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April 24, 2019 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Sturbridge Host

$30 for first attendee from your community

$15 for each additional attendee from your community

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Agenda

9:30    Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 Welcome and Keynote – Abbington

  • Robin Lipson, Acting Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs

10:45  Workshop Session 1

  • LGBTQ Programs: Importance in CommunitiesSeminar 1 – Bob Linscott, Assistant Director, LGBT Aging Project, The Fenway Institute
    • Discussion about the importance of LGBTQ programs at senior centers, barriers to providing service, strategies to overcome barriers and descriptions of some successful programs.
  • Political Activity and Public ResourcesSeminar 2 – Jason Tait, Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance
    • Learn the importance of campaign finance law and how it applies to political activity by public employees, including the restriction on employees’ fundraising and on fundraising in government buildings. Restrictions on the use of public resources to influence voters in ballot question elections on the local level, especially Proposition 2½ overrides.
  • Dementia Friendly CommunitiesExecutive – Patty Sullivan, Dementia Friendly Massachusetts and Keith Lanzilotti, Co-Chair Lunenburg Dementia Friendly Action Team

An estimated 160 communities large and small are working towards becoming dementia friendly and taking the “DFM Pledge” to continue the work.  Come and learn about how to bring community members together in a smaller town environment to develop a plan and move forward with the work that will truly change the dynamic for people living with dementia.

11:45  Lunch and General Session – “Telling a New Story about Aging”

  • Alrie McNiff Daniels, Senior Communications Officer – Tufts Health Plan Foundation

1:00    Workshop Session 2

  • Healthy Aging Data ReportSeminar 1 – Elizabeth Dugan, PhD, Associate Professor of Gerontology in the McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
    • This hands on session will give participants the opportunity to learn about the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report and how to utilize the report to its fullest potential.
  • Activity Idea RelayExecutive – Bethany Loveless, Director, Dracut Senior Center
    • Looking for new and exciting activities and events for your senior center? Want to brainstorm with other COA professionals in a fun and interactive way? Join us for a relay of ideas in this team challenge environment.
  • Be Wise about ImmunizationsSeminar 2 – Tim Temple, Pfizer Innovative Health
    • Pfizer has initiated an awareness campaign about the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) comprehensive vaccination recommendations for older adults. They will discuss tips, tools, partnerships and strategies about how to be wise about prevention all year long.
  • Well Ageing Vision and EngagementCheshireDavid Kidd, Churchill Fellow – Northeast Health Wrangaratta, Victoria, Australia
    • Kidd will lead a roundtable discussion about his Well Ageing work in Australia and how Age Friendly has emerged from his work in Northeast Australia.

2:00    Workshop Session 3

  • Reframing AgingExecutive – Alrie McNiff Daniels – Senior Communications Officer, Tufts Health Plan Foundation
    • Want to learn more about framing? Have a communications challenge you’d like to get framing advice about? Join Alrie for an informal conversation about strategic framing.
  • Healthy Aging Data ReportSeminar 1 – Elizabeth Dugan, PhD, Associate Professor of Gerontology in the McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston
    • This hands on session will give participants the opportunity to learn about the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report and how to utilize the report to its fullest potential.
  • Operating a Volunteer Transportation Program: Models, Tools, and ResourcesSeminar 2Jennifer Henning, Mobility Coordinator, MassMobility, John Zienowicz, Executive Director, Ware Council on Aging, Jeanne M. Teehan, Outreach Supervisor, Billerica Council on Aging
    • Many Massachusetts COAs offer volunteer driver programs to help older adults get to medical appointments, shopping, or social engagements. These programs are a vital part of the community transportation network, especially in rural and suburban areas where other transportation options are limited. This session will feature considerations for design and operations, as well as highlight tools and resources available to support your COA in implementing and/or sustaining a volunteer driver program. You’ll also hear from two Councils on Aging who successfully operate their own volunteer transportation service.

 

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