Thursday, September 3rd - Concurrent Sessions G: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Concurrent Session G1 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Meet the Team from Humanitude and Learn About New Innovations in Dementia Care

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The aging demographics impose changes in society, in general, and in the healthcare system in particular. Along with these demographics, there is the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, among them Alzheimer’s Disease and other diseases and conditions that cause dementia. For caregivers, family, and the person itself, dementia can be difficult to understand and cope with throughout its progression. The main challenge identified in research is the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Even when there is a recommendation for non-pharmacological approaches, the majority of times, medication is the only intervention that caregivers find available. Humanitude is a multimodal methodology of care that professionalizes the relationship established between the resident and the caregiver. This non-pharmacological approach has been developed for 40 years, and its living authors, Yves Gineste and Rosette Marescotti, concluded that any care intervention without relational consent can become harmful, resulting in defensive behaviors leading to a reduction in quality of life and life expectancy of people living with dementia. With 150 techniques that are scientifically validated and can be incorporated into care practice through training, Humanitude reveals an efficacy difficult to match with up to 95% reduction of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) prevalence. Its results have made it a very prominent methodology of care in countries such as France, Japan, and the U.S.
Speakers

João Pärtel Araújo, BSc, MSc, MBA / Humanitude Trainer
Joanne Rader, RN, MN, Co-Founder of Pioneer Network, Consultant
Benjamin Surmi, Director of People and Culture, Koelsch Communities

Concurrent Session G2 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Leadership in Times of Crisis

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Wise leadership is challenging in good times, but given the crisis of 2020, wise leadership is imperative for an organization’s survival. Deke Cateau, CEO of A.G. Rhodes nonprofit nursing home provider in Atlanta, shares leadership lessons that have helped A.G. Rhodes navigate the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, and the racial unrest that is impacting communities across the nation.
Speakers

Deke Cateau, Chief Executive Officer, A.G. Rhodes<<br>

Concurrent Session G3 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Envisioning the Future of Engagement

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The physical isolation that has been imposed on seniors over the past months has changed the way we look at engagement and has done more than anything before to challenge the status quo as it relates to what activities looks like in nursing homes and assisted living communities.  Peter Illig will facilitate a panel of experts in the field of life enrichment as they share their experiences, discuss new and innovative practices, and explore their vision of what the future holds for engagement.
Speakers

Mathew Guilfoyle, President, Activity Connection
Peter Illig, CEO, National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
Nancy Ewald, Co-Founder, Activity Connection
Sherita Sparrow, Therapeutic Art Practitioner
Amy Laughlin,President, National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP)
Linda Redhead, Chairperson for Special Projects, National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
Alisa Tagg, BA ACC/EDU CADDCT CDP CDCS, Association Director, National Association of Activity Professionals
Dawn Worsley, President, National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)

Concurrent Session G4 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Integrating the Work of Aging into your Life and Practice

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The term Work of Aging is used to describe conversations or actions that support one in reaching life milestones, In this hands on and experiential session we will focus on understanding the Work of Aging by exploring each of our individual Work of Aging domains.  In order to participate in the exercise, please print the Self-Portrait Template and be sure to have some colored crayons, pencils or markers. 
Speakers

Kelly Klund, Resource Nurse, Empira

Concurrent Session G5 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Death is Not a Four-Letter Word: Honoring Choice in Grief in Long-term Care Communities

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Death in LTC is a common occurrence, yet it is often strongly avoided.  Staff and residents express deep connections to one another in these settings, but when death occurs, there is often little to no support, training or space to share these feelings.  Covid-19 has brought this human experience to the forefront of our care communities even more. This session will discuss Dr. Olson's research from the voices of those who face these losses.  Shared findings will include poetry and artwork that was created within this study.  Attendees will engage in a simple mindful art experiential with any supplies on hand.
Speakers

Michelle Olson, Gerontologist/Gero Pros, Gerontology Center at Concordia University Chicago and Founder, Exec Dir of Evergreen Minds, Inc.

