Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Schedule

Registration 7:15-8:15am

Orientation & Keynote 8:15-9:45am

Building Resilience: An Age-Friendly Approach to Help People and Communities Thrive
Danielle Arigoni

Danielle Arigoni will talk about how policy makers, planners and citizen activists are making making neighborhoods, towns, counties, and cities more livable for people of all ages.

Sessions 10:00-11:30am

Effective Treatment of Sleep Disorders in Older Adults
Speaker(s): Michael Vitiello

The presentation will provide an overview of the various causes of disturbed sleep in older adults and will detail appropriate treatment strategies for these causes.

Environmental Gerontology: From Theory to Practice
Speaker(s): Melissa Cannon

As individuals age, social and physical environments shape their identity, health, and well-being. The field of environmental gerontology - which focuses on the description, explanation, and modification or optimization of the relationships between older adults and their sociospatial surroundings - has contributed to the discipline of gerontology as well as to improving lives of older adults (Wahl & Weisman, 2003). This presentation will highlight those contributions and their relevance to practitioners serving an aging population

Integrating and Aligning Healthcare for Older Adults Eligible for Medicaid and Medicare
Speaker(s): Jennifer Valentine

This panel presentation will focus in on providing a picture of the work of the Oregon Health Authority and health plan partners to improve health outcomes for dual eligible seniors in Oregon.

Engaging the Aging and Focusing for Change
Speaker(s): Ali Hall

This fast paced and interactive session will highlight motivational interviewing skills and strategies for engaging the aging and focusing toward change. Participants will have an opportunity to practice a brief engaging conversation, as well as navigate a shared agenda of change topics to support the aging.

Pain & Aging: What Are We Treating & How Can We Treat It?
Speaker(s): Kevin Cuccaro
and Sharna Prasad

This session will access the prevalence of geriatric pain and outcome of common pain therapies and describe the three dimensions required to create the experience of pain. We will construct a conceptual model that validates the patient experience and guides treatment towards safer and potentially more effective methods.

Keynote 12:00-1:00pm

Global Innovation: Thriving with Dementia
Benjamin Surmi

People around the globe are experimenting with fresh ways to help people living with dementia thrive. What can we who work in the Pacific Northwest learn from people around the world? From social programs to technology to city planning to engage the arts in new ways, the innovation right now is highly hopeful. Spark your own creativity. Broaden your knowledge of what is possible. Look beyond our borders for inspiration.

Sessions 1:15-2:45pm

Understanding Older LGBT Community from a Trauma-Informed Lens
Speaker(s): Paul Iarrobino

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 your knowledge of these unique health and social disparities by sharing real life examples, research findings, and emerging best practices.

Social Security – Everything You Need to Know
Speaker(s): Kimberly Herrmann

Social Security helps older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. This session will discuss Social Security retirement, disability, spousal and survivor benefits.

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Geriatric Population
Speaker(s): Anand Kumthekar
and Jenna McGoldrick

This session will look at the clinical features, cornerstones of management and the impact of rheumatoid arthritis in the older adult.

Evoking Motivation for Change
): Ali Hall

This intensive practice session will highlight motivational interviewing skills and strategies for evoking motivation toward change. Participants will engage in interactive exercises that will enhance their abilities to evoke others' importance and confidence for approaching challenges in aging.

Hypertension in the Older Adults: 2018 Evidence Update
Speaker(s): Michelle Odden

The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association 2017 guideline recommends a systolic blood pressure goal of 130 mmHg in all ambulatory, non-institutionalized persons 65 years and older. This is a striking change from the 2014 guidelines from the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8), which recommend a blood pressure goal of less than 150/90 mmHg in persons aged 60 and older. This session will include a critical review of the 2017 guideline and contrast it with the approach taken in 2014. Michelle will summarize recent evidence that led to the change including the results of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). Additionally, Michelle will discuss the evidence regarding special considerations for treatment of hypertension among older adults including the presence of multimorbidity, frailty, and chronic health conditions.


Sessions 3:00-4:30pm

Empathy: How to Give It, and How to Get Some
Speaker: Tina Taylor

Empathy is the state of true connection, with both self and other. Whether at work or at home, we thrive best when we feel both connected and genuine. Managers, staff, providers, relatives, caregivers, and even patients can improve their quality of experience through empathy training. The model of NonViolent Communication (aka NVC) will be our basis.

Tai Chi for the Older Adult
Speaker(s): James Lusk

Tai Chi uses movement, breath and visualization to benefit the stability of the older adult in the key areas of the following:  base of support, center of gravity, center of mass,  gait, limits of stability, postural control, spatial orientation and weight bearing. Through this session, those involved in elder care will get a taste of Tai Chi by participating in basic Tai Chi moves, giving them an understanding of the growing consensus of evidence-based Tai Chi studies. From having a personal experience of Tai Chi, they will be able to understand its benefits and confidently recommend it to clients whose needs have been determined by various functional assessments

"De-prescribing" to Improve Drug Therapy Using the Beers Criteria
Speaker(s): William Simonson

An important mantra of geriatric drug therapy in the elderly is, “It is a lot easier to start a drug than it is to stop a drug.” This often results in polypharmacy, the excessive and inappropriate use of medications. Irrational polypharmacy can be countered by the organized and rational process of “de-prescribing.” This presentation will discuss this process and will review a variety of ways to promote deprescribing including use of the Beers criteria, the STOPP/START method and other approaches.

Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults
Speaker(s): Jessica Gregg

This session will look at the extent of the opioid problem in the older adult and how this disorder develops and its relationship to pain. The tools for diagnosis and treatment will be discussed.

Voices Uncensored: The Profound Act of Creative Expression and Storytelling
Speaker(s): Paul Iarrobino and Amy Henderson

Storytelling is hardwired into all of us. It is how we see the world, and how we explain it. True democratic community storytelling, written, oral or through visual representation, gives a voice to everyone, no matter where they came from or how they got there. Stories foster understanding and acceptance by providing an uncensored opportunity for life stories from diverse and underserved populations. They provide the platform for self-representation, for sharing experiences with like-minded people, and an opportunity that then influences debate and discourse.

Sessions 4:45pm-5:45pm

Video: "Cracked: A New Light on Dementia"

Discussion to follow video.
No CEU credit.