Wednesday Events + Descriptions

7:30-8:00 am Breakfast

8:00-8:30 am  Advocacy Update with Senator Roy C. Afflerbach, Ret., The Afflerbach Group, LLC

8:30-9:30 am  Keynote Address on Aging, Technology and Diversity by Sara Czaja
Sara J. Czaja is a Leonard M. Miller Professor of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and has secondary appointments in Industrial Engineering, Psychology and Neurology at the University of Miami. She is also the Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE).  CREATE funded by the National Institute on Aging, focuses on older adults and technology systems.

Dr. Czaja research interests include: aging and cognition, aging and technology systems, family caregiving, older workers, and functional assessment. She has received continuous funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health as well as numerous foundations. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Gerontological Society of America. She is also a member of the National Academy of Science Board on Human Systems Integration. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is a recent Past President of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of APA and recently served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Healthy Cognitive Aging and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Family Caregivers of Older Adults.

9:30-10:00 am Visit with the Exhibitors

10:00 – 11:00 am 

Sponsored Product Demo Session:
The Fun Theory: Addressing Choice and Diversity Through Engagement Technology by It’s Never 2 Late
Speaker:Juliet Kerlin, MA, Director of Research and Program Partnership,  It’s Never 2 Late
Description: Professionals in the aging space are looking to improve quality of life and clinical outcomes for the older adults in their care. Person-centered engagement technology provides activity and rehab professionals with opportunities to engage and care for older adults undergoing physical and cognitive decline by focusing on their strengths and interests and encouraging creativity, self-expression and continued personal development. Technology that is fun for older adults to use allows professional caregivers to embrace the belief that well-being encompasses all the dimensions of personhood—mind, body and spirit.

Innovative Peer Support Programming for Adult Day Services
Kristine Theurer, PhD (candidate)
Description: A growing body of research documents the effectiveness of peer support groups for building diversity competence and reducing social isolation. Though common in the community, these groups are rare within adult day services and residential care. Presenters will describe an innovative approach now being used by over 600 organizations, that provides a standardized framework to foster emotional engagement and peer support among seniors. The session will include a program demonstration, video and interactive discussions, along with implementation processes and research results. Attendees will leave with a takeaway strategy and handouts on how to increase diversity competence and reduce social isolation.

Technology in ADS 101: Video Streaming and Bringing the World to your Center
Kathy Levac, Relaxed and Alert; Mike Hardee, Total Life Centers
Description: The internet opens an amazing source of content for Adult Day Centers to use with clients individually or in group settings. This hands on session will cover the basics of how to set up your big screen TV to stream and play content using a variety of different options including a computer, smart TV, chromecast,  ipad to apple TV,  Roku, wii gaming system, and media player. We will share a variety of resources for gaining access to content, and ways to display content using media players. Mike will share real life uses within his centers and we will invite the audience to share some of their favorite websites and applications in their centers as well in a group discussion.

Resistance to Change? Motivating a Diverse Workforce to Love Change
Speaker: Susan Neustrom, EdD
Description: You are excited, enthusiastic and ready to implement all of the ideas, practices, and resources shared at the NADSA conference at your center. However, your excitement quickly changes to frustration because you are met with mixed reactions from your employees ranging from resistance and conflict to confusion and silence at the mere mention of doing something different. Sound familiar?  This session offers insight into the power of self-motivation and strategies to motivate a diverse workforce including the seasoned, and the inexperienced employee, as well as multi-generational employees, and get everyone excited about change.

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

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Beyond Person-Centered Care: The Importance of Empathy and Building Relationships
Speaker: Molly Fogel, MSW, LCSW
Description: This session seeks to promote a relational model of dementia care, which is grounded in empathy. This approach values the unique strengths, goals, identity and diversity of each individual, involves interdisciplinary collaboration among care providers, and places individuals with dementia and their families at the center of decision-making.

Embracing Passion, Purpose, and Diversity: A New Approach to Dementia Programming
Speakers: Katie Scott, MPH
Description: In a study conducted in Houston, TX, Sheltering Arms Senior Services of BakerRipley discovered that people value three things as they get older: having a sense of purpose, exploring their passions, and engaging in their community. These values even hold true for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This session will describe a new approach to day center programming for people with dementia based on these values. Examples of specific programs and implementation plans will be provided.

Reminiscence Sports Programs for Men with Dementia
Speaker: Michael Ego, PhD
Description: The River House Adult Day Care Center in Cos Cob, CT offers  a bi-weekly Baseball Reminiscence Program that is focused primarily on men who attend the Center’s activities.  The presenter will provide workshop participants with the tools to develop a Baseball Reminiscence program at an Adult Day Services site.

Creativity and Community: Power up Your Mind 
Speaker: Joni Nygard, MS, SLP
Description:  Diversity is viewed in numerous ways. Eliciting stories and how can those stories become communication tools in your setting?  Let’s explore ways to preserve that story in the person’s actual voice (low tech to high tech ideas) for the next generation. Create communication opportunities for those who are non-speaking or have limited language abilities in your day center. Video clips show highlights of ways to work and communicate creatively.  This thought-provoking session will also demonstrate how to expand the use of simple communication tools to meet diversity needs in your community.

12:30-2:00 pm  Lunch, Presentation and Door Prize Give Away

2:00 pm End of Conference




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