Friday Schedule

Session One 10am-noon


F1-1  Time Management On Purpose

Classical time management centers on strategies to gain agency in our lives. Yet, what good are tools and techniques if we don’t know why we do what we do? This session combines time management and spirituality to fulfill “The Prime Directive” of life — channeling the energy of the universe through our unique vessel. The clearer we are about why we do what we do and who we are, the more centered, powerful, joyful, and at ease we can be.

We’ll alternate between practicing time management strategies and exploring our uniqueness through writing/sharing exercises (putting self-criticism aside). It will be revealing. It will be helpful. It will be fun.

Pam Kristan, Owner of Pam Kristan Consulting

Handouts:  Please print prior to session

CEUs Offered: No


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F1-2  Nutrition Programs in and Around COAs

Listen in on a discussion of the importance of preventing older adult malnutrition, the state of nutrition programs in the United States and how all Councils on Aging can make an impact.

Tara Hammes, RD, Director of Member Services – Nutrition, Massachusetts Councils on Aging
Bob Blancato, President, Matz, Blancato & Associates, Inc., Executive Director, NANASP, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, National Coordinator, Elder Justice Coalition

CEUs Offered: No

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F1-3  How Being H.I.P (Healthy Initiative Programming) can improve population health outcomes and community development for low income older adults

Low income elderly communities around the United States face many challenging health problems whose complexity makes them increasingly unresponsive to traditional single-solution health promotion and community development approaches (Emejulu & Scanlon, 2016). Several inter-professional approaches have developed strategies to understand these health issues and devise interventions that have been shown to improve health and develop a sense of community (Buff & Jenkins, 2015, Steiner & Markantoni 2014). One such approach is the Healthy Independent Program (HIP). This program is a collaboration between public health nursing and occupational therapy students at Salem State University. The emphasis of this inter-professional fieldwork was the pooling of resources, utilizing each professions’ strengths, diversifying approaches, and creating collaborative interventions designed to improve health outcomes in this traditionally under-served community within which wide health disparities exist (Burnell, 2013).  The aims of the project were to develop an understanding of the community’s immediate needs by actively engaging the community served, identify the community’s health promotion priorities, improve the sense of community and further develop the professional identity and readiness for inter-professional practice of the students involved.  The HIP demonstrated improved chronic disease management strategies, socialization of low-income elders, community development and students’ readiness to participate in inter-professional practice.

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Professor and Chairperson of Occupational Therapy Salem State University
Carol Gawrys DNP,RN Assistant Professor of Nursing Salem State University

CEUs Offered: 2 SW CEU, 2 Nursing CEU, 2 LMHC CE


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F1-4 COA Transportation: Options and Resources

Join MassMobility for an informative and engaging session on how COAs can offer transportation and increase mobility for older adults. Whether you are new to your COA, looking to expand your COA’s transportation offerings, or seeking new ways to safely transport seniors in the pandemic, join us to learn about different models of senior transportation, examples of how Massachusetts COAs are promoting mobility, transportation strategies during COVID-19, and resources available from the state to support your efforts. This session will include small group discussions and guest presenters. Bring your questions and ideas!

Rachel Fichtenbaum, MassMobility, EOHHS Mobility Manager
Trevor Boeding, Director, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program/Rides for Health, LifePath, Inc.
Jenna Henning, Grants Management Specialist, MassDOT

CEUs Offered; No

F1-4 Rachel Fichtenbaum MassMobility Presentation

F1-4 Jennifer Henning MassDOT Presentation

F1-4 Trevor R4H Presentation

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Plenary (12:00-1:00)

We wrap up the conference with a Welcome from MA Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo followed by an inspiring keynote by Ramsey Alwin, the new President and CEO of NCOA, followed by a special presentation from MCOA President Becky Moriarty, and closing thoughts by Secretary Elizabeth Chen. 

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