Successful Aging – It’s Everybody’s Business

Tarrytown, New York
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Successful Aging – It’s Everybody’s Business
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Friday, June 27, 2014

670 White Plains Rd
Tarrytown, New York 10591
United States

Map and Directions
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, the Department of Senior Programs and Services and the Livable Communities Collaborative of the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services invite you to join us:

June 26 – 1 pm to 5 pm & June 27 – 8:30 am to 5 pm
Tickets: Both Days: $250 June 26: $100 June 27: $150
RSVP by June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 26 - 1 pm to 5 pm

F e a t u r e d  S p e a k e rs :

The New Era of Connected Aging: Technology Solutions for an Aging Society
David A. Lindeman, Ph.D., Director
CITRIS Health Care Program & Center for
Technology and Aging, University of California

Healthcare Reimagined”
Ryan Olohan, National Industry Director, Healthcare Google Inc. - New York   

“Opportunities to Improve Total Population Management using Telehealth”
Pramod Gaur, PhD, Founder & Former CEO, Viterion and Healthanywhere

Friday, June 27 8:30 am to 5 pm
M o r n i n g K e y n o t e :

How The Age Wave Will Transform Our Lives
Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.,
President and CEO, Age Wave

Click here to see our Keynote in action!

Presentation and Audience Poll

Bob Blancato, Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and Director of a White House Conference on Aging
“Is America Ready for an Aging Population?”

Audience poll with Smartphones – What Successful Aging Means to You

Afternoon Featured Speaker:

We’ve Got You Covered: Employers, Employees and Medicare
Joe Baker, Esq., President, Medicare Rights Center

Workshops - Learn about the TIPS Initiative (Telehealth Intervention Programs for Seniors) in Westchester County and experience the variety of systems entrepreneurs are designing for the delivery of telehealth services.

Meet our Keynotes and Featured Speakers

Click Here for Schedule of Events

Workshops At- A- Glance –  Friday, June 27th

Morning Workshops (11:30 – 12:30)
Choose one from 1 – 8 below

Afternoon Workshops (3:00 – 4:00)
Choose one from 9 – 15 below

1.  I’m Too Young to Have Alzheimer’s Disease

Presenters: Patricia Gaston, LMSW, Curtis Au, LMSW,  Rina Bellamy, LMSW, Bill and Lori Finkeldey

Overview of Alzheimer’s and a discussion of the common experiences shared by those under age 65 with the disease; includes personal stories.

9. Optimizing Cognitive and Mental Health in Later Life

Presenters: Faith Gunning-Dixon, PhD, Diane Aparisio, MSW, Michelle Paggi, PhD, Jo Anne Sirey, PhD

Ways to facilitate optimal cognitive functioning and how to address depression to optimize mental health in late life.

2. Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning
Presenters: Neil R. Lubarsky, Esq., Michael J. Greenberg, Esq.


Overview of basic estate planning documents, types of trusts, assets preservation techniques, long-term-care and incapacity planning and methods to avoid or minimize estate and gift taxes.


10. Not Enough Retirement Savings?  Ways to Make Up the Shortfall

Presenter:  Anthony J. DeVito, PhD, CFP®, NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor


The goal of creating a nest egg of sufficient size to meet all needs in retirement cannot always be attained.  Review different approaches to making up for any shortfall in savings.

3. Make Sure You Save Enough Money to Last through Retirement

Presenters: Robert K. Leitner, CFP®, Nancy Gould CLTC, CLU

Maximize your retirement income from Social Security, Pensions, 401(k) plans and personal savings and review the different ways to cover long-term healthcare.

11. Are you being Taxed out of Westchester? Students Offer Solutions

Presenters: Students from Iona College and College of New Rochelle Facilitators: Catherine Wynkoop, PhD, FACHE(r), Mary Hagerty, PhD, Iona College, Gregory Holtz, PhD,Pace University; Catherine Wynkoop, PhD, FACHE(r)

College students explored the experiences of older adults and their adult children dealing with Westchester County taxes. Research included how tax dollars are spent and different possibilities for reducing taxes.

4. How to Recognize and Prevent Financial Fraud and Elder Abuse

Presenters: Gary Brown, Esq., Sarah Steckler, Esq., Susan Ferlauto, Esq., Miriam Scholl, LMSW

Steps to take to prevent abuse, what to do and where to go if you see abuse, and how to stabilize and assist abuse victims.

