We are excited to report that more than 600 professionals from across southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky attended Council on Aging’s 2017 Forum on Aging presented by Global Meals.
Area social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators, and other professionals all gathered at the Sharonville Convention Center to learn from and be inspired by nationally respected keynote speakers, workshop leaders and panelists. Attendees were able to earn up to 12 continuing education credit hours at the two-day conference, now in it’s 31st year. And thanks to the event`s sponsors, the 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:
- Ohio Medicaid
- diagnosing, treating and managing personality disorders
- transforming trauma
- fall prevention
- nursing law overview
Council on Aging’s Annual Meeting
COA’s 46th Annual Meeting and Awards celebration was held on March 15, day two of Forum on Aging. During the meeting, Council on Aging President and CEO Suzanne Burke presented highlights from COA’s 2016 annual report, and Stan Williams, Chairman of COA’s Board of Trustees, welcomed new board member Jonathan McCann and announced the board’s new officers: Cyndy Wright, Chairman; Jane Gegner, Vice-Chairman; Tom Rocklin, Treasurer; and Sarah Boehle, Secretary.
In addition, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune presented awards to caregivers and professionals who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities.
- Ronda Moore, Executive Director of Pro Seniors received the Outstanding Professional in Aging award. Click here to read more about Ms. Moore and the award.
- Gail Gepsman Ziegler, Senior Manager for the Center for Holocaust Survivors of Jewish Family Services received the Outstanding Service Provider award. Click here to read more about Ms. Ziegler and the award.
- Marne Kappes 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. Kappes and the award.
- Laurie Petrie, retired Vice President of Communications for Council on Aging, was honored for her 10 years of service establishing and leading COA’s Communications Department. She received Council on Aging’s Board of Trustees President’s Award. Click here to read more about Ms. Petrie and the President’s Award.
Sponsors support Forum
Council on Aging and members of the Forum on Aging Planning Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to 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 and to network. Thank you sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor: Global Meals
Corporate Sponsor: Guardian Medical Monitoring
Lunch Sponsors: Homecare by Blackstone and McGraw Insurance
Conference Sponsors: Aetna Better Health of Ohio, Banes Dennig, Connect America Medical Alert, Huntington, Interim Homecare, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, VITAS Healthcare
Display Table Sponsors: Caring Place Healthcare Group, Critical Signal Technologies, Law office of Dennison Keller, Derringer Company, Graydon, Helping Hands Healthcare, Home Products Healthcare, Hyde Park Health Center, KBC Design/Build Remodeling Contractor, Mom’s Meals, Mullaney’s Pharmacy & Medical Supply, Personal Touch Home Care, Philips Lifeline, R&B Health Care Systems, Stateline Medical Equipment, Superior Care Plus Home Health Care, VRI Medical Alert Monitoring
Non-profit Table Sponsors: Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, Bayley, Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Community First Solutions, LifeSpan, OSHIIP, People Working Cooperatively, Pro Seniors, Inc., UC Geriatric Medicine Program
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:
- Katherine Abbott, Miami University
- Ann Sutton Burke, Jewish Family Services
- Anne Fredrickson, Pro Seniors
- Katie Furniss, LifeSpan
- Jill Gorley, Alzheimer’s Association
- Candy Hart, Good Samaritan/TriHealth Adult Life Services
- John Hoenemeyer, Capital Senior Living
- Tracy Johnson-Croom, Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community
- Sandy McCabe, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
- Margo McMurray, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
- Irene Moore, Retired
- Judy Webb, Warren County Community Services, Inc.
- 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 2018 Forum on Aging, please submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to Amy Leonhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The planning committee will meet four to five times from June – October, 2017. 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 13 & 14, 2018 at the Sharonville Convention Center. Ideas and topic suggestions can be sent to Amy Leonhardt at email@example.com.