CASI Conference on Aging
“Shades of Grey – Diverse Approaches on Aging”
May 17, 2017 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI)
1035 W Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806
Seniors across the area give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s senior looks like.
Our annual conference is an opportunity to shine a light on many important issues and tdends facing our seniors and those who care for them. More than ever before, older Americans are taking charge, stdiving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. They expect to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and they’re insisting on changes that make that possible. What it means to age has changed and this conference is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.
Opening Session - Teri Clark, MPH. "SEXcessful Aging"
Sex and sexuality are human needs that evolve and change over our lifecycle; however, the topic of intimacy and aging is one that is often overlooked when working with seniors. If we talk about successful aging, we need to include the role of intimacy and expressing our sexuality throughout our later years.
- Understand the need for addressing sexuality and sexual health as part of a successful aging model
- Debunk myths about intimacy, aging and sexual health
- Learn the success and challenges of implementing intimacy and aging programming
- Identify best practices to replicate such programming
Breakout #1 - Dr. Steve G. Kopp, Genesis. “What now? Life After Retirement”
How can we help those we serve live life on their terms? Discover techniques to work with seniors on living their lives successfully and to challenge the myths of getting “old.”
- Differentiate between active and passive living
- Identify stdategies for active living after retirement
- Conduct motivational interviewing
- Help clients create short and long term goals for successful aging
Breakout #2 - Dr. Shyam Seetharaman, St. Ambrose University. “How Diet Affects Aging”
This talk will cover research which has examined dietary influences on cognition and brain aging, including dementia. Specifically addressing how sugar and fat affect senior health. Dietary interventions may lower the risk of abnormal or accelerated brain aging. Discover how the effects of social, environmental and cognitive complexity on brain functioning and how factors such as social support, social interactions, as well as cognitive and physical exercise may be effective non-pharmacological interventions to lower the risk of accelerated brain aging.
- Identify how to assess senior dietary needs to ward off health risks including dementia
- Assist seniors in making healthy dietary choices to reduce health risks and improve the aging process
- Implement activities, social interactions and social support to lower the risk of accelerated brain aging
Luncheon Keynote - Teri Clark, MPH. “Improving the Quality of Services and Supports for LGBT Older Adults”
Long overlooked and invisible in society at large, older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and tdansgender (LGBT) people are beginning to emerge as a distinct community and are making up a significant, and growing, share of America’s 65+ population. The numbers of LGBT older adults are expected to double in size over the next several decades, reaching more than 3 million by 2030. This means that aging services providers will increasingly be called on to provide services and supports that meet the unique needs of LGBT older adults.
Gain more insight into providing services to LGBT older adults and create an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment. This will be accomplished by increasing participants’ knowledge, as well as clarifying attitudes, values, and beliefs with regard to sexuality and aging issues so that staff can provide quality services and care to all clients.
- Define words relative to providing services to the senior LGBT population
- Explore misconceptions and stereotypes about the aging LGBT population
- Identify the unique challenges faced by LGBT seniors and their impact on their health outcomes
- Learn how to be an ally to LGBT seniors and to provide inclusive, supportive services
- $40 Registration
- $60 Registration and CEU’s
- $30 CASI Member Registration – must register at CASI Front Desk or call 563-386-7477
Center for Active Seniors
Dedicated to serving seniors in the greater Quad Cities area, CASI boasts daily activities, classes, community forums, a fitness center and educational activities. CASI has a professional staff dedicated to the advocacy of seniors and all issues facing our aging population. Additionally, CASI operates Jane’s Place, the only adult day service facility in eastern Iowa. Jane’s Place serves seniors with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s or those who need socialization. Jane’s Place also provides caregiver respite.