Michigan Assisted Living Association
Annual Conference and Trade Show

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Monday, May 15

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Our Amazing Brains: How the Brain Affects the Way People Think and Act in Various Disorders
All psychiatric and neurological disorders (such as Severe Mental Illness, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Dementia) are brain disorders and involve altered cognition as a result of altered function of specific parts of the brain. This altered cognition includes the way a person processes information and interacts with other people in their environment. Specific cognitive functions play a role in a person's behavior, level of functioning, emotions, and general quality of life. Recognizing the role of each cognitive function can increase understanding of a person and the possible impetus for behaviors and ways of thinking. The brain and resulting cognitive functions in various disorders will be explored.

CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

Dr. Shelly Weaverdyck, PhD, Director of Alzheimer's Education and Research Program, Eastern Michigan University

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Meaning of Life
A keynote combining stories, song and audience participation that will have attendees laughing, crying, and reflecting on what is really important in life. People leave feeling great and associate that great feeling with the sponsoring organization. Who better to teach life lessons than those who have lived full and complete lives – our nation's older adult population. Who better to convey what they have to say than Anthony Cirillo. As a healthcare professional, author and performer, Anthony spends hundreds of hours each year with our nation's oldest adults. They can teach us so much about how we should be living our lives because they have lived and are still living theirs with success, respect, quality and dignity. By making points and illustrating those points in stories and songs, Anthony keeps audiences engaged, enthusiastic and motivated.

CEUs: AFC

Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC, MS, President, The Aging Experience

Tuesday, May 16

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Successful Strategies to Host an Amazing Caregiver Event
Caregiver stress has been well documented and statistics on caregiver health are frightening. So bringing joy and relief to caregivers is not only a good thing to do but a smart marketing strategy. In this workshop we will work together to scope out a plan to bring a Caregiver Smile Tour to your facility, region or state. By doing so you will engage staff, family caregivers, other charities and the media to call attention to senior issues, caregiving in the workforce, and planning for your aging years.

Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC, MS, President, The Aging Experience

Save a Life Tour: Drunk, Drugged and Distracted Driving
This may be an event that can SAVE A LIFE. The "Save A Life Tour" brings a unique approach to Alcohol, Drugged & Distracted Driving Awareness with a thought provoking video and personal stories of the loss of loved ones. Experience first-hand the devastating effects of driving under the influence and distracted driving. This high-impact video starts out with a disclaimer that will state: WARNING! What you are about to see is very graphic and is not for the faint at heart. This is a program that viewers will remember for the rest of their lives! This session has been made available thanks to the Michigan Assisted Living Worker's Compensation Fund.

CEUs: AFC

Frank Mitidieri, The International Save a Life Tour (SALT) Education Systems Support, Inc. from Kramer International, Inc.

10 Commonly Misunderstood Risk Management and Insurance Issues
This session will take an in-depth look at 10 commonly misunderstood risk management and insurance issues, including liability trends related to data and other HIPAA exposures, transport of residents in an employee's personal vehicles, liability exposure for leased buildings, general and professional liability claims activity, developments in employment practices exposures, claim handling and reporting issues, indemnification and other contract provisions along with a number of other issues that are unique to Providers. The speakers will provide materials which include sample provisions, checklists, and template documents which can be incorporated into the Provider's risk management program.

Dan Hale, Attorney At Law, Executive Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Agency and Dennis Bilancia, Account Executive, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Hot Button Issues in Residential Care
This session focuses on operational, licensure and regulatory issues, resident issues and employment issues. Understand how to navigate the complex environment of assisted living facilities. Demand for assisted living facilities is projected to continue growing at a steady pace. As such, it should be no surprise that assisted living facilities have become regular targets of litigation and regulatory enforcement actions. Attorneys Gregory Bator and Christian Lobb will provide 90 minutes of expert tips that will allow you to succeed in the residential care field. Find ways to see hurdles before they become costly obstacles. Receive an update on current litigation issues that impact the residential industry. Discover news you can use to strengthen your expertise in this challenging and rewarding field.

CEUs: AFC

Gregory Bator, Attorney and Counselor At Law, Bator Legal, PC and Christian Lobb, Attorney and Counselor At Law, Bator Legal, PC

Hearing Voices
Please note: Class size is limited to 40 registrants

The Hearing Voices Simulation is a groundbreaking tool for helping practitioners, first responders, and students develop empathy for the challenges people with psychiatric disorders face. During the Simulation, participants listen to distressing voices through headphones while completing a series of tasks, such as taking a mental status exam in a mock emergency room. After the Simulation, even veteran mental health workers say they have new insight into the strength and resilience of those of us with psychiatric disorders.

CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

Deborah Anderson, Managing Partner, Hearing Voices

The Memory Care Environment: Integrating Physical and Social Components
A resident-driven memory care program enables residents to live in a home embedded within a neighborhood connected to their community. This approach views dementia as a disability, and physical and social environments are designed to support capacities while circumventing deficits. Residents are provided choice throughout the day and decide for themselves their activities, outings, entertainment, menus, rules for visitors, ceremonies, and rules of conduct.

In this workshop we will discuss how the integration of the physical and social environments is critical for good memory care. Using Montessori methods and environments as a guide, we will discuss how the key values (respect; dignity; and equality) and principles (supporting independence; enabling development of communities) of these methods are translated into state-of-the-art memory care programming and environmental design. We will emphasize how environment is a form of treatment, and use experiential activities throughout the program to enable participants to have a deeper and more personal understanding of workshop content. Examples of physical and social environments supporting this model are provided.

CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

Dr. Cameron J. Camp, PhD, Director of Research and Development, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, William F. Kotisch, AIA, Braun & Steidl Architects, and Charles Schreckenberger, AIA, Braun & Steidl Architects

Virtual Dementia Tour
Experience the Virtual Dementia Tour in the trade show hall on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tour will provide you with a first-hand experience of the challenges faced by persons with dementia. You will be outfitted with patented devices that will alter your senses and guided by trained facilitators to complete everyday tasks. The Tour virtually guarantees that you will have a new understanding and appreciation for the daily challenges faced by persons with dementia.

Film: Gen Silent
Gen Silent is the critically acclaimed documentary that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses and 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, we are offered new hope as each person crosses paths with impassioned people trying to change LGBT aging for the better.

CEUs: AFC

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Speak So They Will Listen: The Art of Respectful Communication

In this unique signature workshop, you will learn tools and techniques to refine your vocals and power up your gestures. Using what you learn will help you:

  • Communicate professionally, empathetically, and compassionately when dealing with residents and their families, colleagues, staff, and administrators
  • Enhance your delivery when giving feedback, coaching, teaching, facilitating meetings, presenting your ideas, problem solving, or making presentations
  • Reduce the stress of delivering bad news
  • It's not just WHAT you say, it's HOW you say it.

    What You Will Learn – By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use 4 attention centers to focus your audience
  • Speak using a credible and approachable voice
  • Demonstrate non-verbal maneuvers
  • Deliver bad news skillfully
  • Jeneen McNally, President, Speak So They Listen, LLC

    The Wonders of a Virtual Community: The Virtual Senior Center
    SelfHelp, a large non-profit social services agency in NYC, developed the Virtual Senior Center program to enrich the lives of socially isolated and homebound older adults. Today, several hundred older adult participants enjoy the service from across the country. Learn more about this exciting program and how you can bring it to your community.

    David Dring, Executive Director, SelfHelp Community Services

    Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    Obsessive compulsive disorder remains common and one of the top ten disabling health conditions in the world, however finding access to evidence based treatment remains a challenge. The focus of this talk is on the concepts, theory, principles, and procedures appropriate to the assessment and effective exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy of adults with obsessive compulsive disorder. In addition, the diagnostic changes in the anxiety disorders spectrum that occurred in DSM-5 will be addressed. The content reflects advanced material of current relevance for effective clinical practice.

    Dr. Jami Socha, PhD, Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center

    Film: Autism in Love
    Finding love can be hard enough for anyone, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The disorder can jeopardize the core characteristics of a successful relationship - communication and social interaction. Filmed in a highly personal style, Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.

    CEUs: AFC

    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

    Speak So They Will Listen: The Art of Respectful Communication
    In this unique signature workshop, you will learn tools and techniques to refine your vocals and power up your gestures. Using what you learn will help you:

  • Communicate professionally, empathetically, and compassionately when dealing with residents and their families, colleagues, staff, and administrators
  • Enhance your delivery when giving feedback, coaching, teaching, facilitating meetings, presenting your ideas, problem solving, or making presentations
  • Reduce the stress of delivering bad news
  • It's not just WHAT you say, it's HOW you say it.What You Will Learn – By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use 4 attention centers to focus your audience
  • Speak using a credible and approachable voice
  • Demonstrate non-verbal maneuvers
  • Deliver bad news skillfully
  • Jeneen McNally, President, Speak So They Listen, LLC

    The Wonders of a Virtual Community: The Virtual Senior Center
    SelfHelp, a large non-profit social services agency in NYC, developed the Virtual Senior Center program to enrich the lives of socially isolated and homebound older adults. Today, several hundred older adult participants enjoy the service from across the country. Learn more about this exciting program and how you can bring it to your community.

