On October 24, 2019, over 225 long-term care professionals gathered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA for a full day of learning and networking at the 2nd annual PA Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Person Centered Elder Care: Transitioning Theories into Practice.
The day starting the keynote address, Understanding People with Alzheimer’s Disease: a Bio-Psycho-Social Approach, given by Steven R. Sabat, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Georgetown University. Dr. Sabat spoke about the need to view the person with Alzheimer’s beyond the disease. He stressed the importance of understanding the underlying reason why an individual with Alzheimer’s and related dementia reacts in certain ways.
Following Dr. Sabat was an esteemed panel of experts on “Research, Clinical Trials and Their Impact on Participants”, a discussion facilitated by Bryan Adler. The panel consisting of Anna Brocco, Pharm.D., MBA, Director of Operations & Clinical Research, Advanced Memory Research Institute of NJ, Sanjeev Vaishnavi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Univ. of Penn, Perelman School of Medicine, William Reiter, M.A., Manager Physician Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, and Jeff Borghoff, an Alzheimer’s Early-Stage Ambassador. The panel updated the status of Alzheimer’s clinical research, as well as a timely discussion on Biogen’s recent decision to restart its clinical trial. It was inspirational to hear Jeff Borghoff’s personal perspective regarding his three year participation in the Biogen clinical trial, and his hope for the future.
During lunch, Rothkoff Law Group announced the 2019 PA Caregiver Award winner. Caregiver professionals throughout Southeastern PA 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 Reynaldo Aviso of Reliant at Home Care as the 2019 PA Caregiver award winner.
After lunch, four breakout sessions were held including “The Spiritual Gift of Caregiving”, “The Gift of Being Right”, “The Diversity of Person-Centered Care: Greeting our LGBT Elders”, and “The Impact of Palliative and Hospice Care: Fulfilling the Promise of Person-Centered Care”. We thank Rabbi Richard Address, Rebecca Rosenau, Nancy Alterman, Terri Clark, and Dr. Stephen Goldfine for their insightful presentations.
The day ended with a plenary presentation on music therapy by Kathy Pucell and Mary Cate Carr of Music Therapy Associates, LLC. Kathy and Mary Cate inspired the attendees by emphasizing the value of music as a therapeutic benefit.
Throughout the day, an art exhibition, sponsored by Artz Philadelphia, was on display. All art on display was made by individuals with dementia. Attendees were inspired by the creativity of the artists irrespective of their dementia diagnosis.
It was a very meaningful day of learning and camaraderie. We want to thank all of our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for their valuable participation in a wonderful day. We look forward to seeing you in 2020.
2019 PA SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS
Philadelphia Protestant Home
Abramson Senior Care
Artis Evesham & Huntindon Valley
Buckingham Valley & Richboro Rehabilitation & Nursing Centers
Premier Healthcare Management
Right at Home
Silver Lake Nursing & Rehab
Allegria at the Oaks
Arden Courts – Yardley
Early Intervention Systems
Greenwood House Senior Services
Happier at Home, LLC
Holy Redeemer Life Care
Keller Williams Real Estate The Brian Quigley Team
Medicare Solutions 101
Oasis Senior Advisors
Reliant at Home Care
SarahCare Adult Day Care Center/Caregivers America
Specialty Medical Products, Inc.
Woodland Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center