Tuesday Events + Descriptions

7:30 am – 8:00 am

NADSA Business Meeting

8:30 -9:30 am
Keynote Address:
Growing Up & Growing Older Together: A Love Story
Speaker: Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF,  Founder and President of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF, shares the heartwarming story of how the small adult day program she founded grew into a multigenerational center, serving all ages and abilities under one caring roof. Hear how children as young as 6 weeks old and adults aged 90+ benefit from spending the day together. Learn how everything from building design to carefully planned shared activities make intergenerational magic happen!

Biography: A nurse, occupational and massage therapist, and gerontologist, Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF is the founder and president of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Sr. Edna has been a leading advocate promoting the benefits of intergenerational programs. St. Ann Center began in the basement of the St. Francis Convent in 1983, and became one of the first fully-integrated intergenerational day services centers in the United States in 1999. In 2015, she opened a second intergenerational facility on the north side of Milwaukee—an area that includes the most impoverished ZIP code in the U.S.

9:30-10:00 am Visit with Exhibitors

10:00 – 11:00 am

Bridging the Diversity Gap: The Role of Technology
Speaker: Gina Green-Harris, MBA
Description: The talk will discuss the potential role of technology in helping vulnerable older adult populations have access to needed care and services. Additional topics that will be discussed include: disparities in technology access and use; barriers to access and needed strategies to overcome these barriers.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the potential role of technology in enhancing the ability of diverse older adult populations to access needed care and services.
  2. Understand current barriers to meaningful technology access.
  3. Understand needed strategies and programs to overcome existing challenges and barriers.

Adults with IDD Aging into Dementia – Best Practices for Adult Day Centers
Speakers: Katlyn Blackstone, MS
The Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) operates two new, state-of-the-art Adult Day Centers (ADC) in southern Maine that offer therapeutic support and programming for older adults with dementia, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are aging into dementia, and extensive support for caregivers. SMAA will share its successes and challenges to integrating ADC members with IDD into its programming, and outline specific supplemental programs and direct care staff trainings that can be used to enhance the experience of members and families at ADC’s.

The Current State of Research on Adult Day Services
Speakers: Keith Anderson, PhD, MSW
Description: Our understanding of the impact of Adult Day Services (ADS) has grown considerably over the past several decades.  For example, data continue to show that the respite provided by ADS can reduce stress and burden on family caregivers.  We also know that particular services provided in ADS can positively affect participant well-being.  Much remains to be learned, however, and researchers have yet to capture the full picture of ADS outcomes.  In this education session, we will review the current state of research knowledge on the impact ADS, identify gaps in our understanding, and explore ongoing and future research efforts.

Product Demo Session:
Sharpen Your Senses: Attainment Company
Speakers: Joni Nygard, MS, SLP
Description: This workshop will provide participants with unique ways to increase the use of all five senses.  The value of each sense will be explored in its relationship to memory.  In addition, assistive technology tools to help support individuals within their adult day center will be incorporated in each area.  Information will be valuable for seniors with or without memory impairments.  A variety of handouts and a resource list will allow participants to use information gained immediately in their diverse settings.  While the emphasis will be placed on adults, a couple of intergenerational activity ideas may be incorporated.

11:00-11:30 am  Visit with the Exhibitors

11:30 am-1:00 pm  Lunch and Awards Presentation

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Death and Sex: Taboo Topics Among Asian Pacific Islanders – How Does This Affect Care?
Speakers: Corinne Jan, RN, PHN
Description: This session is designed to understand the challenges involved in caring for Asian Pacific Islanders (API) who consider it taboo to speak about or problem solve over death and sex.  Complications involved in providing appropriate and effective care are heightened when these participants or their caregivers will not communicate freely about either subject.  We will describe the cultural nuances that cause this dilemma and explore ways to respect these differences while at the same time creating better synergy of care and communication between participant and provider.

The Federal Requirements for Person-Centered Care in HCBS settings
Speaker: Amanda Sillars, MSW, LCSW
Description: Providing person-centered care in HCBS settings, is no longer a choice. All centers receiving funds through the Medicaid HCBS settings must comply with the multiple and detailed Federal Person-Centered Planning requirements.  In this session, attendees will learn what those requirements are, and an integrative system to ensure both compliance and improved care to participants.

