Council on Aging's 2018 Forum on Aging and Annual Meeting & Awards presented by Global Meals

keynote 2017

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, keynote presenter for 2017 Forum on Aging and

Annual Meeting & Awards 

Event Details

Forum on Aging is attended by hundreds of professionals from southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. The two-day event provides up to 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professionals in the fields of aging and disability services, making it one of the most popular conferences for social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators and activity professionals in our region.

March 13 - 14, 2018

Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246-4002
(513) 771-7744


Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 13, 2018   

7:30 -- 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Exhibit Hall
8:30 -- 11:30 a.m. 3-hour Intensive Workshops
11:30 -- 12:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch, Networking and Exhibit Hall
12:30 -- 1:45 p.m. Welcome & Opening Keynote 
1:45 -- 2:00 p.m. Break 
2:00 -- 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Workshops

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

7:30 -- 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Exhibit Hall
8:30 -- 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Keynote 
9:30 -- 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 -- 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Workshops
11:45 -- 12:45 p.m. Buffet Lunch, COA Annual Meeting and Awards
1:00 -- 2:00 p.m. Closing Keynote 
2:00 -- 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 -- 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Workshops 

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Tuesday, March 13, 12:30 PM
Opening KeynotePatients, Patience & Long-Term Care
Speaker: Kathy Greenlee

Kathy Greenlee
Kathy Greenlee

KeynoteTo age well and in place, older people need health care and social supports. Our public policies regarding payments and priorities challenge our ability to meld these supports into comprehensive individualized plans of care. The root cause of many of our challenges is our continuing struggle to deliver and pay for long-term care.


  • Participants will understand the relationship between health and function for older adults, and fractured nature of healthcare support.
  • Participants will recognize potential for greater interplay between healthcare payors and social support providers.
  • Participants will understand the nature of the bridges we need to build between systems and their role in improving relationships and support for older people and their health.

Kathy Greenlee is the Vice President of Aging & Health Policy at the Center for Practical Bioethics, where she is responsible for promoting increased use of Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP) in Missouri and Kansas. TPOPP is part of a similar effort in other states. The nationwide approach is called the POLST paradigm. She advocates for increased use of advance directives, engages with community based aging and disability organizations around issues relating to advanced illness and end of life care, works to improve transitions of care by bridging between health care providers and community based organizations, and provides visibility and support for regional work in the area of elder abuse prevention and response.

Prior to joining the Center for Practical Bioethics, she served as the Administrator of the Administration on Community Living (ACL) and Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in June 2009) from 2009 to 2016. In January 2011, Greenlee was designated as the Administrator of the CLASS (Community Living Assistance Supports and Services) program, a component of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. Greenlee served as Secretary of Aging in Kansas from 2006-2009, and before that as the Kansas State Long Term Care Ombudsman from 2004-2006. In addition, Ms. Greenlee served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations for then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius from 2002-2003. She also served as the General Counsel of the Kansas Insurance Department from 1999-2002 and oversaw the Senior Health Insurance Counseling program. Ms. Greenlee is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in business administration and law.

Wednesday, March 14, 8:30 AM
Keynote: You Are Your Best Asset – Lessons from Lunch with Lucille
SpeakerAnnarose Ingarra-Milch

Annarose Ingarra-Milch
Annarose Ingarra-Milch

What do you do with an asset? Perhaps protect it or invest in it? If we consider ourselves an asset, than it follows that we should do the same. This keynote will introduce you to four diamonds of self-empowerment to ensure your asset, aka you, is kept safe and grows. You can be a jewel of inspiration to others, but first, you must do for yourself.


  • Participants will be able to recognize the importance of taking care of oneself in order to be able to perform to his/her best in both one’s personal and professional life.
  • Participants will be able to analyze four best practices to ensure one can perform optimally.
  • Participants will be able to apply one best practice that will enable oneself to perform their best.

Annarose Ingarra-Milch is an award-winning author with an engaging personality. Her honest storytelling, quick sense of humor, and keen intellect make her a sought-after motivational speaker and frequent keynote speaker at international, national and local conferences.

Whether she is showcased on a conference stage, sharing time with a woman’s group, or chatting with a book club, Annarose's personal stories bring to life Lunch with Lucille's message of self-empowerment —You are your best asset — at any age!

Overcoming personal tragedy at the age of 4, Annarose has committed her personal and professional life to helping others smile through self-empowerment. She is a highly skilled facilitator and business management consultant. She is also a college educator, Department of Defense civilian workforce instructor, and retired law enforcement officer. Annarose is a member of the International Speakers Network.