Thursday, September 3rd - Concurrent Sessions H: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Concurrent Session H1 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Envisioning the Future: Through the Eyes of Family Members

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Join moderator, Jill Vitale-Aussem, whose parents live in a CCRC, along with panelists who bring a perspective of senior living through the eyes of the family.  They will share stories, including what it has been like to be a family member as we have all faced COVID-19.   What made a difference? How do they hope the future will look for themselves and their loved ones?
Speakers

Deborah Bakti, Author, Recipe for Empathy: Six Strategies to Transform Your Families into Fans
Mary Daniel, Caregivers for Compromise
Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley, Founder, Every Day Caregivers®
Kim McRae, Family Caregiver Turned Advocate
Sarah Rowan, Advocate
Jill Vitale-Aussem, President & CEO, The Eden Alternative

Concurrent Session H2 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Envisioning the Future for Technology in Aging Services

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Join Keren Etkin, a gerontologist by training and technology expert by profession, as she hosts experts in the field as they discuss the now and near-future evolution of age-tech. Get perspective from investors, inventors and implementers.
Speakers

Keren Etkin, Gerontologist, Co-Founder and VP Product at Clanz
David Park, Vice President, Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, Front Porch
Carrie Shaw, CEO & Founder, Embodied Labs

Concurrent Session H3 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Now More than Ever: Trauma-Informed Care in the Wake of a Pandemic

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This session, guided by Dr. Susan Wehry, highlights the importance and necessity of providing trauma-informed care—now more than ever. Participants will learn about the usual course of disasters and disaster recovery, and how COVID-19 is both a collective and individual trauma. Participants will discover how to mitigate--and even transform--this uniquely unsettled time by building on six core principles: safety, choice, empowerment, understanding, trustworthiness, and collaboration.
Speakers

Susan Wehry, M.D., Chief of Geriatrics, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Concurrent Session H4 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Achieving a Community of Caring by Making Compassionate Communication Universal

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Staff in long-term care are caring people. Yet, with heavy workloads and stress, it’s not unusual to become so task-oriented that they don’t COMMUNICATE their caring.  The result: residents, families and coworkers don’t experience them as the caring people they are.  Session attendees will learn a proven strategy for developing staff so every individual makes their caring visible and felt in everyday interactions. Attendees will experience the powerful Heart-Head-Heart Communication Model and the concrete skills that convey empathy and support and earn people’s trust and partnership.  The results:  life-affirming, satisfying resident experiences, appreciative families, and increased staff gratification and retention.
Speakers

Jill Golde, Senior Vice President, Language of Caring, A Branch of Planetree International

Concurrent Session H5 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

High Engagement, High Success

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Have you ever been excited to implement something in your organization, but somewhere between the great idea and the execution it never took off?  Involving team members from across your organization in the exploration, idea generation, planning, and execution of what you want to implement may be the simple key to success. Participants in the Kansas PEAK 2.0 program, implementing deep change to support person-centered care have proven that high involvement leads to higher success rates of tangible organizational change. Those nursing homes engaging 75-100% of their teams in the change process are 84.5% more likely to achieve objective success in person-centered care (Cornelison, et al., 2019). Learn how you can use similar strategies to attain success in your own goals.
Speakers

Laci Cornelison, PEAK 2.0 Director, Kansas State University

Thursday, September 3rd - Concurrent Sessions I: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Session I1 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Park Springs Story: How One Community Faced the Threat of Covid-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread across the USA, Donna Moore realized that drastic measures would be needed to protect the members at Park Springs. She, along with 75 hero employees, volunteered to shelter in place 24/7 with their members to reduce exposure to the coronavirus while still providing critical services. Park Springs was able to continue services throughout the 75-day lock-in.  Relationships among the staff and between members and staff thrived, as the employees lived their mission of loving and serving members. The heroes learned critical lessons on leadership, team building, culture change, and becoming a work family.
Speakers

Donna Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Isakson Living, Inc.

Session I2 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Best Practices for Providing LGBT Affirming Residential Services

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While older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults confront the same issues everyone else does when choosing aging services, the reality of life in long-term care for LGBT people can be drastically different from their non-LGBT peers.  This session introduces the Long-term Care Equality Index (LEI) for supporting LGBT residents.  During the session, attendees will hear from peers working in long-term care communities who are implementing LGBT affirming policies and practices, review best practices developed by key industry stakeholders and take a self-assessment to assess LGBT inclusiveness in areas such as policies and procedures, resident services and supports, and community engagement.
Speakers

Erica Steelman, Director of LGBT+ Initiatives and Staff Chaplain, Abramson Center for Jewish Life
Dan Stewart, Associate Director, Aging Equality Project, Human Right Campaign
Nate Sweeney, Vice-President Skilled Services, St. John’s
Sherrill Wayland, Director SAGE

Session I3 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Person-centered Leadership under COVID: What You Do Matters More Than Ever!

