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Eighteen Research Posters will be presented.
Dr. Miles has spent the past 8 years listening to NH residents with complex chronic conditions who live in nursing centers. These listening sessions include the voices of nursing staff, dietary, environmental from all shifts. This presentation shares their insights and the unanticipated ways bereavement impacts population health. Dr. Miles’ interest in chronic disease and its impact on mortality, health care and the development of functional limitations has long been a focus of her research career. She explores chronic disease development and public health focus from multiple perspectives: population health; population genetics; grief as a risk factor for illness; person centered medical care and public policy.
Track A: Mindfulness – Reflection | 1A & 2A
Track B: Care Management – Best Practices | 1B & 2B
Track C: Managing and Embracing Change | 1C & 2C
Track D: Understanding Aging | 1D & 2D
Presenting the Mindful Presence Model as a process for developing compassionate self-care as the basis for being fully present for those we interact with daily. We must first “empty our own bowls”, so that we can then move “outward” and care deeply for others. This will be a “minds-on” session with embedded practices.
Present a tool based on best practices using materials from the CMS funded Tool Kit to train staff in the delivery of quality bereavement care. Emphasizes strategies to care for staff bereavement.
In the context of a global public health crisis, we are all at a leadership inflection point, calling for radical collaboration and cross-sector collective action. Together we can influence the system changes required to advance early detection and diagnosis among providers, address dementia disparities, ensure dementia-capable workforce, support caregivers, reduce cost of care, and increase quality of care/long term care. Together, we’ll all explore 1) what does radical collaboration mean? 2) what impedes and supports it? and 3) where are we experiencing small wins?
Understanding personality is the key to unlocking the human qualities that relate to how people behave. The personality traits that underpin all behaviors helps patients of all types develop the self-awareness to achieve greater outcomes in medical care; providers understanding of personality typology, traits, thinking and learning styles is useful in motivating patients.
A life task is to story and re-story. One’s previous assumed world is often altered by disruptive changes. Whether naïve or grounded, a person’s narrative informs their daily choices. And whether the altering story is mundane or core to one’s identity, a threshold can be crossed. In this experiential session, participants will explore perspectives and creative tools to evoke and assist when narratives change. Included in the session will be the grief of shattered stories; bibliotherapeutic tools for revising stories; and bridges between earlier, current, and future narratives.
Discover the separate and shared services and roles of the Behavioral Recovery Outreach Team (BRO Team) and the Geropsychiatry Program (geropsych). Together we will consider unique issues and barriers to care related to working with Veterans with neurocognitive disorder and/or severe mental illness. Discussion regarding benefits of these programs with regard to the specific needs of individuals being served, and opportunities for enhancement.
Who will you become when you no longer are what you have been? We will discuss the myths and realities that surround retirement. You will learn strategies to find passion, purpose and stay socially connected. Handouts are included in this interactive course as well as a list of resources along with practical, actionable tools to help you transition into a life filled with joy and purpose.
Opportunities abound for innovation around expanded health care services, creative designs and adaptive technologies. Providers must grow and update policies to embrace a multi-generational workforce. Many college graduates lack aging knowledge and experience with older adults outside of their own families – causing them to miss key areas for success. You will learn how Disrupt Aging Classroom seeks to change that trend.
An Age-Friendly Community includes safe, walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to needed services, and opportunities for residents to participate in community life. Panelists will provide updates on the MN Age-Friendly Network, the Governor’s Council on Age-Friendly Minnesota, the work of universities to become Age-Friendly, and the MN Northstar Geriatrics Work Force Enhancement Program’s successes in improving the healthcare and health of older adults across Minnesota.
Panelists will discuss innovative virtual and technology loan programming benefitting small rural communities; lessons learned from delivering evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults in safe ways that penetrate through operational and access barriers that existed prior to the pandemic; and how the pandemic highlighted existing shortfalls in the long-term care system and possible prevention strategies for the future.
Track A: End of Life Care| 3A & 4A
Track B: Creative Innovations: Technology and Art | 3B & 4B
Track C: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion | 3C & 4C
Track D: Aging Processes (biological, cognitive, behavioral) | 3D & 4D
Nationally there exists a relative scarcity of fulfilled healthcare directives within minority populations. Learn about one model for initiating advanced care planning and dialogue to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. The model embarks on a bi-directional approach: culturally knowledgeable provider training aligned with culturally pertinent community involvement. The goal was to empower AIAN to engage with healthcare providers on decisions influencing their care.
Learn about the transition to virtual programming at our senior centers. We will share our experiences and demo our new websites including virtual programming. Find out about our iPad loaner program and tech pilot that helps older adults connect to the virtual world. We will have a Q and A time to close our session, so come with your questions about virtual programming!
Learn from a researcher, the Minnesota Diverse Elders Coalition, and a community elder about the barriers to social and health justice in aging services. This session intends to not only educate on the impact of systemic racism and discrimination but provide recommendations to the attendees on the changes that are needed to see a difference in the outcomes. Minnesota consistently ranks among the healthiest and most senior-friendly in national polls. However, this is not true for everyone. Minnesota ranks as one of the highest in health disparities as a result of these systemic issues affecting communities of color and the LGBT community and their peers. Join us to do more than just admire the problem, as we gather to educate one another and discuss solutions!
Discussions on sexual function and how it may change throughout the lifespan; tips will be provided on how to maintain a healthy sex life for men and women. Myths about aging and sexuality will be debunked, and ageism will be considered as it relates to the elderly being sexual.
Dementia is a devastating, incurable disease affecting almost 6 million people living in America, and by 2060 that number is expected to soar to 15 million. Learn how those with an early diagnosis of dementia, and their loved ones, can implement proper planning to remain in control of their lives and care in the early stages of a dementia diagnosis. Learn of new online resources to help document their values and priorities when facing a dementia diagnosis.
Learn how teaching artists have adapted to online platforms, how to best engage students, and why creative pursuits matter more than ever to combat the isolation and loneliness many older adults are feeling now. This session will bring to life conversation with teaching artists about the move to online classes, why they are beneficial for older adults and how they can still build community.
Learn about the research being conducted to better understand the needs of the LBGTQ and HIV-positive seniors, and how this will help inform strategies, communication, advocacy and programming for those interested in reducing the health disparities of this community.
As autism has become more widely understood, many adults are being diagnosed. However, a large gap in our knowledge is how autism interacts with aging processes. This course seeks to dispel myths about autism as only a childhood disorder, outline how it manifests in adult populations, and highlight the challenges faced by aging autistics across the spectrum. Using research and the voices of elder autistics, we will address their concerns and how those who work with elder populations can be inclusive and address their unique needs.
Moderator: Roberta Meyers, MD, MPH, Hennepin Healthcare; President Elect, MGS
Dr. Osterholm is on the front lines of our nation’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. He is a distinguished member of President Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board and served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State (June 2018 – May 2019). Dr. Osterholm will provide a unique inside perspective on national COVID-19 prevention efforts and answer your questions about where we are, where we are going, and what’s next.