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2015 GGS Annual Conference

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August 3-5, 2015
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Presentation Materials:

Georgia's At-Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) Work Group: How We Started and Where We Are Now

In 2011, an emerging crime trend was recognized: individuals targeting adults with intellectual disabilities, mental illness and cognitive impairments for the sole purpose of exploiting the adults. In March, 2012, a small group of individuals from various state and local agencies met with GBI Director Keenan to discuss the emerging trend. One month later, Director Keenan convened a meeting consisting of approximately fifty professionals representing state, local and federal agencies. The group, became known as the GBI At-Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) Work Group. The ANE Work Group has been meeting since that initial 2012 meeting to address crimes targeting at-risk adults (older adults and adults with disabilities). This presentation will provide an overview of the ANE Working Group to include obstacles identified and addressed, accomplishments to date and ongoing projects to improve the prevention of abuse, the protection of victims and the prosecution of offenders to further public safety in GA.
- GBI Director Vernon Keenan

Developing a Blueprint for the Future by Planning Strategically and Measuring Impact

Increased longevity and changing expectations of funders are causing AAAs across the nation to examine the way we work, structure, and fund programs. Utilizing elements of the Collective Impact model, the Atlanta AAA recently completed a Strategic Plan on Aging to create a path to expand its reach, relevance and resources to meet these new demands. We will share our journey from the market research and environmental assessment in the beginning, the community conversations and strategies to gather partners and build support for change in the middle and finally the plan and outcome measures that were adopted to measure the long term impact of programs and services across the region.
- Mary Blumberg, Roz Tucker

Keeping it Real! Practical Solutions for Compassion Fatigue

It is easier than you think to stay calm and take care of yourself, even while on the job. It might feel like an uphill battle as you support everyone- both at work and at home with not time for yourself. This workshop is specifically designed for you- no time, dealing with others emotions, and stressful work-life demands. You will learn how to find focus, calm, and vitality, no matter what is happening around you.
- Ellen Sichel

Discovering a Better Approach to a Healthier You Inside the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ®

For more than a decade, the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® has given hundreds the means to tackle their dietary challenges head-on. In this one hour lecture, come discover the science, the passion and the success that has made the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® a game changer in the lives of so many. Attendees will discover: the passion and drive behind the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® ; why Pam was driven to invent a game changing dietary tool like the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® ; how the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® goes beyond the limits of the ”MyPlate” and the ”Food Guide Pyramid”; the basics and science of the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® (Easy as three simple colors); how the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® tackles diabetes, food allergies and people that are highhealth risks; the ease in which you can get started using the Healthy FOOD SPIRAL ® for yourself and your clients; the results of a decade of use (case studies and success stories).
- Pam Thompson, RDN, LD, NHA

Food Spiral Program License
Factor 10 Carb Counting Food Spiral
Factor 15 Diabetes Food Spiral
Factor 15 Healthy Food Spiral
Factor 20 Low Sodium Food Spiral
Food Fitness First Recipes
Your Guide to a Healthier Workforce
Pam's Story

When a Natural Death Isn't Natural

The vast majority of deaths occurring in the elderly population are from natural diseases. What happens when death has been caused or hastened by mistreatment? How do medical examiners or coroners know that a natural death isn't natural? This session will discuss the challenges to identifying and investigating suspicious deaths and what is currently being done to address this problem.
- Amanda James, MPA; Chevas Yeoman, MPH

Keep Your Cup Full: Sacred Rituals for Caregivers

Caregivers in need of self-care are encouraged to assess, develop, and participate in a variety of sacred rituals that foster healing, deeper connections with advocates and loved ones, and personal development.
- Daphne Reiley

Innovative Volunteer Management

Gwinnett County Senior Services' Volunteer Program strives to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to help seniors live healthier, happier lives; within the comfort of their own homes. Much of the program's success can be attributed to a focus on sustaining creative collaborative partnerships with volunteer groups and individuals by allowing volunteers to use their unique skills and interests while assisting seniors. In this way, Gwinnett County Senior Services takes great care in matching volunteers with appropriate opportunities that have a propensity to grow into a long-term relationship with senior clients. To accomplish this task, Gwinnett Senior Services utilizes innovative technologies to develop user-friendly volunteer management systems that benefit staff and volunteers alike.
- Shawn Valadez, Jamie Cramer, Carol Rowe-Jones


