On October 25, 2018 over 270 long-term care professionals gathered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA for a full day of learning and networking at the inaugural Rothkoff Law Group Pennsylvania Elder Care Symposium entitled, “Elder Care: What Will the Future Bring?”
The day starting with an esteemed panel of experts on the landscape of elder care today and tomorrow, a discussion facilitated by Jerry Rothkoff. The panel consisting of Lowell Ayre, President, Aging & Disability Policy and Leadership Consulting, LLC, Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University, and Diane A. Menio, Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE). Each panelist commented on the need to simplify the health care system for seniors and the need to address preventative medicine.
The keynote address then followed given by, Eloy van Hal, Senior Managing Consultant and Founder of The Hogeweyk, Netherlands. Mr. van Hal spoke about his visionary “Dementia Village” in the Netherlands for people living with advanced dementia. He stressed the importance of creating a sense of normalcy for those with dementia and how it is possible to accomplish such in the United States.
During the luncheon, Rothkoff Law Group announced the 2018 Pennsylvania Caregiver Award winner. Caregiver professionals throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania had the opportunity to nominate an outstanding caregiver in their community who offers exceptional service to an elderly person. The selection process was difficult with many heartfelt nominations of worthy caregivers. We congratulate Elizabeth Osei of Allegria at the Oaks as the 2018 PA Caregiver award winner. We further offer Elizabeth our best wishes because she was unable to accept her award in person due to giving birth to a healthy baby the same day!
After lunch, three breakout sessions were held including “Embracing the Limits of Being Wonderful, In the Image of God: Making Sense of Dementia, and Technology & the Future of Long Term Care. We thank Nancy Alterman, Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, and Michael Newell for their insightful presentations.
The day ended with a plenary presentation on Enhancing Meaningful Living With Dementia: Building Community Through the Arts, by Susan Shifrin, Founder and Executive Director, ARTZ Philadelphia. Susan inspired the attendees describing how the arts can have a positive impact on those with dementia and the need to make museums accessible to all, including those with dementia.
Our Elder Care Law firm’s primary focus is health care advocacy. We appreciate all of the support and the valuable participation of our speakers, sponsors, and attendees. We look forward to seeing you next year at our 2019 NJ and PA Elder Care Symposiums.