12. How to Keep a Roof Over Your Head Through the Different Stages of Life

Presenters: Patricia Ang;eu, Esq., Melinda Bellus, Esq., Jane Lindau

Review of housing choices as one grows older and the challenges of changing income and needs due to age or disability; includes reverse mortgages and types of senior housing.

5. Take Control: Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Aging

Presenter: Jeri Nieves, PhD

Understanding the role of nutrition, physical activity and the importance of making healthy life style choices. Dr. Nieves will incorporate the role of Vitamin D and diet in the prevention of chronic diseases and conditions such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, falls and fractures.

13. Care Circles – A Step Forward in Giving Back

Presenters: Geri Brooks, RN, GNP, Ellen Wright, LMSW, CCM, Lisa Sioufas, LCSW-R, ACSW


Reduce caregiver stress by learning how to create, maintain and sustain a care circle -- an innovative system of support for caregivers using the Care Circles of Westchester Guide (free copies available to participants).

6. Successful Aging – Peer-to-Peer Leadership Can Reduce Health Care Disparities in Communities of Color

Presenters:James O’Neal, MA and Eunice Flemister, MPH, Martin S. Yablonski, MEd

Overview of health care disparities in communities of color in Westchester County and how an evidence-based program out of Stanford University can create a sea change in health behaviors.

14. Communicating through Cultural Differences: A Discussion   around Healthcare and Culture

Presenter: Christina Eisenberg, MA


Understanding how culture affects communication styles; best practices in working with diverse cultures; how to get positive outcomes and experiences for everyone.

7. Your Toolbox for Successful Aging: Palliative Care is Essential 

Presenters: Dr. Rajasekhar Buddhavarapu, MD, Linda Fraser, RN, BSN, CHPN, Cornelia Schimert, RN, BSN, Tony Susi, ACSW, ACHP-SW


Palliative Care is an evolving and growing specialty.  Learn how palliative home care is provided and how various health care settings provide palliative care including Hospice.

15. Building Better Relationships through Intergenerational Engagement

Presenters: Janice Lubin Kirschner, CSW, MSW,  Rina Bellamy, LMSW, Amy Lionheart, MA, MBA, Susan Richter, LCSW


Generations working together make stronger communities. Learn how to create environments where all generations are valued and respected.

8.  Reimagining Aging Through Community Partnerships, Collaborations and Support

Presenters: Betsy Klampert, Esq., Julie Dalton,CASP, Louise Challop, MS, Kellie Rizzi

Learn about different age-friendly community models and the advantages they can offer you and your organization.


You won’t want to miss these cutting –edge technology showcases designed to support successful aging.
Thursday, July 26th
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Technology Showcase Presenters

Braintracer created MoodTune the first mobile platform for patient self-management and treatment optimization for those suffering from depression, especially underserved and underprivileged populations. Senior citizens in particular, have been found to be eager adopters of mobile technology.

GES Therapy is a company that develops telerehabilitation software for people suffering from a variety of orthopedic and neuromuscular diseases.

Google needs no introduction. Since its inception, Google has leveraged products to improve life and the world.

Open BCI has created a customizable and fully open brain-computer interface platform that gives you access to high-quality brain wave data. The OpenBCI platform is intended to serve as a malleable starting point in the rapidly growing field of brain-computer interfacing design..

Vital Care Services has designed user-friendly telehealth solutions connecting individuals with healthcare providers.  The comprehensive solutions specialize in creating personalized remote health and wellness monitoring plans for individuals and providers in their own living setting. 

Philips Lifeline Philips Healthcare is dedicated to the future of healthcare and saving lives.  We develop innovative solutions across the continuum of care in partnership with clinicians and our customers to improve patient outcomes, provide better value, and expand access to care.

Philips Hospital to Home delivers telehealth-enabled clinical programs that help improve outcomes and lower costs in both the hospital and ambulatory / home settings.  Philips Lifeline is the market leader in personal emergency response service

The American Society on Aging (ASA) supports workforce education through this conference. The mission of ASA is to develop the leadership, knowledge and skills to address the challenges and opportunities of a diverse aging society. Special ASA Membership Opportunity: Join ASA at a reduced rate. To learn more go to:   Use discount code JNMN to receive a first year special rate of $149. 

Conference support provided by the Board of Directors of
the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services:


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