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Leadership matters more than ever in times of crisis.  With COVID all around, why did some nursing homes in the same neighborhoods fare better than others? Hear steps one administrator took to keep his nursing homes COVID-free. Hear nursing home leaders share lessons from Katrina that are a guide for responding to COVID.   Use person-centered leadership practices. Overcommunicate. Continuously involve staff in problem-solving. Be nimble, flexible and creative. Take care of your staff, so they can take care of your residents. Stay ahead of the guidance and meet the highest standard of safety.
Speakers

David Farrell, BA, MSW, Consultant
Cathie Brady, Co-Founder, B&F Consulting
Barbara Frank, Co-Founder, B&F Consulting

Session I4 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

20/20 Vision: Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Residents, Families and Team Members

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The importance of the spiritual domain during our senior years is crucial as it still very much provides room for growth. As the aging process unfolds, the spirit is still capable of expansion, renewal or even new birth in later years of life. In spite of changes, losses and chronic health conditions, people can continue to cultivate their relationship with their creator or higher power. Our job is to help them stay connected with their spiritual support system and provide the fellowship they need and yearn. Let us work to provide comfort, encouragement and stability in times of change.   Let us, with the clearest of vision, work to ensure residents’ spiritual needs are addressed to the best of our ability.
Speakers

Pastor Gary Gibson, Director of Spiritual Life, Presbyterian Senior Care Network

Session I5 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

The State of Resident Engagement in a COVID19 World

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This session describes the impact of COVID-19 on activities and life enrichment and explore the best practices and methods to address preferences of senior living residents so they live with purpose.  Taking a data driven approach from various care settings and levels of expertise, the presented analysis will offer a unique understanding on where the challenges and opportunities stand. This session will explore how providers, caregivers, residents, and family members are partnering to enhance resident engagement no matter a person’s current interests or ability. Whether you are a front-line caregiver, a manager or someone overseeing resident engagement at a corporate level, this session will provide you with exclusive insights and access to actionable data in a COVID-19 world and beyond. 
Speakers

Donielle Weatherholtz-Palmer, Director of Resident Services, Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury
Charles de Vilmorin, CEO & Co-founder, Linked Senior, Inc

Thursday, September 3rd - Facilitated Networking Discussions: 4:30 - 5:30 PM EDT "Designed to be an opportunity for open dialogue and sharing, these sessions will only be presented live – what is SAID at the discussion, STAYS at the discussion!"

FD7 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

From the Campfire to Zoom: A Conversation with Pioneer Network Sages 

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Throughout the years, Pioneer Network has brought together the early innovators, Sages, to share their vision and inspire us to move forward on our culture change journeys, both individually and as organizations.  At this virtual gathering, you will once again have the opportunity to meet and hear from PN Sages as together you explore and envision the future of aging.  Be prepared for some radical thinking and to be challenged to step out of your comfort zone, just as these individuals did over 20 years ago!
Speakers

Joanne Rader, RN, MN, Co-Founder of Pioneer Network, Consultant

FD8 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

What IS Happening - or COULD Happen - in Your Environment? Let’s Talk!

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Over the past few months, we have seen how design within residential care centers have impacted both clinical and psychosocial outcomes related to COVID-19.  Join session moderator, Maggie Calkins, in a discussion about design, sharing stories of successes and challenges and exploring lessons as we look to the future.
Speakers

Maggie Calkins, IDEAS Institute

FD9 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

A Conversations about Keeping Person-Centeredness in Clinical Practices

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In facing the challenges of COVID-19 and the need to get back to the basics of infection control, clinical care has never been more evident, and yet, in too many cases, this was done at the expense of quality of life goals that have long been the vision of culture change leaders.  Join the team from Empira in a discussion on how you can achieve both quality of life and quality of care as you discuss not only what needs to be, but how to do it in a way that best promotes meeting the psychosocial needs of Elders.
Speakers

Sarah Brown, Executive Director, Empira