    David Dring, Executive Director, SelfHelp Community Services

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
    Anxiety disorders are extremely prevalent, however finding access to evidence based treatment remains a challenge. The focus of this talk is on the concepts, theory, principles, and procedures appropriate to the assessment and effective cognitive-behavioral therapy of adults with anxiety disorders. In addition, the diagnostic changes in the anxiety disorders spectrum that occurred in DSM-5 will be addressed. The content reflects advanced material of current relevance for effective clinical practice.

    Dr. Jami Socha, PhD, Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center

    Film: Autism in Love
    Finding love can be hard enough for anyone, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The disorder can jeopardize the core characteristics of a successful relationship - communication and social interaction. Filmed in a highly personal style, Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.

    CEUs: AFC

    American Healthcare Act and Other Timely Benefit Topics
    This session will provide the latest information and analysis of health care reform. A status report will be provided on the American Health Care Act which is currently under consideration in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The discussion will include the implications of the changes in the health care system for both employers and employees. Other timely benefit topics will also be covered.

    Joyce Leinenger, Executive Director Corporate Benefit Solutions, Lau & Lau Associates, LLC

    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Get Connected: Connected Tech Solutions for Providers
    Use of connected technologies is exploding! It's changing the way we live and the way we run our businesses. But, it's more than the latest ‘app' on your cell phone, it's many technologies that are impacting every industry doing business in Michigan - including the assisted living industry and all other industries related to it. Businesses that choose not to embrace these technologies will find themselves losing market share to their competition - and quickly!

    Join Linda Daichendt, Executive Director/CEO of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan as she discusses what this technology surge means to you, your business and Michigan's economy.

    Linda Daichendt, Executive Director/CEO, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan

    Hard Conversations Made Easy
    This workshop will focus on the role of conversation leading to advance care planning and person-centered care for individuals with advancing serious illness. Learn how to create conditions for psychological safety, enabling communication about sensitive information comfortably and safely. Attendees will participate in interactive activities that will lead to participants leaving the workshop with personal commitments to action regarding enhanced conversation with individuals dealing with advancing serious illness.

    Dr. Jeffrey Cohn, MD, MHCM, Medical Director, Common Practice

    10 Commonly Misunderstood Risk Management and Insurance Issues
    This session will take an in-depth look at 10 commonly misunderstood risk management and insurance issues, including liability trends related to data and other HIPAA exposures, transport of residents in an employee's personal vehicles, liability exposure for leased buildings, general and professional liability claims activity, developments in employment practices exposures, claim handling and reporting issues, indemnification and other contract provisions along with a number of other issues that are unique to Providers. The speakers will provide materials which include sample provisions, checklists, and template documents which can be incorporated into the Provider's risk management program.

    Dan Hale, Attorney At Law, Executive Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Agency and Dennis Bilancia, Account Executive, Marsh & McLennan Agency

    Recognizing & Preventing Workplace Violence
    This workshop will provide participants with a solid foundation of what active violence is, the history behind it, how to prepare for it, what to do if an active violence incident occurs, and how to survive the emotional aftermath that follows. This interactive lecture is based on real events and firsthand accounts of professionals well versed in this topic.

    CEUs: AFC

    Paul Beasinger, Keene Training and Consulting LLC

    Hearing Voices
    Please note: Class size is limited to 40 registrants

    The Hearing Voices Simulation is a groundbreaking tool for helping practitioners, first responders, and students develop empathy for the challenges people with psychiatric disorders face. During the Simulation, participants listen to distressing voices through headphones while completing a series of tasks, such as taking a mental status exam in a mock emergency room. After the Simulation, even veteran mental health workers say they have new insight into the strength and resilience of those of us with psychiatric disorders.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Deborah Anderson, Managing Partner, Pat Deegan, PhD & Associates

    MDHHS: Key Issues & Updates for Community Mental Health Funded Providers
    This session will present the latest developments within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services which impact Providers. The key issues include a state budget update; status report on the Section 298 Initiative; update on the Home and Community-Based Services Rule; update on waivers; and other timely issues.

