Tuesday Schedule

Plenary (12:00-1:00)

A warm welcome from our long-time sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield MA, followed by Undersecretary Ed Palleschi and a keynote from Secretary Elizabeth Chen.  Then we’ll enjoy TED Talks from Lux Narayan and Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

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Session One (1:45 – 2:45)

 
T1-1  Coloring Outside the Lines of the School Box

Day Programs are a valuable resource.  This workshop will offer some insight into thinking outside of the proverbial box, using strategies that have proven successful for our program (like going back to school). Focusing on client individual interests/strengths, then tailoring a plan to best meet those strengths within the framework of the Supportive Day Program will be included in this discussion. The use of Zoom during this COVID crisis will also be included and how to effectively use the “school tools” on Zoom and on the telephone to engage clients to provide some respite.

Colleen Normandy, LSW Program Manager, Chelmsford Adult Social Day Program
Debby Barry, Activities Coordinator, Chelmsford Adult Social Day Program

CEUs Offered: No

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T1-2  Navigating the Behavioral Health System to Support Older Adults

Most older adults experience positive mental health, but a significant number have a mental health condition, substance use condition, or both. Navigating the complexities of the behavioral health system can be challenging, especially when payers and programs specific to older adults are involved. In this session, presenters will provide an overview of both the public and private mental health and substance use treatment systems, explore implications of different service delivery systems, and discuss access points to help older adults find and pay for effective services.

Jenifer Urff, Director of Knowledge Dissemination and Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health
Louise Povall, Director of Finance and Administration, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

CEUs Offered: 1 Nursing CEU

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T1-3  Emotional Well-Being, Spirituality, and Aging

One in five older adults experience behavioral health concerns, with anxiety and depression being the most common. Clergy are often the first point of contact when individuals and families face mental health problems or traumatic events. With training, faith leaders can increase awareness of behavioral health issues among older adults and make it easier for people to seek help.

Given the important role of the clergy in the emotional well-being of older adults, the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) offers interested faith leaders across MA, a 19- hour online training program leading to the attainment of a Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate. Forty-eight clergy have enrolled and 40 have completed the Certificate. Evaluation data results were extremely positive. Increases in competencies are some of the highest we have ever seen.

This workshop will bring together, faith leaders who completed the training and aging providers to discuss ways to promote collaboration among faith communities, behavioral health, and aging service providers.

Rev. Philomena Hare, MDiv, MSW Pastor The Federated Church of Hyannis
Rev Colette Wood Episcopal Priest – Chaplain in Senior Living Community
Kathy Kuhn, MSW, Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research, BUSSW

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

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T1-4  Simpler Funerals and Body Disposition Options for Consumers During Complicated Times

Our current climate of limited funeral options and evaporating resources require sound funeral consumer advice and tips towards eco-friendly, simplified and streamlined body disposition options.

Cremation and green burial will be presented along with costs, working with funeral providers and venues, DIY approaches and virtual commemoration in a time of social distancing and restrictions.

This Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) panel of advocates from eastern and western MA will explore these options and others, and demonstrate the range of information that can be covered in a FCA CoA/senior center presentation.

Heather Massey, Cape Cod Representative and Family/Home Deathcare Consultant, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts (FCAEM)
Jim Couchon VP, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western MA (FCAWM)
Jasmine Tanguay, celebrant/memorial/commemoration speaker, FCAEM
Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts (FCAWM)
Joan Pillsbury, Green Burial MA and FCAWM board member

CEUs Offered: No

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T1-5  Dementia and COVID-19: Care, Engagement, and Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has had innumerous effects. For those living with dementia, there have been additional challenges as well as added support. This will be an engaging discussion to look at ways access to support and services has both increased in some areas and decreased in others for those living with dementia and their care partners.

Amy Walsh, Dementia Friendly Boston, Age Strong Commission, City of Boston

CEUs Offered: 1 Nursing CEU

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T1-5 COVID Tips – Caring for a Person with Dementia at Home

T1-5 Links to online activities

T1-5 Suggested activities you can do at home

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T1-6  Discovery Centers for Civic Engagement: Pilot COAs Update and Invitation for New Centers

Learn about how the Discovery Centers for Civic Engagement are working in pilot COA sites around the Commonwealth and how you can implement the program in your COA. Join the movement that is helping to deliver on the promise that adults, aged 55 and up, through their local COAs can become forces for the greater good by volunteering in their communities.

David Guydan, Director, Discovery Programs
Willia Cooper, Discovery Programs Coordinator
Susan Carp, Special Projects Manager, MCOA
COA Leaders Panel

CEUs Offered: No

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T1-7 Providing Nutrition During COVID

When COVID hit, the Chicopee Council on Aging wanted to make sure its older adults received nutritious meals while staying out of the supermarket. Through grants and city funds, and ServSafe trainings and an all-hands-on-deck mentality, the COA is now serving more than 1,000 meals a week via curbside pick-up.

Sherry Manyak, Executive Director, Chicopee Council on Aging

CEUs offered: No

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Session Two (3:00 – 4:00)

 

T2-1  The Stonewall Generation: Lesson in Sex, Activism, and Aging from LGBTQ Elders

In the Stonewall generation, coming out took courage. It was a turbulent time, a time of fear, a time of secrecy. Intimate lives hidden in the shadows. And yet, in the midst of it all, the Stonewall generation has continued to fight for freedom, for rights, for love, and, yes, for sex.

