Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Schedule

Sessions 8:15-9:45am

Remembering Who You Are: Humor as Medicine 
David Grube 

After practicing family medicine for almost 40 years, Dr. Grube understands the benefits and power of humor on general health, especially as we age.  Using scientific studies, stories, anecdotes, memes, and cartoons, this presentation will remind us of the importance of humor in our life and the lives of those about us.

Breaking Down Bone Health
Speaker(s): Helen Kao

This presentation will look at best practices and controversies regarding bone health, specifically screening, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.

Aging and Technology: From the Laboratory to the Real World
Andrew Sixsmith

Emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) have a potential benefit to support independence and health of seniors, as well as providing new opportunities for industry and service providers. AGE-WELL is a new Canadian research network that aims to help older people to maintain their independence, health and social participation through accessible technologies. This session will discuss the key research areas, and focus on how research can drive innovation to create products and services that will have real-world health, social and economic impact.

Don't Forget About Us; Stories from the LGBT Community
Paul Iarrobino and Reid Vanderburgh

America's older population is growing, and so is the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Due to historical oppression many LGBT seniors face increased isolation, financial insecurities and health disparities. This workshop will increase knowledge of these unique health and social disparities of older LGBT adults. Through the use of case studies and small group discussion, participants will apply knowledge learned to their area of practice. 

Family Conversations about End-of-Life Wishes
Margaret Manoogian

What we know about the wishes of our family members shapes every aspect of the end-of-life experience. Navigating these issues when faced with immediate decisions and challenges can be extremely difficult. At those moments, we typically are at our most vulnerable. This session addresses the need for family members to engage in end-of-life conversations. The obstacles that constrain these family conversations as evidenced in empirical research, and practical suggestions for how to begin these conversations will be covered. 

Sessions 10:00-11:30am

When Cleaning Up is Hard to Do: Intervention for Hoarding in Older Adults
Christiana Bratiotis

During this presentation, Dr. Bratiotis familiarizes participants with the definition, diagnostic categorization, demographics, prevalence, course and manifestations of hoarding. Information about evidence-based hoarding and squalor assessments and hands-on intervention strategies for work with older adults is presented. Tips for enhancing motivation, effective communication and reducing risk of harm are offered.

Behavioral Emergencies in Older Adults with Dementia 
Glenise McKenzie and Juliana Bernstein

In this presentation, we will consider biological, psychosocial and environmental contributors to behavioral emergencies in individuals with dementia. We will discuss related challenges for caregivers and health care providers across care settings. Our presentation will include consideration of current best practice for evaluating and responding to dementia-related behaviors.   

Aging Mastery Program 
Ann Adrian

The concept of Mastery as it relates to the challenges and opportunities as people age will be discussed at this session. We will identify the underlying premise of Aging Mastery Program as small changes can result in better physical and emotional health, increased civic engagement and stronger social connections. The course also reviews the role of gratitude in wellbeing and happiness.

Sleep and the Older Adult
Cathy Alessi

This lecture will use a case-based approach to address key issues in the evaluation and management of sleep problems in older adults. 

Well-Being Planning: An Alternative to Care Planning
Benjamin Surmi

While nurses and resident care managers spend a significant amount of time care planning, some of the most important aspects of a person’s well-being are left completely up to chance – with no plan. Discover specific tools for planning life in one’s own home or in a residential community to meet the 7 domains of wellness.

Keynote 12:00-1:00pm

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month: What Should You Know?
Joseph Quinn

This session will look at the value of early diagnosis and specialist treatment of Parkinson’s disease and understand the current limitations on treatment and the need for neuroprotectant therapies.

Sessions 1:15-2:45pm

Some Good News About Alzheimer’s Disease
Joseph Quinn

This session will discuss how the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is changing and appreciate the role of specialist care in Alzheimer’s disease.  The attendees will gain familiarity with current trials of experimental treatments in Alzheimer’s disease and understand cost-effective strategies for Alzheimer’s prevention.

