31st Annual Western Mass Eldercare Conference

WHEN: June 8th - Thursday
WHERE: Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center

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(Looking for a Conference Sponsor – Comes with vendor table and 2 slots to conference).
Register for Workshops

This program has been approved for six Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D91810.
This program has been approved for 6 Contact Hours for relicensure, in accordance with the regulations set forth by the Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00: Continuing Education
Licensed Mental Health Counselors will receive a certificate of attendance for 6 Continuing Education hours

 

 

Parking

  • Attendees can park in Lots A, B, C or D; cars in Lot E will be ticketed
  • The best way to access these lots is to turn left when entering the campus from Homestead Ave, go down the hill and the lots are on the right, clearly marked with signs

A big thank you to our sponsors:

Keynotes

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
&
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Keynote #1 – Cultural Humility: Moving beyond the principles and into authentic practice

Presenters:
Dora D. Robinson, and Adjunct Professor, Springfield College and Elms College – Social Work Department; and  Independent Consultant, FDR and Associates, LLC Frank P. Robinson, Vice President – Public Health, Baystate Health; and Adjunct Professor, Springfield College – Social Work Department; and Associate, FDR & Associates, LLC

We believe that the concept of cultural humility is at the heart of cultural competence. When working cross-culturally in particular, empathetic care and practice cannot be effective without the presence of cultural humility. Cultural humility “refers to the attitude and practice of working with clients [all people] …. with a presence of humility while learning, communicating, offering help, and making decisions in professional practice and settings” (NASW, 2016, p. 16). Learner will understand how the practice of cultural humility, which incorporates elements of self-questioning, immersion into an individual patient’s point of view, active listening, and flexibility, will serve to confront and address personal and cultural biases or assumptions.


Keynote #2 – Old Age Ain’t for Sissies

Presenter:
Judith Black, Storyteller

Judith Black will share stories that provide perspectives on aging from the viewpoint of a caretaker/family support personnel, and from the vantage of various elders. You will be exposed to the conflicts and benefits that arise in both situations.


Continental Breakfast

 

Coffee, Tea and Assorted Pastries

 

Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 PM

 

Infused Water Station

Sizzling Salad Bar with Marinated Shrimp and Grilled Chicken

Dessert


 

AM Workshops

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshops are currently being arranged and are subject to adjustment
Workshop AM-1: Normal or Not Normal?

Normal vs. Not Normal Aging and Dementia and the 5 Senses:  Beth Cardillo, M.Ed, LSW, CDP will talk about normal and not normal aging and how to tell the difference, then discover how dementia affects all 5 senses.   PAC trained (Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care) presenter, Laura Lavoie, will take you through each of the 5 senses, sharing tips and techniques for more successful communication and outcomes.

Presenters:
Laura Lavoie, Founder of Our Dementia Life
Beth Cardillo, Social Worker, Baystate Medical

Workshop AM-2: Having supportive conversations about substance use

Learn how you can apply specific skills and strategies to guide individuals towards behavior change in conversations about substance use. This training will cover basic theory and use this framework to explore specific skills you can employ to improve your confidence and effectiveness in conversations.

We will borrow our framework from the brief intervention – a short, structured, and evidenced-based conversation that is effective at helping to reduce alcohol consumption and related risks in older adults.

This training will be interactive, with time to observe, practice, and debrief concepts through varied learning activities, including breakouts. Because of the focus on skill application, we ask that all participants who sign up are open to actively participating.

Presenters:
Caroline Hone, Trainer, MASBIRT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center

Alex Heinz, Training Manger, MASBIRT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center

Workshop AM-3: Hampden County Sherriff’s Triad and Electronic Search and Rescue

Learn an overview of the programs offered by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Triad Division including a demonstration of the Electronic Search & Rescue program, specifically designed for individuals with cognitive conditions that cause them to wander or become lost.

