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The Phoebe Institute on Aging Fall Conference

“Person Centered Care: Responding to the Diverse Needs of an Aging Population”

NEW DATE: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
ArtsQuest at SteelStacks
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015

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As a more diverse group of seniors begins to seek care in senior living communities, it is our job to understand the similarities and differences in this population in order to tailor their experience depending on life preferences. This conference will present the possibilities of person-centered care in senior living and healthcare where older adults of different cultures, abilities, and sexual identities are empowered by staff members and fellow residents.

Keynote Speaker
Speaker Bios
Session Descriptions
Directions and Details for the Day of the Conference
Continuing Education Credits
Registration Information

Schedule (Click on this link or on the image below to enlarge)
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Keynote Speaker

Judah L. Ronch, Ph.D., Dean and Professor at the Erickson School at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is an internationally renowned expert on improving the treatment and mental well-being of elders. He has written six books, including “Culture Change in Long-term Care”, “Mental Wellness and Aging”, and “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Practical Guide for Families and Other Helpers”.

Keynote Address:

Who Are These Aging Persons? Factual and Emergent Knowing
Older persons are more than the “facts” (age, sex, gender and ethnic identity) and what ails them (diagnosis). In order to provide excellent care we have to learn how each person perceives him or her self. Instituting and celebrating approaches through helpful conversation may be mobilized to promote health, well-being, and optimal quality of life.
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Speaker Bios

Breakout Session Speakers

Phyllis Alexander is a skilled coalition builder and trainer and credits her skills to her 27-year affiliation with the National Coalition Building Institute, an international social justice/social change organization. Phyllis has had several roles with NCBI including that of senior trainer and since 2012 that of president of the NCBI board of directors.

Amy C. Beck, LSW, is Executive Director at the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL), a consumer-controlled disability services organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Elizabethtown College and a Master of Social Work from Marywood University. Her entire career as a social worker has been in service to people with disabilities.

Liz Bradbury is the Director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Training Institute, and an LGBT advocate since 1979. Bradbury helped lead the passages of nine LGBT-inclusive municipal laws, and served for 15 years as a Human Relations Commissioner for Allentown. She speaks, trains, and writes frequently on LGBT issues.

Terri Clark, MPH, is a certified trainer with Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and serves on the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Leadership Council. She is an advisory board member of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s PrimeTime Health Committee. Terri is a member of Widener University’s Consortium on Sexuality and Aging and an adjunct instructor at Arcadia University. Terri is the co-author and editor of “Orientation: Teaching About Identity, Attraction and Behavior,” a teaching manual including more than 50 lesson plans.

Peter Favini, MD, FACEP, serves as Network Vice Chair of Emergency Services for St. Luke’s University Health Network, and President of the Medical Staff, and Chief of Emergency Medicine at the new St. Luke’s University Health Network Monroe Campus in Bartonsville. Dr. Favini is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Physicians, and previously served as medical director of the emergency department at Pocono Medical Center for 24 years. Since 1988 Dr. Favini has also served as the medical director for EMS in Monroe County, Bushkill, Central Pocono, and Pocono Mountain.

Brett J. Feldman, MSPAS, PA-C, is the founder/Program Director of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Street Medicine Program. He has practiced homeless medicine for the past nine years and is also the cofounder of the DeSales Free Clinic. He oversees seven shelter/soup kitchen clinics, the Street Team, and the Homeless Medicine Inpatient Consult Service.

Corinne T. Feldman, MMS, PA-C, is an assistant professor in the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program. She is also the cofounder and director of the DeSales Free Clinic, a student-run clinic providing free healthcare to the homeless since 2007. She also works clinically for Rosenfeld Van Wirt P.C. providing nursing home-based geriatrics/palliative care.

Rev. Anne Huey earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Master of Science in End-of-Life Care from George Washington University. She became a Board Certified Chaplain in 1989 and her experience includes three decades of working with hospice and end-of-life programs, and 40 years in ministry. She supervises the spiritual care programs and provides community end-of-life education for St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Diane Menio, MS, Executive Director, joined the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE), a multiservice advocacy organization, in 1989. Menio has lectured across the country on a variety of advocacy topics and taught public advocacy for Master of Social Work students.

