Expo Planned April 27 in Hill City
COLBY, Kan. – This year, a professional development opportunity with continuing education opportunities will be offered in conjunction with the Full Circle on Aging Expo, April 27, 2012 in Hill City, Kan.
Adding a professional development track is intended to help those who are providing services to older adults earn continuing education credits without adding travel time and expense, said Libby Curry, K-State Research and Extension area specialist and spokesperson for the organizing committee.
“The new offering is intended to provide in-depth and hands on learning sessions for those who are actively engaged in providing services to older adults,” Curry said.
The Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging and the Department of Health and Human Performance at Fort Hays State University are joining K-State Research and Extension in sponsoring and planning the conference.
The professional track is titled “Keep Them Active, Mind and Body,” and scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as part of the expo at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish Hall, U.S. Highway 24 in Hill City.
Participants can earn up to seven continuing education units for long-term care; nursing, social work; administrative, occupational therapy, and related occupations. Sessions include:
* Managing Dementia Behaviors, presented by Jenny Shipman, program director, Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas. Shipman will address the ways in which dementia affects behaviors; tips for identifying concerns, and how to use cues and clues in problem-solving and managing the illness.
* Use your Noodle, Have a Ball, Get your Residents Moving,” presented by Kim Eichinger, executive director of fitness, Country Meadows Retirement Communities in Hershey, Pa. Eichinger will share tips for using common inexpensive equipment to add variety to exercise programs; engage individuals with functional tasks that use familiar tools, and adapt activities for various levels of mobility.
* Virtual Alzheimer’s: A Hands-On Dementia Experience, also presented by Jenny Shipman, who is certified in Advanced Dementia Care. Shipman will discuss what it feels like to have some form of dementia, offer tips for identifying challenges that patients with dementia face, simulate similar challenges, and lead a discussion on day-to-day-care for patients with dementia.
* Rhythm Play in the Prevention, Treatment and Maintenance of Alzheimer’s Disease, presented Karla Jo Grimmett, certified physical therapist assistant with numerous certifications, including wellness and health coaching, and Julie Tegethoff, a health rhythms facilitator, also with numerous certifications.
Attendees at both conference tracts will come together for the luncheon to share in the keynote address: “Lifestyle Choices and Your Health,” presented by Andrew Crocker, extension program specialist in gerontology and health with Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Crocker will focus his remarks on 1) understanding how lifestyle choices may affect health and wellness; 2) getting a handle on the resources available to make positive choices related to health and wellness; and 3) understanding how small lifestyle changes can yield positive results in health and other aspects of life.
Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 40 participants. The cost to attend is $75, which includes a conference packet and lunch. The cost to attend the morning or afternoon only session is $50 each, and does not include lunch.
All registrations include the cost of CEUs.
The deadline for registration is April 20. Late registrations will be accepted if space is available; a late fee of $20 for the all-day session and $10 for each of the half-day sessions will be charged.
More information about the professional development opportunity associated with the Full Circle on Aging Expo, is available online (click on Professional Track), and by calling the Northwest Area K-State Research and Extension Office at 785-443-6281, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.