Conference Schedule

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Conference Welcome & Keynote Sponsored by WellMed

During this session, Justin Jones-Fosu will explore how to bring meaning to your work in the new normal. Justin will show you how to work differently when the rhythms around you have changed by:

  • Develop a mindset centered more on making meaningful progress over being busy
  • Use the Focused Frog to create momentum and accomplish your biggest tasks

Utilize the 3 Rhythm Model for a deeper commitment to self-development and growth.

11:30 AM – 12:55 PM Justin Jones-Fosu
   
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1:00 PM – 1:55 PM
   
After the Call (What Happens After I Report Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation to APS?

Texas Adult Protective Services is considered one of the best in the nation. This overview provides detailed insight into how you can decide when to report abuse neglect or exploitation to APS and what happens next. It also explores the services provided by the APS In Home Program.

Richard Diaz Jr., Adult Protective Services
   
Financing Long-Term Care for Older Adults: The Myths, the Facts and Planning Strategies

Presentation will review planning for long-term care for older adults. Material will include an explanation of the difference between a financial power of attorney, medical power of attorney and Will. Material will also include how to pay for long term care from home to assisted living to nursing home care, using Medicaid and Veterans Benefits. The presentation will conclude with a review of legal and care resources will be reviewed for caring for older adults.

Christina Lesher, Owner, Law Office of Christina Lesher
   
Community-Based Programs and Online Tools that Empower Older Adults to Age with Dignity

This session will discuss the role of the Center for Benefits Access and how our network of Benefit Enrollment Centers (BECs) empowers older adults and adults with disabilities to remain independent. We will also discuss the impact of the BenefitsCheckUp tool and how it improves outcomes for older adults.

Randy Feliciano, Senior Program Manager and Erin Kee McGovern, Associate Director for Economic Security, National Council on Aging
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2:00 pm – 2:55 pm
   
A Cup of Empowerment: Partnering to Strengthen Financial Security for Latino Older Adults

This presentation will provide attendees with the strategy and collaboration behind a national program to engage Latino seniors and their families to start conversations in their communities around benefits access and retirement and long life savings. In 2016, Latinos had a median household wealth of $6,400 compared to the median wealth of their white counterparts at $140,500. In 2018, the average Social Security benefit for seniors was $16,956. For a Latino man, the average benefit was $14,708, for Latinas – it was $12,260. Latinos continue to face many barriers to feeling financially secure as they age. How can organizations provide the tools to engage and empower this population as they age. Learn how two national organizations have collaborated to increase economic awareness, retirement readiness, and resources around benefits access for Latino older adults and their families.

Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs

 

   
Innovation & Resiliency: Adjusting Service models to Survive & Thrive

Meeting year-over-year growth goal during a pandemic: providing needed supplies, focusing on the mission to assist visually impaired consumers with maintaining their independence by shifting to virtually provide technology training connecting seniors to telehealth, adaptive aid training, and counseling assistance in a time of increased social isolation.

Shirlee Crandall, Living Skills Trainer/ADCES Certified Lifestyle Coach

Emily Larsen, Senior Program Director, San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind

   
Assistive Technology to Support Aging

Come explore assistive technology (AT) to enable older adults to be more independent, age in place and remain engaged as they age. Participants will learn about existing resources, AT tools that support aging and built in AT features in ubiquitous technologies such as cell phones, tablets and computers.

Angela Standridge, Director, Texas Technology Access Program
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3:00 pm – 3:55 pm
   
Behavioral Health and Aging: How Texas Supports Aging Texans

Texas Health and Human Services addresses behavioral health and aging issues to support older Texans in aging and living well. Session attendees will learn about the Texas HHS Behavioral Health and Aging workgroup and its priority areas, HHS opioid use and misuse in older adults project, and person-centered trauma-informed care for Holocaust survivor resources and trainings.

