2019 Conference Program

Social Isolation:
Challenges for Aging Professionals and Families

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Lynda Flowers, AARP

2019 MGA Conference Program
Thursday, June 6, 2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am       Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibitors


8:30 am - 8:45 am       Welcome

                                    Ted Gross, President of MGA


8:45 am - 9:30 am       Keynote: Social Isolation Study

                                    Lynda Flowers, AARP


                                    Learning Objectives:

                                    Understand the impact of social isolation on Medicare spending

                                    Understand the difference between social isolation and loneliness

                                    Identify policy solutions to reduce Medicare spending for the socially isolated                                                                                                             Understand potential solutions to reduce social isolations



9:30 am - 10:30 am     Session 1: Grief, Loss and Loneliness 

                                    Fabio Lomelino, Gilchrist


                                    Learning Objectives:

                                    Understand the severe physical mental and emotional impacts of social isolation on bereaved individuals.

                                    Learn about evidence-based interventions to address social isolation.

                                    Explore tangible ways of addressing isolation in participant’s field of work.


10:30 am - 10:40 am  Break


10:40 am – 11:30 am  Session 2:  Managing Hoarding

                                    Heather Murphy, Abilities Network

                                    Learning Objective:

                                    What is hoarding?

                                    What causes hoarding?

                                    What resources are available?


11:30 am - 12:00 pm  Exhibitor Fair


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm    Lunch/Awards/Raffles

                                    Remarks from Honorable Rona E. Kramer, Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging


1:15 pm – 2:15 pm      Session 3:  Exploring Village Communities in Maryland

                                    Mandy Arnold, Partners in Care

                                    Pazit Aviv, Montgomery County Villages

                                    Lisa Budlow, Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.

                                    Arnold Howard, President, Northwest Neighbors Connecting


                                    Learning Objectives:

                                    Participants will be able to describe at least three different village models.

                                    Participants will identify at least two ingredients vital for village success.

                                    Participants will be able to list at least two creative ideas for village activities.


2:15 pm - 2:25 pm      Break


2:25 pm – 3:20 pm      Session 4: Health Risks to Older Adults

                                    Dr. Thomas Cudjoe, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine


                                    Learning Objectives:

                                    Recognize the role of social connections on health

                                    Summarize the prevalence of social isolation among older adults

                                    Review sociodemographic factors associated with social isolation


3:20 pm – 3:30 pm      Break


3:30 pm- 4:30 pm       Session 5: Efforts to Reduce Isolation and Loneliness in Minority and Vulnerable Communities

                                    Communities: Panel Discussion and Table Conversations


                                    Vivien Hsueh, Chinese American Senior Services Association (CASSA)

                                    Monte Ephraim,LCSW-C, LGBT Health Resource Center & Elder Adult Programming at Chase Brexton

                                    Revathi Vikram, M.D., ASHA for Women and Montgomery County Commission on Aging


                                    Learning Objectives:

                                    Attendees will describe three different ways organizations can reach out to vulnerable older adults and convey that they                                         are welcome.

                                    Attendees will identify potential barriers/difficulties organizations may face in engaging vulnerable adults and how to                                               overcome them 

                                    Attendees will identify at least two ingredients vital for success with engaging vulnerable older adults. 

                                    Attendees will list at least two creative ideas for activities that may address the needs of vulnerable older adults.


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm      Poster Session and Networking Reception

Conference Conclusion

CEU Credits: The Maryland Gerontological Association is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for Continuing Education for licensed social workers in Maryland and maintains responsibility for this program. The training is approved for 5.75 hours of Category I continuing education units. 

Conference Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to identify risk factors for and identify individuals at risk of social isolation and the differences between loneliness and social isolation.

  • Participants will understand how loneliness and social isolation impact the health of older adults and their caregivers.

  • Participants will identify strategies and programs to increase community engagement, social vibrancy and vitality.