Meeting Challenges Through Technology & Innovation

This workshop will explore alternative methods of meeting the needs of older adults through a variety of technologies. As the population of older adults increases the funds allotted for programs have decreased. The use of technology defrays costs by providing an alternative means of support. Technology has the ability to cover a wide range of needs from telemedicine as a way to decrease the cost of transportation to healthcare settings, to communication technology to aid in the provision of long distance caregiving and support. Technology can be used to engage individuals physically and mentally. Video games offer mental stimulation and aid in the ability of decision making in chaotic settings. Video games are also a form of physical activity for all levels of physical ability while serving as a social catalyst and increasing social interactions.
- Sarah Ekart & Gwenyth Johnson

Innovations in Older Driver Safety: State and Community Program Perspectives

Ms. Head will discuss risk/protective factors for older driver safety and introduce the Older Driver Task Force. She will provide resources and discuss alternative transportation infrastructure. Ms. Kortovich will discuss the Senior Services North Fulton Voucher program implementation and history. Mr. Carr will outline Common Courtesy and their role in alternative transportation. The panel will engage the audience in discussion about safety and mobility options.
- Elizabeth N. Head, MPA; Candace Kortovich, Bob Carr

Innovation in Older Driver Safety - State and Community Program Prospectives

Common Courtesy - A Service with a Purpose

The Georgia Alzheimer's Disease Registry; Past, Present and the Future

Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD) continues to be a major public health problem in Georgia. However, insight into the epidemiology of ADRD in Georgia is limited, mainly due to the limited population-based data on the condition. To fill this data gap, a bill was passed during the 2014 legislative session authorizing the establishment of Alzheimer's disease registry within the Georgia Department of Public Health. The legislation made Georgia one of only four states to propose a population based Alzheimer's Disease registry. The implication of having this robust registry is that the data will allow us to measure the direct impact of Dementia on the health of our communities which may fundamentally impact Alzheimer's care delivery in Georgia. Also by evaluating and reporting the demographic scope of the registry data, we hope to increase the potential for positive state-wide health outcomes and influence the management of associated healthcare costs. The registry will also provide legislators, state planners and administrators, and members of the private sector with accurate data that will enable informed planning for current and future healthcare and social service needs (e.g. nursing home beds, adult day care, etc.). It will also serve the people of the state of Georgia by guiding efforts to educate the public on Alzheimer's disease and related Dementia's. This presentation will not only educate attendees about the registry, but will also allow for engagement and a forum where questions can be asked.
- Russell Crutchfield, MPA; Francis B. Annor, PhD, MPH

Community Engagement: The Call for Population Health in an Evidence Driven World

Tanner Health System, is a not-for profit community hospital system located in western Georgia. It has been named as one of the top 15 Truven Hospital Systems in the nation and the only one with this distinction in the Georgia. Come learn about how community health has been impacted through community partnerships, community-clinical linkages,marketing, messaging and coordination.
- Amy R. Riedesel, MPA CIRS-A

Using Technology to Improve Health and Safety of Vulnerable Seniors: The Georgia Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation App

Law enforcement and Adult Protective Services (APS) staff frequently encounter situations where someone appears to have been abused, neglected, or exploited. Further, law enforcement personnel increasingly encounter situations late at night where persons with diminished capacity appear to be wandering and or lost. Division of Aging Services staff have worked in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association to develop an app with screens for abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and a protocol to assist law enforcement with emergency placement in the middle of the night when someone is deemed to be unsafe. This session will highlight some of the scenarios law enforcement has encountered late at night, the outcomes of those encounters which galvanized organizations to work together, resulting in the app development a new appropriations in funding for emergency placement.
- Cliff Burt, MPA; Dawn Washington, Ginny Helms

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