    CEUs: AFC

    Film: Cyber-Seniors: Bridging the Digital Divide to Create Healthy Communities
    Cyber-Seniors connects caring young people with older adults to build technology skills and expand social networks. In doing so, we support the health of older adults by improving cognitive functions, reducing social isolation, and increasing skills needed to access online resources. We also help change the narrative on aging, expand service-learning opportunities and support valuable social and intergenerational skill building.

    Using the film, along with personal anecdotes and local measurement data, Tess will share the inspiring story of what is possible when generation gaps are bridged and new ways of communicating are explored.

    CEUs: AFC

    Tina Bishai, Program Director, Cyber-Seniors Documentary and Tess Finlay, Communications Director, Cyber-Seniors Documentary

    6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

    Hello: An Award-Winning Conversation Game
    Join us for a unique and surprisingly fun game night. Jethro Heiko, co-designer of Hello (formerly My Gift of Grace) and Jeff Cohn, Medical Director of Common Practice will introduce us to this award-winning, research validated game that explores values and goals for families and organizations coping with issues such as aging and illness.

    This session is a great way to build connections at this year''s conference, have fun and earn CEUs.

    Jethro Heiko, CEO and Founding Partner, Common Practice

    Personal Safety & Self Defense
    During this physically active session participants will be introduced to the physical skills needed to WIN a violent encounter. Areas to be addressed include precursors that often lead to an encounter, physiological effects on the body, mental preparation and realistic self-defense techniques. This hands-on, active participation session will walk participants through what actually happens during a violent encounter, and more importantly, will provide participants with proven techniques that work. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, athletic style clothing and shoes for this session.

    CEUs: AFC

    Paul Beasinger, Keene Training and Consulting LLC

    Recovery: The Experience and The Evidence
    In this lecture, taped in front of an audience of consumers and mental health providers, Pat Deegan draws both from her personal experience of recovery from schizophrenia, as well as from her research. She discusses key turning points in the recovery process and describes self-help strategies she has found useful. Pat makes the point that recovery is not the privilege of a few exceptional people, and she reviews worldwide empirical research which shows a majority of those diagnosed with major mental disorders do recover. This video will provoke rich discussions, while inspiring hope for recovery.

    CEUs: AFC

    Wednesday, May 17

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    Employment Law Hot Topics
    In this annual update, Ms. Laughren will share changes and potential changes to labor and employment laws under the new administration, recent court decisions, and perspectives on how recent court, administrative and statutory changes impact your workforce and human resource management.

    CEUs: AFC

    Sheryl Laughren, Attorney At Law, Berry Moorman PC

    Hearing Voices
    Please note: Class size is limited to 40 registrants

    The Hearing Voices Simulation is a groundbreaking tool for helping practitioners, first responders, and students develop empathy for the challenges people with psychiatric disorders face. During the Simulation, participants listen to distressing voices through headphones while completing a series of tasks, such as taking a mental status exam in a mock emergency room. After the Simulation, even veteran mental health workers say they have new insight into the strength and resilience of those of us with psychiatric disorders.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Deborah Anderson, Managing Partner, Pat Deegan, PhD & Associates

    Save a Life Tour: Drunk, Drugged and Distracted Driving
    This may be an event that can SAVE A LIFE. The "Save A Life Tour" brings a unique approach to Alcohol, Drugged & Distracted Driving Awareness with a thought provoking video and personal stories of the loss of loved ones. Experience first-hand the devastating effects of driving under the influence and distracted driving. This high-impact video starts out with a disclaimer that will state: WARNING! What you are about to see is very graphic and is not for the faint at heart. This is a program that viewers will remember for the rest of their lives! This session has been made available thanks to the Michigan Assisted Living Worker's Compensation Fund.

    CEUs: AFC

    Frank Mitidieri, The International Save a Life Tour (SALT) Education Systems Support, Inc. from Kramer International, Inc.

