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Splaine Consulting Highlights
Our team’s advocacy work, here & abroad
Last Chance to Sign Up for UMass Course
This is your last chance to sign up for the online Alzheimer’s Disease Public Policy Course, offered through niversity of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Advancing and Professional Studies.
Mike Splaine and Kate Gordon are the instructors for this six-week overview, offered 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, May 2-June 6. Cost of the course is $250. Students will receive a professional training certificate that awards one Continuing Education Unit. To learn more about the course and to register, visit the course page on the UMB website.
Roadmap for Indian County To Be Presented at NIHB Public Health Summit
The Roadmap for Indian Country, based on the work of Splaine Consulting, will be presented at the 10th annual National Tribal Public Health Summit, May 13-15 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque. The Summit, hosted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), is a premier Indian public health event that attracts more than 500 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers and community-based service providers.
This year’s event will feature dynamic speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions as well as presentation of the 2019 Native Public Health Innovation awards.
Summit topic tracks encompass health promotion and disease prevention public health policy, infrastructure and systems; substance misuse and behavioral health; environmental health and climate change; emergency preparedness; and emerging issues in public health. Among the workshops are several that will deal with aging and dementia as related to Indian communities.
For details, visit the NIHB website here.
Guest Lecture at Roanoke College
Kate recently guest-lectured at her alma mater, Roanoke College, in Salem, Va. She presented two lectures on her domestic and international public health work for students enrolled in Roanoke College’s newly developed department of Public Health Studies.
The lectures focused on the global challenge of identifying and addressing mental health in older adults and caregivers. One of the highlights of Kate’s visit was a surprise visit from her mentor, Professor Eberle L. Smith (pictured, above right, with Kate), who has deeply and positively impacted her career path.
Kate’s lectures incorporated A Public Health Approach to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias, an open-source curriculum developed by the Alzheimer’s Association, as part of a cooperative agreement with CDC’s Healthy Aging Program, and in partnership with Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. The curricular materials focus on cognitive health, cognitive impairment and dementia and are available for use by undergraduate faculty in schools and programs of public health.
‘Living Alone with AD’ Summits to Resume in September
Our Living Alone with Alzheimer’s Solutions Summits will resume in September. There will be two summits, the first in Atlanta on Sept. 5 and the second in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sept. 6.
Fifteen percent of individuals over the age of 70 live alone, and the instances of those living alone with dementia is correspondingly increasing. Those who should attend a Living Alone with AD summit include: persons living with dementia, caregivers, administrators and staff from care communities, Alzheimer’s/dementia care providers, community leaders, elder care managers and attorneys, and healthcare system providers.
The summit will include conversations with persons who are navigating life with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, an overview of the numbers and types of singleperson households they live in, health and social risk factors such as social isolation, and a review of potential ethical dilemmas.
More details on the upcoming summits will be available soon in future issues of this newsletter and on the Living Alone with Alzheimer’s website.
Mike to Speak on Dementia-Friendly Cruise
Mike will be a featured speaker on a supported dementia-friendly cruise in late summer. The Caregiver Respite Dementia-Friendly Accompanied Accessible Cruise is a seven-day round trip from Bayonne, N.J., to Bermuda.
The cruise, Aug. 25-Sept. 1, will feature Caring for the Caregiver Interactive Conference programming. In addition to caregiver respite, the conference will include daily adult daycare sessions, presentations, networking, senior Zumba, sea day activities and optional group excursions. To learn more, visit the cruise line website.
For Your Next Speaking Engagement…
Interested in having Mike or Kate as a speaker or presenter for your organization’s next advocacy training, conference, webinar or other educational opportunity? For more details, contact us today.
Alzheimer’s Around the World
The latest policy, advocacy & research events and news
New Report Challenges Leaders to Spur Innovation in Super-Aging Societies
The Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) have published a new report, “The Impact of Innovation Across Technology, Health, Care and Urban Design for Super-Aging Societies.”
The report offers recommendations on these critical topics to policymakers and other leaders across global society, based on a joint expert meeting convened by GCOA and HGPI on Nov. 2 in Tokyo. Geared toward setting the global agenda in 2019 and beyond, these recommendations focus on the themes of social change, lifelong economic participation, promoting innovation for super-aging societies and new possibilities for care.
Much of the report focused on Japan as representative of a super-aging society in which a paradigm shift and policy support are needed to ensure a sustainable future of the health care and financial systems.
“Japan is the world’s first super-aging society, a leader in policy, scientific and technological innovations, and host of the G20 in 2019,” said Ryoji Noritake, CEO of HGPI, a Tokyo-based independent and non-profit health policy think tank. “This combination creates a clear opportunity to activate policy changes and public-private partnerships and strengthen our focus on innovation to ensure that Japan’s superaging society and the super-aging societies that follow are prepared for this unprecedented global mega-trend.”
HGPI Report Envisions Dementia-Friendly Community-Building for Japan
In addition to the above report, HGPI has published “Research Survey on the Promotion of Age- and Dementia-Friendly Community-Building Based Upon Dementia Measures Abroad—Envisioning Japan’s Diagnostic Dementia Support System and the Creation of Innovative Public-Private Partnerships Aimed at System Sustainability.”
For this report, HGPI conducted research and reviewed the post-diagnostic support systems available to people who have been diagnosed with dementia as well as the promotion models of community development through public-private partnerships via leading examples in Japan and other parts of the world. The goal is to use this information for development of age- and dementia-friendly community models where multi-stakeholders can collaborate to provide seamless support in a timely fashion.
A PDF of the report (in Japanese and English) is available on the HGPI website.
CMS Releases Care Coordination Toolkit
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a public ACO Care Coordination Toolkit showing the work of accountable care organizations and End-Stage Renal Disease Care (ESRD) Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) participating in the Shared Savings Program, Next Generation ACO Model, and the Comprehensive ESRD Care Model.
The toolkit highlights innovative care coordination strategies that ACOs and ESCOs use to collaborate with beneficiaries, clinicians and post-acute care partners to ensure that high-quality, effective care is provided at the right time and in the right setting. The goal is to educate the public about strategies used by ACOs and ESCOs
to provide value-based care while also providing actionable ideas to help current and prospective ACOs improve or begin operations.
CMS has also released seven case studies to describe innovative initiatives from ACOs and ESRD ESCOs on a variety of topics, including engaging beneficiaries, coordinating care in rural settings and promoting health literacy. To learn more, visit the ACO General Information web page.
2018 Friedman awardees Nikki Goldstein, left, and Janis McGillick, right, posing with Lynn Friedman Hamilton, center.
Jan McGillick Wins Friedman Award
Congratulations to our long-time colleague Janis M. McGillick, MSW, MA, LNHA, director of community engagement at Dolan Memory Care Homes, who was awarded a 2018 Harvey A. & Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in
Service to Older Adults, which recognizes individuals in the St. Louis metro region who make outstanding contributions in service to older adults.
McGillick is responsible for dementia-specific staff development, an academic internship program, and engagement with residents, their families and the larger community. Prior to joining Dolan Memory Care, she served for 24 years as education director of the St. Louis chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She also is a licensed nursing home administrator and instructor at Lindenwood University’s gerontology program.
Also receiving the 2018 Friedman Award was Nikki Goldstein, MSW, executive director of the Crown Center for Senior Living. Goldstein provides professional leadership for this forward-thinking nonprofit agency, committed to a vibrant, engaged community in which all seniors thrive.