Agenda: Aging Empowerment Conference

Peggy Rynearson Updates


8:30 – 9:45 am: Opening Session/Keynote Address

Are Older Adults Still Citizens?
Presenter: Dr. Simon Duffy, Director, Centre for Welfare Reform; Secretary, Citizen Network

A test of any decent society is how it respects the older generation. Are older people at the center of family and community life, or are they isolated or institutionalized? Can people set their own path, even when they need extra help, or are they forced to do what others think is best for them? While people with disabilities have demanded equal rights and self-determination, older people are often forced to accept lower standards. Dr Simon Duffy is both a philosopher and practitioner, who has worked for 30 years to develop ideas and systems to advance equal citizenship for all. Simon will explain what is happening around the world to enable people to be true citizens at any age, and whatever their needs. Simon will also explore how the idea of citizenship – which connects ancient Greece to the civil rights movement – must be central to solving the problems – and seizing the opportunities – ahead of us.

9:45 – 10:15 am: Visit Exhibits/Comfort Break

10:15-11:30 am: Breakout A (4 options)

A1. Technology: Wisdom and Warnings
Chris Patterson,  Night Owl Support Systems; Cindi Pichler, Senior Assistive Technology Specialist, IndependenceFirst

A2. Taking Charge: Navigating Health Care Transitions
Kate Schilling, Attorney, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources

A3. Obmudsman (n) – A Partner in Raising your Voice in IRIS or Family Care
Kim Marheine, Ombudsmen Services Supervisor, State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care

A4. Advance Care Planning: Empowering Older Adults by Making their Health Care Wishes Known
Adrienne Allen, Organizational Development Specialist; Amy Allen, Quality Improvement Manager; Care Wisconsin

11:30 – 12:30 pm: Lunch/Introduce Sponsors/Exhibitors/Empowerment Awards 

12:30 – 1:45 pm: Breakout B (4 options)

B1. Supported Decision Making: Preserving Empowerment
Mitchell Hagopian, Attorney, Disability Rights Wisconsin

B2. Understanding Opioid Use Disorder and Adverse Drug Effects in Older Adults
Skye Tikkanen, MS, CSAC, LPC, CS-IT, Drug Poisoning Prevention Program Manager, Safe Communities Madison-Dane County

B3. Dementia Capable Wisconsin: Department of Health Services 5-Year Dementia Plan
Carrie Molke, Director, Bureau for Aging and Disability Services, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

B4. Empowering Caregivers Across Cultures
Tasha Orr-Holmes, Community Partnership Specialist; Dave Verban, Senior Learning and Development Specialist; TMG

1:45 – 2:15 pm: Ice Cream Social

2:15 – 3:30 pm: Breakout C (4 options)

C1. Keeping a Balanced Life and “Stepping On”
Ruth Meyer, Physical Therapist; Jennifer Wallskog, Physical Therapist; Safe Communities Coalition of Madison – Dane County

C2. Before the After
Sara Wrobel, Before the After Facilitator

C3. Honoring Choices: Balancing Rights, Self-Determination and Risk
Kim Marheine, Ombudsmen Services Supervisor, State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care

C4: Intergenerational Housing: A Promising Strategy to Address the Workforce Challenge
Joe Gallagher, Architectural Associate, JLA Architects

3:30 – 4:15 pm: Reflections on the Day

4:15 – 6:00 pm: Networking Reception
Featuring: Artworking Pop-Up Shop!

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8:30 am: Welcome, Focus and Format of Summit

8:45 am: Briefing: 5 Key Strategies for Strengthening Citizenship and Empowerment of Older Adults

9:15 am: Reactor Panel: Focusing the Key Strategies on Wisconsin

10:00 am: Comfort Break

10:15 am: Facilitated Small Group Work: Choosing an Issue

11:25 am: Reporting Out to Large Group

12:10 pm: Summary – and Looking Forward

12:30 pm: Adjourn