    Preparing Care Partners to Recognize Pain & Identify Interventions
    Identifying pain in persons who are unable to verbalize their discomfort is a daily challenge confronted by direct care professionals. This session will provide the knowledge and tools you and your staff need to define pain as well as recognize the signs and symptoms of pain in persons who are nonverbal by utilizing your five senses. Both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions for dealing with pain will be discussed. You will also learn to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Dr. Linda Keilman, DNP, GNP-BC, Assistant Professor, HP Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Michigan State University, College of Nursing and Brenda Roberts, MA, Director of Quality Assurance & Education, Michigan Assisted Living Association

    Introduction to Development Disability and Dementia
    People with developmental disabilities are living longer than ever, and with longer life comes an increased risk of dementia. Join us to learn about the different types of dementia; the risk of dementia for those with developmental disabilities; the unique signs and symptoms of dementia in this population; and how to best respond to changes in behavior, personality, communication, and self-care abilities.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Brandi Becker-Wright, MA Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association-Greater Michigan Chapter

    Compassionate Caregiver...Pause...Breathe...Reflect...Rejuvenate
    The list of challenges, we as caregivers face in the course of any given day, often finds at the top an inability to best cope with and respond to ongoing behaviors presented by individuals we support. Behavioral challenges can stretch even the most seasoned caregiver to near breaking points. Think about it...why do many of our staff members leave the job...often it is not the pay, hours, commute time but instead "I just cannot do this anymore...I am done." Keep your staff performing their best by avoiding frustration and caregiver fatigue.

    CEUs: AFC

    Mary Ann Cate, Director of Operations, Enhance, Inc.

    Film: A Whole Lott More
    The need for a wider range of employment options for people with developmental disabilities has never been greater. A Whole Lott More is a feature-length documentary film that will change the way you think about jobs for people with disabilities.

    10:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Grief & Healing: Against the Odds
    The experience of grief is both uniquely personal and also universal. Our personality, our relationship with the deceased, the manner in which the deceased died, our life stage and many other contextual factors matter and impact grief, and yet there are many experiences, phases, stages of grief that are universal.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, Director, Institute of Gerontology & Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University

    Do You Speak "Alzheimer's" – Effective Communication in Dementia Care
    Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD) gradually diminish a person's ability to communicate. Communication with a person with Alzheimer's requires patience, understanding and good listening skills. In this session, we will discuss communication strategies to employ with persons with dementia, their families, and other care providers.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Dayne Duvall, Virtual Dementia Tour, Senior Director

    Licensing Update from LARA
    This session will cover a variety of updates to Adult Foster Care and Home for the Aged licensing such as inspection types and cycles, staff changes, update on unlicensed facilities and more.

    CEUs: AFC

    Jay Calewarts, Director, AFC and Camp Licensing Division Director

    Using Technology to Ensure Efficiency
    With an increasing emphasis on quality and data and ongoing constraints on resources, efficiency and use of technology become of paramount importance to providers. In this session attendees will explore a variety of ways that workflow automation and structured document and data management software can improve operations while reducing costs.

    CEUs: AFC

    Ian McCain, Director of Operations, AM Data Service

    MIOSHA Reveals Audit Findings
    MIOSHA recently inspected four MALA members who volunteered to participate in an audit process that would reveal some of the most common MIOSHA violations found in adult foster care, home for the aged and independent living settings in Michigan. Attendees will learn from their peers' experiences and be able to apply the learning experience to achieving and maintaining compliance in their own communities.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Jenelle Thelen, MS, Industrial Hygienist, State of Michigan, MIOSHA

    Film: The Age of Love
    The Age of Love follows the comic and poignant adventures of 30 seniors who attend a first-of-its kind Speed Dating event for the 70- to 90-year olds, and discover how the search for love changes – or doesn't change – from first love to the far reaches of life.

    1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

    Fully Engaged: Community Membership
    Community membership is vital for everyone. We may have heard about people longing for isolation but those people generally choose where and for how long. The rest of us enjoy a higher quality of life when we know our neighbors, are familiar with our surroundings, can see and feel familiar places. Even better is when you are welcomed into a business or place of worship and people call you by name, miss you when you're not around - know who you are. Then there's the role of contribution; whether it's work or craft or volunteerism or keeping your yard clean, these big and little tasks help define who we are and how we connect with others. This workshop will explore ways to support people in building community and achieving a sense of belonging that brings satisfaction and relief to life.

    CEUs: N, SW, NHA, AFC

    Melody Riefer, Senior Program Manager, Advocates Human Potential, Inc.

    Film: Inside Outside: Building a Meaningful Life After The Hospital
    Inside Outside is a work of hope created by former patients and film-makers Pat Deegan and Terry Strecker. The film depicts the lives of eight people with very significant histories of institutionalization, as they transition from nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals into the community. The film carries the message that recovery and life in the community are possibilities even for people who are viewed as the most chronic or impaired. The film leaves audiences of professionals and people with psychiatric disabilities alike, cheering for these eight individuals as they make their journey from inside institutions to full community inclusion on the outside.

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