coaching

Moderators

Laura Plunkett, Senior Program Specialist, Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging

Category

Business Acumen

Tue, Jun 8 at 4:30 pm EDT
Leveraging the Moment: Partnerships to Improve Housing Options for Older Adults

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Overview

The nation is confronted with a trifecta of issues—a rapidly growing population of older adults and people living with disabilities, the rising cost of housing and health care, and the extensive human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this landscape, the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021 provides new opportunities for aging, disability, and housing organizations to collaborate to improve options for affordable, accessible housing that has supportive services. To help seize this moment, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) launched the Housing and Services Resource Center. Aging, disability and housing professionals can turn to the Center for information, guidance, promising models, research, and tools to form or grow cross-sector partnerships. The session will intersperse short presentations with structured interactions so session participants can learn from experts and each other about emerging opportunities, promising models, and keys to partnerships that generate long-lasting change.
Speaker(s)

Molly E. French, MS, Director, Housing and Services Resource Center

Maya Op de Beke, MS, Program Manager, Housing and Services Resource Center

Alicia Anderson, MS, Management Program Analyst, Center for Innovation and Partnership, Administration for Community Living

Moderators

Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director, Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging

Category

Economic Security

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Tue, Jun 8 at 5:30 pm EDT
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State Falls Prevention Coalition Gathering (by invitation)

Tue, Jun 8 at 5:30 pm EDT
State Falls Prevention Coalition Gathering (by invitation)

Overview

An event for state falls prevention coalition members to network and share best practices around falls prevention in their community. By invitation only, RSVP required.  

Contact: Michelle Mai at Michelle.Mai@ncoa.org