CSU, Chico's Interdisciplinary Center on Aging (ICOA) sponsors talks and workshops on campus by current faculty and guest speakers.

The ICOA was established to serve the ever-growing aging needs of Northern California. With the assets and unique characteristics of CSU, Chico and its service region, the ICOA strives towards developing and demonstrating the best practices for meeting the challenges and maximizing the opportunities of an aging society

These online recordings allow students -- and the community -- to access the materials anytime, review a presentation multiple times, and print any handouts.

Interdisciplinary Center on Aging Presentations

Integrated Healthcare: Promising Practices - Part I

Dr. Celeste A. Jones
CSU, Chico School of Social Work

Dr. Celeste Jones begins her presentation by providing a definition for “Integrated Healthcare”: “A comprehensive, coordinated, and team-based approach to care and decision-making for medical and mental health reasons.” The ideal situation is that a patient/client can have all of his/her mental, behavioral, and medical care needs taken care of at one site by a multidisciplinary team. This approach to healthcare is patient centered and community based. Dr. Jones discusses the attributes and principles of the inter-professional team that is used to deliver this comprehensive approach to health care. He then shares an example of positive changes in a medical institution that were caused by switching to integrated health care – the Veterans Administration Health Care Service in Palo Alto, California. Length: 1 hour, 21 minutes | View Now 

Integrated Healthcare: Promising Practices - Part II

Lynn Dorroh LMFT
CEO, Hill Country Health & Wellness Center

The main clinic of Hill Country Heath & Wellness Center is located in Round Mountain, California, which CEO Lynn Dorroh describes as “such a small town that many people who pass through don’t even know there’s a town there.” The first clinic was built from “two halves of a modular building that didn’t fit together” and started with what she calls “natural integration: one doctor; one therapist (Ms. Dorroh); three tiny exam rooms; and lots of communication.” Today, over 100 employees serve approximately 5,000 patients annually, with a total of 23,000 patient visits. About 1,500 of the patients have a serious mental illness. Ms. Dorroh tells the story of how Hill Country grew and the principles that have guided its multi-faceted approach to health and wellness. Length: 1 hour, 24 minutes | View Now

Boomers, Gen-X'ers, Millenials: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Dr. Patty Hunter
LCSW, CSU, Chico School of Social Work

Dr. Patty Hunter explores the differences among the current generations and what causes conflicts among them. She notes that for the first time in history there are four (and sometimes five) generations in the workforce, which she identifies as Traditionalists (born prior to 1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen-X'ers (1965-1980), Gen Y’ers/Millennials (1981-1995), and Gen Z’ers (after 1995). This results in situations where older and younger workers are competing for jobs and where older employees have younger supervisors. One study showed that 60% of employers are experiencing intergenerational conflict. In addition to identifying the different generations, Dr. Hunter explains the dynamics and challenges resulting from various generational perspectives and identifies the benefits of a multi-generational workplace. Length: Part I – 1 hour, 9 minutes | Part II – 59 minutes | View Part IView Part II

The Hidden Risk of Loneliness

Dr. Patrick Arbore
Director & Founder, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services, Institute on Aging, San Francisco

Loneliness, according to Dr. Patrick Arbore, encompasses a complex set of mental issues. It can be part of the additional complexity of caring for older adults. He is careful to point out, however, that old age and loneliness do not always go hand-in-hand, and that older adults living alone are not necessarily lonely. In his presentation, Dr. Arbore explains the differences between loneliness and social isolation, discusses how to screen for loneliness, describes the effects of loneliness on mental health, and describes methods of compassionate intervention to help older adults who suffer from loneliness. He also provides information about the “24-Hour Friendship Line” that is available for lonely seniors. Length: Part I – 1 hour, 33 minutes | Part II – 1 hour, 13 minutes | View Part IView Part II

Each Mind Matters

Panel Discussion
CSU, Chico

Seven professionals whose work touches older adults discuss mental health issues for that population. Twenty-five percent of older adults in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness, as well as millions of others of all age groups. In response to the challenges of mental illness, “Each Mind Matters” is a movement of individuals and organizations dedicated to a shared vision of mental health wellness and equality. The organization’s motto is “We believe in healing through action, strength through diversity, and power through collaboration.” The panelists talk about ways to address and reduce stigmas about mental health, and provide information about their agencies’ programs. Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes | View Now