Gillian Pidcock. MS, is a graduate of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is an adjunct at Cedar Crest College and the founder of Narrative Health Strategies, LLC, which offers education and consulting related to health humanities.
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Session Descriptions

Pre-Conference Event
Film Screening

“Gen Silent” is the critically acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide from their friends, their spouses, their entire lives in order to survive in the care system.

Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year. It puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors that many simply go back into the closet.

As we watch the challenges that these men and women face, each of them offers us new hope as they cross paths with impassioned people trying to change LGBT aging for the better.


Who Are These Aging Persons? Factual and Emergent Knowing
Judah L. Ronch, Ph.D.,
Judah L. Ronch, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Erickson School at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Older persons are more than the “facts” (age, sex, gender, and ethnic identity) and what ails them (diagnosis). In order to provide excellent care we have to learn how each person perceives him or herself. Instituting and celebrating approaches through helpful conversations may be mobilized to promote health, well-being, and optimal quality of life.

Morning Breakout Sessions 11:30 AM-12:30 PM (3 Options)

LGBT Older Adults – What Your Agency Needs to Know About the Latest Best Practices, Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Liz Bradbury, Director of the Training Institute at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

This presentation by LGBT civil rights expert Liz Bradbury covers where we are now and how we got here regarding the rights of older LGBT Adults. It includes an overview of local and state laws, federal guidelines and recent court decisions, and best practices to engage, support, and advocate for the aging LGBT population. Explanations and examples to help you navigate Title IX, Fair Housing, marriage equality, rest room/housing requirements, policies, forms, lack of regional protections, I.D. changes, records, health disparities, and local LGBT survey results will be covered along with some simple and direct Dos and Don’ts.

Culture Change and Resident Driven Care in Diverse Populations
Judah L. Ronch, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Erickson School at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The Culture Change Movement across the world has, at its core, put the person at the center of care planning, and empowered elders to make decisions that reflect their individual identities. The multiple dimensions of diversity are key indicators of what needs to be dealt with in the conversation about care.

Emergency and Trauma Care in a Diverse Aging Population
Peter Favini, MD, FACEP, Chief of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke’s Monroe Campus and Network Vice Chair of Emergency Services for the St. Luke’s University Health Network

Trauma has become an increasing cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults and their use of the ER and Trauma Services is increasing. This session will share demographic information on both the use of the emergency departments and common events, such as trauma, medical and social issues, that bring older adults to the ER.

First Afternoon Breakout Session 1:15 PM-2:45 PM (3 Options)

Aging with Dignity—Working with LGBT Adults and Caregivers
Terri Clark, MPH, Prevention Services Coordinator, Action AIDS

Long overlooked and invisible in society at large, older LGBT individuals are beginning to emerge as a distinct community. While LGBT seniors share many of the same aging related issues as their heterosexual counterparts, they also confront special challenges. This workshop will serve as overview of the unique issues our LGBT older adults face, and help aging services providers gain more insight into providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults.

How to Appreciate, Celebrate, and Respect the “Other”
Phyllis Alexander, Senior Trainer and Governing Board President, National Coalition Building Institute

How to Appreciate, Celebrate and Respect the “Other” is an introduction to the National Coalition Building Institute’s Welcoming Diversity workshop. The session will provide an opportunity for participants to practice welcoming diversity, and to examine their own deeply held misinformation about others.

Effective Advocacy for Issues Impacting Older Adults
Diane Menio, MS, Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)

Information will be provided about the framework of public policy impacting older adults (including disparities for diverse populations such as LGBT elders) at the federal, state, and local levels, including the Older American’s Act, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. There will be discussion of advocacy efforts at various levels and strategies for impact.

Second Afternoon Breakout Session 3:00 PM-4:00 PM (4 Options)

Spiritual Support at the End of Life for LGBT Elders
The Rev. Anne G. Huey, Spiritual Services Manager at St. Luke’s Hospice

This workshop will address issues of self-identity, family constellations, and care needs of LGBT individuals as they come to the end of life. We will approach these issues from the perspectives of both the elders’ and the chaplain’s spiritual and theological belief systems. This is of particular concern for spiritual care providers as we have the opportunity to provide unconditional caring and support that belies the stances of some faith communities, and we have the opportunity to use this as an opportunity to deepen our care teams’ cultural awareness and aptitude.

