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Adult Protective Services: The What, Why, and How

In this virtual discussion presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition, we examine baseline funding for Adult Protective Services, and how service providers can advocate for our communities. Jennfer Spoeri, Executive Director for the National Adult Protective Services Association, covers the importance of APS funding and the services it provides, and addresses misconceptions about APS. Heidi Turner-Stone, Section Chief of the Ohio APS, highlights the significance of state-level APS funding, while Bob Blancato of the Elder Justice Coalition covers this significance on a federal level.

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By Jennifer Spoeri, Heidi Turner-Smith, Bob Blancato | 12/08/2023

Collaborative Approaches in Elder Justice for Protecting Adults Living with Dementia and IDD

Join us for a thought-provoking webinar featuring esteemed experts in the field on elder justice, specifically highlighting work to protect those with dementia or IDD. Dr. Ronan Factora of the Cleveland Clinic and Natasha Pietrocola of the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services describe an innovative collaboration to provide virtual capacity assessments to Adult Protective Service (APS) clients who need them. Dr. Jess Bibbo from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging presents emerging evidence about the impact of pets in the lives of people affected by dementia, as well as the benefits and challenges of client pet ownership encountered by APS professionals. Courtney Reynolds from Benjamin Rose shares information about a training program designed to educate mandatory reporters on abuse, neglect and exploitation. Discover collaborative approaches, innovative solutions, and the latest research aimed at ensuring the dignity and safety of older and disabled adults living with dementia and other impairments.

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By Ronan Factora, Natasha Pietrocola, Jess Bibbo, Courtney Reynolds | 10/18/2023

Living Well with Dementia: An Inclusive Guide for Libraries and Communities

The library, a community gathering and learning place that serves people at all stages of life’s journey, plays a vital role in helping individuals live well with dementia. The new free resource from the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health, The Dementia Inclusive Public Library Guide, provides a roadmap and practical tools for libraries and other community organizations to unite with fellow Ohioans in reshaping the narrative surrounding dementia to one of engaged community living.

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By Barb White | 09/21/2023

Aging in Place: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

Please join Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging for a virtual discussion presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition. We will provide an overview of naturally occurring retirement communities, and how they can empower us to age in place. Orion H. Bell IV, President and Chief Executive Officer at Benjamin Rose will discuss the benefits and challenges of these communities and discuss models for future communities in Northeast Ohio and across the nation.

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09/01/2023

Bridging Conversations Between Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia

Guest speaker Kathy Service, Nurse Practitioner Consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), explores difficulties in diagnosing and distinguishing dementia in the IDD population, how establishing a baseline for function and cognition can provide clarity, and what factors can contribute to the development of dementia for people with IDD. She provides practical, evidence-based considerations for ways that families and other care providers can better navigate and become more knowledgeable, effective advocates in healthcare settings to enhance the well-being of individuals with IDD living with dementia.

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By Kathy Service | 07/26/2023