Careers in Aging -- Opportunities for Students in Various Disciplines

Panel Discussion
CSU, Chico

Each day, thousands of the “Baby Boom” generation reach retirement age, adding to a rapidly-increasing population of older adults. In this presentation, a panel of seven professionals who work in the burgeoning field of gerontology discuss career opportunities. The facilitator is Dr. Seema Sehrawat, who is a faculty member of the CSU, Chico School of Social Work and serves as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center on Aging. The panel includes: Lyn Dorenzo (Owner, Country Village Care); Joe Cobery (Director, Passages Adult Resource Center ), Dr. Maria Giovanni (Faculty, CSU, Chico Department of Nutrition and Food Science),Dr. Jerry Hight (Assistant Dean, CSU, Chico College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management), Dr. Michael Leitner (Faculty, CSU Chico Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management); and Dr. Shelley Von Berg (Faculty and Clinical Director, CSU, Chico Communication Sciences and Disorders Program). Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes | View Now

Adapted Dance Workshop

Dr. Michael Leitner
CSU, Chico Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management

Dr. Leitner is joined for this presentation by CSU, Chico students from his course, Recreation Therapy for Older Adults – as well as by residents from a senior care facility and their activities director. Dances in the style of folk dance, both from a standing and a sitting position, are demonstrated; all of the workshop attendees participate. Dr. Leitner explains the importance of exercise to older adults, stating, “Exercise shouldn’t be a chore; it should be something you enjoy. And dance should be a joyful experience.” Students from his course talk about their visits to local senior facilities and how they assist the residents to get the exercise they need for their health and well-being in a fun and encouraging way. | Length – Part I: 39 minutes | Length – Part II: 44 minutes | View Part IView Part II

We Honor Veterans: Overview and Partner Commitment - Part I

April Grossberger
CSU, Chico, MSW Intern, Paradise Hospice

Teresa McClenathan
Registered Nurse, Paradise Hospice

We Honor Veterans is a national awareness and action campaign developed by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal is to provide the best possible care for veterans, while honoring veterans’ preferences. One of the statistics presented especially underscores the need for such services – approximately 680,000 veterans die in the U.S. every year. The speakers describe the health risks that are unique to veterans, which vary depending on the era of service. For example, many World War II and Cold War Veterans were exposed to high levels of radiation due to nuclear cleanup and testing. Some Korean Vets suffer throughout their lives from cold injuries – frostbite, peripheral neuropathy, arthritis. Exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange has led to lifelong health problems for many Vietnam Vets. And veterans from more recent wars in the Middle East have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries from explosives, as well as psychiatric illnesses. Caregivers work to honor veterans’ service, no matter when and how they served. Presentation time: 1 hour, 5 minutes | View Now

Dispelling Myths for Older Adults/Boomers around the Affordable Care Act - Part I

Shannon Scharnberg
MA Ed., Covered California Statewide Trainer

Shannon Scharnberg is one of numerous statewide trainers working to disseminate information for Covered California, the healthcare exchange for the new Affordable Care Act (ACA); aka “Obamacare.” One of her main goals is to lessen fears people may have about the program, especially since it represents a paradigm shift from how the American health care system has worked. In this presentation, Ms. Scharnberg notes that, as of 2012, 5.3 million Californians were without health insurance. She then explains different aspects of the ACA, including the “minimal essential coverage” requirement, eligibility of existing plans (most employer-sponsored coverage already meets the requirements, along with other systems such as Medi-Cal), and benefits. She believes ACA provides an opportunity to focus on preventive health and wellness, rather than only on emergency care and treatment of illness. Presentation time: 1 hour, 12 minutes | View Now

Resource Link - Covered California

Dispelling Myths for Older Adults/Boomers around the Affordable Care Act - Part II

Stan Salinas
CSU, Chico Department of Health and Community Services

Professor Salinas has been studying health care reform to the extent that he has read the entire 900-page Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has been keeping up with it as new developments take shape. In this presentation, he discusses the historical path to the ACA and compares the current costs and quality of health care in the United States to that in other industrialized countries. He then lists some of the components of the ACA, including reduction of expenditures, sharing of risk, shifting incentives, and preventive care requirements. Presentation time: 36 minutes | View Now

Dispelling Myths for Older Adults/Boomers around the Affordable Care Act - Part III

