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

PRESENTING SPONSOR
Home Helpers

GOLD SPONSOR
Philadelphia Protestant Home

SILVER SPONSOR
Abramson Senior Care
Artis Evesham & Huntindon Valley
BAYADA
Buckingham Valley & Richboro Rehabilitation & Nursing Centers
Flying Angels
Premier Healthcare Management 
Right at Home
Silver Lake Nursing & Rehab

EXHIBITORS
101 Mobility
Allegria at the Oaks 
Arden Courts – Yardley
Brandywine Dresher
Brightstar Care
Care Patrol
Caring Hospice
Chandler Hall
Connect America
Early Intervention Systems
Fox Rehabilitation
Greenwood House Senior Services
Happier at Home, LLC
Holy Redeemer Life Care
Interim Healthcare
Keller Williams Real Estate The Brian Quigley Team
Medicare Solutions 101  
Oasis Senior Advisors
Reliant at Home Care
Rydal Park
SageLife
SarahCare Adult Day Care Center/Caregivers America
Serenity Hospice
Southeastern Homecare
Specialty Medical Products, Inc.
Unidine
Woodland Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

ADVOCATE ALLEY
Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter
ARTZ Philadelphia
Bucks County Area Agency on Aging
Family Service of Montgomery County
JEVS Human Services
Twilight Wish Foundation

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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