Council on Aging's 2019 Forum on Aging presented by Global Meals

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 AM Intensive Workshop 1—4 (8:30-11:30 AM)
(Participants will select one AM Intensive workshop from the following)

Intensive Workshop 1: What Are the 3 Biggest Changes Impacting Post-acute Care? And Why Should I Care?
Speakers: Janet Feldkamp, JD, BSN, Partner, Benesch; Teresa Remy DSc, MHA, LNHA, BSN, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, QCP, IPCO, Director of Consulting, LeaderStat; and Stephanie DeWees, LPN, LNHA, Quality & Regulatory Specialist - Long Term Care, Leading Age Ohio

Workshop Description:
Post-acute care has seen some of the biggest changes in regulation, enforcement, and reimbursement. Regulation in skilled nursing is impacting partnerships with post-acute care providers such as hospice and home health. Reimbursement changes have created preferred provider networks. Future reimbursement changes are expected to impact operations. This session will help you navigate these changes. Resources and practical tools from proven strategies will be shared.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the changes happening in regulation, enforcement, and reimbursement
  • Participants will identify the biggest risks and how these are impacting organizations
  • Participants will review effective strategies to navigate these changes

Intensive Workshop 2: Domestic Violence in Later Life
Speaker: Shelly Bell, Family Systems Advocacy Specialist, Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Workshop Description:
As 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, it is imperative that protective service workers and their communities commit to meet the needs of older survivors of domestic violence and to understand the relevance of compounded trauma. The intent of this workshop is to equip participating professionals with the information needed to improve identification of domestic violence in later life and offer survivor-centered, safety-oriented, and trauma-informed responses.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the interrelationship between domestic violence and elder abuse
  • Participants will recognize common dynamics of domestic violence perpetrated against older victims
  • Participants will understand key principles and best practices for safe interventions with perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence
  • Participants will identify appropriate services, resources, and essential action steps for working with older survivors

Intensive Workshop 3: Social Security: With You Through Life's Journey/Medicare Basics and Beyond
Speakers: Kelly Draggoo, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration and Mary Leep-Pichert Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) Certified Trainer, Ohio Department of Insurance

Workshop Description:
Cincinnati Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Draggoo will present information about creating a mySocial Security account online. What you can do with it, and the benefits of having one. She will discuss options for retirement benefits, including spouse and survivor benefits, and topics will include early vs. delayed filing, work limits, and non+ICA pension interaction with Social Security. In addition, Kelly will discuss the different disability programs at Social Security Administration and detail the differences between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security lncome. Lastly, information provided on how to file for benefits via telephone, in office and online. The third hour of this presentation will be dedicated to everything related to Medicare. Mary Leep­ Pichert, OSHllP Community liaison, will offer her expertise with Medicare and provide information about enrollment periods, eligibility criteria, advantage and supplemental plans, part D coverage and extra help, penalties for late filing and more.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the benefit and how to create a mySocial Security account.
  • Participants will understand options for retirement benefits, early versus delayed filing, work limits and non-FICA pension interaction with Social Security. 
  • Participants will gain awareness of disability program criteria and understand the difference between Social Security Disability insurance and Supplemental Security income.
  • Participants will be understand Medicare enrollment, eligibility criteria, advantage and supplemental plans, Part D coverage and Extra Help, and penalties for late filing.

Intensive Workshop 4:
Compassionate Resilience in Families
Speaker: Barbara Jo Dennison PhD, ACSW, LISW-S, Owner, Dennison & Associates, Inc.

Workshop Description:
Compassionate resilience is a developmental process where, with experience, individuals learn to cope positively with adversity. It can be planned for, developed and practiced. Dr. Dennison will discuss the three theoretical approaches to family systems theories and compassionate recovery in those systems. In addition, she will discuss family learned roles, rules, boundaries, triangulation and adaptation and how the family self regulates for better or worse. Lastly, the audience will participate in stabilizing techniques that they can write into treatment plans and begin using immediately for compassionate resilience.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the strengths and usefulness of 3 theoretical approaches: Bowen, Schwartz, Levine; and how Compassion is a necessary transmitter to any resiliency.
  • Participants will learn the impact of learned family roles, rules, boundaries, triangulation and adaptation on family resilience
  • Participants will practice stabilizing techniques to re-establish family system connections.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 PM Workshop 1—4 (2:00-4:00 PM)
(Participants will select one PM workshop from the following)