Rose Krepelka
Health Insurance Broker

Rose Krepelka draws from her 31 years in the insurance industry to give perspectives on what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means to consumers. To start with, she explains the ACA’s guidelines for dependent children, especially the provision that allows children to remain on their parents’ health plans until age 26. She goes on to discuss ACA rules regarding treatment outcomes, employers’ benefit obligations, the push to add younger people into the insurance “pool,” medical loss ratios to limit insurers’ profits, and required plan benefit levels. Presentation time: 31 minutes | View Now

Communities Against Senior Exploitations: Preventing Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft - Part I

Shirley Krohn
California Senior Legislature

Shirley Krohn speaks throughout Northern California on behalf of Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE). She begins her presentation by showing a short film produced by the California Attorney General’s office that labels financial exploitation of seniors “The Crime of the 2st Century.” The film and Ms. Krohn’s talk look at methods used by predators (including both strangers and elders’ family/caregivers), common scams, and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) estimates that there are five million elderly victims of financial crimes annually in the U.S., adding up to an estimated $40 billion in losses. Presentation time: 1 hour, 2 minutes | View Now

Communities Against Senior Exploitations: Preventing Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft - Part II

Bruce Wristen
Investigative Lieutenant, Butte County District Attorney's Office

Lt. Wristen supervises Butte County’s Major Crimes and Consumer Protection units within the District Attorney’s Office. He shares information about the most common financial scams seen by the Consumer Protection Unit, scams that are often aimed at the elderly. He illustrates the problem by describing actual cases he and his investigators have seen, including one in which an elderly victim sent $100,000 to the scammers. Lt. Wristen’s motto for all seniors and other would-be scam victims is: “If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true!” Presentation time: 15 minutes | View Now

Communities Against Senior Exploitations: Preventing Fraud, Scams, and Identity Theft - Part III

Ethel Byers
Butte County Public Guardian Office

Ethel Byers administers estates for Butte County residents who die with no known next-of-kin or whose next-of-kin/executor is unable or unwilling to act. She also does banking for clients under County conservatorship, which includes people referred from Adult Protective Services or the court system who have been financially abused and/or are deemed unable to manage their own financial matters. Many of those people are seniors. When financial abuse is suspected, her office and Adult Protective Services move quickly to determine whether the person’s financial assets are subject to loss or misappropriation. They can petition the court for conservatorship and, in the meantime, freeze or close bank accounts. Ms. Byers shares several anecdotes about how vulnerable seniors have been exploited by family, friends, and caretakers – and the actions that can be taken to protect them. Presentation time: 23 minutes | View Now

Communities Against Senior Exploitations: Preventing Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft - Part IV

Charles Coleman
Senior Social Worker, Butte County Adult Protective Services

Under California law, the Adult Protective Services staff of each county is legally required to respond to suspicion of elder abuse, with “elders” defined as individuals 65 years of age and over. Butte County Social Worker Charles Coleman presents a list of the type of abuse his department has seen, including neglect, self-neglect, isolation, abandonment, insufficient physical care, lack of ability to manage financial affairs, and financial abuse by another individual. He states that financial abuse is the second-most reported of these problems. When a suspicion of abuse is reported, the APS social workers investigate. If they find a problem they report it to law enforcement; if warrented, law enforcement reports it to the district attorney’s office. An APS nurse works with victims who have medical issues. Presentation time: 20 minutes | View Now

Leveraging the Power of Social Media: How Organizations Use Social Media for Coalition Building

Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH
California Youth Advocacy Network

Social Media Video ThumbMs. Vagadori explains how organizations – and networks of organizations working together – are using social media in the professional world. She outlines the benefits of an organization using social media to strengthen its work. Ms. Vagadori also explains how social media can be used to network several local groups together, which allows the groups to connect and be aware of the work that others are doing. Presentation time: 1 hour, 14 minutes | View Now

Developing a Strategy for Using Social Media: Harnessing Social Media for Organizational Outreach

Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH
California Youth Advocacy Network

Social Media Video ThumbSocial media is a powerful tool organizations can use to share messages, connect with partners, and advocate for change. Ms. Vagadori points out that, before jumping online and using social media to try to achieve program goals, it’s critical for organizations to develop a strategy to guide their activities. In this presentation, she introduces a four-step process for creating a social media strategy. She presents examples of how local organizations have successfully developed such strategies and launched social media campaigns to bring about change in their communities. Presentation time: 40 minutes | View Now

