Monday Schedule

Plenary (12:00-1:00)

Enjoy a warm welcome to the conference by Governor Baker, followed by Keynote speaker Secretary Marylou Sudders.  This will be followed by a TED Talk from Brene Brown.

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Session One (1:45 – 2:45)


M1-1  Making Your Virtual Meetings and Distance Learning Events Accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

During the 2020 Spring COVID-19 pandemic, as most services transitioned to being virtual, many deaf and hard of hearing elders suddenly found themselves isolated completely. While this had many causes, one was that no-one thought much about how to provide accessibility in their virtual environments, either through ASL interpreters or captioning; even those elders that could have participated in events and remained part of the social structure were literally left behind. This workshop will examine accessibility in the virtual world to ensure that when you can’t see someone in person, you can still see – and include – them in a virtual environment.

Jonathan O’Dell, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

CEUs Offered: No

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M1-2  HomeFit

AARP research consistently finds that the vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible.  The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household.

The HomeFit presentation, in conjunction with the HomeFit Guide, offers room-by-room solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that are more involved and require skilled expertise but are well worth the expense.

Andrea Cordis, BS, COTA/L, AARP Volunteer

Handouts:  For viewing prior to the session


CEUs Offered: No

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M1-3  Covid-19 & Senior Adults: The Aftermath

Participants will learn the many residual effects (physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual) that Covid-19 has had on our senior population. This presentation will offer a discussion on the diagnosis of seniors in the early stages of the pandemic and what we have since learned. We will examine the deterioration of cognition and what impact loneliness and isolation have had on seniors, especially those living with dementia. Participants will get a chance to share their personal experiences and discuss strategies they can use to battle isolation and loneliness in their communities. We will also discuss family reactions to the pandemic particularly in the assisted living setting.

Beth Cardillo, M.Ed., LSW, CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner), Executive Director, Armbrook Village Senior Living

CEUs Offered: 1 SW CEU, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 LMHC CE


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M1-4  Best Practices in 2020 for Recommending Senior Care Options

Placement & Referral Specialists from 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors will present the differences and similarities among independent living, assisted living, memory care, adult day health programs, home health care and companion services as well as rest homes and nursing homes. How does COVID-19 factor into families’ decisions regarding senior care option? We will break down the differences between these types of options and what families need to know before making any decisions in 2020.

Michelle Woodbrey CPRS, CDP, (CSA)®, Chief Executive Officer, Certified Placement & Referral Specialist , 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors
Emily Rogue LNHA, CDP, (CSA)®, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Placement & Referral Specialist , 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors

CEUs Offered: No

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M1-5  Healthy Nutrition in a Pandemic: Eating for a Strong Immune System and Innovative Education Methods to Reach Seniors

This program will discuss healthy diet and lifestyle factors, such as functional foods, to support your immune system during this time of pandemic and the flu season.  It will also discuss the many innovative methods that nutritionists throughout the state have used to remotely reach seniors and provide nutrition education.

Amy Sheeley, PhD, RDN, LDN, Nutrition Specialist, Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Leigh Hartwell MS, RDN, LDN, Nutritionist, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.

CEUs Offered: 1 Nursing CEU


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M1-6 Essential Partnerships During Emergency

Uncover the resources that are available for helping your organizations’ consumers in times of crisis. As a part of the Massachusetts Aging & Disability Resource Consortia (ADRC), Councils on Aging (COAs) and many other community providers are part of the day-to-day customer service​ assurance that keeps families connected and up-to-date during crisis. This webinar will help you understand what your role is as a member of the ADRC and how to maintain continued relationships with the variety of partner agencies. This workshop will reinforce how organizations work together to best help Massachusetts’ residents with basic needs during any situation. Councils on Aging are pivotal to the community. Town emergency personnel rely on COAs to connect with consumers during any difficulty. Learn how to reach out to one another as a team and keep the communications ongoing as each community continues to recover.

This webinar will explore the unity that is happening in communities across Massachusetts and highlight partnerships that have been ongoing or have become a necessity during this pandemic.

EOEA Community Program’s team
Annette Peele, Program Director
Karyn Wylie, ADRC Coordinator
Rachel Weiner, Options Counseling Program Manager
Aging Services Access (ASAPs)/Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Councils on Aging (COAs)
Community Partners



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M1-7 Managing COVID in Public Buildings – Lessons Learned

This one-hour session will cover information gathered from across the Commonwealth on best practices and lessons learned during the re-opening and operations of multiple public facilities. We have all learned so much since March when this all started. What to do, what not to do, smarter spending of public dollars, and the importance of communication with the clients you serve. This is planned to be an interactive presentation that will provide the opportunity for all of us to share with each other our successes, and struggles, we have encountered during these crazy times.

Ken Wertz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association (MFAA)

CEUs offered:  No

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M1-8  Programming on the Go!

