2019 Conference Program
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.