AGEISM: Reframing the Narrative

  •  2019 Annual Conference
  •  Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT

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Holiday Inn
6001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131

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Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Conference Overview

Keynote Luncheon Speaker:

Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Ph.D. 

 Brandeis University


Topic: Defy Ageism, Not Aging


Margaret Morganroth Gullette, a pioneer in age studies, is the author of Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People (2017), which won the 2018 award for the American Psychological Association for contributions to women and aging, and the 2018 Modern Language Association Prize for Independent Scholars. Gullette’s other prize-winning books include Agewise, a 2012 winner of the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Aged by Culture was chosen a Noteworthy Book of the Year by the Christian Science Monitor, and Declining to Decline won the Emily Toth Award for the best feminist book on American popular culture.

Featured Speakers:


 Stacey Easterling, Nonprofit & Philanthropic         Leader

 Topic: Call to Action - Effective Strategies to     Navigate the   Reframing Course


Stacey Easterling has extensive experience working as a leader in both community-based and philanthropic organizations. Her philanthropic leadership experience has spanned the national, state, and local levels in the areas of aging and health. Her nonprofit sector work focused on community- based health. While at The Cleveland Foundation, Stacey led the Foundation's seminal work in aging, the Successful Aging Initiative, a three-year $4 million investment to better engage Cleveland's older adults. At the Atlantic Philanthropies, she served for seven years as a program executive on the U.S. Aging Program team where she managed a portfolio of $35 million working primarily in the areas of economic security, older adult engagement (volunteerism and lifelong learning), and addressing the needs of elders of color. Stacey received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her master's in public health from the University of Michigan.


 Kate Sommerfeld, President, Social Determinants   of Health, ProMedica

 Topic: The Influence of Social Determinants of     Health on an Aging Population


Kate Sommerfeld is the president of the Social Determinants of Health Institute for ProMedica, a mission-driven, not-for-profit, health care system serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Kate is responsible for shaping ProMedica’s work in social determinants of health, including clinical integration, medical education and training, and strategic community initiatives.  Prior to joining ProMedica, she worked for various community-based and nonprofit organizations including in the United Way system leading both rural and urban change. Kate has undergraduate degrees in political science and child psychology from Purdue University and a master's of public administration degree from Bowling Green State University.  


 Jenny DiJames & Michael Beer 


Topic: What's Going on in D.C.? A   Legislative Update on Senior Issues from   Both Sides of the Aisle

Jenny DiJames served as the Legislative Director for Congressman Bud Cramer, an Alabama Democrat, and Member of the House Appropriations and Intelligence Committees. She is widely acknowledged as an expert appropriations hand, but also has successfully worked with Congress on legislation across the issue spectrum to include national security, criminal justice, energy and environment, transportation, financial services, and health care.

Mike Beer has been involved in public policy and politics for more than twenty years. His career has included work in state (Ohio) and federal government, including more than six years working for a senior Member of the U.S. House Budget and Appropriations Committee. Mike has more than eleven years, and a host of team-driven client success stories in the advocacy field.

Afternoon Sessions:

Aging and Disabilities 101 (Part 1 and 2)

An opportunity to learn about barriers faced by individuals with disabilities. Part 1 will explore systemic, socio-economic and attitudinal barriers faced by persons with disabilities as they age. Part 2 will provide practical information to enhance the professional’s ability to help clients proactively plan for the unexpected including emergency preparedness, both for evacuation or sheltering in place.

Lonely No More - Eliminating Isolation and Loneliness

Terms like 'solo aging' and 'orphaned seniors' have been coined to describe the plight of isolation and loneliness that effects too many older adults. A panel discussion will highlight programs/services that reduce isolation and loneliness through focused interventions.

Optimal Health: Challenges and Triumphs
We all want to age well.  Hear about various concerns faced by older adults and health professionals as we strive to achieve positive health outcomes. Learn about the unique concerns of older persons, LGBTQ, and Veteran populations.
Food as Medicine
Food insecurity and hunger amongst older adults is significant. About 10 million or 1 in 6 older adults face the threat of hunger. Learn about innovative programs to reduce barriers in order to improve health and well-being.
Communities that Care - Effective Practices
Explore the emergence of initiatives that focus on a comprehensive approach to address the concerns of an aging population. Panel of experts will share regional, state, and national perspectives.

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6 CEU's Available for Social Workers and Nurses

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Deadline to Register for the Conference is Thursday, August 15, 2019.

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