The 2021 Western Mass Elder Care Conference offers many educational and networking opportunities and remains an affordable, accessible, 'no frills' event.
Conference Program & Registration


Visit our Valuable Virtual Sponsors


Start Your Morning with Jill Keough

Executive Director Greater Springfield Senior Services


Opening Workshop: Depression in the COVID Era

Dr. Stuart Anfang, VP Chair of Psychiatry Baystate Health


Morning Workshop: Social Security and Retirement Planning

Kurt Czarnowski, Czarnowski Consulting


Lunch - Visit our Valuable Virtual Sponsors or watch a ‘mini-session’

on an age related topic


Afternoon Workshop: Medicare and MassHealth 101

Anna Randall, Greater Springfield Senior Services


Closing Workshop: Spirituality and Aging

Rabbi Devorah Jacobson, JGS Lifecare

You must be logged on with your full name during the Opening, Morning, Afternoon, and Closing workshop presentations to receive Continuing Education credit. Attendance will be taken several times during EACH workshop. If you are unaccounted for during any part of these workshops, you will not receive any CEUs.

This program has been approved for 6 (six) Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR 31.00. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D90256
This program has been approved for 6 Contact Hours for relicensure, in accordance with the regulations set forth by the Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00: Continuing Education
Licensed Mental Health Counselors will receive a certificate of attendance for 6 Continuing Education hours
For ease of use, you do not need to choose workshops. The day is structured to provide four core workshops to bring relevant information and tools back to the older adults we serve. The Opening workshop will provide much needed information and resources to help the aging population combat depression, especially during COVID. The Morning and Afternoon workshops are the meat and potatoes needed to help older adults access financial and insurance programs.  We need to be reminded of self-care and reflection with the valuable work we do. Our closing workshop will give you great takeaways not only for those you serve but for yourself, which may be especially helpful during this precarious time.
We hope you enjoy the information given throughout the day.

Workshop Line up and Presenters:

Image of Dr. Anfang
Opening Workshop 9a.m.
Dr. Stuart Anfang is the Medical Director of the Memory Disorder
Programat Baystate Medical Center, Vice Chair of Psychiatry at
Baystate Health and Professor of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School.
Depression in the COVID Era
Clinical depression in older adults is common but that doesn't mean it's normal. Late-life depression affects about 6 million Americans ages 65 and older, and only about 10% will seek out and receive treatment for this illness. The negative impact of COVID-19 on one's medical, social, and emotional health only adds to this problem.
Dr. Stuart Anfang will help us identify factors affecting geriatric depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, describe how to identify and diagnose depression in older adults, and discuss treatment options for geriatric depression.

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 Morning Workshop 10:30a.m.
Kurt is the former Director of the Social Security Administration
where he served as a Regional Communications Director.
He educates trusted advisors and their clients nationally on
this complex topic. Currently, Kurt is the principal in
Czarnowski Consulting, a retirement planning company
which provides Expert Answers to Your Social Security Questions.”

Social Security and Retirement Planning

Because we're living longer, healthier lives, we can expect to spend more time in retirement than our parents and grandparents. Achieving a secure, comfortable retirement is much easier when you plan for your future.

Social Security's retirement program has been a basic part of American life for more than 84 years.  However, despite the age, the size, and the economic impact of the Social Security system, the myths and misunderstandings about what the program is, as well as what it is not, are sizeable.  Government figures show that over 75 million Baby Boomers will be reaching retirement age in the next 15 years, and, unfortunately, many of them fall victim to these myths as they plan for their retirement.

Kurt will help us understand when to collect Social Security retirement benefits, how Social Security benefits are calculated and the impact that a Massachusetts public pension has on the receipt of Social Security benefits.

