Wednesday, September 2nd - Concurrent Sessions D: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Concurrent Session D1 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Envisioning the Future: Designing Home For Elders

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Dr. Maggie Calkins leads a panel discussion with 5 visionaries in the area of design as they share examples of the work they have done, how it has held up during the demands of the current crisis, what adaptations they made, and their vision for design in the future.
Speakers

Maggie Calkins, IDEAS Institute
Megan Hannan, Executive Leader, Action Pact
Emi Kiyota, Founder and Director, Ibasho
LaVrene Norton, Executive Leader, Action Pact
Susan Ryan, Senior Director, The GreenHouse Project
Debbie Wiegand, Director of Operations, Green House Project

Concurrent Session D2 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Four Secrets Your Employees Aren't Telling You

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Ever wonder what your team members are saying about their work and your organization when you aren’t around? It’s not what you think! Benefit from the incredible feedback of thousands of employees that have shared what goes right in their organization and what could go better. Guaranteed the same bright spots and downsides can be found in your own organization! Once you find out the secrets, learn the essential actions you need to address them.
Speakers

Denise Bourreau-Scott, President, Drive

Concurrent Session D3 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Reimagining Living with Dementia: Lessons Learned Implementing the Montessori Philosophy

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Implementing the Montessori philosophy involves a culture change process that takes dedication, leadership, courage to challenge long held and deeply embedded beliefs and the strength to challenge engrained processes.  This session will walk participants through the year long process and lessons learned while implementing the Association Montessori International Montessori for Aging and Dementia philosophy in personal care.  This session will cover the step by step process used to train staff, increase staff and resident engagement, communicate with families, create a prepared environment and sustain the program.  Lessons learned will be shared as well as helpful recommendations.
Speakers

Jennifer Brush, Director and Certified Montessori Educator, Brush Development
Laura Roy, Executive Director, Lutheran SeniorLife Passavant Community

Concurrent Session D4 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Person-Directed End-of-life Care. What I Learned from my Spouse Transformed Me.

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This session provides a unique perspective regarding end-of-life experiences taught to Cheryl by her spouse.  Cheryl has been a nurse for 39 years and spent her clinical experience working in long-term care.  She helped hundreds of individuals transition from life to death as part of her nursing experience and thought she fully understood the importance of person-directed care from the perspective of each individual.  When her spouse was dying, he taught Cheryl what it really meant for him to make his own decisions regarding his life and ultimately, his death.
Speakers

Cheryl Kruschke, Professor, Regis University

Concurrent Session D5 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Leading with DQ (Dignity Quotient) For Managers and Administrators

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We can transform our cultures through shifting mindsets, opening hearts and treating others as we wish to be treated. It all begins with leadership changing the way they see the staff working most closely with the elders in the communities they serve. While we are committed to transforming our practices, we may be missing an essential link: caring for our staff with dignity. The same ingredients don't make the same things when the ratios are different. Leslie Pedtke learned first-hand, through staff experiencing living as residents, that true transformation happens when we turn up the volume on our “dignity quotient”.
Speakers

Leslie Pedtke, Healthcare Consultant

Wednesday, September 2nd - Concurrent Sessions E: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Concurrent Session E1 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Envisioning the Future: Through the Eyes of Elders

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Over the past months, life has changed for all of us, and we have been awakened to a renewed focus on the need to examine the future for Elders, wherever they live and whatever their abilities.  Join our moderator, Emily Mantle, in a lively panel discussion where Elders from 4 different living settings will share their stories and their vision for the future.
Speakers

Verna Cavey, Independent Living Resident
Emily Dieppa, Workforce Innovations Consultant, PHI
Barry Hickling, Resident, Village of Aspen Lake
Brian LeBlanc, Advisory Board Member, Dementia Action Alliance
Herberta Smith, Resident Supportive Living, Simpson House

Concurrent Session E2 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Dismantling Ageism~Old School Style!

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By now most people have heard of ageism, but few understand how dangerous it is to our health and well-being.  Research shows that negative views about our own aging can subtract 7 1/2 years from our lives.  To change our thinking, we need to truly see and address ageism as it plays out in all aspects of our lives.  Join us and this emerging global movement as we envision a new future where we dismantle ageism.  Participants will have a chance to submit questions in advance and guides will discuss.  Additional resources and tools will be shared.
Speakers

Ryan Backer, Age Activist, OldSchool.info
Kyrie Carpenter, Co-founder, OldSchool.info
Mel Coppola, President/Owner, Hearts In Care, LLC

Concurrent Session E3 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Using a Coaching Mindset to Implement your Vision

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"This session is designed to demonstrate how a coaching mindset is a key driver to advancing culture change in your organization.  The presenters will introduce the HourGlass Mentoring/Coaching Model, which focuses on where you are now and strategies for moving forward.  A coaching mindset is about partnership, collaboration, and interdependence – all person-centered values.