PM Workshop 1: Preadmission and Resident Review (PASRR) & Level of Care (LOC) Basics
Speakers: Norma Tirado, JD, PASRR Policy Manager, Ohio Department of Medicaid. and Kimberly Fisher, Level of Care Policy Manager, Bureau of Long-Term Services and Supports, Ohio Department of Medicaid

Workshop Description:
This presentation will review the basic purpose of PASRR and LOC in Ohio. The presentation will review PASRR and LOC process and answer questions related to PASRR and LOC policy within the control and oversight of the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The presentation will not review PASRR and LOC functions under the control of the Bureau of State Hearings and the Ohio Dept of Health.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the basic purpose of Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) and Level of Care (LOC)
  • Participants will understand the role of the state agencies involved in PASRR


PM Workshop 2: Global Aging: Stories, Statistics, and Shared Challenges
Speakers: Suzanne Kunkel, PhD, MA, Executive Director, Scripps Gerontology Center and Leah Janssen, MA, Doctoral Student, Gerontology, Miami University

Workshop Description:
Every nation in the world is aging. Participants in this session will learn about the pace at which countries are aging, and the implications of those dramatic demographic changes on programs, policies, and the lives of older adults. With a specific emphasis on direct-care worker shortages, we will discuss global challenges and solutions being tested in other countries.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will describe the pace of aging around the world, the health and demographic forces that are at work
  • Participants will articulate examples of aging-related experiences, programs, and policies in three different countries
  • Participants will place in global context the direct-care workforce shortage in the United States 
  • Participants will evaluate the extent to which other countries’ solutions to the DCW shortage might be appropriate for the U.S. and for our local area

PM Workshop 3: The Internet of Things (IoT) and How it Can Be Used in Senior Care? What’s all the Hype around IoT?
Speakers: Andy Craig, Vice President of Technical Operations, Maple Knoll Communities, Inc.; Austin Gresham, Senior Consultant, IT Transformation, Roundtower and Megan Ulrich, Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Development, Maple Knoll Communities, Inc.

Workshop Description:
In the age of Digital Transformation, Internet of Things (IoT) has the ability to change business models for organizations across almost every vertical. As the population of older adults continues to grow, their desire to remain in an independent living setting continues to increase, while access to care is shrinking. We must create a sustainable path forward to address their needs and enable them to stay safe and healthy in their own environment. We see innovation in technology, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT) as that path forward to bridge this gap. Equipping the homes of senior citizens with various sensors, devices, and artificial intelligence to monitor their well-being, keep them safe, and alert family and caregivers when an intervention is required could greatly improve their quality of life and reduce the burden and cost on the healthcare system. Come learn about the technology behind the hype, some use cases of real-world companies using IoT to change how they do business and some advice on how to get started (and how not to!)

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the meaning and value proposition of Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Participants will learn and understand how Maple Knoll is creating a new model of care
  • Participants will understand the use technology to improve outcomes

PM Workshop 4: Medical Marijuana: History, Uses, Ohio Law and Implications for Older Adults
Speakers: Brian Higgins, JD, Associate, Frost Brown Todd and Teaera Roland, FNP-BC, CARN-AP,MSN RN CCM, Owner/Provider, Lotus Health LLC

Workshop Description:
Medical marijuana is now legal in over two thirds of the country, new to the list is the state of Ohio. Join this workshop for an understanding of how Ohio’s medical marijuana program will work and how the federal law will impacts Ohio’s medical marijuana law. In addition, you will learn about the history of cannabis, implications for older adults and the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe cannabis uses throughout the world from 6,000 BC to current
  • Participants will be able to discuss historical political happenings pertaining to the prohibition of cannabis in the United States
  • Participants will be able to discuss and compare current proven and potential uses for medical cannabis nationally, internationally, and locally.
  • Participants will understand how Ohio’s medical marijuana program will work
  • Participants will understand how federal law impacts Ohio’s medical marijuana law
  • Participants will understand how Ohio elder care professionals and facilities can address medical marijuana utilization 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 AM Workshop 1—4 (9:45-11:45 AM)
(Participants will select one AM workshop from the following)

