2017 Western Mass Elder Care Conference
"Live Your Life and Forget Your Age"
                 -Norman Vincent Peale
June 1, 2017
In the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College 
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.
The 2017 Western Mass Elder Care Conference offers many educational and networking opportunities and remains an affordable, accessible, "no frills" event.
Conference Registration
June 1, 2017 Activities of the day:
     8am     Registration begins
     8:50     Please be seated in the Forum
     8:55     Welcome Remarks: Heather Jolicoeur, Community Coordinator Greater Springfield Senior Services
     9:00     Morning Keynote Address
     10:30   Morning workshops
     Noon   Lunch served on the third floor of the Kittredge Center
     1:00     Please be seated in the Forum for afternoon announcements and prizes
     1:20     Afternoon Keynote Address
     2:30    Afternoon workshops
     4pm    Adjournment
You must attend the whole day in order to obtain CEUs
If you are hard of hearing or require accommodation, please contact Maureen Conroy, OSD Director at: (413)552-2582. Accommodations must be arranged two weeks in advance.
Please visit our sponsors and vendors throughout the day!
All parking is free and convenient on the left side of HCC campus
Due to construction at Holyoke Community College there will be logistical changes to the flow of the conference -
*Workshops will be held on the 2nd and 4th floors of the Kittredge Center  
*Lunch will be served on the 3rd floor of the Kittredge Center 
*Vendors will be located on 3rd and 4th floors of the Kittredge Center as well as in the lobby outside the Forum


           "You Can't Change the Wind, But You Can Adjust Your Sails: Successfully Navigating Change"
 Morning Keynote Address: Doug Foresta, SW, How do you stay energized and productive even in the midst of change? In this presentation, Doug Foresta, social worker and therapist, presents an overview of how to successfully navigate change and "adjust your sails".  You will discover tips about how to successfully create and manage change based on the latest research and evidence based practice. Through the use of interactive exercises, case studies, and humor, attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for the skills that they already possess for navigating change and will come away with additional practical and powerful tips that they can use both personally and professionally.

Morning Workshops

(Make your Morning Workshop selection following descriptions below)
A1 Social Security and Retirement Planning: This workshop was presented at the 2016 conference with many requests to bring it back this year! You will learn to understand when to collect Social Security retirement benefits, and learn how MA public pensions impact the receipt of Social Security benefits.
Presenter -  Kurt Czarnowski, MPA, Czarnowski Consulting
A2 MassHealth: Another requested repeat workshop! You will learn what MassHealth is and is not, receive an overview of historical growth and impact on the state budget, understanding of eligibility regulations and rules of MassHealth, explore MassHealth programs, benefits, and requirements.
Presenter -  Deborah Hollingworth, BA, Geriatric Resource Advisor, Greater Springfield Senior Services
A3 Benefits of Chair Yoga: Yoga's benefits can be incorporated into exercise sessions for those needing to sit. You will learn simple and safe chair yoga exercises for clients. The benefits of social engagement will be discussed and chair yoga resources will be shared.
Presenter -  Gretchen Werle, RN, MSN, Health and Technology Instructor, Franklin County Technical School with help from her Health and Technology program students
A4 Introduction to Trauma Informed Care for Older Adults: Early life adversity can affect the developing brain, leading to changes in health and resilience across the lifespan.  This workshop will focus on understanding the effects of psychological trauma and how to use this understanding to facilitate improved health and quality of life among older adults. You will be introduced to the foundational principles and practices related to development of trauma-informed systems, review research demonstrating the need for resilience-focused care for older adults, and explore values that define trauma-informed care. The presentation will include case material and examples of application of trauma-informed care.
Presenters - Jim Helling, LICSW, Private Practice and Clinical Director, Athletic Counseling Office at UMass
                       Katarina Hallonblad, MS, OTR/L, MercyLIFE PACE
                       Carmarthen Swift, MSW, LCSW, MercyLIFE PACE
A5 Estate Planning and Elder Law - Three Things to Avoid: This workshop will clarify and demystify the probate process, long term care financing, and methods to AVOID. You will learn about Basic Estate Planning documents and will discuss methods of payments.
Presenter -  Todd C. Ratner, Esquire, JD, Attorney-Partner, Bacon Wilson, P.C.
A6 Medication, Interactions, and Concerns: This much requested workshop has become a staple at the conference. With so many drugs, drug combinations, uses, and off shelf use, it is important to learn about drugs and their interactions; prescription and over the counter medications, common drug and food interactions, identify common medications that are high risk for emergency department visits and learn the importance of Medication Therapy Management.
Presenter -  Donna Bartlett, RPh, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University
A7 Supporting Caregivers in the Dementia Journey:  You will learn the current statistics and national trends regarding dementia. Stress triggers for caregivers and ways of managing frustration and anxiety will be discussed. Community resources for caregivers will be made available.
Presenter - Jeannie Banas, BA, ADRD Case Manager, Greater Springfield Senior Services
Morning Workshop Selections (choose one)

A "Sizzling Salad Bar" is offered on the third floor of the Kittredge Center at noon. We are unable to accommodate dietary allergies, sensitivities, or caloric intake. If you have restrictions, you are welcome to bring your own lunch and enjoy it with us!

"Attributed Dignity, Optimal Aging, and Health"
 Afternoon Keynote Address: Cynthia S. Jacelon, PhD RN-BC Dr. Jacelon has studied and quantified how dignity and health are positively related. Her research and experience from working locally will bring to light how dignity affects and relates to stress, living status, physical and mental health, and aging.

