Caring for the aging in a challenging economic environment will be a focus as more than 250 health care professionals gather October 15 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester for the 37th annual conference of the State Society on Aging of New York (SSANY). Highlighting the event will be a Town Hall session, “Empowering Caregivers During the Economic Downturn: Practice, Policy and Legislative Priorities,” featuring a panel representing health care, government agencies and elected officials.
“From the professional caregivers in health care settings, to the family caregivers, to the
students in training to take on the future care needs, the challenges and opportunities of creating ‘best practices’ in care-giving can only be achieved through a broad dialogue and sharing of ideas,” said SSANY President Thomas V. Caprio, M.D. Caprio is an assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
“The events of recent months, coupled with ongoing economic difficulties and discussions regarding health care reform, underscore the vital role caregivers have in the lives of our most vulnerable aging citizens across New York state,” Caprio said. “This conference and our Town Hall meeting will look at how community-based programs, policy and legislation can assist older adults and their caregivers.”
Caring for an Aging Population will include numerous workshops on a range of topics for those who care for the aging, including dementia care, geriatric medical issues, community support services, long-term care, end-of-life issues and bereavement.
The conference concludes with a Hospice Academy, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17. This workshop aimed at home health aides and certified nursing assistants who work with older adults and their families at the end-of-life will focus on symptom management, communication, spirituality and bereavement. Presented by hospice nurses, social workers, and chaplains, Hospice Academy is open to the community. Preregistration is required. The fee is $15 per person with group discounts available for home care agency and nursing facility participants.
For more information, please visit www.ssany.org or call (585) 760-6377.