Holly Riley, Director, Aging Services Coordination

Chelsea Couch, Texercise Program Coordinator, Texas Health & Human Services Commission

   
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. (Satisfies State Alzheimer’s Disease Requirement)

Sarah Yvonne Jimenez, Instructor on Clinical Nursing

Franchesa Nunez, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

David Hernandez, Program Director, University of Texas-El Paso Alzheimer’s Association

   
Brick-and-Mortar + Virtual = The New Senior Center

Best Practice Caregiving is a free online database of vetted, proven dementia caregiving programs. Organizations that serve family caregivers can use this searchable, interactive, data-rich resource to compare and select from more than 40 evidence-based programs across the U.S. The database is an invaluable tool for healthcare and community service organizations, providers, funders and policy makers to discover and share high-quality programs for family caregivers. Speakers will address the development of the tool, demonstrate the features, and discuss the Stress-Busting Program, one of the program included in the database.

Jeff Rothberg, Director of Sales, MySeniorCenter
 
AARP and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) – Technology Innovation through Partnership

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 4:00 pm – 4:55 pm
   
Reimagining Mental Healthcare

Medicine now has the ability to preserve/prolong life. This section will consider the factors that have contributed to the environment of care and the goal setting that is required, as well as the ways in which health care providers communicate with patients and families. Contemporary health care ethics acknowledges that patients and family members need to articulate their preferences and advocate for their needs. What are the rights and responsibilities that individuals have when receiving medical care? What are critical terms that providers use and what do they mean?

Peggy Determeyer, McGee Fellow and Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center, Hope and Healing Center & Institute
   
Responding to the Tides of Change: Ensuring Equitable COVID-19 Support for Older Adults in Harris County

COVID-19 created great demand for an array of services and supports pertaining to older adults. In March 2020, Harris County Area Agency on Aging (HCAAA) located in Houston, Texas, received its first round of funding to respond to the impacts of the pandemic, and over time, received more funding to increase service capacity. Over a 12-month period, HCAAA received over $7 million to serve over 40,000 older adults by creating strategies to address the needs of this population and their families impacted by COVID-19. Service areas include: Rent and utility assistance, respite care, nutrition services, post-COVID recovery, in-home testing, in-home vaccines, and a call center infrastructure specifically designed to address these needs. During this session, attendees will learn how HCAAA assessed, planed for and implemented strategies to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to highlighting service provision, discussion will emphasize the importance of non-profit and for-profit partnerships and the quick execution of contracts that made the provision of services possible. Presenters will also provide attendees with information regarding the ways organizations can reproduce these strategies in the event of another similar public health emergency and share success stories and outcomes related to the COVID response.

Paula Johnson, Director

Janice Sparks, Senior Staff Analyst

Suzanne Terry, Administration Manager

Harris County Area Agency on Aging

   
Deceptive Business Practice Cases – Don’t Get Scammed!
Attendees will come away with a working knowledge of what deceptive business practice crimes look like and how these scammers operate. Participants will also gain valuable information and tips to help this population avoid these scams, as well as a solid understanding of what steps to take in the event they do fall victim to these illegal practices.
Cristina Viesca-Santos, Principal Attorney, Criminal Unit, Office of the El Paso County Attorney
   
Texas 2036 – Envisioning a Stronger Future through Data and Research
2021 AiTC Awards Ceremony 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Kim Schenck, Associate Commissioner, Access & Eligibility Services, Texas Health & Human Services Commission

THURSDAY, August 5, 2021

Rise & Shine with Haley Henderson sponsored by Superior Healthplan

Wake up and Rise and Shine with Haley Henderson a young up and coming wellness and fitness coach from Galveston, Texas. Haley will lead the group through several short stretches and exercises to help you start the day energized and ready to go!

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
   
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 9:30 AM – 10:25 AM
   
Introduction to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: The Value of Continuing Education as we Age

OLLIs are on 124 college/university campuses across the U.S. Each offers an array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for adults aged 50 or older interested in the joy of learning and staying socially and mentally active. Participating within the OLLI community provides benefits that support overall wellness in aging.

