Thursday Schedule

Plenary (12:00-1:00)

Today we will hear from our long-time sponsors AARP and the Co-Chairs of the Join Committee on Elder Affairs, Senator Pat Jehlen and Representative Ruth Balser, followed by a keynote from Joe Coughlin of the MIT Age Lab.  We’ll wrap up with two TED Talks by Simon Sinek and Isabel Allende.

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Session One (1:45 – 2:45)

 

R1-1  Nutrition for Active Agers

This presentation will teach participants the fundamentals of nutrition and how various foods can improve their health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Metabolism, Daily Caloric needs, and how to eat to speed your metabolism.
  • Describe what to look for on Food and Nutrition labels.
  • Describe how different food can fight common ailments and foods to eat for a healthy brain.
  • Describe the best foods to eat for an Insulin Resistant Diet

Holly Kouvo, Personal Trainer, Brain Health Trainer, Nutritionist, Fitting Fitness In

CEUs Offered: No

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R1-2  Going virtual: tips and techniques for memory cafes and other social and creative arts engagement programs

Memory Cafes across Massachusetts and the nation are reorganizing as virtual programs, meeting online, by phone, as physically distant “drive in” programs, and in other creative ways. This presentation will share wisdom from the Percolator Memory Cafe Network on how to make the transition to virtual programming. While the focus will be on memory cafes (social and creative engagement programs for people living with dementia and their care partners), the lessons will also be useful for those running other types of social and creative engagement programs.

Beth Soltzberg, LICSW, MBA, Director, Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program, Jewish Family & Children’s Service

CEUs Offered: No

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R1-3  100 Cups of Coffee: Expanding Your Community Network One Cup at a Time!

Building networks is a key to success in any community. It helps us identify needs, develop relationships, gain new perspectives, and discover opportunities for partnership and collaboration. Learn how the Norwell Council on Aging’s “100 Cups of Coffee” campaign helped broaden their outreach and networking efforts.  This program was the winner of the National Institute of Senior Centers 2018 “Program of Excellence” Award, in the category of Community Development, Leadership, and Intergenerational programming.  Join us for a virtual cup of coffee to learn more about bringing this to your community!

Susan Curtin, M.S. Gerontologist, Director, Norwell Council on Aging

CEUs Offered: No

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R1-4  The Mattapoisett Friendly Connections Program

The Mattapoisett Friendly Connections Program

– Friendly Caller Program
– Friendly Visitor Program
– Volunteers

The Friendly Connections Program is an innovative service for Mattapoisett residents 60+ that grew from the onset of the pandemic from Friendly Visitors to Friendly Callers.

Friendly Connections is a great way for people to continue to socialize, stimulate interests and stay connected with the community.

Elizabeth Leatham, M. Ed, Outreach, Mattapoisett Council on Aging
Jackie Coucci, Executive Director, Mattapoisett Council on Aging

CEUs Offered: No

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R1-5  Virtual Healthy Living Workshops- What is Massachusetts Offering?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing, all community based healthy living workshops are no longer taking place in person. Programs are now being offered via telephone, zoom and other online platforms. Many programs are available remotely in Massachusetts; 1:1 programs to work on depression and health action plans, caregiver programs, physical activity, and more. This session will provide an overview of the programs available remotely, successes and lessons learned thus far on remote delivery and how you can access these programs for the older adults you serve.

Melissa Donegan, Assistant Director Healthy Living Center of Excellence at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley-North Shore
Crystal Polizzotti, Healthy Aging Manager Healthy Living Center of Excellence at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley-North Shore

CEUs Offered: 1 Nursing CEU

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R1-6  The Cumulative Loss of COVID19: Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others

This workshop will examine the nature of the normal grief process, how it has been altered by COVID-19, and how grief support interventions have changed in response to it. We will also explore the cumulative loss experienced by professional caregivers and why it is imperative to identify and model individualized comfort measures that support mind, body and spirit for those affected by the pandemic. There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.

Deanna Upchurch, M.A., Director of Clinical Outreach Services, HopeHealth

CEUs Offered:  1 SW CEU, 1 LMHC CE

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R1-7  Bridging the Digital Divide Discussion

Learn how three professionals are bringing remote and virtual programming to their communities. Share your ideas of how to engage and educate participants and tell us about your innovative online programming and creative collaborations in this timely discussion.

