The week-long 2011 Aging in America Conference presented by the American Society on Aging convenes tomorrow in San Francisco at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham hotels.
The conference will include over 600 workshops covering over 50 content areas in the field of aging, ranging from ethnic diversity to mental health, from business and aging to caregiving, from lifelong learning to housing and technology, from public policy to spirituality. Over 3,000 attendees will gain insights into best practices, successful local and national programs as well as current research on areas affecting the aging process and healthy aging. In addition, an exhibit hall will showcase over 150 vendors with products and services for successful aging.
Included in the programming are general conference sessions and lectures featuring nationally-known experts in the field of aging. The general session, The Future of Aging Services in America, held on Tuesday from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, will feature Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Representative Nancy Pelosi, House of Representatives Democratic Leader.
Also featured are local site visits to see successful aging programs in action. Included are: On Lok Lifeways, Avenidas in Palo Alto, the Buck Institute for Age Research and the Jewish Community Center’s congregate meal program as well as a labyrinth walk with author Gail Sheehy.
Conference presenters are from across the country, and include local experts from the greater Bay Area. Several East Bay experts are also featured.
Gennifer Mountain, the Fall Prevention Program Manager of Contra Costa County with Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services, Maureen Parent LIFE ElderCare’s Fall Prevention Coordinator and Martin Simenc, President of Home Safety Services will be part of a panel on best practices in fall prevention. They will share services and activities that have helped thousands of seniors reduce their fall risk and improve their quality of life by using a unique combination of internal and external resources and partnerships.
Suzanne Leib, MFT, Arlene Phillips, MA, and Mary Spear, RN, MSN of John Muir Senior Services will present a panel on the coordination of care and services within an elder-friendly health system. Their discussion will focus on the role of care coordination, patient navigator, chronic care case management, geriatric clinical nurse specialist, and fall prevention in the successful provision of hospital services to a growing aging community.
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