When Disability Meets Aging: Bar Room Brawl or Peaceful Coexistence?
Amy C. Beck, LSW, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)

Over 10% of the U.S. population under 60 lives with a significant disability, and many of these individuals become experts at managing life with disability. But what is the impact of aging on the person who has successfully negotiated a long term disability? This session will focus on a strengths-based approach to aging well with a disability, and the way the ADA has improved options for a fully inclusive lifestyle.

Narrative Medicine: Stories of Illness and Healing (Registration is Limited to 40)
Gillian Pidcock, MS, Founder, Narrative Health Strategies

In this session we will explore the growing field of narrative medicine and see how telling and listening to stories in the clinical setting can build empathy and mitigate the suffering that comes with illness, aging, and caring. We will read, write, and share stories and experience a practical method that can be used as a creative outlet for patients, caregivers, and health professionals.

When Worlds Collide: When Homelessness Meets a Nursing Facility
Corinne T. Feldman, MMS, PA-C, co-founder and Director of the DeSales Free Clinic and Brett J. Feldman, MSPAS, PA-C, founder/Program Director of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Street Medicine Program

People experiencing homelessness are often discharged from the hospital to short term rehab and may transition to long term care. This session will focus on understanding how homelessness effects the transition into a nursing facility and how nursing facilities may help patients better understand their health and end their homelessness.
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Details About the Day of the Conference

101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Please note that many of the streets at the SteelStacks campus are just being opened to the public, and may not show up on website and GPS maps.

The following directions will take you to the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA.
From 1-78

  • Take I-78 to Exit 67 (Hellertown/Bethlehem)
  • Follow Rte. 412 NORTH
  • Turn RIGHT onto Founders Way
  • Go straight. You will pass the building on your right. Parking will be passed the building on the left and right.

For more extensive directions, please visit If you have questions about directions, feel free to call ArtsQuest at (610) 332-1300.

Parking is free. Parking lots are located on 1st Street and easy to find upon entering the SteelStacks campus.

Handicapped-accessible parking is also available in the parking lots but is still a considerable distance from the entrance. A free Phoebe shuttle will run to and from the parking areas between 7:15 and 9:15 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. If you have concerns about handicapped-accessible parking, please call 610-794-5150.
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Continuing Education Credits

If you are registering as a paid admission you have the ability to pay for your CEU credits in advance by using a credit or debit card when you register. We will also accept cash, checks and credit cards the morning of the event. All checks should be made out to Phoebe Ministries except for social work credits. Those should be made out to NASW.

6.5 total hours are available.
Four credit hours are available for the morning (if attending the pre-conference event), and 2.5 for the afternoon. Please visit the designated CEU tables during registration to receive your paperwork.

Nursing CEUs
Phoebe has applied to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing for 6.5 CEUs for the full day. If approved, they will be available for $10.

Nursing Home Administrators CEUs
Phoebe has applied to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Home Administrators for 6.5 CEUs for the full day. If approved, they will be available for $10.

Personal Care Home Administrators CEUs
6.5 PCHA CEUs will be awarded for the full day and they will be available for $10.

Social Work CEUs
6.5 CEUs will be awarded for completion of the full-day course or 4 for the morning program if attending the pre-conference event. Bring a check payable to NASW the day of the event: $15 for NASW members; $50 for non-members.

Community Life Professionals CEUs
6.5 NCCAP CEUs will be awarded for the full day and they will be available for $10.

Pastoral Care CEUs
6.5 units are available at no cost for the full day.

Certificate of Attendance
Phoebe Ministries offers a certificate of attendance at no cost.

NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36), and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.
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Registration Through Eventbrite

The cost for the full-day conference, which includes all programming, a continental breakfast, and a boxed lunch, is $25. Students and Phoebe staff are admitted free with a valid ID (must be presented during morning registration/check-in) and scholarships will be considered. Most CEUs are offered at an additional cost.

Register with a credit or debit card through the registration link on this page by October 17, 2016. Seating is limited and registrations will be taken in the order they are received, so please register early.

*Please call 610-794-5150 with questions or if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Phoebe Ministries is able to provide this educational conference at a low cost thanks to the continued support of our donors.

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