Emily Williams, Director, Bridgewater Council on Aging
Suki Lapin, Program Coordinator, City of Worcester
Jill Hall, Division Chief & Acting Nutrition Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Aging, MD

CEUs Offered:  No

 

 

Session Two (3:00 – 4:00)

 

R2-1  Physical Distancing and Social Connection

As rates of COVID-19 infection and deaths in the US surged, communities have had to respond with restrictions on social interactions and face to face contact. This has resulted in renewed concerns about the impact of social isolation on both the mental and physical health of our communities. This workshop will identify the risk factors of social isolation as well as help participants think creatively about how they can support physical distancing while maintaining social contact and support. Information gathered, through Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s workshops and consultation service, on how other organizations have responded effectively to this crisis will be presented as well as the impact of stress on staff and self care.

Mary Curlew, LICSW, Community Education and Training Specialist, Jewish Family & Children’s Service

CEUs Offered: 1 SW CEU, 1 LMHC CE

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R2-2  The Voices of Older Adults Need to be Included

As the populations ages and more services are being created for older adults, there is increasing recognition that their perspectives need to be included in the design and implementation of community-based initiatives, services, and projects. Often, programs and tools are created without their input. In this session, lessons learned about engaging older adults in the design of a decision support tool for older adults regarding mammography screening will be shared. Strategies about how to talk with older adults about the role of decision-making and participating in research projects will be shared. Finally, participants will be introduced to a mammography decision support tool designed with feedback from older women to enhance preference-based, person centered care.

Tamara Cadet, Associate Professor, Simmons University School of Social Work, Boston, MA

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

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R2-3  Age-Friendly Walking as a Tool for COVID Recovery

Age-Friendly Walking is a framework for planning and building cities and towns that are walkable for people of all ages. Walkability is key to ensuring that older adults can age in community, access goods and services, and maintain physical, mental, and social health. WalkBoston is a statewide pedestrian advocacy group that is working on Age-Friendly Walking in Gateway cities and rural towns across the Commonwealth.

In this time of COVID-19 response, efforts to prioritize the physical and mental health of older adults must be central to local pandemic recovery strategies. This presentation will cover the topics of: shared streets and open spaces for older adults, improving outdoor walking safety, engaging older adults in efforts to improve community walkability, and including walking in your Age and Dementia-Friendly communities strategies.

To guide Age-Friendly Walking efforts for communities across Massachusetts, WalkBoston has developed a list of 8 policy actions and 8 infrastructure improvements that will help make communities more walkable. We will share these resources with you to assist Councils on Aging in becoming a key stakeholder in advocating for accessible sidewalks and streets that are safe and welcoming for people of all ages in all communities.

LeighAnne Taylor, Program Manager, WalkBoston

CEUs Offered: No

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R2-4  Healthy Aging for All – a Guide for Inclusive and Equitable Action

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) developed the “Healthy Aging for All” guide with input from a broad range of stakeholders to help embed access, equity and inclusion into age- and dementia-friendly initiatives. Now, with support from the state’s Healthy Aging Fund, MHAC is testing the guide in three communities (Framingham, Lowell and West Springfield), but is making it publicly available to any stakeholders interested in creating dialogue and action around equity. The guide will be presented, displayed and discussed so that attendees can see the usefulness pertaining to the age- and dementia friendly movement and a wider array of planning and development activities.

James Fuccione, Senior Director, Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative

CEUs Offered: No

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R2-5  12 Tips For Boosting Your Immune System!

Certain foods and habits support a healthy immune system, while others can work against it. Learn a variety of practical nutrition and wellness strategies to keep your mind and body functioning at its best.

Tricia Silverman, Registered Dietitian, Wellness Coach, Fitness Instructor, Author, Tricia Silverman Wellness

CEUs Offered: 1 SW CEU, 1 Nursing CEU

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R2-6  What’s Next? Strategies for Surviving Winter

Join 5 sites as they share where they are now and what they have planned for Winter. This virtual support group acknowledges the difficulties they face as they all innovate to build a new infrastructure, under tight constraints, while making decisions in the moment, trying, and testing to find what works and what does not. Come, learn, and share your survival story.

Josie Dutil, Director, Bellingham Council on Aging
Kelly Bol, Director, Northbridge Senior Center
Mignonne Murray, Executive Director, Weston Council on Aging
Joanne Moore, Executive Director, Duxbury Council on Aging
Angela Sinnot, Program Manager, Duxbury Council on Aging
Michelle Bratti, Director of Elder Affairs, Town of Plymouth

CEUs Offered:  No

 

Session 3 – Just for Fun!

 

4:30 PM – Cooking as Self-Care with Tara

Wind down and wine down with MCOA’s own Registered Dietitian, Tara Hammes for a lighthearted cooking and nutrition education session centered around eating better at any age. Listen in on her suggestions, philosophy and jokes while she cooks a favorite dish and drinks a seasonal, if not favorite, cocktail. Shopping lists will be provided ahead of time if you’d like to cook and/or drink along!

Click here to view the recipe!