Diverse Documentation: Care Plans, Progress Notes, & More
Speaker:  Kentrell Liddell, MD
Description: This is an interactive session that explores how patients’ diverse demographics help to shape their individualized care plans.  Whether it is a medical model, social model, or a combination of the two, effective documentation (eg, person-centered progress notes) helps to show the unique benefit of ADS.  With the advent of Value-Based Purchasing Models and Public Reporting Tools, such as Home Health Compare, Hospice Compare, Hospital Compare, etc. – all CMS initiatives — more focus is being placed on the quality (rather than the quantity) of care provided to Medicaid/Medicare beneficiaries.  During this forward-thinking session, useful documentation tools and practical ideas will be shared that will enhance any ADS program striving for excellence.

Utilizing Students to Build a More LGBT Inclusive Environment in ADS
Speakers: Mark Bumgarner, MS
Description: Students and faculty from Lenoir Rhyne University partnered with Adult Life Programs to create a student led formal proposal based on evidence  and research informed models to guide Adult Life Programs in providing services to the LGBTQ population in a safe, therapeutic and supportive manner.  This session walks you through that proposal, implementation, barriers and obstacles encountered.

2:45 pm-3:15 pm Visit with Exhibitors

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Diversity in Team Perspectives; The Roots of Person Centered Culture
Presenter: Amber Carey-Navarrete, BA
Description: As the field continues to shift toward best practices in the area of Person-Centered Culture, many are still asking how to create this foundation within our teams. This session will explore one strategy toward Person-Centered transformation that starts from the ground up. The team members are the roots of a Person-Centered Culture. Exploring and understanding their diverse perspectives, and learning how to cultivate and expand their Person-Centered attitudes and behaviors is essential for sustained growth. In addition to the strategy, personal experiences from front line staff will be shared to provide further insight into the process of culture change.

Marketing to Different Generations
Presenter:  Emily Tisdale, MEd
Description: When it comes to your marketing efforts, it’s more important than ever to communicate effectively with people from different generations. With Millennials, Baby Boomers, and everything in-between in the marketplace, your audience is likely filled with people from an increasingly wide range of ages. Join us for an informative discussion where we’ll explore the unique ways each generation approaches the world, and how to adopt a marketing approach that resonates with each demographic.

Top Operational, Financial and Performance Measures to Support Diversity
Susanne Matthiesen, MBA
Description: Explore operations, finance, and performance measurement together for a comprehensive, meaningful education program that examines case examples of specific challenges leading ADS providers are facing related to marketing, budgeting, serving a complex population, and strategically positioning your ADS program for continued success. Participate in this interactive session by identifying, for each case example, the top challenges ADS providers are facing, the data necessary to address the challenges, the outstanding questions to answer, and explore best practices in using operational, financial, and performance measures to tackle the challenges.

Advocacy for 2017 and Beyond!
Senator Roy C. Afflerbach, Ret., The Afflerbach Group, LLC
Description: As Adult Day providers face dwindling government and market resources, combined with increasing competition for these resources, they need to learn, understand, and practice specific components and procedures to effectively conduct public policy advocacy on behalf of their client consumers and the critical services providers offer to them. Failure to do so will likely result in a losing struggle for opportunity as competitor alternatives arise. The components, dynamics, methodologies, techniques, and tips presented have been developed, tested, and assembled by the speaker as the most effective approaches for public policy advocacy throughout his 48-year career working with and in government.

Let’s Jam! Fostering Culturally-Centered Musical Expression
Michael Rohrbacher, PhD, MT-BC
Description: Culturally-based, experiential music activities are presented having direct application to adult day care.  Activities will support those with a lifetime of music experiences personally and culturally felt, and to foster attention, enjoyment, and mutual respect for music-cultures unknown.  Attendees will participate with introductory music skills across listening, moving, playing and singing.  Attention is given to how music elements combine and vary according to distinct cultural styles.  Behavioral outcomes associated with sensory engagement and psychosocial interaction are highlighted according to what to expect as culturally-derived music expression unfolds.   Supplemental materials will be used in support of activities presented, including A/V resources.

4:30 pm-4:45 pm  Visit with Exhibitors

4:45 pm-6:15 pm  State Association Meeting







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