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The Western Mass Elder Care Conference 2017

An annual meeting for professionals in elder care services

On June 1, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Western Mass Elder Care Conference will once again take place at the Kittredge Center on the campus of Holyoke Community College, this year with a theme of “Live Your Life and Forget Your Age.” The conference offers an opportunity for professionals in Western Massachusetts to network, share knowledge and experiences with one another and educate themselves on topics related to their work in the field of elder care. The conference is open to anyone who provides professional services for elders in any capacity.

“It can be mentally helpful to take a break from our day-to-day work and take time to learn about what others are doing in the field of elder services,” says Trevor Boeding, a member of the conference’s steering committee and director of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Rides for Health programs at LifePath.

The keynote speakers at this year’s conference include Doug Foresta, a licensed social worker and therapist who will discuss the topic of successfully navigating change, and Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN-BC, who will lead a discussion on how dignity and health are positively related.

Fifteen different educational workshops will be offered over the course of the conference, with topics such as dementia caregiver support, estate planning and elder law, LGBTQ issues, and medical marijuana policy. Two of the scheduled workshops are “Benefits of Chair Yoga” with Gretchen Werle, RN-MSN at Franklin County Technical School, and “R.A.D. for Seniors,” a training on proactive strategies and physical techniques to improve personal safety, led by Fran Fox, MSCJ.

Continuing education units (CEUs) will be available.

Due to space considerations, registration will be capped at 230 people, so sign up soon to reserve a spot! Click here to see additional details and to register.

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