Lynn A. Provenzano, Executive Director, Lecturer, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Texas-El Paso
   
Texercise: An Update on a State Aging Health Initiative

Texercise is a statewide health promotions initiative of Texas HHS that encourages individuals and communities to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors such as regular physical activity and good nutrition. Session attendees will learn about Texercise resources and program components (existing and new) as well as virtual implementations that support aging Texans.

Chelsea Couch, Texercise Program Coordinator;

Holly Riley, Director of Aging Services Coordination,

Texas Health and Human Services

   
Professional Caregiving and our Own Families: The Prophet without Honor

What do you do when, as a senior-serving professional, you find yourself caring for older loved ones in your life? Often, it comes with challenges and pitfalls that other caregivers may not face. This session will encourage participants to learn from one-another as we explore the benefits and burdens of blending professional and personal roles.

Peggy Determeyer, McGee Fellow and Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center, Hope and Healing Center & Institute University of Houston

Tammy Mermelstein, Director, Collaboratory for Aging Resources & Education (CARE)

   
The Aging LBGTQ+ Population and Resilience: Developing Nursing Research

Human rights and social justice are unequally afforded to aged LGBTQ persons desiring successful aging in place or transition from independent, community living. Evidence-based literature emphasized gaps in social determinants of health. Remarkably, this population’s resiliency yields insights relevant for developing nursing dissertation research.

Aaron Loeb, Ph.D. Student, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Cizik School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center; Texas Woman’s University, Houston
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM
   
Texas Congregate Meal Initiative: Developing Customer Focused, Sustainable Congregate Models for Implementation

As Congregate Meal Programs begin to reopen post pandemic, this is a perfect time to rethink and implement program modernization. Hear about the Texas Congregate Meal Initiative project, what it entails, and how tools produced can help Texas Congregate Programs. Examples will be provided of congregate meal models and strategies.

Nandita Chaudhuri, Research Scientist, Texas A&M University

Regina Carter, OAAA Director, Texas Health & Human Services Commission

Linda Netterville, Dietician Consultant

   
Transfer on Death Deed: Estate Planning for Homeowners

The session will educate the audience on the uses and benefits of the Transfer on Death Deed (TODD) including: 1. How the TODD transfers real property to heirs avoiding the need for a will and the costs associated with probate; and 2. How and when a TODD can fit into overall estate planning including protection from Medicaid estate recovery (MERP).

Paul Zambie, Managing Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 11:30 AM – 12:25  PM
   
Aging and Living Well: Perspectives from Texas Women

Historically, women live longer, are paid less than men, and serve as the primary family caregiver. Limited options for retirement savings and standards steeped in ageism can impact how well women age. This session presents different viewpoints of aging from a panel of Texas women who work in the aging field.

Holly Riley, Director, Aging Services Coordination, Texas Heath and Human Services

Yvette Lugo, Director, Rio Grande AAA

Paula Johnson, Director, Harris County AAA

Patty Bordie, Director, Capital AAA

Rhonda Pogue, Director, Nortex AAA

Viola Monrreal, Director, Coastal Bend AAA

 
Staying Prepared during a Health Pandemic: A Year Later, Lessons Learned

The ADRC’s are viewed as the No Wrong Door initiative for Older Adults, Persons with Disabilities and Veterans. During the pandemic, ADRC’s were called to action to deliver assistance in non-traditional ways for ADRCs. This presentation will focus on the ADRC perspective of process and implementation of delivering direct services.

   
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Presents on the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program

This discussion will give community organizations, leaders, advocates and their communities a better understanding of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Audience members should be able to aide themselves and their community in determining interest in the program, household eligibility and how to receive the benefit, if eligible.

Chantal Virgile, Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist, Federal Communications Commission
   
Fitness and Social Trends Among Seniors in a Post-Pandemic Era

An exploration of trends in fitness and social connection among older adults, through the lens of Medicare Advantage enrolled Seniors, during both the pandemic and post-pandemic timeframes.

