2018 Western Mass Elder Care Conference
 "Wrinkles = Experience" 
June 7, 2018
In the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College 
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.
The 2018 Western Mass Elder Care Conference offers many educational and networking opportunities and remains an affordable, accessible, "no frills" event.
Conference Registration

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Western Mass Elder Care Conference Sponsor: Boston Medical Center HealthNet Senior Options Plan

June 7, 2018 Activities of the day:
     8am     Registration begins
     8:40     Morning Energy in the Forum!
     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
     12:55     Please be seated in the Forum for afternoon announcements
     1:10     Afternoon Keynote Address
     2:30    Afternoon workshops
     4pm    Adjournment
You must attend the whole day in order to obtain CEs.
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
There is absolutely NO parking in Lot E - cars will be towed
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


           "Don't Leave Me This Way"
 Morning Keynote Address: Julia Fox Garrison, Author of the book Don't Leave Me This Way. Julia chronicles her struggle to regain control over her life and her body following a massive hemorrhage resulting in a paralyzing stroke. Julia has been hospitalized so many times she has earned a PHD (Personal Healthcare Discoveries), a blueprint for how not to let the system dictate the direction, pace, and objectives of one's recovery. As a long-term patient, Julia has intimate knowledge of the health care system and how it works. Her perspective from inside the bed rails gave her insights on what leads to better-quality health care and has improved the patient experience.

Morning Workshops

(Make your Morning Workshop selection following descriptions below)
A1 Social Security and Retirement Planning: This workshop is full - please choose a different workshop 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 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 as well as a culture that's smart about mental health and suicide prevention.
Presenter - Heather White, BA, Area Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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 Working with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Statistics, demographics, and alike about grandparents raising grandchildren will be covered in this relevant workshop. The needs, concerns, and unique situations will be discussed with answers to questions. Information and resources will be provided.
Presenter - Colleen Pritoni, MSW, Director of the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
A5 Demystifying Elder Law - You will learn about incapacity documents such as Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney and what those titles mean. Learn how to avoid probate and how to take care of assets while caregiving for someone in long-term care. Attorney Ratner will help clear up the myths surrounding these issues and will guide you to help clients in long term care situations.
Presenter -  Todd C. Ratner, Esquire, JD, Attorney/Partner, Bacon Wilson, P.C.
A6 Holistic Instruction:This workshop is full - please choose a different workshop You will learn the positive mental, physical, and emotional benefits of reiki on the body and how this practice can also help your clients. Essential oils used as alternative medications will be discussed as well as an understanding of meditation and how it can reduce stress and help sleep patterns.
Presenter -  Mary-Anne Schelb, HHP, Director of Marketing Operations at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital
A7 MOLST, Healthcare Proxies and End-of-Life Decision Making: You will learn about the  MOLST form and appreciate the who, what, and why of Healthcare Proxies. Explore and begin to understand that end-of-life decision making is about deep values and MOLST and HCP are two helpful tools to that end - useful but not the final word.
Presenter - Rachel Broudy, MD, Medical Director Mercy LIFE
Morning Workshop Selections (choose one)

A "Sizzling Salad Bar" will be 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!

"The Opioid Epidemic: A National Crisis & Catalyst for Change"
 Afternoon Keynote Address: Robert Roose, M.D. M.P.H., FASAM, Dr. Roose will address the historical context which contributed to opioid use becoming a national epidemic including overprescribing for pain. The magnitude and scope of opioid overdose and addiction will be explained along with examples of policy approaches that have shown to be successful or at least show promise for reducing opioid overdose death and addiction.
     Dr. Roose is currently the Vice President of Behavioral Health for Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates in Springfield, MA. Based at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke. Dr. Roose directs and supervises treatment for patients along the behavioral health continuum of care including psychiatric and addiction treatment, and provides leadership for growth and integration of services and developing new models for the identification of service needs and delivery of care.