AM Workshop 1: Sleepless in Cincinnati: A Review of Prevention and Treatment of Common Sleep Disorders in Older Adults
Speakers: Kara L Ciani, MD, Geriatric Medicine Fellow, University of Cincinnati and Hema Kamthamneni, M.D., Geriatric Medicine Fellow, University of Cincinnati

Workshop Description:
The presenters will review the normal sleep cycle and discuss the great impact of sleep on the overall health of older adults. Time will then be spent addressing common sleep problems in older adults using a presentation with large group participation. The importance of “good sleep hygiene” will be emphasized by identifying preventive strategies for common sleep disorders in older adults and creating a feasible sleep regimen to present to a patient. Finally, pharmacologic measures to treat common sleep disorders in older adults will be reviewed in small group activity.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the importance of healthy sleep for the aging population
  • Participants will discuss common types of sleep problems in older adults
  • Participants will identify preventive strategies for common sleep disorders in older adults
  • Participants will compare treatment options for common sleep disorders in older adults

AM Workshop 2: The Brain: Aging, Lifestyle and Memory
Speaker: Patricia Faust, MGS, Owner, pcf consulting/My Boomer Brain

Workshop Description:
Everyone’s brain ages but our brains do not know how old we are. An aging brain sustains some declines. We start feeling those declines as we get to be around age 50. But there is good news about our brains. Through neuroplasticity (new connections) and neurogenesis (new brain cells) we can change our brain. We can reverse aging changes, create more volume and resilience in our brains, and learn tools and strategies to maintain great memory function. That is what this workshop is all about!

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand how the brain works, normal aging changes, neuroplasticity and neurogenesis and the reasons why our aging brain declines
  • Participants will learn the six parts of the Healthy Brain Lifestyle, how each component is critical to brain health and the role that lifestyle plays in dementia risk
  • Participants will understand how age-related changes make it harder to remember, understand how memory works and understand why we forget

AM Workshop 3: Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Older Adults
Speaker: Jennifer Wright-Berryman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati.

Workshop Description:
Rates of suicide are increasing in all ages and populations, but are increasing more rapidly in the aging population. This presentation will offer a number of insights related to suicide in the aging population, including 1) identifying and assessing risk in older adults, 2) offering hope and help during a time of crisis, 3) resources specific to the aging population for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and 4) how to activate community partners in suicide prevention.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will identify and assess for risk factors related to suicide in older adults
  • Participants will develop resources (both personal and professional) in addressing suicidality in older adults
  • Participants will activate community members to identify risk and prevent suicide in older adults

AM Workshop 4: Panel: Adult Protective Services, Mobile Crisis Unit and Long-term Care Advocacy
Speakers: Stephanie Hull, LSW, Social Services Supervisor, Adult Protective Services, Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services; Danni Ortega, Psychiatric Social Worker, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Mobile Crisis Team and La’Brea Phelps, Long Term Care Ombudsman Specialist, ProSeniors

Workshop Description:
Join this workshop to hear from a panel of experts working with adult protective services (APS), mobile crisis unit and long-term care ombudsman(LTCO). Learn about APS Law, reporting responsibilities, APS limitations, competency of adults and guardianship. In addition, the mobile crisis unit will provide an understanding on department’s ability, restrictions and what to expect when calling the mobile crisis unit. In addition, education on LTCO program, resident’s of long-term care settings advocate, advocating for resident’s quality of care and quality of life. All panel members will participate in Q&A.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand APS Law, reporting responsibilities, and limitations
  • Participants will understand mobile crisis department’s ability, restrictions and what to expect when calling the unit
  • Participants will understand the role of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and how to work with the Ombudsman/our restrictions

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 PM Workshop 1—4 (2:15-4:15 PM)
(Participants will select one AM workshop from the following)

PM Workshop 1: Nursing Law Overview
Speaker: Lori Catlano, PhD, JD, MSN, BSN, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati

Workshop Description:
This session will provide a basic overview of the Ohio Nurse Practice Act and qualifies for one contact hours that will address the law ORC 4723 and the rules OAC chapters 4723 1-26 that governs the practice of nurses in Ohio.