The Basics of Elder Law & Issues Specific to the LGBT Aging Community: Part I

J. Scott Corporon
Attorney at Law

Issues specefic to LBGT part 1Attorney J. Scott Corporon explains ways that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people can legally protect themselves from being taken advantage of in various situations that can happen to older adults. He emphasizes that all couples, but especially non-heterosexual couples, should be very thorough in their estate planning. There should be two powers-of-attorney documents, one for health care and one for financial assets. This allows a person to designate the person of his or her choice to make health care and financial decisions in case of a serious, incapacitating illness or accident. Mr. Corporon emphasizes that clear, unambiguous power-of-attorney documents are especially important if there are family members who do not approve of homosexuality. An additional hospitalization visitation form is important, especially so with same-gender couples. Presentation time:  57 minutes | View Now

The Basics of Elder Law & Issues Specific to the LGBT Aging Community: Part II

Vanessa Sundin
Attorney at Law, Sundin Law Group

Issues specefic to LBGT part 2The focus of Ms. Sundin’s presentation is elder abuse. She has seen cases of this in the course of her work as an attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and at a Bay Area law firm. Just as with other aspects of the senior community, older LGBT adults suffer from abuse at the hands of partners, family members, and others. (She notes that 90 percent of elder abuse is committed by family members of the abused senior.) Ms. Sundin states that, legally, elder abuse is “physical abuse, neglect, financial harm, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment resulting in the physical harm, pain, or mental suffering of an elder.” She gives examples of abuse, and then discusses the responsibilities of mandated reporters and the options available to defend older people against abuse. Presentation time: 37 minutes | View Now

The Basics of Elder Law & Issues Specific to the LGBT Aging Community: Part III

Thomas Kelem
Board Chair, Stonewall Alliance Center, Chico

Issues specefic to LBGT part 3Mr. Kelem points out that laws are becoming more inclusive of LGBTQ people. Along with that, employees at various institutions are starting to receive better training re LGBTQ issues. This training needs to extend to institutions for seniors, as they can be behind the times – for example, sometimes partners still have difficulty visiting their spouse in hospitals or long-term care institutions such as rest homes and convalescent hospitals. Staff at these facilities need to be aware that elderly LGBTQ people lived under a great deal of oppression when they were younger, with the constant threat of serious repercussions if anyone “found out.” As a result, when they go to a structured environment, such as an elder care facility, they can become withdrawn and frightened. Mr. Kelem emphasizes the importance of the loved ones of an institutionalized LGBTQ person to make sure that person is not being treated differently because he/she is LBGT. Presentation time: 18 minutes | View Now

Aging in Place: Programs in the Town of Paradise

Lauren Gill
Interim Manager, Town of Paradise

Kate Anderson
Housing Coordinator, Town of Paradise

Ms. Gill and Ms. Anderson outline programs in Paradise that can help seniors stay in their homes. These programs are especially important in Paradise, which is well-known as a retirement community; 25% of its population is age 65 or older. The Town of Paradise has used part of its community block grant money to help low-income people, including seniors, fix up their homes. The Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program weather-proofs seniors’ homes and provides accessibility modifications in such areas as entrance ramps, showers, and toilets. It has been the presenters’ experience that the majority of seniors want to stay in their own homes and desire safe living conditions, financial security, as little change as possible, and to not be a burden to their family or society. Presentation time: 34 minutes | View Now

Aging in Place: Dwelling Unit Accessibility

Nancy Springer
Butte County Building Division Manager

Curtis Johnson
Butte County Building Inspector Supervisor

Aging In Place Part 2 Play ButtonThe speakers outline building and accessibility options for seniors that they have observed and approved through the county permitting process. They explain that the main purpose of building codes is to provide safe, healthy dwellings. Among the possible dwelling options that can help seniors live semi-independently with extended family include garage conversions and second dwellings such as guest homes and “eco-cottages” (small buildings with a standard floor plan, often with accessibility features already in place). Maintenance and repair of hazardous conditions is important. Permits obtained to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) add accessibility features to dwellings. The speakers list many building features that can enhance accessibility for seniors and the disabled, including modified exterior routes, interior routes, entryways, kitchen counters, and bathroom facilities. Presentation time: 44 minutes | View Now

