2014 Western Mass Elder Care Conference
Morning Keynote Speaker
Dealing with Difficult People! Doug Foresta, MSW, nationally renowned presenter, radio host, and clinician at Change Happens, Inc. will introduce secrets and tips of surviving and thriving while dealing with difficult people.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Retiring the Champ: Coaching Life's Last Big Battle. Judith Black, BS Storyteller/Educator will regale us with a story from a client's perspective followed by discussion about Alzheimer's disease and end of life care.
A-1 Trading Up to Better Nutrition
Carrie Taylor, RD, LDN Lead Dietitian, Big Y Foods, Inc. Understand the premise of the NuVal Scoring System available at Big Y stores. Identify key nutrient's impacts on the nutritiousness of food and impact on health. Learn of the services provided by the Living Well Eating Smart Wellness Team to help caregivers provide extensive nutrition benefits to their clients.
A-2 Personality Disorders
Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD, Core Faculty, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Challenge your mind while you learn the distinction between personality style and a per-sonality disorder. Learn to characterize a personality disorder while becoming familiar with a "goodness of fit" model and its clinical utility.
A-3 Veteran's Benefits: An Overview
Steven James Connor, Director of Central Hampshire Veteran's Services Gain a better understanding of Federal and State Veteran Benefits as well as strategies to connect with Veteran's Service Options in your community.
A-4 Same-Sex Married Couples: Laws and Benefits
JM Sorrell, BA, Ombudsman Program Director, Highland Valley Elder Services Seunghee Cha, J.D., Attorney at Law The landscape is changing for same-sex couples. Learn about the DOMA Supreme Court decision and it's effect on same-sex partners in Massachusetts. Hear about social security benefits, tax filing options and also of legal protections that are still unavailable to same-sex married couples.
A-5 Identity Theft-Deterrence, Detection, and Developments
Gina M. Barry, J.D., Attorney Become familiar with the most common and recent types of identity thefts and schemes. Learn ways to assist a victim of identity theft and the best precautions to avoid identity theft.
A-6 Alphabet Soup-The ABCs of Care-A Panel Discussion
Joe Larkin RN BSN Executive Director, Mercy LIFE, Terry Roberts, BA MassHealth Programs Coordinator; GSSSI, Mary Beth Dowd, BA Client Services Director; GSSSI, Sally Crowther, BA Director Clinical Services; Commonwealth Care Alliance Identify the benefits, purpose, and eligibility of the newest program acronyms: PACE, AFC, PCA, OneCare, and SCO. Panel moderated by Joe Larkin.
A-7 Understanding a Food Label and Food Health Claims
Vanessa Gagnon, BA Dietician, Nutritionist, Highland Valley Elder Services Learn to decipher a nutrition label and understand how the label relates to health condi-tions. Become aware of what health claims on food labels really mean and how they can be used to make healthier food
A-8 Understanding One's Life Story
Doug Foresta, MSW, Clinician, Change Happens, Inc. Learn three tips for using story to facilitate healing, articulate how stories are a powerful vehicle for positive change, discover three important secrets for overcoming fear through storytelling and create an action plan for incorporating story into everyday practice. choices.
A-9 The Crystal Ball/Magic Wand Approach to Late Life Planning
Hyman Darling, J.D. Attorney Deborah Hollingworth, LAW, Geriatric Resources Advisor, GSSSI A discussion about legal issues relevant to late life planning and the appropriate documentation needed, financial planning, community resources and public benefits.
A-10 Cutting Edge Ideas on the Horizon for Western Mass
Victory Home Care
Charm Medical Supply
Louis & Clark
Mass Commission for The Blind
New England Emergency
O'Connell Senior Living
Rockridge Retirement Community
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