30th Annual Forum on Aging a success!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More than 640 professionals from across southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky attended Council on Aging's 30th Annual Forum on Aging presented by Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

Forum workshop

Dr. Rachel Hart and Dr. Nam-Ha Brown, Geriatric Medicine Fellows from the University of Cincinnati, presented a workshop on clinical dilemmas. 

The opportunity to earn 12 continuing education credit hours is a big draw for area social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators, and other professionals. And thanks to the event`s sponsors, the two-day conference continues to be an excellent value for participants.

Workshops featured topics relevant to professionals who work with older adults and people with disabilities, including:

  • delivering culturally sensitive care
  • understanding delirium, dementia, and depression
  • services and benefits for veterans
  • suicide prevention
  • motivational interviewing

Council on Aging’s Annual Meeting

COA’s 45th Annual Meeting and Awards celebration was held on March 9, day two of Forum on Aging. During the meeting, Council on Aging President/CEO Suzanne Burke presented highlights from COA’s 2015 annual report, and Cyndy Wright, the newly-elected vice chairman of COA's Board of Trustees, welcomed new board member Linda Holmes and announced the board's new officers: Stan Williams, Chairman; Cyndy Wright, Vice-Chairman; Tom Rocklin, Treasurer; and Sarah Boehle, Secretary.

In addition, Bill Staler, CEO of LifeSpan, presented awards to caregivers and professionals who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities. 

  • Suzanne Kathman, Executive Director of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries received the Outstanding Professional in Aging award. Click here to read more about Ms. Kathman and the award. 
  • Mary McConnell received the Outstanding Caregiver Award from Council on Aging for her extraordinary efforts in caring for her mother, who has advanced Alzheimer’s. Click here to read more about Ms. McConnell and the award.
  • Two Warren County leaders were also honored for their long careers of public service and advocacy on behalf of the county’s seniors and caregivers. Warren County Commissioner Pat South and Warren County Administrator David Gully both received the Council on Aging Board of Trustees President’s Award.  Click here to read more about the President's Award. (Due to a scheduling conflict, this award was presented on March 8, the first day of the Forum on Aging conference.)

Sponsors support Forum

Council on Aging and members of the Forum on Aging Planning Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the sponsors of this year’s conference. With their support, the conference is able to attract nationally-respected keynote speakers and develop informative workshops for attendees while still offering one of the best bargains around for professionals who need to earn continuing education units. Thank you sponsors!

30th Anniversary Forum on Aging Sponsor Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

30th Anniversary Sponsor: Interim HomeStyle of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

Corporate Sponsor: Guardian Medical Monitoring

Conference Sponsors: Barnes Dennig; Helping Hands Healthcare; Homecare by Black Stone; Target Management & Leasing, Inc.; and VITAS Healthcare

Display Table Sponsors: Aenta Better Health of Ohio; Beckett Springs Hospital; Brookdale; Buckeye Health Plan; Cork Medical, LLC; Derringer Company; Graydon Head; Hyde Park Health Center; Independent You; KBC Remodeling and Home Modifications; Molina Healthcare;  Personal Touch Home Care; Philips Lifeline; Superior Home Care; VRI; and Walgreens

Non-profit Display Table Sponsors:  Alzheimer's Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter; Bayley; Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio; Hospice of Cincinnati; LifeSpan; Maple Knoll Communities; Mt Healthy/Mason Christian Village; Ohio Department of Insurance/OSHIIP; Otterbein Small House Skilled Nursing and Rehab; People Working Cooperatively/Whole Home Modifications; ProSeniors/Ohio SMP; Queen City Transitions; Senior Independence; Social Security Administration; The Visiting Nurse Association; UC Geriatric Medicine Program; and Wesley Community Services

Thank you Planning Committee
The Forum on Aging Planning Committee develops and recommends keynote presenters and workshop topics. Their input in planning for Forum is essential and appreciated. Thank you to the members of the Planning Committee for their support in planning the 2016 Forum on Aging:

  • Ann Sutton Burke, Jewish Family Services
  • Katie Furniss, LifeSpan
  • Anne Fredrickson, Pro Seniors
  • Candy Hart, Good Samaritan/TriHealth Adult Life Services
  • Sandy McCabe, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Margo McMurray, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Irene Moore, University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Judy Webb, Warren County Community Services
  • Christina Whittaker, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio 

Planning Committee members play an important role in shaping the format and content of the conference. If you would like to help plan the 2017 Forum on Aging, please submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to Amy Leonhardt at aleonhardt@help4seniors.org. The planning committee meets four to five times from June – October, 2016. Meetings typically last about two hours and are held at Council on Aging’s offices in Springdale.

Save the Date

Next year’s Forum on Aging Conference will be March 14 & 15, 2017 at the Sharonville Convention Center. Ideas and topic suggestions can be sent to Amy Leonhardt at aleonhardt@help4seniors.org.