Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference: Unmasking COVID-19
SAVE THE DATE!
This year’s virtual conference will discuss the implications of COVID-19 on older adults from a biopsychosocial perspective, including disparities across cultural groups, and provide an overview of where we’ve been, the current status of the pandemic, and an up-to-date view of where we are headed. Conference participants will gain hope from lessons learned and insights on future outlooks from healthcare and human services experts as well as personal experiences from those on the frontline. Those lost to COVID-19 will also be honored during the conference with a meaningful memoriam. This event is being hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Continuing Education contact hours provided by Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development.
2021 FEATURED SPEAKERS
Through the Glass presentation provided by Cathy Pacholski, BJ followed by Panel Discussion with
- Nicole Donnellon, Brighton Gardens of Omaha
- April Kell-Finnell, Hillcrest Caring Companions
- Debra Talich, Hillcrest Home Care Omaha
- Elizabeth Mass, Bethany Heights Assisted Living
Well-Being in the Time of COVID presentation provided by Denise Hyde, PharmD followed by Panel Discussion facilitated by Lakelyn Hogan, PhD with
- Lauren DeGroot, Adaptive Advice, LLC
- Wendy Goldberg, Tri-Faith Initiative
- Anahi Reynoso, Intercultural Senior Center
- Cameo Rogers, Immanuel
TENTATIVE VIRTUAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
9:00 a.m. – Welcome
9:10 a.m. – Older Adults, Social Isolation, and Resilience - A Mixed Bag ~ Steven Wengel, MD (1 CEU)
10:10 a.m. – APP: A Community Benefit ~ Tom Adams, BSW, Co-founder, APP Conference
~ BREAK 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ~
10:30 a.m. – Through the Glass ~ Cathy Pacholski, BJ followed by Panel Discussion (1 CEU)
~ BREAK 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ~
12:00 p.m. – Where We Are, How We Got Here ~ Jeffrey P. Gold, MD (1 CEU)
1:00 p.m. – In Memoriam ~ APP's Tribute to Those We've Lost
1:05 p.m. – Well-Being in the Time of COVID ~ Denise Hyde, PharmD, followed by Panel Discussion (1 CEU)
Facilitated by Lakelyn Hogan, PhD
~ BREAK 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ~
2:45 p.m. – So, Where Do We Go From Here? ~ Adi Pour, PhD (1 CEU)
4:00 p.m. – Poster Session
4:30 p.m. – Virtual Happy Hour/Networking
5:00 p.m. – Closing
Want to know more?
Tune into "Consider This" on NETNebraska. The episode, "Unmasking COVID-19", will focus on the Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference, featuring interviews with Dr. Chris Kelly from UNO's Department of Gerontology and Dr. Toni Hill from UNK's Family Science Program, both of whom are part of the Planning Conference Committee. It will air between Saturday, February 27th and Friday, March 5th on the schedule below and can be accessed on demand.
The Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference is a full day virtual event dedicated to educating professioanls about the pandemic. This year's theme is "Unmasking COVID-19". The live-streamed event will address the implications of the virus for older adults from a biopsychosocial perspective, including disparities between cultural groups. It will also offer an overview of the past, present, and future of these unprecendented times.
Tune in to find out who will be presenting and how you can get involved.
Host: Cathy Wyatt
Guests: Chris Kelly, Ph.D. / Department of Gerontology, UNO
Toni Hill, Ph.D. / Family Science Program, UNK
NET1 air: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:00 am
NET World air: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:00 am
TKN Program Schedule
Saturday, February 27: 8:30am
Sunday, February 28: 10:30am & 4:00pm
Monday, March 1: 6:00am & 6:00pm
Tuesday, March 2: 8:30am & 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 3: 6:00am & 6:00pm
Thursday, March 4: 8:30am & 4:00pm
Friday, March 5: 6:00am
Poster Submission Information
Deadline: February 25, 2021 by 5 P.M. CST
We are accepting submissions of poster abstracts for consideration for the virtual Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference to be held on March 15, 2021.
Abstracts should focus on content related to examining COVID-19 from a biological, psychological, and social approach with an emphasis on the older adult experience. The content can also include topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as how the pandemic affects older adults’ well-being. Furthermore, abstracts can take an adult lifespan approach, instead of only focusing on older adults. The content of the abstract should be new results or methods that have not been presented at other conferences and have not yet been published. In order to have a poster abstract accepted, you would need to be available on March 15, 2021 in the afternoon, in order to give your live presentation. If your poster abstract is accepted, you will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest.
For poster abstracts that are accepted, the format for the presentation will be a 5 minute PowerPoint poster presentation through zoom. You will be asked to create 1 PowerPoint slide in which you display your poster and then give a 5 minute speech. The whole session will last approximately 30 minutes and will include other poster presenters. Within the 30 minute session, there will be time for questions from the audience for all poster presenters.
About the biennial Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference
The first biennial Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference was held in 2007. Each year's conference has a unique theme reflecting a trend in aging. The theme of the inaugural conference was “Spirituality and Creativity Programming for Older Adults;” the focus highlighted cutting edge efforts to address the needs of older adults utilizing alternative and complimentary strategies within the arts and spirituality arenas that have been shown through research to improve older adults quality of life. In 2009, the conference theme was “Social and Spiritual Dimensions of Aging and Caregiving” and emphasized support efforts for caregivers that aimed to better the quality of care provided to older adults and self-care of the caregiver. The 2011 theme of "It Happens" reflected the reality that the first of the baby boomers were turning 65 and entering retirement. The 2013 theme of "Aging Well in the Age of Technology" brought participants together to learn about the growing field of gerontechnology and its impact on the quality and way of life of aging individuals. The 2015 theme of "Generations Working Together" helped participants better understand the unique characteristics of each generation and how they manifest in the workplace. The 2017 theme was "Next Generation Services" and introduced attendees to new ways of doing business in a new age. 2019 brought the theme of “No One Left Behind,” which focused on the unique needs of diverse populations of older adults.
The conference is organized and conducted by a team of planning partners representing a wide-range of organizations concerned about aging issues and is hosted by UNO.