Wednesday, September 2nd (Session E1) - Envisioning the Future: Through the Eyes of Elders

Session E1

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.  

1. Recognize how the changes over the past months have impacted Elders in different living settings.
2. Describe how including Elders in decision making has impacted their ability to cope with the isolation and changes brought on by COVID-19.
3. Gain new insights to support your ability to advocate for the changes that Elders wish to see. 

Verna Cavey

Independent Living Resident

Verna M. Cavey is a retired educator (lifelong learning and behavioral and social sciences) who relocated to Colorado 23 years ago from the East Coast. (Her graduate work was at The Johns Hopkins University and The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.)  When she moved to Clermont Park in Denver, she had the good fortune to meet up with Jill Vitale-Aussem, who was then the Executive Director, as well as work with Jill’s incredible team members. So much for retirement! She’s been involved in the aging field ever since, teaching, creating programs, writing, volunteering with Pioneer Network, sitting on elder and anti-ageism committees and presenting locally, nationally and (recently) internationally. Verna states that she is eternally grateful that many communities and organizations began listening to the voices of residents at the very time that she entered the field and she was able to find her niche.

Emily Dieppa

Workforce Innovations Consultant, PHI

For the past nine years, Emily Dieppa has worked to empower the direct care workforce by creating pathways to economic sustainability and addressing the systemic challenges facing long-term care workers. By creating a home care training center in Detroit, Emily connected incumbent personal care aides to advanced training, higher wages, and an accessible career ladder. She did this work in partnership with diverse stakeholders, including home care agencies, nursing homes, city officials, and labor unions. Emily worked closely with PHI to develop the program’s curriculum and train a multi-disciplinary instructor team.  As Chief of Staff for a healthcare workforce organization, Emily has extensive experience leading organizational development and culture change during times of transition. Rooted in mission-driven design, she has created and facilitated internal staff development programs and leadership conferences for over 400 healthcare workers to foster both personal and professional growth. Emily has long been a vocal advocate for quality long-term care. Is an advisory board member for the IMPART Alliance with leaders across Michigan to address an ever-growing caregiver shortage and build the necessary infrastructure for a statewide personal care aide training program. She has also worked with Michigan’s Olmstead Coalition to draft policy recommendations for the state’s Medicaid-funded services.     

Barry Hickling

Resident, Village of Aspen Lake

Barry Hickling was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario.  He has completed a BA in Social Science at the University of Windsor and studied courses at McMaster University within the Masters of Divinity program.  Throughout his work life, Barry held positions as a Footwear Specialist and worked as a Retail Manager & Supervisor, as well as ministering as a Pastor in Baptist Churches.  Barry has been living in long-term care for 10 years and remains active participating in the Village Advisory Team, serving as an Executive Member of the Resident Council and as a Board Member on the Ontario Association for Resident Councils.  He is actively involved in the “ElderWisdom” project through Schlegel Villages and this past June he participated in team meetings at WETech as their Senior Intern.  He is 70 years old.

Brian LeBlanc

Advisory Board Member, Dementia Action Alliance

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2014, Brian LeBlanc has an up close and personal experience of living with the disease. He has become an expert on the subjects of Social Isolation, Person Centered Focus, Stigmatization and Loss of Identity. In addition, Brian has become well acquainted with and educated on Living Well, Living in the Moment, Positives of Social Engagement, Utilization of Technology, Positive Living and finding his true mission in life. Educator / Keynote Speaker: Person Centered Focus (Seeing ME, NOT my Disease), Alzheimer's: Up Close and Personal, Living Well with Alzheimer's, Crisis Intervention Team Trainer for Law Enforcement, Overcoming Stigma.

Herberta Smith

Resident Supportive Living, Simpson House

Herberta Smith is currently a Personal Care resident at Simpson House with 87 years of life experience. She is in the process of printing her memoirs and is one of the community’s Person-Centered (PC) Ambassadors for new resident. Herberta grew up in Philadelphia where her father died during her senior year in high school. She graduated in 1950 and after several odd jobs and the occurrence of the Korean War, Herberta went to work at the Frankford Arsenal. She wanted to be a nurse so she saved her earnings and began attending Mercy Douglas Hospital School of Nursing in September of 1952.  She successfully graduated third highest in her class in 1955.  Upon graduation, Herberta began her (pediatric) nursing career at St. Luke’s Hospital for Children. In the years to come she worked at the Philadelphia Health Department, The School District of Philadelphia and finally at The Medical College of PA. (MCP). At MCP, Herberta met a pediatrician who had an interest in improving the health and safety of children in childcare.  Herberta joined her staff and had the privilege of traveling to Northeastern University in Boston weekly for four months to receive her training as a nurse practitioner (NP).  Herberta maintained her employment at MCP, becoming a health trainer for childcare centers across the state of Pennsylvania. After 17 years at MCP, Herberta sensed a calling to respond to a need for nurses in the war-torn country of Uganda East Africa.  Her training as a NP gave her the confidence to go and Herberta spent 6 years in Uganda retiring in the year 2000.  She retired to Florida, where in 2002 she founded and directed a jail ministry with funding from her church.  There was a brief break in the ministry in 2004 when she traveled to New Jersey to care for a child being sent to her from Uganda for corrective surgery, a process that took 6 months.  Herberta returned home to Florida and worked diligently to further develop the jail ministry called “Turn Around Ministry, Inc”. Herberta was heartbroken when she had leave the ministry and the needy women and return to Philadelphia due to a medical emergency.  

Cheryl Kruschke

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E1: Envisioning the Future: Through the Eyes of Elders
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2 Questions Please give us your feedback. Objectives: Recognize how the changes over the past months have impacted Elders in different living settings. Describe how including Elders in decision making has impacted their ability to cope with the isolation and changes brought on by COVID-19. Gain new insights to support your ability to advocate for the changes that Elders wish to see.
Nursing Home Administrator Certificate
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1.25 NAB credits  |  Certificate available The National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Board (NAB) has approved Pioneer Network Envisioning the Future: 2020 & Beyond Virtual Gathering program for continuing education credit. Program Approval Code: 20210831-72.75-A68660-DL. A total of 51.0 credits have been approved. Please note that .25 additional hours will be awarded for successfully completed post-tests taken. Maximum number of credits possible is 63.0.
Nurses Certificate
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Social Workers Certificate
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Certified Dementia Practitioners Certificate
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