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Carroll Community College Holds Serving Seniors Conference

Release Date: 8/16/2013

Carroll Community College Holds Serving Seniors Conference

Westminster, Md., —On Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carroll Community College will present a conference titled “Serving Seniors: What Professionals Need to Know.”

The interdisciplinary conference for professionals working with older adults and their families will include a keynote presentation and training workshops. Social workers and counselors who attend the entire program are eligible for 4.75 Category One continuing education units. The event is co-sponsored by the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities.

Registration is required. Please call Continuing Education and Training at 410-386-8100.

Conference Information:

Course # VOC-471-A2
$55 (tuition: $13; fees: $42); includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch

8 a.m.– 9 a.m.: Registration, refreshments and vendor displays
9 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.: Keynote presentation
10 a.m. – noon: Morning workshop
Noon – 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m.– 3 p.m.: Afternoon workshop
3 p.m.- Conclusion

Keynote Presentation - The Future of Aging in America
9 a.m. -9.45 a.m.
Mike Stovall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Chair - Business & Social Sciences
Carroll Community College

By the year 2023, the United States will reach full “Florida-ization,” meaning nearly one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. Learn about the many social and economic implications of the graying of America. A gerontologist reflects on the challenges, but more importantly, the many opportunities that the aging population brings to our lives.

Concurrent Workshops
(Select one morning and one afternoon session)

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: What to Look For, How to Help
XXB090 A2: 10 a.m. – noon
XXB090 B2: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Professionals working with a senior population will invariably interact with those who will suffer from Alzheimer’s and related Dementia. The more you know, the better you can care for these individuals. Learn to differentiate between Alzheimer’s and its symptoms, Dementia. Discover ways to help clients as you regularly interact with them. Assist clients and their families to connect with resources available in our community.
Instructor: Jim Rowe, RN, DN/CM consultant in Assisted Living/Assisted Living Educator

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Helping Seniors with End of Life Issues
XXB091 A 2: 10 a.m. – noon
XXB091 B2: 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
Learn about the senior population in our community and the prevalence of chronic illnesses. Identify end-of-life landmarks and tasks, and how to handle difficult conversations with clients and families. Options for care, including matching wants, needs and reality, and care planning, are addressed. Hospice philosophy and services are also explored in this informative and interactive presentation.
Instructor: Lorna Rice, LCSW-C

The Difference Between Life and Death: Powers of Attorney and Guardianships vs. Wills
XXB092 A2: 10 a.m. – noon
XXB092 B2: 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
How does one determine if a lack of capacity or merely poor decision-making is behind a bad decision? What does one do in either of these circumstances? Address these questions by looking at guardianship and the alternatives.
Instructors: Gail Jones, coordinator for the Public Guardianship Program, Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities; Powel Welliver, family law administrator, Circuit Court of Carroll County; Paul Zimmerman, Carroll County Register of Wills

Patient-Centered Care: The Emerging Culture Change in Health Care
XXB093 A2: 10 a.m. – noon
XXB093 B2: 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
In an effort to provide quality service and satisfy the needs of the health care consumer while preventing chronic readmissions, the focus of care is shifting to the patient. Learn about the patient-centered care model, and how providers partner with patients and families to identify and meet the full range of patient needs and preferences.
Instructor: Jill Rosner, RN, BSN


Note to the media: For best response to inquiries, please contact Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail

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