Presenters:
Jennifer Holley, Deputy Sheriff, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

Elizabeth DePaula, Deputy Sheriff, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

Workshop AM-4: Veteran’s Benefits (Local, State, and Federal)

Learn all about various types of veteran’s benefits from state benefits like Chapter 115 to federal benefits. Find out how they work collaboratively to provide veterans’, their spouses, and their dependents these earned benefits. There will be opportunity for open floor discussion about navigating the VA system.

Presenters:
TBD

Workshop AM-5: Public Housing Myths vs. Reality

Join Executive Director Maureen Cayer of Agawam Housing Authority as she demystifies Public Housing in Massachusetts for seniors, persons with disabilities, and families. Tips for completeing the application, understanding the process of securing safe and affordable public housing.

Presenter:
Maureen Cayer, Executive Director, Agawam Housing Authority

Workshop AM-6: Topics in Elder Law: Planning for incapacity

As older adults confront common issues associated with aging, questions arise about how to plan for the possibility of incapacity. In this workshop, we will discuss how to recognize signs of the onset of incapacity. We will review the main types of documents that elders and their caregivers can prepare in advance of incapacity. We will offer information about the court procedures available to individuals who either fail to prepare for incapacity or whose plans are contested. We will review community resources for assistance and self-help.

Presenters:
Christine Khamis, Staff Attorney with Elder Unit, Community Legal Aid

Jaime Margolis, Staff Attorney with Elder Unit, Community Legal Aid

Workshop PM-7: Grief, Loss, & Healing

Loss comes in many forms; death, divorce, diagnosis of illness, loss of a job, becoming a caregiver, moving to a new town/city, navigating a pandemic, amongst a host of other situations. Liane will share her expertise in teaching real life tools & techniques that you can implement in your everyday life to help you take control of your emotions and future days ahead.

Presenter:
Liane Smola, Owner/Founder, GuidanceByLi – Grief & Personal Growth Coaching

Workshop AM-8: I wish and I worry: Tools for working with clients at end of life

This  interactive, case-based, presentation offers ways to work with, communicate and support consumers who may be approaching the end of life. We will start by exploring why it is hard to talk about dying with our consumers and then learn about some tools to help us in these discussions. We will end by talking about how we can support each other in this work.

Presenter:
Rachel Broudy, Medical Directory, Pioneer Valley Hospice and Palliative Care

Workshop AM-9: Hoarding – Helping Older Adults with collaboration between Adult Protective and Municipal Boards of Health

Learn about the psychology behind hoarding, steps protective services can take to alleviate risks created by hoarding and efforts to work with local boards of health to jointly create better outcomes for these older adults.

Presenters:
Jayme Parent, JD, Protective Services Director, Highland Valley Elder Services

PM Workshops

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Workshops are currently being arranged and are subject to adjustment
Workshop PM-1: Normal or Not Normal?

Normal vs. Not Normal Aging and Dementia and the 5 Senses:  Beth Cardillo, M.Ed, LSW, CDP will talk about normal and not normal aging and how to tell the difference, then discover how dementia affects all 5 senses.   PAC trained (Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care) presenter, Laura Lavoie, will take you through each of the 5 senses, sharing tips and techniques for more successful communication and outcomes.

Presenters:
Laura Lavoie, Founder of Our Dementia Life
Beth Cardillo, Social Worker, Baystate Medical

Workshop PM-2: Communication and Environmental access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This workshop will help attendees understand the different communication needs of Deaf and hard of hearing elders; how to meet them and how to help ensure that they live in accessible and safe housing.

Presenter:
John O’Dell, Assistive Technology and Training Specialist, MCDHH

Workshop PM-3: Savvy Senior – Everyday Scams and ID Theft

Anyone is susceptible to a Scam Artist, but people over 65 are often the most targeted.  In this workshop you will learn about how scams work & how best to protect yourself from victimization.

Presenter:
Heather Murphy, Principal, Heather Murphy Advisory, LLC

Workshop PM-4: LGBTQ Population: Creating Cultural Competency

There is fear among LGBT aging adults that moving into an assisted living community will require them to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT aging adults fear assisted living communities will not offer an inclusive environment that would make them feel safe and accepted. Research literature suggests several factors that have the potential to increase safe and welcoming environments for LGBT aging adults. Of those factors, creating cultural competency through education and training within an assisted living community was paramount.