Aging in Place: CAPS Training for Home Construction

Beth Dunn
Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)

Aging In Place Part 3 Play ButtonThe speaker, a licensed general contractor and CPA, works with Trilogy, a Northern California construction company. Trilogy, along with other contractors, designers, and aging professionals (such as occupational therapists), has completed the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) training, which is administered by the National Association of Home Builders. The focus of CAPS training is to help older adults remain in their homes safely, independently, and comfortably. Ms. Dunn illustrates her talk with photos that show construction practices used by her company to make all areas in a house more accessible for seniors. Presentation time: 28 minutes | View Now

Health at Every Size & Mindful Eating at Any Age

Michelle Neyman Morris, Ph.D, R.D.
Department of Nutrition and Food Science, CSU, Chico

Dr. Morris questions some of the negative assumptions regarding the effects of obesity, which she calls “The War on Obesity.” She believes there are pitfalls of a weight-focused health paradigm, including the low long-term success rate of diets (80-95% of dieters regain their lost weight), the physical and psychological health risks of chronic dieting/weight cycling, and weight-based discrimination. Dr. Morris then presents information about the Health at Every Size® (HAES) program, which shifts the focus from weight management to health promotion. HAES utilizes the psychological concept of “mindfulness.” Dr. Morris also addresses societal problems related to weight, such as size discrimination. She finishes her presentation by discussing issues specific to older adults. Presentation time: 1 hour, 48 minutes | View Now

Stress Management for Wellness

Dr. Walt Shafer
CSU, Chico Sociology Professor Emeritus

Dr. Shafer taught at CSU, Chico for 30 years. During that time, he developed and taught a course called “Human Stress.” His approach to the class, and to stress management, is to combine ideas from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, exercise physiology, economics, medical science, and behavioral medicine. He explains that there is both “good” and “bad” stress, and presents the concept of “hardiness” in relation to how individuals cope with stress. He concludes by describing several stress management techniques. Presentation time: 1 hour, 26 minutes | View Now

Traditions, Rituals, and Beliefs through the Lens of Aging

Dr. Seema Sehrawat
Andrea Rioux
Art Sanchez
Loretta Steinke
Gunhye Kim
Rebecca Vang
School of Social Work, CSU Chico

A panel of presenters explores the roles of traditions, rituals, and beliefs in caring for severely ill and dying older people. The speakers share how end-of-life issues are experienced by the Mexican, Jewish, Korean, Hmong, and Indian cultures. These include different traditions around death and dying. In addition, Andrea Rioux, a hospital social worker, talks about cultural considerations when older people are hospitalized and when they die in the hospital. Presenters and the cultures they represent include Seema Sehrawat (Indian), Art Sanchez (Mexican), Loretta Steinke (Jewish), Gunhye Kim (Korean), and Rebecca Vang (Hmong). Presentation time: 1 hour, 57 minutes | View Now

Overview of the Interdisciplinary Center on Aging

Dr. Seema Sehrawat
Center Director & Faculty, School of Social Work, CSU, Chico

ICOA PresentationThis presentation is one of a series of forums sponsored by the CSU, Chico Interdisciplinary Center on Aging. Dr. Seema Sehrawat, Center Director and faculty for the CSU, Chico School of Social Work, gives an overview of the Center’s work. She traces the growth of the Center since it began at CSU, Chico in 2009. Dr. Sehrawat also shares statistical and demographic information about older adults in Northern California – for example, 10.6 percent of Californians are 65 or older, but the percentage for the 20 Northern California counties is 14.2 and the percentage for Butte County is up to 15.8. The Center connects the University with the community and works in collaboration with community resources, such as Passages. Programs also provide information for students who plan to work in the field of gerontology. Presentation time: 28 minutes | View Now

More information is available at the Interdisciplinary Center for Aging website at http://www.csuchico.edu/icoa/index.shtml.

