Getting Better With Age: The 30th Annual Conference of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan

East Lansing, Michigan
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Getting Better With Age: The 30th Annual Conference of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan
Thursday, October 05, 2017 8:00 AM -
Friday, October 06, 2017 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
United States

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Continuing Education Credits
Nursing CEU's:
Getting Better With Age: The 30th Annual Conference of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan" (ONA # 20980 ) has received ONA approval for 12.5 contact hour(s).

Social Worker CEU's:
This activity has been submitted to the Michigan Social work Continuing Education Collaborative.

Registration is online with payment by credit card.   For assistance, contact Shannon at
Earlybird Registration Discount - has been extended until September 20 2017
Earlybird Registration Rates:
Both days $330 (member & associate member)
          $370 (non-member)
One-day rate  $190 (member & associate member)
           $210 (non-member)
Regular Registration Rates after September 20, 2017
Both days $380 (member & associate member)
          $420 (non-member)
One-day rate $230 (member & associate member)
          $250 (non-member)

Thursday, October 5
8:00 – 9:00 am Check in/Registration, Exhibits and Continental breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am    KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  UPDATE FROM D.C.     N, SW
Amy Gotwals, MLA, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)
By popular demand, AAAAM is bringing back N4A’s public policy expert to shed light on what’s up in the nation’s capitol!  Ms. Gotwals has 20+ years of experience on Capitol Hill and will share her inside information, insights and advocacy advice.

11:00 – 12:30 pm     WORKSHOP TOPICS
Prescription Misuse and Abuse among Older Adults: Understanding how Older Adults are Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic   N, SW    
Katie Cahill, MSW, Area Agency on Aging 1B, Southfield
While the focus on the prescription drug abuse epidemic is on younger adults, addressing the needs of older adults is also a key component of community responses to the opioid epidemic. This session will provide an overview of the impact of the opioid epidemic on older adults, information about identifying signs and symptoms of prescription misuse among older adults, and strategies for prevention. 
Dementia-Friendly Grand Rapids     N, SW
Anne Ellermets MPA, Jennifer VanHorrsen MPA, Area Agency on Aging of West MI
Hear about this AAA’s journey as one of 11 groups that transformed Grand Rapids into a certified dementia-friendly community.  Learn about this new certification and how you can achieve it for your community.  
C-CHIP: Improved Outcomes For At-Risk Seniors     N, SW
Karla Fales MBA, Paula Bennett RN, BSN & Bonnie Hogoboom BA
CareWell Services, Battle Creek
The Care-Connection Health Intervention Program (C-CHIP) integrated a AAA, a hospital, and a private pharmacy by using technology tools, thus extending health care delivery into the home using the AAAs’ community health workers.  The results?  Reduced hospitalization, increased engagement between community organizations and consumers, and improved disease management support.
Technology Updates: Home Patient Monitoring, Smart Homes & Automated Vehicles  N, SW
Kirk Steudle, BSE, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Nevin Brittain, BE, Health Numeric, East Lansing & Glen Ashlock, MS, Region 2 AAA Brooklyn
The rapid pace of innovation is exciting, but difficult to keep on top of!  Hear from the leader of Michigan’s transportation system about mobility technologies now being researched and tested right here in Michigan.  What does the future hold?  What might be the impact on quality of life, especially for older adults?  This session will also open your eyes to many easy and affordable technologies making at-home life safer and easier for older adults and people with disabilities.   
3:00 – 4:30 pm WORKSHOP TOPICS
Senior Reach: A Behavioral Health Evidence-Based Intervention     N, SW
Carol Hass MSW, LMSW Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority, Bangor, Cynthia Jackson MSW, LMSW, Northeast Guidance Center, Detroit & Mike Vizena, MA, MBA, Michigan Association of Community Mental Health, Lansing
Senior Reach®, a nationally recognized evidence based program, provides outreach and education, behavioral health treatment, care management and other needed community based services to older adults (aged 60 and older) who are isolated, frail, or in need of support.  This workshop will include an overview of the development of  Michigan Senior Reach sites including a description of the service model in both a urban and rural setting.  Evaluation results will be shared as well as a discussion regarding creating additional Senior Reach sites.
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing N, SW
Mona E. Khaled LMSW, NCC, Disability Network of Southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo
This workshop will explain this evidence-based method that attempts to move people away from indecision towards finding the motivation to make positive changes.  Hear how this approach has helped individuals reach their goals.
Dementia-Friendly Grand Rapids     N, SW  (repeat)
Anne Ellermets MPA & Jennifer VanHorrsen MPA, AAA of West MI
Hear about this AAA’s journey as one of 11 groups that transformed Grand Rapids into a certified dementia-friendly community.  Learn about this new certification and how you can achieve it for your community. 

