6 Chances to Explore Evidence-Based Strategies in New Orleans

CFAR | August 22, 2017 | by Geralyn Magan

Several groundbreaking studies will be presented and discussed by researchers at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston (formerly the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research) during this year's LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO.

The research behind a variety of innovative strategies in the field of long-term services and supports (LTSS) will be the topic for discussion during 6 sessions at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO, which takes place Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in New Orleans.

Several groundbreaking studies will be presented and discussed by researchers at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston (formerly the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research) and other panelists. Visit the conference website to learn more and register for any of the following sessions.

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders (148-A)

Sunday Oct. 29, 3:30-5 p.m.

Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge, will serve on a 6-member panel discussing the growing impact of generational and labor trends in the field of aging services.

Presenters will explore effective ways to build a capable and qualified aging services workforce across care settings, and will share strategies for educating administrators and directors of nursing. Stone will be joined at the presenters’ table by:

  • Douglas Olson, professor of marketing and management at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
  • Robert Burke, director of the Department of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
  • Nicholas G. Castle, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Barbara Bowers, professor and associate dean for research at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
  • Elena Siegel, associate professor of nursing at the University of California, Davis.

WeCare Connect: An Employee-Driven Retention Strategy (153-C)

Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30-5 p.m.

Jon Golm, president of WeCare Connect in Flint, MI, will join Susan Hildebrandt, vice president of workforce initiatives at LeadingAge, to explore the WeCare Connect software program, which is designed to collect staff feedback so organizations can address employment issues before they become turnover statistics. These LeadingAge members will discuss their experience with the software:

  • Patty Sanches, human resources director at Friendship Senior Options, Inc., in Schaumburg, IL.
  • Kim Thompson, vice president of operations at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor, MI.

How Beneficial Is Adopting the Household Model of Culture Change? (23-C)

Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30-5 p.m.

Sheryl Zimmerman, associate dean and distinguished professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will review findings from the THRIVE Research Collaborative, which studied how the Green House model of nursing home care affects resident health, employee satisfaction, and organizational finances.

The session will also explore resident-staff dynamics that materialize in household-model nursing homes. Participants will learn about factors to consider when deciding whether to carry out a complete or partial environmental redesign when implementing a culture change model.

Other presenters include:

  • Roberto Muñiz, president and CEO of Parker at River Road in Piscataway, NJ.
  • Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge.

Bridging the Age Divide: Housing-Based Intergenerational Programming (134-C)

Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30-5 p.m.

Nancy Henkin, senior fellow at Generations United, and Taryn Patterson, policy research associate at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, will review current research on intergenerational principles and the benefits of intergenerational programming for young people and older adults.

Participants in this session will learn about the landscape of intergenerational programming in both affordable and market-rate senior housing, including implementation challenges and promising practices. They will also hear from housing providers about their experiences planning, implementing, and sustaining high-quality intergenerational programs.

Affordable Housing Plus Services: Lessons from the Field (25-D)

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 8-9:30 a.m.

Robyn Stone and Alisha Sanders, director of housing & services policy research at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, will provide participants in this session with an update on affordable housing plus services demonstrations, pilots, and initiatives taking place across the country.

Participants will learn how partnerships and collaborations with health and supportive service providers can bring needed services to affordable housing residents. Presenters will discuss key facilitators and challenges to implementing and sustaining housing plus services strategies.

Stone and Sanders will be joined at the presenters’ table by:

  • Cathy Dunham, vice president for resident services and community improvement at Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc., in Boston.
  • Kim Brooks, vice president of senior housing at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston.
  • Nancy Eldridge, director of the Well-Home Network at the National Center for Healthy Housing.

Java Mentorship: Peer Support Interventions for Residents (145-H)

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kristine Theurer, founder and president of Java Group Programs Inc., will join Robyn Stone in exploring an innovative peer mentorship program designed to promote resident engagement.

Participants in this session will hear how a support team of volunteers, family members, and residents provides mentorship and visitation to residents who are lonely or socially isolated. The session will also explore:

  • The results of a 6-month research study on peer mentorship.
  • Practical strategies to incorporate peer mentorship activities into wellness programming.