Suicide Prevention Summit: Suicide Among the Elderly

Patrick Abore
Director & Founder, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services, San Francisco

Patrick Abore helped start the 24-hour Friendship Line for the Elderly, a nationwide toll-free number (800-971-0016). This number now receives 2,000 incoming calls per month, and those who staff the service place 3,000 outgoing calls per month. The impetus for creating this service was research that showed very few older people called suicide prevention lines, even though older people have a higher rate of suicide than the rest of the population. Mr. Abore discusses the risk factors for suicide in later life. He also outlines the challenges in assessing suicidal tendencies in older people. Presentation time: 34 minutes | View Now

Suicide Prevention Summit: Suicide & Suicide Prevention - The Big Picture

Anara Guard
Education Development Center; Former staff, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Sandra Black
Education Development Center; Former Coordinator, California Office of Suicide Prevention

Both speakers are working on the suicide prevention campaign for the North State region as part of the California Mental Services Act. In this presentation, they share data about the scope of the problem and show the variations in suicide rates by gender, age, ethnicity, and method of suicide. They explain that rural areas tend to have higher rates of suicide, and Northern California is no exception. Far Northern California counties, including Butte County, have the highest rates of suicide in California. The speakers also point out that there are more resources than ever before to prevent and educate about suicide. California now has a statewide suicide prevention plan. Presentation time: 29 minutes | VIew Now 

Suicide Prevention Summit: Butte County Suicide Rates

Mark Lundberg, MD, MPH
Public Health Officer, Butte County Public Health

In 2009, suicide was the eighth-leading cause of death in Butte County, with 41 deaths. From 2005 through 2011, Butte County Public Health recorded 296 suicide deaths. In addition to the emotional toll this represents, Dr. Lundberg illustrates the financial burden of suicidal behavior on the medical system – for example, in 2008, there were 323,342 visits to hospital emergency departments in the United States related to suicidal behavior. His data and commentary show the scope of the challenges faced by professionals and laypersons working on suicide prevention. Presentation time: 27 minutes | View Now

Suicide Prevention Summit: Suzy's Law

Mike Gonzales
Parent and Suicide Loss Survivor; Suicide Prevention Advocate

Since the death of his 19-year-old daughter, Suzanne, to suicide, Mike Gonzales uses the circumstances around her death in his work to prevent this tragedy from happening to others. After noting that Suzanne’s death in 2003 was one of 31,484 U.S. suicide deaths that year, he explains that a pro-suicide website was one of the factors in her suicide. These web sites actually encourage people, particularly young people, to commit suicide. After learning that there are no laws that deal with assisted suicide through the internet, Gonzales and others contacted Congressman Wally Herger’s office. The staff there drafted a bill that makes it a crime for a person to use the internet to promote or encourage suicide. Suicide-prevention advocates are campaigning to get the bill, known as “Suzy’s Law,” passed. Presentation time: 35 minutes | View Now

The Seasons of Losses: How to Help Others Grieve

Lyn Dorenzo
Gerontology Professional, Staff at Country Village

Ric Newton
Owner, Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home; Lecturer, CSU, Chico, Department of Sociology

Lyn Dorenzo is a CSU, Chico alumna who graduated with a double major in psychology and gerontology. After working with the elderly her entire career, Ms. Dorenzo is convinced of two things: that people need to grieve their losses as they come and that people need to develop healthy grief coping skills. Elderly people must often deal with grief because their losses tend to be more significant and the losses tend to come closer together. Ms. Dorenzo also helps her audience to understand that death is only one type of loss for the elderly – other losses include loss of independence, loss of pets, loss of being able to get to religious services, and others.

Mr. Newton uses anecdotes from his work in the funeral business, combined with his research while earning his sociology degrees, to provide insight on issues around grief. He emphasizes that people trying to help those in grief need to meet grievers where they are, instead of relying on trite platitudes and clichés. Important lessons he has learned through his research and his first-hand experience is that grief expressed is grief diminished, and that many complicated grief issues have to do with issues earlier in life. Presentation time: 1 hour, 27 minutes | View Now

Workshop Handouts: Losses, Losses and Changes Through Life, Coping Skills, Losses Elders Experience

Adaptive Devices

Katie Bullock
Independent Living Services of Northern California

This presentation provides an overview of how older adults can utilize adaptive devices to preserve their independence and improve their quality of life. The emphasis is on devices to help with mobility, vision, hearing, and communication. In addition to discussing low-tech and high-tech adaptive devices, Ms. Bullock also presents no-cost and low-cost practical solutions for some of the disability issues faced by older people. Presentation time: 46 minutes | View Now

Workshop Handouts: AT Network, Blind Field Services, CFILC, ILSNC Info., Recycle