Friday, October 6
8:00 – 9:00 am Check in/Registration, Exhibits and Continental breakfast
Richard Kline MA, & Scott Wamsley MPA, Michigan Aging & Adult Services Agency, Brian Barrie MPA, Michigan Medicaid
AAAAM is pleased to welcome back Michigan’s premier aging, health care, and long term care experts.  This session will share new state initiatives and the reflections of these state officials on changes at the federal level and how they will affect older adults and the agencies that serve them.
11:00 – 12:30 pm     WORKSHOP TOPICS
CLASH:  Coalition of Legislators for Affordable Senior Housing  N, SW
Conan Smith & State Representative Ronnie Peterson, Office of State Rep. Ronnie Peterson, 54th District
Regional trends indicate that the number of senior-headed households across Michigan will double between 2010 and. This workshop will apprise attendees of the community conversations that have been, and will be, conducted around the state to assess senior housing options; including a discussion of current obstacles to affordable, accessible housing, arrangements that are working well, and recommendations for improvements.
C3RT: Integrating Prevention and Intervention     N, SW
Bonnie Hogoboom BA, CareWell Services & Ron Tatro BS, ElderLaw of Michigan
This session will describe the Community Complex Care Response Team (C3RT) -- an electronic, coordinated case management system to better assess, plan, and deliver services to address the broad scope of complex health and social needs.  Learn how community partners share information and engage in shared decision-making, and about research comparing C3RT to standard I&R on decreasing ER dept. visits and the risk of elder abuse and neglect.
Clutter & Chaos: Using a Harm Reduction Model to Effect Change    N, SW
Laurie Lutomski LBSW, Synod Residential Services, Ypsilanti
This expert and founding member of the Washtenaw County Hoarding Task Force will provide an overview of this challenging issue facing care managers and in-home workers.  Learn about the complexities of hoarding behavior, use objective standards to assess the level of severity, identify best practices, and list remediation techniques using a Harm Reduction Model.
12:30 – 3:00 pm     LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
Jennifer Lemkuil MBA, Alliance Home Health Care Services, Inc.
Alice Snyder BSW, Crawford County Commission on Aging, Grayling
Shari Sherzer, Angel Home Health Care
Clare Luz, PhD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Marion Owen, BA, Tri-County Area Agency on Aging
Karla Fales, BA, CareWell Services Southwest
Many are talking about the crisis in finding and retaining direct care workers, who are essential to the existence of the home and community–based service system.  But what can be done? This panel will provide an overview of the crisis and scope of the problem, identify the many contributing factors and discuss strategies for stabilizing this workforce.
3:00 – 4:30 pm     WORKSHOP TOPICS
Direct Care Worker Crisis     N, SW
Clare Luz, PhD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Director, IMPART Alliance, Lori Oatman & Shari Sherzer, Angel Home Health Care
This workshop will continue the direct care worker crisis conversation in an interactive setting. Current initiatives in progress across the state and growing momentum to develop and support this workforce will be shared. Facilitators and attendees will work together to identify advocacy strategies, next steps for raising awareness of the far-reaching impact of this crisis, and how to mobilize for change.
Advocacy and Public Policy  N, SW
Betsy Weihl, JD, RWC Advocacy
This workshop will discuss tools and techniques for successful advocacy in dealing with Michigan’s legislature and the executive branch of government.  The structures of the legislature and executive branch will be presented as well as how statutes and policies work together.  An overview of successful advocacy tools as well as current policy issues affecting seniors will be presented. 
Understanding How to Best Serve LGBT Older Adults     N, SW
Kathleen LaTosch MSW, LaTosch Diversity & Inclusion Consulting
Learn some terms that are important to the LGBT community, why members of the community are so isolated, the difficulties faced by the community when seeking services, and what your agency can do to become more affirming. Resource lists for services & supports for LGBT will be shared.


Contact Information

  • Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan (4AM)
    Phone: 517-886-1029
    Fax: 517-866-1305

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