2021 Virtual Forum on Aging 

Council on Aging invites you to attend our first Virtual Forum on Aging conference.  Our 2021 Virtual Forum is a two-day conference for professionals who work in community-based services and acute care for older adults and people with disabilities. Our presentations offer the latest information on rules, trends and technology for long term care for a total of 6 hours of continuing education units over the two days.

Dates: April 20 -21, 2021

Fee: $45 for one day
         $85 for two days

Conference Contact
Amy Leonhardt  


Registration

Registration is closed

Registration fees: $45 for one day
                                $85 for two days

Registration will close on Tuesday, April 13. 

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

Click here for instructions for single payment for multiple employees attending

IMPORTANT CANCELLATION INFORMATION: Full refunds will be granted on cancellations received in writing (aleonhardt@help4seniors.org) by Wednesday, April 14, 2021. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this date. No phone registrations or phone cancellations will be accepted. 


 Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

8:30 a.m.    Welcome & Visit Virtual Vendors 
9:00 a.m. Presentation 1: Who is Mrs. Johnson? Impact of Social Determinants of Health and Environment on the Aging
10:00 a.m.      

Break & Visit Virtual Vendors 

10:15 a.m.

Presentation 2: A design thinking approach to Living Well across the life span

11:15 a.m. Break Visit Virtual Vendors
11:30 a.m. Presentation 3: Social Isolation & Loneliness in Older Adults during the COVID Pandemic
12:30 p.m. Visit Virtual Vendors

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8:30 a.m.       Welcome & Visit Virtual Vendors
9:00 a.m. Presentation 1: The Stress Mess
10:00 a.m.     

Break & Visit Virtual Vendors

10:15 a.m.

Presentation 2: Vaccines – Pointing Towards Hope

11:15 a.m. Break & Visit Virtual Vendors
11:30 a.m. Presentation 3: Impact of Physical, Mental, and Social Activity on Cognitive Aging
12:30 p.m. Visit Virtual Vendors

 


Forum on Aging Presentations

Tuesday, April 20

Who is Mrs. Johnson? Impact of Social Determinants of Health and Environment on the Aging
Diane S. Jordan, Principal, Thembi Speaks, LLC

This workshop qualifies for one-hour Social Work ethics credit

This interactive presentation will examine the social determinants of health across life stages and their negative impact on the aging process. These systematic, avoidable disadvantages are interconnected, cumulative and intergenerational. They prevent a person’s full participation in society and our nation. Promoting health equity will be explored.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of unconscious and conscious bias and equity
  • Understand the cumulative effect of the inequities of social determinants of health on aging
  • Gain knowledge on promoting health equities in every life stage, especially aging

Diane Jordan has more than 20 years of progressive experience leading organizations, people and change, organizational learning and development; executive coaching. She is a systems thinker and idea generator with skills to manage organizations to vision and strategy, she excels at leading and motivating individuals and teams to achieve sustainable results. Diane Jordan – Thembi Speaks – is an expert in organizational learning and development offering management consulting, executive coaching, keynote speaking and large and small group facilitation. 

Ms. Jordan launched Thembi Speaks LLC to be a catalyst in bringing about an alternate future in personal and organizational life. Our goal is to inspire individuals and teams to lead from aspiration, increase accountability and decision-making, and deliver sustainable results. 

A design thinking approach to Living Well across the life span
Linda Dunseath, Executive Director, Live Well Collaborative and Craig Vogel, Professor, School of Design and co-founder, Live Well Collaborative

This presentation will introduce individuals to design-thinking methods and the development process to address everyday solutions of living well across our life span. Presenters will demonstrate how this user-centered research is interpreted to develop innovative, user-centered and feasible solutions for everyday aging challenges. In addition, presenters will discuss how innovative technology is used to help older adults and people with disabilities age in place. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Understand the development process in design thinking methods to effectively integrate resources and technology into human centered solutions.
  • Understand the need for behavioral solutions and how to recognize patterns and opportunities that can add new perspectives to your work.
  • Gain knowledge regarding the use of innovative technology to help older adults and people with disabilities age in place. 

Craig Vogel is a professor in the School of Design with an appointment in Industrial Design, and co-founder of the Live Well Collaborative in Cincinnati and Singapore.  He is a Fellow, Past President Elect and Chair of the Board of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Vogel is co-author of the book, Creating Breakthrough Products, Financial Times, Prentice Hall, with Professor Jonathan Cagan. During the last 25 years, Professor Vogel has been a consultant to more than 20 companies and advised and managed dozens of research projects and design studios collaborating with industry. Vogel is recognized as one of the most admired professors in architecture and design in the United States by Design Intelligence for 2008 and 2011. In 2015, he was recognized as one of 50 most Notable IDSA Members in the last 50 years.         

Linda Dunseath is Executive Director for the Live Well Collaborative.  During the past 13 years, Linda has collaborated with 15 industry partners and University of Cincinnati (UC) to scope, recruit expertise and complete deliverables on over 90 product, service, and system development projects. Under Linda’s guidance, this design led work has exposed more than 900 students and over 50 UC Faculty members to multidisciplinary teamwork using design thinking methodologies developed by the Live Well. She is accountable for daily operational decision making with direct impact on business development, research staff and financial results.

