Thursday, September 3rd (Session G3) - Envisioning the Future of Engagement
|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.|
1. Understand the impact that current measures to provide safety in the face of COVID-19 have had on engagement for residents in residential care settings.
2. Learn about ways in which leaders in life enrichment have had to adapt in order to meet the needs of residents.
3. Describe at least 2 new and innovative practices that will help to shape the future of engagement in residential care settings.
President, Activity Connection
|Mathew Guilfoyle is a change agent, the constant strategist, an entrepreneurial brand builder who leads executive teams to create and execute business plans that leverage Internet technologies to differentiate and scale. He is driven to create Traction from Vision, and the management concepts he employs improve not only those traditional company financials, but also the performance and job satisfaction levels of everyone riding the bus. Mathew produces these results as an expert practitioner of EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, helping companies (especially small and mid-sized) create visibility and alignment in key areas, while also systemizing the business, to generate more value from the skills, passions and efforts of internal staff. When utilized effectively, his special blend of servant leadership, combined with his core skill set as a technologist and experience owning a small creative agency allow him to increase the pace of innovation dramatically for most any organization. Currently, Mathew serves as CTO, Chief Traction Officer and Integrator for Activity Connection, a long-standing family-owned business where he is honored to be fully accountable for ensuring the success and well-being of the enterprise as they support organizations and specifically the Life Enrichment teams within those organizations, to enhance the life’s of residents.|
Co-founder, Activity Connection
Nancy Ewald is the co-founder of Activity Connection, the premier resource for activity professionals. Her novel ideas and creative approaches to programming have made her a sought-after consultant as an expert in the field. Attaining a MS degree in Allied Health Education, Nancy’s early activities involved teaching microbiology and working with pipettes and Bunsen burners. However, while taking some time off to raise three children and care for two ailing seniors, Nancy discovered her true passion and decided to make a mid-life career change. She returned to the work force as an Assistant Activity Director for a full-service community. It wasn’t long before the success of her innovative programming caught the attention of industry leaders. That was over 30 years ago. Nancy went on to author six manuals for three national companies. She eventually accepted a position as a National Director, overseeing training and program development for 170 communities with all settings and levels of care. When Nancy left the corporate world a few years later, she was determined to
help solve the challenges of the profession she had seen firsthand. She devoted herself to expanding and developing Activity Connection, which now serves activity professionals in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces, benefitting over 1 million seniors every month.
CEO, National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
|Peter J. Illig is a nonprofit executive with a unique combination of business, legal and communication skills. He has served in a variety of leadership positions providing executive management and legal counsel to mission-driven organizations. He specializes in governance, alliance-building and strategic reorganization for long-term sustainability. He currently serves as CEO for the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals, a credentialing body for care providers using the Social Model of Care. Mr. Illig is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Law, a member of the New York Bar and earned a post-graduate law degree in International Law from the University of Notre Dame London Law Program. Residing in the Metro DC area, he is a registered consultant with the World Health Organization and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.|
President, National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP)
|Amy Laughlin, BA, ADC, CDP graduated from the University of Leeds in England with a degree in Sociology and Social Policy and moved to the USA in 2002 to follow her heart and marry a charming southern gentleman. She began working in the field of senior living as an activities volunteer 17 years ago and quickly discovered the joy associated with educating, empowering and energizing senior adults. Amy currently holds the position of Director of Resident Services & HomeBridge at Westminster Towers, a Life Plan Community in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She is a former Board member for the South Carolina Activity Professionals Association and serves on the National Association of Activity Professionals Board as the incoming president. She is nationally credentialed through NCCAP and was awarded the South Carolina Activity Professional of the Year in 2014. She is a guest instructor for Winthrop University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and has presented many workshops for activity professionals, senior living providers, healthcare professionals and groups of active seniors. She an aspiring minimalist, blogger and seeker of a simpler life.|
Chairperson for Special Projects, National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
|Linda Redhead, MS, ACC/EDU is the Owner of Activity Advisor. She graduated from the ‘School of Visual Arts’ with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Art Therapy. Linda is also a ‘College of New Rochelle’ graduate with a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy. Linda has worked with many different populations but eventually found her passion in working with the elderly. She became an NCCAP Certified Activity Consultant with a Specialization in Education and has over 32 years of activity experience in long term care. As an Instructor for the ‘Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals’, she was awarded the Mepap Instructor of the Year for 2013. For many years she has volunteered for the ‘National Certification Council for Activity Professionals’ in the capacity of past New York State Representative, past Board Member for Special Projects, and is currently serving as the Chairperson for Special Projects.|
Therapeutic Art Practitioner
Sherita Sparrow is a Therapeutic Art Practitioner, Consultant, and Author who has been sharing her gift of art since 2003. Sherita is also the CEO and Founder of The Feather's Touch, LLC, a holistic therapeutic art company, that designs innovative programs to restore and maintain the highest level of functionality for individuals with special needs, Dementia, Quadriplegia, Paraplegia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Her mission is to uplift elders and make a difference in their lives through art. Sherita began developing creative processes that work for elders. As a result, care partners, caregivers, and other wellness professionals began to inquire about her methods. They wanted to learn how to get the same results with their individuals, so they can fulfill the mission of serving the whole person, physically and mentally. From this, the Art Transforms Lives Practitioner Certification (ATLPC) was born, a comprehensive therapeutic art wellness program. ATLPC is supported by years of art and aging research and endorsed by many healthcare professionals. Sherita holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art from Towson University, a degree in Graphic Design from Delaware College of Art & Design. Sherita is also a Certified Activity Professional, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Certified in Mental Health First Aid.
BA ACC/EDU CADDCT CDP CDCS, Association Director, National Association of Activity Professionals
|Alisa Tagg, BA ACC/EDU CADDCT CDP CDCS, President of the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP), has been a certified activity consultant since 2006 and an activity director working primarily in nursing homes since 1995. She enjoys teaching the MEPAP education course to new activity professionals. She also works as an independent consultant in various homes throughout southern Nevada. Alisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a provider’s Certificate of Completion specializing in Aging with the Nevada Geriatric Education Center and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the National Certification Council for Dementia Practitioners, and a Certified Dementia Communication Specialist with the Silver Dawn Training Institute. She speaks on local, state and national levels on various topics relating to health care and the activity profession.|
President, National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)
|Dawn Worsley is the owner of Dawn on the Horizon, LLC in Baltimore, MD and she serves on a variety of boards and is the immediate Past-President of National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Dawn is an Activity Director Certified (ADC) with a specialization in Memory Care and Education, a Certified Eden Alternative Associate as well as Montessori Dementia Engagement Certified. She is also an authorized certification instructor with the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals. In addition to serving as an Activity Director, Corporate Program Development Consultant, Admissions & Marketing Director, Director of Alzheimer's and Gero-psych units, Dawn serves as a Regional Clinical Specialist. She has a vast knowledge base in many facets of long-term care and community services and is considered a pioneer in her field regarding resident rights and culture change. She is a National Speaker on a variety of topics for Health Care Workers, is published in both print and video, working in collaboration with The University of Maryland Video Press.|
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