Wednesday, March 14, 1:00PM
Closing Keynote: Being My Mom’s Mom
Speaker: Loretta Woodward Veney

Loretta Woodward Veney
Loretta Woodward Veney

Keynote: Join Loretta Veney as she provides her personal perspective to the medical aspects of dementia and its impact on relationships. She chronicles her current 11-year journey as her Mom’s caregiver and discusses how forgiveness, patience, preparation and humor all work together to effectively manage Caregiving challenges.


  • Participants will be able to explain six strategies for developing / increasing patience needed for caregiving responsibilities.
  • Participants will be able to learn a variety of strategies for managing dementia behaviors.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the importance of preparation for patients, caregivers and families, and the variety of services and sources available.
  • Participants will be able to understand the critical role that love and forgiveness plays in caregiving.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the healing power of humor for caregivers and patients.

Loretta Woodward Veney was born with a love of life and a positive spirit. The three most important things in her life have always been her family, friends and faith. She loves adventures, traveling, learning something new every day and inspiring others.

Throughout her life, Loretta has chronicled family events through journals, photos, and videos, seeking to capture every moment. After her beloved mother Doris was diagnosed dementia in 2006, Loretta began documenting the details of doctor visits, and recording people, places, and things as a substitute for her Mom's lost memory. The combination of written documentation and her incredible memory became Loretta's first published work in 2012, entitled Being My Mom’s Mom.

Loretta’s second book published in 2017 entitled Refreshment for the Caregiver’s Spirit, is a collection of travel photos taken by Loretta and her late husband Tim. Each scenic photo contains an inspirational message from Loretta intended to lift caregiver’s spirits as they navigate life’s challenges.

Since 2014 Loretta has delivered more than 250 presentations on dementia and caregiving that have inspired audiences throughout the United States.


Click here for listing of 2018 Workshops 

The following links will provide a listing of workshops for that specfic day and time.

Listing of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 AM Intensive Workshops 

Listing of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 PM Workshops 

Lisitng of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 AM Workshops

Listing of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 PM Workshops


Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for Sponsorship opportunities.

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Registration and Payment

Registration Closed

Walk-in Registration Fees 

  • $115 one day
  • $165 both days
  • $30 annual meeting only

Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 6, 2018

If your organization is sending more than one employee and you would like to make one payment for all employees, click here for instructions. 

Payment Information

Registration fees are paid at the time of registration via the registration form.  PayPal (via PayPal account or credit card) and check payments are accpeted.

Checks should be made payable to:
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio.
Forum on Aging
P.O. Box 706278
Cincinnati, OH 45270-6278

IMPORTANT CANCELLATION INFORMATION: Full refunds will be granted on cancellations received in writing ( by Wednesday, March 7, 2018. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this date. No phone registrations or phone cancellations will be accepted. 

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Continuing Education Credits

Twelve clock hours will be available to the following professions:

Social Workers (Ohio and KY)
Nursing Home Administrators (Ohio and KY)
Activity Professionals

Please include your license number in the space(s) provided on the online registration form. Continuing Education Credit Certificates will be mailed to attendees of the Forum on Aging. Please allow for four weeks to process.

*Any continuing education activity that has been approved by Ohio Board of Social Workers is accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing for all nurses in the State of Ohio.

 Annual Meeting and Awards

Council on Aging's 47th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sharonville Convention Center
11255 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246

COA's Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will include a buffet lunch, a brief overview of COA's 2017 Annual Report, an awards ceremony, and a special keynote presentation.

The awards ceremony will recognize caregivers, volunteers and professionals in the fields of aging and disability services who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilites. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding Professional in Aging; Outstanding Direct Service Provider; and Outstanding Caregiver. 

If you know someone who should be honored, please complete a nomination form and submit it no later than January 15, 2018. Click here for nomination form


11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony
1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker  

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms have been reserved for the Council on Aging Event at a discount for the Hyatt Place Sharonville Convention Center.

1. Guests are welcome to cut and paste the entire link below into their web browser for reservations. (Please ensure the last four characters (COAE) are included in the link). Guests should input their travel dates into the site and proceed with their reservation:

 2. Travelers may also call our reservations line toll-free: 513-771-1718 and ask for the Council on Aging event block  


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Become a Sponsor

Call Amy for more information
(513) 345-3367


  • Registration Closed

  • Walk-in Registration Fees:
  • $115 one day
  • $165 both days
  • $30 annual meeting only

For More Information

Amy Leonhardt 
(513) 345-3367


Hotel Accommodations near Conference Center

2018 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

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Corporate Sponsor

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 Lunch Sponsor

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Conference Sponsors

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