Social Isolation & Loneliness in Older Adults during the COVID Pandemic
Julia Bedard-Thomas, MD, Geriatrics Fellow, The Christ Hospital and Christian Gausvik, MD, Geriatrics Fellow, The Christ Hospital

Presentation Description:

Social distancing and Covid-19 pandemic policies increase the risk for social isolation and loneliness which disproportionately affect older adults. Research shows social isolation and loneliness are drivers of health outcomes and with increased isolation, comes a decrease in health outcomes. Multidisciplinary care teams have sought solutions and created new resources to attempt to combat these new challenges. In this workshop, participants will collaborate across disciplines and communities to share resources and strategies to combat isolation for older adults.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish social isolation and loneliness
  • Recognize the associations between social isolation, loneliness and declining health outcomes in older adults
  • List the prevalence of social isolation among older adults in various living environments
  • Assemble a guide for community resources and strategies to combat isolation and loneliness.

Julia Bedard-Thomas MD is board certified in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry and is currently a Geriatrics Fellow at The Christ Hospital. She completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley College and medical degree at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Throughout her career Dr. Bedard-Thomas has been involved in clinical research focusing on older adults. Her research explores attributes associated with maintaining independence for older adults as well as experiences of loneliness and social isolation. She looks forward to caring for both the mind and body of her older adult patients as she moves into full practice.

Christian Gausvik MD is a Family Physician and Geriatrics Fellow at The Christ Hospital. He attended Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has a lifelong interest in aging, older adult patients and Alzheimer’s and has completed research on interdisciplinary teams, social isolation and communication. Dr. Gausvik also founded the Giving Voice Foundation, a local grassroots group working to improve the health of older adults in the tristate.

 

Wednesday, April 21

The Stress Mess
Rita Rizzo, MSc. Principal, Rizzo & Associates LLC

Is it possible to overcome stress in your life? Some stress is a good thing, but too much stress can be detrimental. Attend this webinar to discuss how to change your thinking to significantly reduce the stress you allow yourself to experience. Professionals will find this workshop useful in managing their own stress and helping their clients and coworkers cope during these stressful times. 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Understand how the “General Adaptation Syndrome” converts stress to physical and/or mental illness.
  • Use Rational Emotive Self-talk to alter perceptions and reduce stress.
  • Change thinking and verbiage to reflect less stressful states to self and others.
  • Employ several stress reduction methods and strategies to better manage stress.

Rita Rizzo is the Principal of Rizzo & Associates LLC, an Ohio based consulting and training firm established in 1984. She holds a Master’s Degree in Training and Human Resource Management from the University of Leicester in Leicester, England, and received her undergraduate education in the fields of psychology and nursing. She is also a certified conflict mediator. 

Ms. Rizzo presents approximately 250 workshops annually for federal, state and local government, healthcare and nonprofit organizations. Her topics include diversity and inclusion, organizational culture change, leadership, team building, stress management, conflict management and workplace violence prevention.

 

Vaccines – Pointing Towards Hope
Christa Hyson, MPH Assistant Director, Emergency Response and Public Information Officer, The Health Collaborative

This presentation explores the lifesaving history of vaccines and why herd immunity is critical in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also cover the importance of ‘swiss cheese’ approaches and why safety measures must continue in order to improve physical health, mental health & overall quality of life for our senior citizens.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of the COVID -19 vaccine and provide education for their clients and/or staff at their facilities.
  • Understand the importance of continuing to wear masks and social distance after getting the COVID -19 vaccine and provide education for their clients and/or staff at their facilities.
  • Identify possible decline in health (mental and physical) in our clients from isolation due to Coronavirus and ways to address these concerns

Christa Hyson is the Assistant Director, Emergency Response and Public Information Officer at The Health Collaborative. Christa's work arms the public, community partners, and government agencies with functional health knowledge. Her blended background in both science and art serve as an innovative platform for building public health prevention programs, policies, and environments. She is also the creator of Not Even Once, a project funded by People’s Liberty that aims to implement HOPE (Health and Opioid Abuse Prevention Education).

Ms. Hyson is the 2017 & 2018 recipient of The President's Volunteer Service Award for actions taken during Hurricane Harvey recovery. Prior to working for The Health Collaborative, Christa worked for Cincinnati Health Department, El Paso County Public Health, and The U.S. Army Continuing Education System. Christa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Xavier University, and has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Florida.

Impact of Physical, Mental, and Social Activity on Cognitive Aging
Amy Jak, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Join Dr. Jak for this presentation where she will explore the relationship between lifestyle factors: such as exercise, cognitively stimulating activities and social connection on cognitive functioning and brain changes over time.  She will provide detailed, scientific support for the best ways to improve neurocognitive disorders and reduce risk for cognitive decline over time. This session will deliver an understanding of practical recommendations regarding use of physical activity, cognitively stimulating activities, and other lifestyle factors to maintain or improve cognitive functioning.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Better understanding of the current research support for behavioral interventions for mild neurocognitive disorders
  • Summarize strategies shown to reduce risk for cognitive decline with aging.  
  • Provide practical recommendations regarding use of physical activity, cognitively stimulating activities, and other lifestyle factors to maintain or improve cognitive functioning.

Dr. Jak received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with specialization in neuropsychology, from the University of Cincinnati (2004). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the VA San Diego Healthcare System/Veteran’s Medical Research Foundation from 2004-2007. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor (In Residence) of Psychiatry at UCSD and a Staff Neurosychologist and Director, TBI Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic, at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Jak’s research interests are in novel treatments for mild TBI as well as in cognitive aging and mild cognitive impairment.

 


 Continuing Education Credits

Six clock hours will be available to the following professions:

  • Social Workers 
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Activities Professionals
  • Nurses*

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.


 

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