Aging in Vermont: Communities on the Move Conference

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
Killington Grand Resort & Conference Center
228 E Mountain Rd., Killington, VT 05751
Killngton, VT 05751
Event Description: 
We are very excited to be offering this opportunity to come together, learn and talk about... Aging in Vermont: Communities on the Move! The conference organizers are: • Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging • Senior Solutions • Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging • Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging • Vermont Association of Senior Center and Meal Providers Our keynote speaker is Katherine Freund, the founder of the Independent Transportation Network®(ITN), and founder and President of ITNAmerica®. She Chaired the Task Force to Study the Safe Mobility of Maine's Aging Population, served on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and as a National Transit Institute Fellow. We are excited to have Katherine as our keynote. Her theme for our conference is: The Storybook Tour: Stories From A Solo 11,491-Mile Drive Across America Kelly Melekis, Ph.D. is our lead panelist on self-neglect. Dr. Melekis is a Professor of Social Work at Skidmore College. Formerly with the University of Vermont, her scholarly work in the field of elder self-neglect helped form the foundation of the current practices and policies utilized by the State of Vermont and Area Agencies on Aging in responding to self-neglect and supporting those whose lives are impacted. Dr. Melekis is the author of "Responding to Self-Neglect in Vermont," a report to the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (2014) and her scholarly work has included "Establishing a Community Response to Elder Self-Neglect" (Gerontologist, 2015). Our Breakout Sessions in the morning and afternoon include: • Understanding the Needs of Caregivers and Available Resources and Support • Self-Care for Professional Service Providers and Volunteers: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Burnout • Transportation • How to Start and Manage a Volunteer Program • Innovations in Nutrition and Meals Programs Our Table Talks at lunchtime include: • Local volunteer programs (including Cares and Aging in Place) • Dementia Programs Including Memory Cafe's • Hoarding / Hoarder Task Force • Self-neglect, Addictions, and Mental Health • Advocacy and Reframing Aging • Adult Protective Services • A2B Mobility Project (Interactive Transportation Map) and other transportation innovations • Innovative Senior Center Programs Exhibitors and Sponsors Sponsors are most welcome and important to our conference to help reduce our costs. If interested in exhibiting and being a sponsor, please visit: Details • Conference date is September 15, 2017 • Conference time is from 8:00 - 3:30 • Registration is $60 and includes all sessions, food and beverages throughout the day. • Registration Deadline is September 1st. Register at • Scholarships are available on a limited and first-come-first-serve basis. • Scholarship Application Deadline is August 25th. • Directions to Killington Grand Resort and Conference Center • Full details including tentative agenda, keynote speaker/lead panelist, links to registration, exhibit/sponsorship and scholarship forms can be located on our website at Share with friends!