This interactive workshop will focus on two types of “on the go” or “at home programming” that you can replicate in your center.  First, we will discuss, then brainstorm Pandemic friendly special events with an emphasis on pairing a grab n go meal/dessert with entertainment shown on local cable.  Secondly, we will go over best practices for art and craft activity kit hand out and share ideas on partnering with others to expand your center’s offerings and work smarter, not harder.

Bethany Loveless, Executive Director, Dracut Council on Aging

CEUs offered: No

Programs on the Go Presentation



Session Two (3:00 – 4:00)


M2-1  Five Pillars of Brain Health

It’s never too late to take charge of your brain health! In this interactive session you will learn about the five pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle, share your brain-boosting activities and be inspired by others.

This session is a good overview for anyone interested in improving their brain health and will provide you with actionable steps you can take along with resources to learn more.

Melody Beach

CEUs Offered: No


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M2-2  Diabetes Management Programs that Address Every Body

The Department of Public Health’s Health and Disability Program has been engaged with the department’s diabetes prevention & management program in ensuring that adults of all abilities including those with disabilities have access to appropriate diabetes management through a new initiative.  As people age, they may have more mobility disabilities which warrant specific considerations in diabetes management. Additionally, individuals age 45+ are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.  This workshop will address these considerations and how to best support the population in diabetes management. ​

Nassira Nicola, MA, CADAC, Program Coordinator, Health and Disability Program, Department of Public Health
Kimberley Warsett, MSW, Program Coordinator, Health and Disability Program, Department of Public Health
Jennifer Brais, MPH, Diabetes Program Coordinator. Health and Disability Program, Department of Public Health

CEUs Offered:  1 Nursing CEU, 1 LMHC CE


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M2-3  The Perils of Probate: Considering COVID-19 and Beyond

Among so many tragic consequences of COVID-19 are unexpected deaths, and families struggling to deal with the probate process with no prior planning. As the courts begin to open up, the delays from backlogged cases will surely be long. This seminar will help you understand the probate process, and the complications that can occur with an unexpected death. We will also discover how the probate process can be avoided entirely, with a little advanced planning.

Andrea A.J. Witt, Esq., partner, Spano & Dawicki, LLC
Christine Hurley, Esq., attorney, Spano & Dawicki, LLC

CEUs Offered: 1 SW CEU


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M2-4  CBD is Here to Stay. Are You in the Know?

What do you need to know to help your patients, loved ones and self in making good choices with CBD? Let’s talk quality, delivery and key points!

Kay Cooney RN, GCNS, APRN

CEUs Offered: No



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M2-5  Reaching Visually Impaired Older Adults at Home

With centers trying new and innovative ways to reach older adults at home, The TCI Network offers centers with a wide variety to reach older adults at home. The Franklin Senior Center has utilized TCI in their outreach work.  Come and learn more about how to use this important resource.

Anna Dunbar, Executive Director, TCI Network
Maggie Gunderson, Social Services Coordinator, Franklin Senior Center
Patty Sullivan, Moderator, MCOA

CEUs Offered: No

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M2-6  The Updated MCOA Comprehensive Database of Senior Centers: New Results

MCOA has partnered with the Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA) at UMass Boston to update the MCOA database of all senior centers in Massachusetts. The purpose of this workshop is to present the content collected from the most recently distributed series of surveys (2020) and to engage participants in discussion of how to access, interpret, and use the information within the database. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the database and engage with their peers about how to use the results presented.

Ceara Somerville, Gerontology PhD Candidate, UMass Boston
Caitlin Coyle, Research Fellow, Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging at UMass Boston

CEUs Offered:  No


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M2-7 Strategies for Utilizing Volunteers

Every Council on Aging’s volunteer force has had to adapt during the COVID pandemic. Learn about one site’s hybrid model of in-person and remote volunteer employment. And discover two volunteer models designed to engage volunteers, maximize their potential, and add value to their Council on Aging and community. Then share your strategies!

Kelly Mackay, Program Coordinator, Andover Council on Aging
Ashley English, Volunteer Coordinator, Andover Council on Aging
Christine Beatty, Principal, Beatty Endeavors, LLC; Retired, Madison Senior Center, WI

CEUs Offered:  No

M2-7-Notes Strategies for Utilizing Volunteers


M2-8  New Directors Meet the Secretary

A conversation with new Directors. Join EOEA Secretary Elizabeth Chen to share her perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing elder services in the state and the role of COAs to meet the needs of older adults.

Elizabeth Chen, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

CEUs:  No



Session 3 – Just for Fun!

4:15 PM – Yoga Class

Kim O’Brien will lead a yoga based class that will consist of both seated and standing postures (with the chair available for balance assistance.) and will incorporate breath work, perhaps mudras and end in a guided meditation.

6:00 PM – It’s BINGO time!

Join in the FUN as Jodi and Becky take you through an unforgettable hour of BINGO and visiting with your friends from across the state! Prizes will be awarded. Please BRING YOUR OWN BINGO card. We are asking that you only play 1 BINGO card per game, but you are welcome to switch cards from game to game. Sit back, relax, have fun, and WIN BIG!