Justin Barclay, Vice President, Analytics & Data Strategy, Tivity Health
Break 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
   
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2:00 PM – 2:55 PM
 
BINGO: Encouraging Senior Engagement through Bingocize

Participation in this session will renew participants’ passion to promote social engagement for seniors. Participants will define the importance of social engagement utilizing research findings to explain its validity. They will also participate in an interactive activity that can later be used with populations of seniors served to increase social and community engagement.

Celia Garcia,  Chief Operating Officer of Social Services

Noelia Salinas, Supervisor

Project Amistad

   
Effective Communication Strategies: Decode Verbal and Behavioral Message from Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost. Learn the importance of communicating with individuals at different stages of the disease. Learn how to decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Sarah Yvonne Jimenez, Instructor in Clinical Nursing

Franchesa Nunez, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

David Hernandez, Program Director

University of Texas-El Paso Alzheimer’s Association

   
Dementia Friendly Fort Worth: Combating Isolation through Daily Activities

Presenters will explain how organizations can combat isolation through creation of daily activity programs. Collaborations and partnership play a major role in successfully launching and facilitating similar programs in their area. Special attention will be given to the positive impact on persons living with dementia and their care partners.

Gail Snider, Executive Director, Dementia Friendly Fort Worth
   
Best Practice Caregiving: Identifying Effective Dementia Programs for Family Caregivers

Best Practice Caregiving is a free online database of vetted, proven dementia caregiving programs. Organizations that serve family caregivers can use this searchable, interactive, data-rich resource to compare and select from more than 40 evidence-based programs across the U.S. The database is an invaluable tool for healthcare and community service organizations, providers, funders and policy makers to discover and share high-quality programs for family caregivers. Speakers will address the development of the tool, demonstrate the features, and discuss the Stress-Busting Program, one of the program included in the database.

Carol Zernial, Executive Director

Tina Smith, Director of Caregiver Program Operations

Jennifer Kretzschmar, Stress Busting Program Manager

WellMed Charitable Foundation

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3:00 PM – 3:55 PM
   
Aging and Health: Helping Our Clients Navigate Ethical Boundaries of Care

Medicine now has the ability to preserve/prolong life.  This section will consider the factors that have contributed to the environment of care and the goal setting that is required, as well as the ways in which health care providers communicate with patients and families.  Contemporary health care ethics acknowledges that patients and family members need to articulate their preferences and advocate for their needs.  What are the rights and responsibilities that individuals have when receiving medical care?  What are critical terms that providers use and what do they mean?  

Peggy Determeyer, McGee Fellow and Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center, Hope and Healing Center & Institute
   
How Texas Tackles Family Caregiving Providing Support Across the Caregiving Continuum

While caregivers can be paid staff, recent studies indicate most are family caregivers who receive no payment. This presentation will discuss how Texas supports caregivers across the continuum. The presenters will highlight supports across the spectrum from resources for future caregivers to long-term caregivers and respite support.

Olivia Burns, Aging Texas Well Coordinator

Claire Irwin, Age Well Live Well Coordinator

Texas Health & Human Services Commission

   
Are You Ready for the End? Legal Planning for End of Life Part 1

Everyone will come to the end of life, but nobody wants to talk about it. Let’s talk about it! Are you legally prepared; are your affairs in order? Do you care? Should you care? While we are not going to be here for what comes after the end of our life we can plan in advance how our loved ones will be able to handle some legalities of what can be an overwhelming time for them. This session can help you personally and professionally with planning for end of life.

Gabriella Reed, Assistant County Attorney, El Paso County
Finding the Hard-To-Find: A New Model to Target Potentially Vulnerable Older Adults

We all know that there are not enough resources to meet our community’s needs.  What if there was a way to target outreach opportunities to get the most bang for our buck?  The new CARE index provides a unique way of tackling an old problem.

Tammy Mermelstein, Director, Collaboratory for Aging Resources & Education (CARE), “Community Bioethics and Aging Center, Hope and Healing Center & Institute University of Houston
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM
   
Advocating Through & Beyond COVID: A Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Perspective

In this session we will understand the role of a LTC Ombudsman. We will explore the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on re-entry, outreach, and volunteerism to get a better understanding of the ways ombudsman have adjusted to these changes in effort to continue delivering effective advocacy for LTC residents.

