Council on Aging's 2017 Forum on Aging and Annual Meeting & Awards Presented by Global Meals 

Event Details

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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 field of aging, making it one of the most popular conferences for social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators and activity professionals in our region.

March 14 - 15, 2017

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


Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 14, 2017   

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 15, 2017 

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 14, 2017

Keynote Dr. Ramsey klawsnik
Dr. Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik

Opening Keynote: Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Vulnerable Adults
Speaker: Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D.

Dr. Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik is a sociologist researcher, licensed marriage and family therapist, and licensed certified social worker. Much of her work has focused on interpersonal violence, including victimization of children, women, people with disabilities, and older adults. She has authored numerous works and served as a contracted trainer and consultant nationwide.

Her work on federal projects includes those funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health, Office of Victims of Crime, and Office on Violence Against Women. She currently serves as the director of research for the National Adult Protective Services Resource Center, a content expert on the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Polyvictimization in Later Life Project, and an advisory board member for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dr Greg Lester
Dr. Greogory Lester

Keynote: Medicine for Everyday Life: How to Stay Up When Everything's Down
Speaker: Gregory Lester, PhD

Dr. Gregory Lester has been licensed as a clinical and consulting psychologist for 25 years. He maintains private practices in two states, has held membership on the graduate faculty of The University of St. Thomas, is on the Continuing Education Faculty of Cross Country Education, and is Senior Research Director with the Improvement Research Group. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, The American Psychological Association, APA Division of Independent Practice, APA Division of Consulting Psychology, The Texas Psychological Association, The Houston Psychological Association, The Colorado Psychological Association, The Association for the Advancement of Psychology, The American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers, and The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.

Dr. Lester’s research and articles have appeared in publications including The Journal of Behavior Therapy, The Western Journal of Medicine, Action Through Advocacy, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Yearbook of Family Practice, The Transactional Analysis Journal, Emergency Medicine News, The Houston Lawyer, The Handbook of Depression, The Priest Magazine, Restaurant Hospitality, The Skeptical Inquirer, The Independent Practitioner, Coping With Cancer, Living World, Dermatology Times, and Black Belt Magazine.

Dr. Lester is the author of five books: Power With People: How to Handle Just About Anyone to Accomplish Just About Anything; Personality Disorders in Social Work and Health Care; Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment and Management that Works; Personality Disorders II: The Advanced Course; and the recently released Shrunken Heads: The Insane, the Profane, and the Profound on the Road to Becoming a Psychologist. Dr. Lester is currently finishing his sixth book: Medicine for Everyday Life: What the Spiritual Masters Discovered and Why It Made Them Happy. 

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 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Closing Keynote: Transforming Trauma – How to do this work and stay sane
Speaker: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for over three decades.

She has worked with groups as diverse as zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, private practice doctors, tiny non-profits, massive state agencies, libraries, the Pentagon, alternative colleges, and Ivy League universities. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. She has worked locally, nationally and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure. 
Laura is also an associate producer of the award-winning film, A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 AM Intensive Workshops 1-4 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 PM Workshops 1-4 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 AM Workshops 1-4 

Wednesday, March 15, 2016 PM Workshops 1-4

Click here for printable listing of Forum workshops

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for Sponsorship opportunities.

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Registraton is Closed

Walk-in Registration Fees 

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

Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Click here for instructions for single payment for multiple employees attending

Payment Information
If you are paying by check, please make your check 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 8, 2017. 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)
DODD Adult Services and Service & Support Administration
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 4 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

46th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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 2016 Annual Report, an awards ceremony, and a special keynote presentation from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.

The awards ceremony will recognize caregivers, volunteers and professionals in the field of aging 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. 

Accepting nomination until January 20, 2017. 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 Laura van Dernoot Lipsky


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Become a Sponsor

Call Amy for more information
(513) 345-3367


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

For More Information

Amy Leonhardt 
(513) 345-3367


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