Jane Fleishman, PhD

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

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T2-1 FLEISHMAN — The Stonewall Generation Handouts

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T2-2  What Do I Really Need? Caregiver Support for People with IDD and Dementia

The increased needs of people with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and a dementia related disorder can strain caregivers and existing community support systems. Frequent concerns include  lack of suitable day programming, preserving quality of life, and caregiver burnout and stress.  Respondents requested more in person dementia specific training for staff and additional access to community resources such as local senior centers, Alzheimer’s Association Counseling, and on-line training series on aging. Attendees will learn about current resources and how to access those resources.

Christine J Clifford, Project Director, CDDER/EK Shriver Center/UMMS
Kathryn Service, RN, MS, FNP-BC, CDDN Massachusett Department of Developmental Services

CEUs Offered: 1 Nursing CEU

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T2-3  Essential Estate Planning: How COVID-19 has Revealed Why It Must be Fundamental for Everyone!

Estate Planning is not just for the wealthy or for those who are faced with a terminal illness. The unexpected hospitalizations and deaths faced by those who suffer from COVID-19 reveal why everyone over the age of 18 should have some basic estate planning documents in place. Everyone should understand and implement a fundamental estate plan including HIPAA Authorization, Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney, and Will. Too often, professionals who work with seniors are faced with clients who don’t have properly drafted documents or clients who don’t understand the consequences they (and their families) could face without a proper plan in place. Without a proper plan that considers your unique needs and circumstances, families are left grasping for more intrusive solutions, including costly court proceedings.

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

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

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T2-4  Expanding the Reach of Senior Center: Partnering with Local Cable Access

The shift to online programming has bolstered the partnerships between Councils on Aging and community media access stations. The new partnership between MCOA and MassAccess has allowed programming once shown in one community to be distributed to communities across the Commonwealth. Come learn more about the exciting opportunities presented by this new partnership.

David Gautier, President, MAAccess/ WinCam Local Media Access
Tara Splingaerd, BATV, Content Producer
Mellissa Matizni, Programming Manager / Creative Services Executive Assistant, PACTV
Jean Bushnell, Director, Billerica COA
Joanne Moore, Director, Duxbury COA

CEUs Offered: No

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T2-5  Collaboration between Councils on Aging and Villages: A Strategy for Building Stronger Communities

Councils on Agings and Villages can be terrific partners when they work together to serve all older adults in the community. Village volunteers can become personal companions of persons with dementia and their families, and frail elders remaining in the community.  Come learn about national examples of COA/Village collaboration as well as the model of collaboration between the Bay-to-Sound Village in Dennis and Yarmouth MA to pilot a care corps recruitment and training program for Village volunteers interested in working with families coping with dementia.

Barbara Sullivan, Executve Director, Village to Village Network
Brenda Vazquez, Director, Dennis COA
Marilyn Nouri, Dennis-Yarmouth Bay to Sound Village
Patty Sullivan, Director, Dementia Friendly MA/MCOA (Moderator)

CEUs Offered: No

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T2-6  Programs for Dually Eligible Community Members

This session will feature a panel who will discuss programs for people with Medicare and MassHealth of all ages, case examples, and the role and responsibilities of the SHINE and MyOmbudsman Programs. The nation’s only ASL Ombudsman will present on resources to assist people with hearing impairment.

Cindy Phillips, SHINE Program
Elizabeth Bradley, PACE and SCO Programs
Holli Arthur, MyOmbudsman Program
Lori Seidman, MyOmbudsman Program

CEUs Offered: No

T2-6 Cindy Phillips PACE and SCO

T2-6 Cindy Phillips One Care

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T2-7  Beating the Blues and Promoting Mental Wellness during COVID

This important outreach demands creative engagement.  Join three professionals as they share their methods to connect that include utilizing the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corp; iPad education; promoting social engagement with immigrant participants and those living with Alzheimer’s. You will hear how one site collaborates with police, fire, and other community partners to connect services to at-risk individuals. And we will share an award-winning program from Tallahassee Florida called UPSLIDE (Utilizing and Promoting Social engagement in Loneliness, Isolation, and Depression in the Elderly). Then you can share your creative engagement ideas.

Jim Reynolds, Director Wenham Council on Aging & ADA Outreach Coordinator
Linda Wincek Moore, Manager, Senior Services & Education, City of Worcester
Melanie Lachman, LCSW, UPSLIDE Program Coordinator, Tallahassee Senior Center and Foundation, FL

CEUs Offered: No

 

 

Session 3 – Just for Fun!

4:15 PM – Discussion Group

Susan McNulty will lead a discussion of Adam Grant’s TedTalk about the Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers. https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_grant_the_surprising_habits_of_original_thinkers#t-6288

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6:00PM – Social Hour

Join us for a fun evening of socialization with your peers from across the state. This virtual cocktail/social hour will be a time of relaxing and chatting with others. Wind down with us at the end of the day with this fun filled event. Looking for a cocktail idea? How about a Cape Codder to remind us that we are supposed to be on Cape Cod. Vodka, Cranberry juice, and a slice of lime. Or celebrate the Roaring 20s with a Highball. Whiskey and ginger ale or club soda. Costume optional! Or alcohol is not your thing? How about a warm cup of apple cider to toast the autumn season!  We look forward to seeing you!

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