This workshop is for information purposes and should not be construed as legal advice.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to explain the Nurse Practice Act and its application to personal professional practice
  • Participants will be able to define social networking and legal standards applicable to social networking in the healthcare setting.
  • Participants will be able to discuss Protected Health Information and how to keep it safe

PM Workshop 2: Seeing GEMS - More than Just Loss-progression Patterns
Speaker: Teresa Youngstrom, RN, Owner, A Better Approach to Memory Care

Workshop Description:
The GEMS Workshop offers an overview of Teepa Snow’s dementia classification model, which compares different states of being and ability to the characteristics of precious jewels. This dignified metaphor defines normal aging as well as the many appearances, behavioral changes, skill sets and needs of those living with the effects of neurocognitive failure (dementia) or other brain changes. They should be considered indicators and a guide toward understanding an individual’s current state of ability and brain function. Understanding them will lead to an adjustment of expectations, modification of cues and support, and more accurate communication and ‘hands-on’ care behaviors to better meet ever-changing needs. The GEMS advocate that people living with dementia, when ‘done with’ rather than ‘done to’ and provided with the just right care and setting, can still shine.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe three number-based systems that are used to “label” stages/progression of dementia
  • Participants will be able to discuss the value and importance of seeing people living with dementia as having retained abilities, value, and benefiting from the right support and care to optimize performance and quality of life
  • Participants will be able to identify six GEMS-highlighting ‘GEMS characteristics
  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast 6 states of cognitive function and ability as GEMS
  • Participants will be able to use structured table to correctly identify GEMS states in shared scenario through behaviors, abilities, and sensory processing examples

PM Workshop 3: A Framework for Understanding How to Effectively Engage Kin Caregivers
Speakers: Jennifer Wikette, MSW, Director of Early Childhood, Beech Ares Parenting Center; Lynn Payne, Family Peer Support Manager/Educator, Warren/Clinton County, Beech Acres and William Hobstetter, Kinship Program Manager, Beech Acres

Workshop Description:
200,000 Ohio children live in the homes of their grandparents or another relative. This represents a 120% increase since just 2010. These relatives that step up every day help minimize placement disruptions and traumatic experiences for these children. Being placed with a grandparent or other caring relative increases permanency for children has a positive impact on their well-being, and improves mental health outcomes for the children and their families by preserving the child’s natural setting within their family of origin. Join this workshop to effectively engage and support kin caregivers to meet the need of the child.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the prevalence of the opioid epidemic and the impact on the number of children coming into placement. Understand system responses to preserve family connections and the importance of kin caregiving. 
  • Participants will understand a model of practice to effectively engage kin caregivers and the critical role of trauma-informed practices to meet the holistic needs of families. 
  • Participants will gain a clear understanding of the definition of success in supporting kin caregivers and how each provider role is essential to best meet the needs of the child and caregiver.

PM Workshop 4:
Veteran Benefits Panel
Speakers: Elizabeth A. Zak, JD, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society; Nam-Ha Brown, MD, Cincinnati VAMC; Elise Henning, MD, Med, Cincinnati VAMC; Jena Stugmyer, MSW, LISW-S, Social Worker, Cincinnati VAMC; Service Officer, Butler County Veterans Service Commission

Workshop Description: 
Join this workshop to hear from representatives of Veterans Administration Medical Center, Butler County Veterans Service Commission and Legal Aid Society providing education on services and resources available for veterans. Presents will explore current services of the older adult veterans in the outpatient setting, Community Living Center (CLC), and inpatient setting of the Veterans Medical Center. In addition, eligibility for V.A. Pension will be discussed and will provide an overview of the eligibility criteria with examples of benefit calculations. Lastly, the services and role of the county’s Veterans Services Commission will be discussed.  Followed by questions and answers from all panel members. 

Workshop Objectives: 

  • Participants will be able to identify current and new resources for older adult veterans at the Cincinnati VAMC in the inpatient and outpatient settings (acute care, Community Living Center (CLC), and geriatric evaluation center (GEC).)
  • Participants will be able to recall the categories (not necessarily specific criteria) of eligibility for V.A. Pension
  • Participants will be able to understand, as a lay-person, the needs-based medical criteria for Aid & Attendance 
  • Participants will be able to estimate a potential V.A. monthly benefit AND understand the relationship between Pension and Aid & Attendance
  • Participants will be able to identify the role, services and VA benefits that can be applied for via the Veterans Service Commission.

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