Afternoon Workshops

(Make your Afternoon Workshop selection following descriptions below)
B1 Where to Go From Here? Navigating Long-Term Care Options and Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility:  This workshop will give participants an understanding about options for long-term care, assist in planning, and will provide resources to make informed decisions about choosing a long-term care facility. Participants will also learn about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, its resources, and advocacy functions.
Presenter -  Trevor Boeding, M.P.H., Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director, LifePath, Inc.
B2 A Day in the Life of Protective Services: You will gain an understanding of how a Protective Services report is generated and screened in for an investigation. The steps taken during the investigation period and subsequent ongoing services, when warranted, will be discussed. New policies within the Protective Services program will be shared as well as some case examples to show the scope and limitations of the APS program.
Presenter -  Karen Stonehouse, MS CJ, Adult Protective Services Supervisor, Greater Springfield Senior Services
Co-Presenter - Taryn Lee-Turgeon, JD, Adult Protective Services Program Director, Greater Springfield Senior Services
B3 The Medical Marijuana Alternative: This workshop is full - please choose a different workshop This workshop will provide a basic review of cannabis medicine, detail alternatives to "smokeable" cannabis and will provide and update on the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program.
Presenter - Norton Arbelaez, JD, Director of Government Affairs, New England Treatment Access, Inc.
B4 Tai Chi, Falls, and Our Seniors: You will learn how Tai Chi can strengthen your core and help prevent falls, how Tai Chi can give elders more confidence in their own health, and how Tai Chi can give elders more control of their own overall health.
Presenter - Georgette Piponidis, BS, Reiki Practitioner and Tai Chi Instructor
B5 Benefits of a Dementia Friendly Community: You will gain an understanding of the benefits of a dementia friendly community and how becoming dementia friendly can be the first steps in becoming age friendly.
Presenter - Mary-Anne Schelb, HHP, Director of Marketing Operations at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital
B6 A Guide for Caregivers: Reducing Harm from Gambling in the Senior Community: You will learn how to keep gambling safe and fun, learn the extra risk to the senior community and guidelines for broaching the subject of problem gambling, and avenues to help.
Presenter - Sarah Davis, BS MBA, Gamesense Advisor Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
B7 Recognizing and Responding to the Stress of Clients, Clinicians, and Caregivers from a Clinical and Experiential Perspective: You will recognize symptoms of stress in clients, caregivers, families, and clinicians; experience varied forms of mindfulness practices and become empowered to utilize mindfulness practices to enhance client and caregiver mutuality, wellbeing, and compassion.
Presenter - Karen Fisk, M. Ed., Retired Human Resource Director, SHINE Volunteer Western Mass Elder Care
Afternoon workshop selections (choose one)


This program has been approved for 6 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number 73491.
This program has been approved for 6 Contact Hours for re-licensure, 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 hours of continuing education


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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
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
Carla McAvoy - Highland Valley Elder Services                                  highlandvalley.org
Rhonda Serre - Elder Services of Berkshire County                          esbci.org
MaryAnne Schelb - Health South Rehabilitation Hospital               healthsouthrehab.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:

Conference Sponsor - Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan        seniorsgetmore.org 
Morning Keynote Sponsor - Mercy Life                                                 mymercylife.com
Afternoon Keynote Sponsor - Victory Home Healthcare, Inc.          victoryhhc.com
Breakfast Sponsor - Arbors Assisted Living Community                    arborsassistedliving.com
Lunch Sponsor - Christopher Heights Northampton                            christopherheights.com
Water Station Sponsor - Homewatch CareGivers of Western MA    hwcg/western-mass
Registration Sponsor - Rockridge Retirement Community                rockridgema.org
Health and Wellness Sponsor - JGS Lifecare                                        jgslifecare.org
Many of our profit and non-profit agency sponsors support us every year:
Armbrook Village                                            armbrookvillage.com
Amramp of VT and Western MA                  amramp.com/vt     
Baystate Accessibility Remodelers             baystateremodelers.com     
BHN                                                                   bhninc.org
CST Your Link to Life                                     CSTLTL.com
El Grupo de Apoyo de Demencia                  baystatehealth.org
Genesis HealthCare Heritage Hall               genesishcc.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
Mount Saint Vincent Care Center               mercycares.com
O'Connell Senior Living                                 oconnellseniorliving.com
Philips Lifeline                                                 lifelinesys.com
Trinity Health of New England at Home     mercycares.com
Willimansett Centers East & West               willimansettcentereast.com