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AADD’s 25th Annual Conference

May 18-19, 2015:  Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference
Location:  St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO
Keynote Speakers:  Joseph H. Flaherty, MD, Assistant Director Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, St. Louis University Division of Geriatric Medicine; Sheli Reynolds, PhD, Director, Individual Advocacy and Family Support, UMKC Institute for Human Development; and Carolyn Philpot, GNP , St. Louis University School of Medicine

Explore and understand what we need to look for to ensure the best health and wellness for people with developmental disabilities who are aging.  Sessions are designed to support caregivers and professionals in enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities who are aging.

Please visit the Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities’ event page here for more information.

Person-Centered Care Tip

Tip #6:  “Me in My New Home”
Just as a “selfie” is about YOU, Person-Centered Care is all about the PERSON!  Think of yourself in an unfamiliar situation.  Finding the bathrooms and where to get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat is likely a top priority.  And by the way… who are all these people and how will I remember their names?

Please see the flyer here for more information.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

May 26, 2015:  Safety vs. Autonomy for Elders:  What if Maslow was Wrong
Presenter:  Theresa (Terri) A. Harvath, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

During this webinar, we will examine case studies and generate ideas and strategies to help care providers make well-reasoned decisions when the values of autonomy and safety collide.

Please visit for more information and to register for this webinar.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

April 23, 2015:  QI Closest to the Resident:  Engaging Staff to Prevent Avoidable Hospitalizations and Use of Antipsychotic Medications
Presenter:  Barbara Frank, co-founder of B&F Consulting, Warren, RI and Clare Hays, MD, Medical Director, Birmingham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Birmingham, AL, and Medical Director of Alabama CMS Innovation Center Project to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Home Residents, an AQAF initiative

This webinar provides the how-to for a simple, potent process of moving QI out of the conference room to the staff closest to the residents. During the webinar, speakers apply QI closest to the resident to preventing avoidable hospitalizations and use of antipsychotic medications for residents living with dementia but the practice can be used for any quality improvement effort.

Please visit for more information and to register for this webinar.

Conversations with Carmen

April 17, 2015:  Alarms:  The New Deficient Practice?  Eliminating and Preventing Falls by Engaging in Life
Guest:  Carmen Bowman, co-author of new book with same title published by Action Pact
Special Guest Host:  Glenn Blacklock, LNHA, Action Pact Consultant

Alarms – an idea whose time has come and gone.  The results may shock you.  Remove alarms and avoid falls with new approaches.

Please visit for more information and to register.

Celebrate National Public Health Week

Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 6-12.  Missouri’s theme is “Public Health: Better Health. Better Missouri”.

Investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.  During this week, help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping individuals and communities healthy.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has created an inspiring video about public health.  To help raise awareness about public health, we encourage you to add a link (or embed) to the video on your webpage and facebook page.  View the video at:  Directions to embed the video on your webpage and facebook page can also be found on this link.

DHSS also created a video of public health photos.  The photos were submitted by local health departments across the state.  View the photos at:

A toolkit for promoting National Public Health Week can be found at:  The toolkit includes social media messages, a sample proclamation, a sample news release, talking points, a promotional ecard and much more.

For each day of National Public Health Week, the American Public Health Association has developed a theme.  DHSS has modified the national themes slightly to fit Missouri.  Those themes are listed below, along with things you can do to develop better health habits in your home, workplace and community.  To view the national daily activities go to:

Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade.  Missouri trails other states in life expectancy and other measures of good health, and this holds true across all ages and income levels.  Individuals can take small steps to improve their health and communities can make a big difference by starting the conversation with leaders and community groups to make health the easier, available choice.

Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip.  Today, your zip code says too much about your health.  Across America, there are unacceptable disparities in health by race and ethnic group, state by state and even county by county.  The effort to make Missouri a healthier state starts with equity across our communities.

Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum.  Influential leaders, companies and organizations are taking important steps in line with creating a healthier state, just look at recent actions by your local public health department, city/county government and community organizations.

Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections.  In the work to become a healthier state we can’t do it all on our own.  We have to expand our partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations, employers – everyone who has an impact on our health.

Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success.  2015 marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Health Week and the accomplishments of the public health community over the last two decades are significant, such as a 25-year improvement in the average lifespan for Americans and a 70 percent reduction in HIV/AIDS-related deaths.  During this week, help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping individuals and communities healthy.

For more information, contact Lori Buchanan, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, or 573-751-6060.

Visit to Marshfield Care Center

In February 2015, Section for Long-Term Care Regulation Communications Representative Leslie Sebastian and I visited Marshfield Care Center and Marshfield Place. Marshfield Care Center is a 77-resident skilled nursing home and Marshfield place, next door, is a 40-resident residential care home… to read more and view photos, click here: Marshfield Care Center.