On April 12, 2018 over 230 long-term care professionals gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Mt. Laurel, NJ for a full day of learning and networking at the inaugural Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Eldercare: What Will the Future Bring?”
The day started with an esteemed panel of experts on the landscape of elder care today and tomorrow, facilitated by Jerry Rothkoff. The panel consisted of Lowell Ayre, President, Aging & Disability Policy and Leadership Consulting, LLC, Wendy Campbell, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, and Anita Chopra, William G. Roher Endowed Chair, Rowan School of Medicine. Each panelist commented on the need to simplify the health care system for seniors and the need to address preventative medicine.
The keynote address was 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.
After lunch, three breakout sessions were held including “Embracing the Limits of Being Wonderful” by Nancy Alterman, “Ethical Related Stress During and After Your Health Care Career” by Claudia Hawkins and Janie DeLeon Male, and “Technology & the Future of Long Term Care” by Michael Newell. We thank our speakers 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.
During the Symposium, a symposium attendee who I did not previously know asked me a rather innocent question regarding why Rothkoff Law Group was presenting the Eldercare Symposium. Specifically, he was asking why a law firm was presenting a full day Symposium on elder care as opposed to a large hospital system, a long-term care provider, or a physicians group. He was uncertain what motivated a law firm to spend a substantial amount of time and resources organizing and presenting the Symposium.
My initial thought was how could this gentleman not be aware of why we are doing this? However, the more I contemplated his very reasonable question, the more insightful the question became. I responded, “Our elder care law firm’s primary focus is health care advocacy. Someone needed to bring the innovative concept occurring in the Netherlands to the United States. Anyone could have done so, we were just the first.”
Why are we doing this and continue to do this? Because seniors need health care advocacy. We will continue to advocate for seniors.
If you missed the April 12, 2018 New Jersey Symposium, including the keynote presentation, you can attend our Pennsylvania Eldercare Symposium on October 25, 2018 in Langhorne, PA. You can register on our website, www.rothkofflaw.com.