Afternoon Workshops

(Make your Afternoon Workshop selection following descriptions below)
B1 Welcome to Medicare: This workshop is presented year after year and almost never repeats itself! You will learn what Medicare is, its history, and all the changes. The "fee for service" concept will be discussed as well as future forecasting and Medicare product review offered by private health insurance companies.
Presenter -  Deborah Hollingworth, BA, Geriatric Resource Advisor, Greater Springfield Senior Services
B2 LGBT Aging 101 - What You Need to Know about Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults and Caregivers: You will learn unique care concerns and aging challenges facing LGBT older adults and their caregivers. Innovative approaches to creating welcoming environments and programming for LGBT older adults will be discussed as well as how to replicate similar efforts in individual and organizational practice.
Presenter -  Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, Director, LGBT Aging Project
B3 The Medical Marijuana Alternative: This workshop will provide a basic review of cannabis medicine, detail alternatives to "smokeable" cannabis and will provide the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program update.
Presenter - Norton Arbelaez, JD, Director of Government Affairs, New England Treatment Access, Inc.
B4 Talk Saves Lives - Suicide Prevention and Our Seniors: The latest statistics, research about suicide and suicide among older adults will be presented along with the risks and warnings of suicide. Tools, steps and actions to save a life will be discussed and you will create a culture that's smart about mental health and suicide prevention.
Presenter - Heather White, BA, Area Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
B5 Virtual Awareness - Is It Their Impairment or Ours?: You will obtain a new perspective of your own implicit feelings about the aging population and understand how your communication impacts seniors; tools to express this knowledge clearly and creatively to staff; client family members or other aging service professionals and understand family dynamics involved in caregiving.
Presenter - Catherine E. Williamson, MS Gerontology, Gerontologist, Comfort Keepers Homecare and Adjunct Professor, Asnuntuck Community College
B6 Understanding Communication & De-escalation: You will be shown skills used to assess an individual's experience, concerns, and issues. Will learn verbal, non-verbal, and physical techniques that can be utilized to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation and learn how to safely respond to specific mental health issues.
Presenter - Matthew Leone, Master of Education in Psychology, Program Coordinator of Community Safety and Support Program, Behavioral Health Network
B7 R.A.D. for Seniors: A protocol demonstration will be used to provide awareness information and defense strategies for older adults to improve their personal safety. Pro-active strategies and physical techniques designed to address issues unique to their age group will be provided.
Presenter - Fran Fox, MSCJ, Deputy Sheriff, Franklin County Sheriff's Department
B8 The Realities of Sexual Abuse in the Elderly Population: This important workshop will give an overview and understanding of sexual abuse against seniors. Discussions on etiology and contributing factors of elder sexual abuse will be discussed as well as signs of abuse and how to work with victims.
Presenter - Karen Stonehouse, MSCJ, Adult Protective Services Supervisor, Greater Springfield Senior Services
Afternoon workshop selections (choose one)
Six Continuing Education Units/Credits/Hours have been approved for this event:
 Social Workers  
Licensed Mental Health Counselors


"Live Your Life and Forget Your Age" T-shirts will be available at the conference and can be ordered here. The gray T-shirt is V neck style with dark purple lettering

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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. Many thanks go to:

Trevor Boeding - LifePath, Inc.                                                              lifepathma.org 
Kathleen Bowler - Mass Councils on Aging                                         mcoaonline.com
Laurie Cassidy - West Springfield COA                                                townofwestspringfield.org
Claudette Chaddan Smart - WestMass Elder Care, Inc.                    wmeldercare.org
Celina Conway - Mercy LIFE                                                                   mymercylife.com
Mary Jenewin-Caplin - Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.  gsssi.org
Nancy Maynard - Long-term Committee Member
Donna Salloom - Department of Public Health                                   mass.gov
Rhonda Serre - Elder Services of Berkshire County                          esbci.org
Mary-Anne Schelb - JGS Lifecare                                                          jgslifecare.org
Jodi Zepke - Ludlow COA                                                                        ludlow.ma.us
Karen Walters-Zucco - The Arbors Assisted Living                          arborsassistedliving.com

The Western Mass Elder Care Conference would not be possible without support from our sponsors. Many thanks go to:

MercyLife                                                         mymercylife.com
Victory Home Healthcare, Inc.                     victoryhhc.com
Arbors Assisted Living Community             arborsassistedliving.com
Wellington at Springfield                              wellingtonatspringfield.com
Rockridge Retirement Community             rockridgema.org
JGS Lifecare                                                     jgslifecare.org
Amada Senior Care                                         amadacentralmass.com
Appleton Corp/O'Connell Senior Living     oconnellseniorliving.com
Armbrook Village                                            armbrookvillage.com
Associated Home Care                                   associatedhomecare.com
Atty. Marie T. Jablonski                                 attyjablonski.com
Bacon Wilson, P.C.                                          baconwilson.com
BHN                                                                   bhninc.org
Christopher Heights of Northampton        christopherheights.com
Geriatric Care Solutions & Management   geriatriccaresolutions.com
Home Modification Loan Program              cedac.org/hmlp
LifePath                                                            lifepathma.org
MCPHS University Pharmacy Outreach    mcphs.edu
Mercy Adult Day Health of Westfield         mercycares.com
Mercy Continuing Care Network                mercycares.com
Porchlight VNA/Home Care                        porchlighthomecare.org
River Valley Counseling Center                  RVCC-inc.org
The following is required information on our brochure from Commonwealth Seminars:

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 6.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LMHCs/LPCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 6.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa;, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 6.0 CE hours of credit.