Join Jake in a process to understand the challenges Faced by LGBTQ adults along with barriers to seeking services and resources; how to support LGBTQ adults, and the impact of creating cultural competency for LGBTQ adults.

Presenter:
Jake Quigley, Director of SEnior Living Asset Management, The RMR Group/Diversified Healthcare Trust and Instructor, Regis College

Workshop PM-5: What to do, when telling them what to do doesn’t work! An overview to Motivational Interviewing

Trying to help someone change can be challenging. Helpers can have a hard time resisting the righting reflex and often feel stuck in a wrestling match with the very person they are trying to help.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers an approach to have respectful and effective conversations that can increase an individual’s motivation to change behaviors. This workshop will provide a basic overview by introducing participants to the principles of MI, and reviewing approaches and skills that can be incorporated into conversations about behavior change.

This training will be interactive, with time to observe, practice, and debrief concepts through varied learning activities. We ask that all participants who sign up are open to actively participating.

Presenters:
Alex Heinz, Training Manger, MASBIRT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center

Caroline Hone, Trainer, MASBIRT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center

Workshop PM-6: ReFraming Aging: Changing Misconceptions About Aging

The ReFraming Aging Initiative is a long-term social change endeavor designed to improve the publics understanding of what aging means and the many contributions older people bring to society.

This interactive presentation will discuss how ageism hurts us all, how to counter ageism, and how to be an agent for change.

Presenter:
Melissa Donegan, Director, Healthy Living Center, AgeSpan

Workshop PM-7: Socially Supported Medication Safety

Social relationships influence health but how do we know how they specifically influence medication safety?  In this workshop we will explore socially supported medication safety and understand the ways one’s social network can help and sometimes hinder medication safety. In this workshop we will explore the research on this concept, discuss specific opportunities for socially supported medication safety, and share experiences.

Presenter:
Raeann LeBlanc, Seedworks Endowed Clinical Associate Profressor Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Workshop AM-8: Living Simply: Achieving Peace in a Crazy World

All too often we find ourselves feeling depleted and our well has run dry.  Where do we turn?  If where we have been turning has our tanks continually running on empty – wouldn’t it be better to learn how to generate our own power?  Discover ways to create and conserve our very own fuel stores so we always maintain comfortable levels from the inside out and never run our tanks dry again.

Presenter: 
Mary-Anne Schelb, Regional Director, JGS Lifecare and Holisitc Health Practitioner, Intentional Calm

 

Steering Committee

 

Mary-Anne Schelb, HHP, Committee Chair, JGS Lifecare

Eric Aasheim, CSA,Oasis Senior Advisors

Trevor Boeding, MPH, LifePath

Season Bryant, Trinity Health PACE

Beth Cardillo, MEd, LSW, CDP Certified Dementia Practitioner

Crystal Cote-Stosz,
Christopher Heights

Zoraida Fontanez, BS, Summit Eldercare PACE-Fallon Health

Elizabeth FormaggioniLSW, Leavitt Family Nursing Home, Sosin Center, Northeast Rehab

Giselle Gaines, Sevita

Mary Jenewin Caplin, Retired Elder Care Professional

Heather Jolicoeur, Ludlow Senior Center

Katie KrupkaGerontologist, CSA, Assisted Living Locators-Western Mass

Laura Lavoie, President/Founder, Our Dementia Life

James Leyden, Longmeadow Adult Center

Maryann Linnehan, MSW, LCSW, WestMass ElderCare

Carla McAvoy, Highland Valley Elder Services

Kathleen Phillips, Elder Services of Berkshire County

Ellen Rosemond, LCSW, Spectrum Home Health & Hospice

Michael SquindoLCSW, Agawam Council on Aging

Scott Weiss, Kay Journal

Carolyn Wence, LCSW, Wernick Adult Day Health

Judy Yaffe, Retired Elder Care Professional

Jodi Zepke, Ludlow Senior Center

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