28th Annual Conference on Aging & Vendor Expo
Amy E. Gotwals
Chief, Public Policy and External Affairs
National Association of Areas Agencies on Aging
Amy E. Gotwals joined n4a in September 2005 and currently serves as Chief, Public Policy and External Affairs, a position created in 2014. Amy previously served as Director, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs.
In her role, Amy leads n4a’s public policy, advocacy, communications, external relations and membership relations activities. Representing local aging agencies, Amy serves as the lead in outreach to Congress and the Administration to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans and their caregivers.
Amy has 22 years of public policy, lobbying and grassroots organizing experience. She has represented diverse groups including the Older Women’s League, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers and the National Network for Youth.
Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and earned a Master of Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University.
8:00am-9:00am Registration and Breakfast with our Vendors and Sponsors
9:00am-10:00am General Session - Hear from national leaders in the field of aging
10:00am-10:30am Coffee Break with the Vendors and Sponsors
10:30am-12:00pm Morning Workshop
1:30pm-2:00pm Dessert with Vendors and Sponsors
2:15pm-3:45pm Afternoon Workshop
4:00pm-5:00pm Celebration of a Career - Join us as we celebrate the Retirement of Bobbie Sackman, Former Director of Public Policy at LiveOn NY
CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
See Workshops with Designated Continuing Education Contact Hours for LMSWs and LCSWs!
1. Changing How We Think!
Speaker: Tom Kamber, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, Older Adult Technology Services, OATS
"Design thinking" is a big part of serving older adults, whether we do it consciously or not. From decorating the community room to designing our websites, we make decisions every day that affect how participants experience our programs. Come hear OATS executive director explain why "great design is a powerful antidote for ageism."
2. It's All in the Recipe
Speaker: Amelia Winter, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Senior Program Coordinator/ CLLD, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Andria Cassidy, RN, BS, Deputy Director, Riverdale Senior Services, Inc. (RSS, Inc.) and Meera Venugopal, Communications and Development Manager, India Home
Come learn about three successful programs that are working to provide innovative solutions to help meet the needs of older New Yorkers. This workshop will dive into how they created their "secret sauce", avoided specific vulnerabilities and how other agencies might replicate their lessons learned.
3. When the Past is Present: What Holocaust Survivors Can Teach Us About Working With Elders Who Experienced Trauma- This workshop will provide 1.5 continuing education contact hours for LMSWs and LCSWs.
Speaker: Adeena Horowitz, Administrative Director, Selfhelp Community Services and Irit Felsen, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Rejecting life-sustaining services. Hoarding food. Neglecting personal hygiene. Accusing others of stealing trivial items. How do we help clients whose behaviors have the effect of pushing us away? Holocaust survivors have taught us that perplexing symptoms in older adults sometimes have their origins in early trauma. Yet trauma is not unique to Holocaust survivors - traumatic experiences have shaped the lives of many older adults we serve. Lessons learned from Holocaust survivors give us keys to connecting with aging trauma survivors, opening the door to helping. This workshop will empower participants with strategies for providing Person Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) care that can be used by staff in a variety of settings.
4. More Than Just Numbers- This workshop will provide 1.5 continuing education contact hours for LMSWs and LCSWs.
Speakers: Diosdado G. Gica, Chief Program Officer, SAGE and NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs
Moderator: Allison J. Nickerson, Executive Director, LiveOn NY
As the aging field looks to integrate with healthcare, provide clarity on its impact and better understand clients' needs the use of data has become more important than ever. This workshop will provide critical policy background and context to how and why aging services must be able to prove its role in looking at social determinants of health.
5. Using Social Media to Engage Your Community
Speakers: Elizabeth Larkin, Director of Programs, LiveOn NY, Katelyn Hosey, Public Policy Associate, LiveOn NY and Stacey Kratz, Digital Strategist, AARP New York
With 70% of seniors reporting to be internet users and a whopping 52% reporting to be daily Facebook users, its time we begin thinking more seriously about using social media to spread our messages, provide information and referrals, and perform quality outreach. Come and learn about the power of Facebook advertising and targeting, how to choose the appropriate platform for quality outcomes, how to utilize social media to engage elected officials, community members, and even bring in new clients!
6. A Closer Look through Mapping
Speakers: Bob Wolf, Consultant, The New York Academy of Medicine, Lindsay Goldman, Director, Healthy Aging, The New York Academy of Medicine and Steve Romalewski, Director CUNY Mapping Service, Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center
Moderator: Allison J. Nickerson, Executive Director, LiveOn NY
This session will introduce the aging services community to IMAGE NYC, an open source interactive map created by Age-friendly NYC in partnership with the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. IMAGE NYC incorporates current and projected population data; socio-demographic data; aging and health care services; housing stock; cultural, educational, and recreational facilities; transportation networks; age-friendly built environment features, such as green space, benches, bus shelters, and overall walkability; public safety-related services; legislative district boundaries and a basemap showing building outlines, streets, neighborhood names, and other reference features and geographic locations. The map allows users to search by street address, service provider, neighborhood, police precinct, community board, legislative district etc.; obtain summary information about service providers, and create customized views to see only the data that is most important to them. This session will demonstrate not only how this new utility is being used in New York City, but how it can also be employed in other communities to improve aging services and become more inclusive of older people.
7. Senior Medicare Patrol: Medicare Fraud and Scams- Learning What You Can Do To Protect Yourself and Your Clients
Speakers: Jenna Gladfelter, MS, Director Senior Medicare Patrol, LiveOn NY
Do the seniors at your center ask you for help with suspicious mail or phone calls they've received? Do they have trouble understanding their medical statements? Are you interested protecting the seniors you serve from fraud and scams? Through this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the dangers of identity theft and health care fraud, and how to protect the seniors you serve from falling victim to common healthcare and consumer scams.
8. Food as Medicine for Older Adults - This workshop will provide 1.5 continuing education contact hours for LMSWs and LCSWs.
Speakers: Lisa Zullig, Director of Nutrition Services, God's Love We Deliver and Ronnie Fortunato, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, God's Love We Deliver
Moderator: Kim Lerner, Program Manager, LiveOn NY
The workshop will highlight the nutritional keys to healthy aging, as well as the challenges many older adults face due to the aging process and chronic illness. Guidance for a series of chronic conditions will be provided, along with how to identify people with increased needs. Resources appropriate for different situations will be discussed as well.
Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, Inc. d/b/a LiveOn NY is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0414.