Oregon’s Medicaid Fraud Unit: Detecting, Preventing and Prosecuting Perpetrators of Fraud, Financial Exploitation and Abuse of Older and Disabled Adults
Melissa Chureau

Oregon’s Medicaid Fraud Unit (MFU) does some of the most interesting and rewarding cases across the state, and works to stop fraud, financial exploitation, abuse and neglect, and to save tax dollars while protecting Oregon’s most vulnerable persons. This session will provide both an overview of the sorts of cases MFU handles, how the unit works with other agencies and specially referral agencies, and trends in fraud, exploitation and abuse cases. This session will also highlight specific cases where MFU has collaborated with other agencies and cases involving vulnerable populations. Learn how MFU can work with you and be a trusted resource.

Older Bullies and the Bullied: Learning How to Intervene and Prevent this Hostile Relationship
Patrick Arbore

Did you ever wonder what happened to your nemesis, the high school bully?  Guess what?  He or she grew up and became an older bully, who has by now perfected their intimidating behaviors. One or more of these hostile older people may reside in your housing complex, senior center, or rehabilitation facility.  In this workshop we will, first, increase our awareness that older adult bullies do exist.  Bullying behavior is not confined to the playground or high school anymore.  Secondly, we will learn tools to empower the targets of the bullies so that they can respond effectively to their negative behaviors.  In order to prevent this behavior, we must intervene quickly.  Bullying behavior by anyone cannot be tolerated.  We must learn to take a stand against this behavior.

The Validation Breakthrough
): Naomi Feil

This session will focus on the physical, social and emotional traits that lead to change in old-old age and recognize the different stages of disorientation. The principles of Validation and how to age successfully and prevent burnout will be discussed.

Am I Getting Alzheimer’s? How Do I Tell If I Am? What Can I Do About It? 
Joyce Beedle

This session will share recommendations for keeping your physician informed and for keeping your brain as healthy as possible. Will also cover conditions that look just like Alzheimer’s but are completely fixable.

Sessions 3:00-4:30pm

Yoga for the Older Adult
Speaker(s): Lisa Wells

Yoga encompasses a broad range of practices, from exercise and movement, to breathing and meditation, that are helpful to maintain quality of life as we age.  An active yoga practice can sustain balance, strength, and range of motion while easing pain and helping to maintain mental acuity.  In this presentation I will briefly review the literature on yoga and aging bodies, discuss my experience in the classroom working with seniors for 15 years, and offer a short yoga and meditation experience adaptable for anyone and anywhere, from the lecture hall to an airplane seat. 

Health Promotion and Aging: The Most Interesting, Informative, Useful and Neglected Messages 
Speaker(s): David Haber

This workshop will highlight content from the book, Health Promotion and Aging (Springer, 2016), and will review the medical prevention services for older adults, and the neglected topics on exercise and the older adult. Complementary Alternative medicine and mental health will be discussed.

When Professionals Weep: Reflections On Our Intense Reactions with Seriously Ill, Dying, and Bereaved Individuals and Families 
Speaker(s): Patrick Arbore

Suffering is part of the human condition.  Every person suffers at some point in his or her life; the helping professional is no exception.  We develop beliefs about suffering through our personal experiences. Being present to suffering on a daily basis places huge demands upon our psyches, our souls, and our very being.  Through the loss, pain, and suffering of our friends, families, clients, and patients, we test the boundaries of our capacity to remain “present” with people in our care who may suffer as a result of psychological and/or physical problems.  If we fear pain and suffering, we run the risk of denying these feelings in our clients. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of providing compassionate care to the ill, the dying, and the bereaved.  To deny our basic humanity by remaining objective and distant will negatively impact the older people for whom we care.  To be fully ourselves is at the core of our caring connection with others.  As professionals can we open our hearts and feel the truth within our countertransference?  As Dass and Gorman noted “Hearts that have known pain {can} meet in mutual recognition and trust.”

Management of Tinnitus in the Older Adult
Tara Zaugg

Many people with tinnitus report difficulty accessing help for the condition within the health care system. This session will focus on provision of information that can be shared with patients who have tinnitus. Session attendees will be provided with information about tinnitus management strategies and the types of health care providers who help them. Attendees will learn how and where to access accurate educational materials that can be provided to patients with tinnitus. Attendees will learn about simple actions they can take help make the health care system feel like a safe, welcoming, and helpful place for people with tinnitus. 

Cancer Screening: Controversies and Best Practices
Helen Kao

This presentation will look at existing guidelines for cancer screening in average risk adults. The presentation will explore controversies regarding screening, and discuss why life expectancy (prognosis) is critical to making personalized decisions about cancer screening.