AZ4A 2018 Aging Summit: Aging Well in Arizona

Mesa, Arizona
Thursday, September 20, 2018

AZ4A Aging Summit Agenda


11:00  Registration Opens

Mary Beals Luedtka - Area Agency on Aging Director, Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG)

National Anthem
Brandon Baxter - Programs Manager, Area Agency on Aging, NACOG

Opening Comments
    Priscilla Kadi - Assistant Director, Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services

1:30 Keynote Speaker -
Enid Borden, BA, MA -
Founder and CEO, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger 
Ending Senior Hunger:  The Symphony of Solutions 

Break & Visit Sponsors

2:45 Breakout Sessions
A: Late Life Dating Violence
Steve Laughary - CEO, Desired Resources - Mobile Resources for Seniors
Melinda McMillen - Assistant Manager for Nightingale HOMECARE
Cyndi Patterson - Director of MEAPA & DOVES, Area Agency on Aging, Region One
B:  Resiliency: The Lived Experience of Holocaust Survivors

Bill Benson - President, Health Benefits ABC's - Host, First Person Program,
    U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Oscar Knoblauch, Holocaust Survivor
C: Healthy Aging
Dr. Babak NayeriNMD, FABMP, DAIPM, Director, Healthy Aging Program, AZ Department of Health Services
D: How Food and Community Design Policies Can Drive Community Connection for Older Adults in Arizona
Cynthia Meld, MA - Director of Community Impact, Pinnacle Prevention
E: Achieving the Best Possible Guardian and Guardianship Practices  
Pam Teaster, PhD, FGSA - Director, Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech
F: Working with Clients with Mental Illness
Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, PhD, LCSW, LMFT - Klawsnik & Klawsnik Associates

3:45 Break & Visit Sponsors

4:00 Breakout Sessions

A: Sexual Violence in Later Life
Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, PhD, LCSW, LMFT - Klawsnik & Klawsnik Associates
B: Project Visibility - Providing Respectful Care for LGBTQ+ Older People Sandy Davenport, MSW - Caregiver Specialist, Pima Council on Aging Robert Bell - Chairman of the Board, Pima Council on Aging
C: Fall Prevention and Proprioception Exercises for Older Adults
Fran Fisher, Certified Senior Strength Training Specialist
   Program Developer of the Geri-Fit® Title III-D OAA Evidence Based Health Promotion Program
D: Driverless Vehicles: Transforming Mobility For Older Adults
Jennifer O'Connor - Transportation Planner - NACOG
Dana Kennedy - State Director for AARP Arizona
John G. Case - Deputy State Coordinator, Arizona Driver Safety Program
Phillip RayerGeneral Manager, Phoenix Microfactory/VP Manufacturing\
                                Dezbah Hatathli - Local Policy and Community Manager

 EWhat's the Real Story in Washington D.C.? 
Bob Blancato - President of Matz, Blancato and Associates
  F: High Performing Congregate Nutrition Programs: Using New-School Tools to
     Solve an Old-School 
Problem Matthew Levine - President, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger

5:00 End 1st Day

7:00 Breakfast & Visit Sponsors

8:15 Welcome  Laurai Atcitty Area Agency on Aging Director, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
Opening Comments
Lisa O’Neill, Chair, Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging
8:30 Keynote Speaker Sandy Markwood - CEO National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Key Principles of Aging Well at Home and in the Community
9:15 Break & Visit Sponsors

9:45 Breakout Sessions
Changing The Way We Talk About Death
Sandy Severson - Vice President of Care Improvement
B: Internment Camps: Lifelong Impacts 
Bill Benson - President, Health Benefits ABC's
Jolie Mbonyingabo - Elder Refugee Program Director, Area Agency on Aging, Poston Survivor
Richard Matsuishi - Japanese Internment Camp Survivor
C: Stay Healthy and Independent, Prevent a Fall
Debra Adams - Senior Vice President, COO, Pima Council on Aging
D: Connecting to Purpose through Age-Friendly Arizona
Amy St. Peters - Assistant director of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)
E: Administration for Community Living Federal Update
Dennis Dudley - Aging Services Program Specialist Administration for Community Living

Beat Malnutrition Today

Bob Blancato - President of Matz, Blancato and Associates
Mary Beals-Luedtka - Director, Area Agency on Aging, Region-III

10:45 Break & Visit Sponsors

11:00 Breakout Sessions A: Emerging Trends in Elder Abuse Prevention Betty Mitchell - Director of Aging Programs, Area Agency on Aging of East Texas B: Meeting the Needs in Indian Country Cynthia LaCounte - Director, Office for American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiian Programs; Director, Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, HHS C: Dying Before their Time: Opioids and Rural Older Adults Bill Benson - President, Health Benefits ABCs D: Healthy Aging Communities: Connections Required Dr. Monica Vandivort - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at University of Arizona E: Advocacy is Not a Dirty Word - Advocacy 101 Steve Jennings - AARP Associate State Director, AARP Arizona F: The State of Hearing Healthcare for Older Adults in Arizona Michele Michaels - Hearing Healthcare Program Manager, AZ Commission for the Deaf
Noon Sponsor Dismantle

12:15 Welcome
Laura Villa - Area Agency on Aging Program Manager, SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO)


1:30 General Plenary
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
W. Mark Clark -
President & CEO, Pima Council on Aging

Keynote Speaker
Jon Ford, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Vitalyst Health Foundation
From Concept to Reality:  How Framing, Reflection and Adaptive Skills Make the Difference in Realizing
the Aging Well Future We Seek

2:15 Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Olivia Guerrero - Area Agency on Aging Director, Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens

Keynote Address
Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD, Professor of Social Welfare & Public Policy, UCLA 
The Shifting Politics of Aging:  Age, Diversity and Immigration

3:00 Closing Comments
Gina Whittington - Area Aging on Aging Director, Western AZ Council of Governments (WACOG)
Breakout Tracks
A: Elder Justice
B: Cultural Diversity
C: Active Aging
D: Healthy Communities
E: Policy and Advocacy
F: Healthy Aging

**Agenda subject to change without notice**

Contact Information

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Payment Instructions

  • Registration for the conference is $185 per person. 
    Early bird registration has ended. 

    The cut-off date for reserving rooms in the conference's dedicated room block has been extended to 5:00 pm on 8/27/18.

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