Liz Olivia, Ombudsman

Emily Gillen, Staff Ombudsman

Alamo Area AAA Long-Term Care Ombudsman

   
Extreme Weather Task Force: A Community Based Solution for Protecting Vulnerable Older Adults

The presentation is on The Extreme Weather Task Force “Staying ahead of the Weather”. This session will provide an insight of this organization as to why and how it was created. Who is a part of this organization and what impact it has had in the community in protecting the most vulnerable from the extreme heat and extreme cold.

Grace Ortiz, Community Engagement Specialist, Adult Protective Services, Department of Family & Protective Services
   
Are You Ready for the End? Legal Planning for End of Life Part 2

Everyone will come to the end of life, but nobody wants to talk about it. Let’s talk about it! Are you legally prepared; are your affairs in order? Do you care? Should you care? While we are not going to be here for what comes after the end of our life we can plan in advance how our loved ones will be able to handle some legalities of what can be an overwhelming time for them. This session can help you personally and professionally with planning for end of life.

Gabriella Reed, Assistant County Attorney, El Paso County
   
Building the Business Acumen of Aging Services

Interested in learning how to increase your business savvy so that you can contract with health care entities? At this session the Aging and Disability Business Institute will provide information on the building blocks CBOs can use to enhance their business capacity and capitalize on emerging opportunities to diversify funding.

Doni Green, Director, North Central Texas AAA

Marisa Scala-Foley, Director, Aging & Disability Institute, Clearview Strategies, n4a, Comprehensive Care Connections

FRIDAY, August 6, 2021

Rise & Shine with Haley Henderson sponsored by Acadia 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
   
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 9:30 AM – 10:25 AM
   
Cultural Diversity in Long-Term Care Communities throughout the Lone Star State

This session will take you on a tour around Texas to get to know more about food and dining preferences, health and illness beliefs, and other meaningful activities, customs and traditions to break down barriers that impact care in our long-term care (LTC) communities.

Jennifer Wills, Joint Training Specialist

Samantha Chase, Joint Training Specialist, LTC Regulatory Services Division

Texas Health & Human Services Commission

   
Hunger and Malnutrition: The Role of Community Nutrition Programs

The purpose of the Older Americas Act Nutrition Program has focused on hunger and food insecurity. Provision of food and meals during the pandemic became a focus for community-based programs. This session will identify the relationship between hunger and malnutrition, and the role Nutrition Programs can play going forward.

Linda Netterville, Dietician Consultant
   
Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness Among People Living with Dementia

This session will focus on strategies programs that can be used to address social isolation and loneliness among people with dementia who live alone. Also, the economic impact that this disease has on us country wide. Last we will look at the most vital services needed as to date.

 

Don Smith, President & CEO, Texas Healthy at Home
   
Decreasing Social Isolation by Increasing Digital Skills

Forty-three percent of older adults report feeling lonely or isolated. Individuals age 60 and older who report feelings of loneliness had a 45% higher risk of death than those who do not report feeling lonely. Meanwhile, isolated seniors have a 59% greater risk of mental and physical decline than those who do not experience social isolation. For isolated seniors lacking the ability or the skills to access home internet, the COVID-19 isolation is not merely an inconvenience but a potentially life-threatening situation. In this presentation you will hear from Community Tech Network about their program Home Connect, a scalable digital literacy training program targeting low-income older adults who face social isolation. Developed in response to the pandemic and delivered remotely, the program has shown to decrease loneliness in program participants by 21%. Participants receive a 10-inch tablet, help signing up for home internet and at least 5-hours of digital literacy training provided in 5 languages.

Kami Griffiths, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Community Tech Network
Conference Closing & Keynote Address

During this session, Nickie employs a bold and tenacious approach and speaks to the realities of living the life of your dreams. In this provocative speech, she shares heartwarming (and heartbreaking) stories to showcase how you can choose your path and meet obstacles with unrelenting excitement to overcome, take action, and obtain your desired future.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Nickie Froiland