Management expert Stephen Covey, reminds us that when you change the way you SEE things, it influences what you DO and the results you GET. Seeing more clearly ensures we get the outcomes we desire.  Topics to be presented include reframing, staff empowerment, leadership development, emotional intelligence, coaching supervision, and more!  "
Speakers

Walter Coffey, Managing Partner, WD International Consulting
David Sprowl, Managing Partner, WD International Consulting

Concurrent Session E4 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Use of Montessori Approaches to Engage Residents and Staff

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The application of the Montessori Method in working with persons with dementia has been shown to be highly effective at fostering engagement in these individuals. This approach has evolved into the creation of resident-led communities in memory care, which represents a new paradigm for providing care to persons with dementia. Based on the values of respect, dignity, equality and trust, the Montessori Method now is being implemented as a management approach to create engaged staff members who care about each other.  A system-wide transformation is required to create true culture change. Examples of processes to create such a transformation are provided.
Speakers

Cameron Camp, Director of Research and Development, Center for Applied Research in Dementia
Gary Johnson, Partner, Monarch Risk Management

Concurrent Session E5 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

VA Lessons from COVID: Connection is the Antidote to Isolation

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Hear promising practices from VA Community Living Centers that fostered a whole person, whole team approach as they respond to COVID. Residents struggled with isolation. Front-line staff faced heightened responsibility and risk with fewer of the usual interdisciplinary team members there to support them. Teams found ways to come together virtually, build connection for staff and residents, and support their staff during this time of extreme stress.  Share your promising practices in maintaining connection in this time of isolation. Relationships matter most!
Speakers

Cathie Brady, Co-Founder, B&F Consulting
Barbara Frank, Co-Founder, B&F Consulting
Christine Hartmann, Researcher & Professor, Bedford VA Medical Center
Lynn Snow, Research Clinical Psychologist & Professor, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

Wednesday, September 2nd - Concurrent Sessions F: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Concurrent Session F1 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Envisioning the Future: Through the Eyes of Culture Change Leaders

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It’s easy to get focused on the urgent situation around us and forget where we have come from and how we got to where we are today. It can also be tempting to let go of values we have cherished and advocated for in the face of seemingly impossible pressures. Four culture change leaders each share their heart with us, discussing both how we made the progress to today and what we can do to move culture change forward in difficult times.
Speakers

Charlene Boyd, Chief Operations Administrator for Skilled and Assisted Living, Providence Health and Services
Penny Cook, President & CEO, Pioneer Network
Jayne Keller, Vice-President of Senior Living Christian Living
Jennifer Pasternak, Executive Director, Koelsch Community, Chicago
Kacie Wood, Executive Director, Traceway Retirement Community

Concurrent Session F2 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Turning Dementia from Stigma into Esteem

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When an older person becomes increasingly confused, disoriented and memory impaired, they are branded with the word DEMENTIA.  But we know, rather than becoming "mindless" as that word denotes, new and unrealized parts of their brains are unveiled.  Mental and emotional shackles are shed, memories are awakened, and unseen personality traits are revealed.  Some people see troubling "behaviors;" validation practitioners perceive pent up emotions and unrecognized needs.  Attendees will recognize common words that stigmatize dementia, realize the Culture Change-friendly principles and practices of the Validation Method, and examine new goals and approaches that are more effective for communication and exercise programming.
Speakers

Kim Eichinger, Executive Director of Fitness, Country Meadows Retirement Communities
Stephen Klotz, Executive Director of Validation Education, Country Meadows Retirement Communities
Maureen Sirianni, Memory Care Outreach Specialist, Country Meadows Retirement Community of South Hills

Concurrent Session F3 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Envisioning the Future of Person-Centered Dementia Care from a Pandemic Perspective

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This session features a trio of renowned physicians who are thought leaders in the world of human-centered, person-directed, and relationship-based care and support for people living with dementia and those who care for and about them. It includes a reflection on all things dementia now that the world as we know it has been forever changed by COVID-19. Dr. Al Power will discuss “Beyond ‘BPSD’: A Well-being Approach, which is a proactive, strength-based approached to understanding distress. Dr. Dan Potts will share “Lester’s Legacy: Finding the Artist Within” focusing on personhood and humanity and the spiritual and holistic aspects of living with dementia. Dr. Jonathan Evans will present, “A Critique of the Past, Present and Future of Dementia Care, from a COVID-19 Lens.”
Speakers

Jonathan Evans, MD, MPH, CMD, FACP
Daniel Potts, MD, FAAN
Al Power, M.D., Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation

Concurrent Session F4 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Making it Together: Engaging Residents and Families in Times of Crises

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The COVID-19 crisis has taught us a lot of things, not the least of which is the importance of relationships and communication with residents and families.  Including them as partners before and during times of crisis help craft systems that best balance safety and rule compliance with self-determinations, having needs met, and maintaining connection.  Through this session we will explore best practices for engaging residents and families, communicating needs and expectations, and working together to make it through crisis situations. 
Speakers

Robyn Grant, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Lori Smetanka, Executive Director, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

Concurrent Session F5 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Arts and Aging for Community

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"What if programming in nursing homes was so interesting that families and neighbors wanted to come and participate alongside Elders? What if it was so “out of the ordinary” that it sparked interest all over the community? Join us for an interactive journey into the world of ""Wendy's Neverland"", a site-specific performance performed by Elders, Staff, Volunteers and Artists in 3 Kentucky nursing homes in 2019!"
Speakers

Anne Basting, President, TimeSlips Creative Storytelling
Angie McAllister, Director of Quality of Life and Culture Change, Signature Health