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Afternoon Workshop 1p.m.
Anna has worked for Greater Springfield Senior Services since 2008,
holding various leadership roles within the agency before becoming
the Area Agency on Aging Director in 2020. As a former certified
SHINE and Options couselor, she has assisted hundreds of
consumers by exploring their insurance and community options.
Anna has presented several workshops on Medicare and MassHealth.
Medicare and MassHealth 101
No matter our age, it's essential to choose a health insurance plan that's right for you. However, with a multitude of options, it can be an overwhelming and confusing task. In this workhsop, Anna will review the basics of Medicare and Masshealth including eligibility requirements and where to turn for application assistance. Feel free to bring your questions!

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Closing Workshop 2:30p.m.
Rabbi Jacobson has been the Rabbi for JGS Lifecare since 2001.
She leads Jewish and interfaith programming and the chaplaincy
program for a wide range of JGS Lifecare services including
nursing home care, home health and hospice care, assisted living,
and adult day health care, long and short-term rehabilitation and
palliative care. Rabbi Jacobson recently received the
Business West HealthCare Hero award for her work during
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spirituality and Aging
Living longer brings its own challenges for each of us, including the ongoing issue of finding meaning and purpose. As we grow older, how can we live our lives feeling more vibrant, whole, and affirmed, especially in a culture that values individualism and youth?
Rabbi Jacobson will help us understand the role of spirituality in health and wellbeing. She will address the roles of meaning and pupose in our lives as we get older and will teach us ways to be present during this journey. This workshop will help us to help the older adults we serve and will also help motivate us to fulfill the self-care we all need.

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Mail a check made out to:
Greater Springfield Senior Services
66 Industry Ave Suite 9
Springfield, MA 01104
Memo: Elder Care Conference
Registration ENDS June 8, 2021

Zoom links for presentations and sponsors will be emailed to you on June 9, 2021.

Visit our sponsors! - you will be glad you did! Our sponsors will be available an hour before the conference, up to an hour after the conference ends, and during our lunch hour. Each sponsor you visit will give you a unique codeword. When you fill out the conference evaluation, enter all of the codewords you collected. The participants who entered the most codewords will be entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

3rd Place: Beautiful Hand Sewn Quilt donated by former chairman of the Greater Springfield Senior Services Board of Directors, Linda Fitzgerald

2nd place: $100 Amazon Gift Card donated by Greater Springfield Senior Services

1st Place: $750 valued prize for a getaway to the Wayfinder Hotel in Newport, RI, gift certificate to Nomi Park restaurant, welcome basket with accoutrements to enjoy your trip! Donated by the Western Mass Elder Care Steering Committee, Oasis Senior Advisors of Western Mass, and JGS Lifecare

The Western Mass Elder Care Conference is organized by a dedicated steering committee with members from DPH, COAs, ASAPs, and private agency representatives. This conference is a direct result of their hard work

Sarah Aasheim

WestMass Eldercare, Inc.

Trevor Boeding

LifePath, Inc.

Donna Coyle

Appleton Corporation

Heather Jolicoeur

Greater Springfield Senior Services

Nancy Maynard

Long-term Committee Member


Carla McAvoy

Highland Valley Elder Services

MaryAnne Schelb

JGS Lifecare

Trina Moskal 

Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice

Jodi Zepke

Ludlow COA

Our dedicated sponsors help maintain the quality of content for this conference while keeping costs down for participants


A Caring Heart Nursing Services


Advanced Home Care Services


Appleton Corporation


Armbrook Village


Be Safer at Home


Caregiver Homes


Christopher Heights of Northampton


Colony Care at Home


Comfort Keepers


Connect America


Genesis Healthcare


Hanger Clinic


Home Sweet Home Senior Living Advisor


Homewatch CareGivers


JGS Lifecare


LifePath, Inc.


My Guardian Angel PRS LLC


Nurse Advocates LLC



Oasis Senior Advisors of WM


River Valley Counseling Center


RSVP of the Pioneer Valley


Serendipity Psych


Soto Home Care Inc


WestMass ElderCare, Inc.



There is Sunlight at the end of the tunnel and we can't wait to share it with you again

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