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Activities & Life Enrichment Conference 2022

2/9/2022 - 2/11/2022

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Activities & Life Enrichment Conference - 2022

February 9, 10, 11, 2022
Embassy Suites Columbus Airport

Welcome to the 2022 Conference where activity & life enrichment professionals from across the state get together to discuss challenges, solve problems, share resources, have a good time and get to know each other better.

Over the next three days, you'll take in a noteworthy lineup of education sessions and keynote speakers who will share a wealth of information. We know you will find incredible takeaways at this year's conference.

Anyone who has been to our event in the past may tell you the speakers are only the icing on the cake. They'll tell you about the fun they had, the insights they gained, the resources they discussed for their activity and resident enrichment programs, the inspiration they took back with them and the great people they met. We're confident you'll go home feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to use and share all you learned.

It's been too long since we've all been together. We can't wait to see you again!


Conference Location:
Embassy Suites Columbus Airport
2886 Airport Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614-536-0500

Group Rate: $148.00 (king suite or queen/queen suite)
Includes complimentary internet and fully cooked to order breakfast as well as a manager's reception each evening.

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the OHCA rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate, even if you contact them before the cut-off date. It is unlikely that they will be able to extend the cut-off date of January 9, 2022. Due to the busy nature of their hotel and since rooms go quickly there may not be any available rooms left at that point.


The Embassy Suites Columbus Airport brings you the quality amenities and services that you've come to expect from a Hilton family brand. Additional property features:

198 two-room suites offering a separate living area with a sofa bed and Private bedroom with Serta Suite Dreams mattresses featuring our Embassy Essentials Bedding Collection

Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily and a complimentary nightly Manager's Reception (subject to OH state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age).

Complimentary parking with complimentary shuttle service to Columbus airport and Easton Town Center, an upscale lifestyle center with numerous restaurants, shopping center, spa and other amenities

Private bath with Blooms Energy Collection? bath products, walk-in shower or tub

Two 42-inch HDTV televisions with in-suite movies

Wired and wireless HSIA, and Complimentary wireless HSIA in all public areas

Refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, wet bar, iron with board, and laptop safes in guest rooms

Spacious desk with ergonomic chair and mobile furnishings so guests can create their own living space

Open air-atrium with a signature water feature featuring the Flying Spoons restaurant

24-hour complimentary BusinessLink Business Center and Sundry shop

Enlarged 24/7 fitness center featuring leading-edge cardio and resistance training equipment from Precor and an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sun deck

Dry cleaning and in-house laundry services

February 9, 2022

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm & 2:45 - 4:45 pm

1. Reading2Connect: People with Dementia Can Still Enjoy Reading

Presented by Julie Boggess, CDP, LNHA

Reading is a skill that is generally preserved and intact in the procedural memory of an elderly person. Like brushing teeth or using a spoon, the ability to read is automatic and often remains to some degree functional even in the later stages of dementia.
Elders experience active engagement and initiation, a renewed interest in the world and desire to learn. Their past areas of expertise and passions are rekindled.

With adapted books for support, older adults are able to genuinely express themselves, recall treasured memories, and connect deeply with others. Attend this session to learn how this valuable experience can benefit the individuals you serve.

* Reveal the reading capabilities of persons living with dementia
* Discover the engaging opportunities with a customized reading resource
* Recognize how dimensions of wellness are improved with Reading2Connect

2. Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga is a modern exercise involving prolonged voluntary laughter. This type of yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides similar physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Intentional laughter often turns into real and contagious laughter. Come learn and experience what laughter yoga can do for you and those you serve!

Presented by: Michelle Fought, The Laughter Muse

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm Welcome Reception & Group Discussion

Join OHCA's Council of Activity Professionals for a guided networking session which will allow you to network with your peers while sharing thoughts and concerns regarding staffing, technology, the changing role of activities and more. You will have the opportunity to hear different perspectives from both OHCA and other attendees as well as share implementation strategies that have been successful.

Snacks & Beverages will be available during this session.
1 CE is available for this event.

February 10, 2022

The conference begins today!

Conference Check In (8:30 - 9:00 am)
Take this time to pick up your conference materials, catch up with colleagues, and enjoy coffee & tea.
Following conference check-in, all attendees will attend the opening General Session featuring Cat Selman.

9:00 - 10:15am Regaining your 'ZING!' - Jump-Starting your Motivation after COVID19

'ZING' means energy, enthusiasm, or liveliness. Due to the pandemic, many health care professionals have either temporarily 'misplaced' their ZING, or totally lost it! Let's face it - everyone is simply exhausted and find it hard to place one foot in front of the other each day. Maybe no one noticed that your ZING is missing because you put up a 'good front?\' and haven't let anyone know what you are going through. Maybe you are the community 'cheerleader' and cannot allow others to see what the pandemic cost you as an individual. Maybe even YOU aren?t aware of what is taking place within your own emotions and feelings, but now realize something is missing. Whatever your emotional position may be Post-COVID, professionals are finding it harder and harder to recapture enthusiasm for the job they love and the role they play within their community. Will it be possible to regain that enthusiasm and motivation? Do you feel so emotionally damaged that you cannot recover? Then attend this session! Cat will share what COVID has done to us - the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, she will also be offering guidance and suggestions on how we can recapture that motivation and enthusiasm for what we do best - caring for our precious elders. If you can't seem to find the motivation you need to return to our ?new normal,? this is the session for you!

Presented by: Cat Selman

10:15 am Networking Break

10:30 - 12:15 pm Defensive Documentation for the Long-Term Care Professional

Documentation is important not only to validate the care that we are providing, but it now supports the reimbursement we are receiving. In today's world, where everyone seems to be 'sue happy,' documentation becomes even more important because it is utilized to defend the actions taken by a health care facility. When involved in a lawsuit, the facility's documentation becomes a major source for the facility's defense - and not just nurses? notes! Supporting documentation is necessary for all disciplines. Most seminars dealing with this topic are on such a high level that only attorneys can understand the content. Your team needs to know how to document defensively! This session will provide simple, common sense techniques and documentation strategies for all disciplines: nursing, dietary, social services and activity/ recreation.

Presented by: Cat Selman

12:15 - 1:15 pm Networking Luncheon (included in your registration fee)

1:30 - 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions, select one:

1. Elder 'Bullying' - What Should We Do?
According to the federal government, bullying is defined with the following core elements: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. Bullying can happen in any number of places, contexts, or locations. Studies suggest that most senior-to- senior aggression in long term care settings is verbal abuse, and that men and women are equally likely to be the victim as well as the aggressor. However, with the range and seriousness of diagnoses of which residents are now being admitted into our facilities, we are seeing an increase in aggressive bullying, and altercations between and among residents. So what do we do? In this session, Cat will discuss the typical traits of ?bullies,? causal and risk factors, guidance in regard to developing a culture for a positive living environment, and recommendations for responding to incidents. This is an issue that we cannot ignore!

Presented by: Cat Selman

2. Power of the Brain

Join us for some fun, shared learning, and discussion through this interactive session. First, we learn about the brain. Is 'Use it or Lose it' a myth? Can you have the pathology of Alzheimer's without people knowing? Why is it said 'It's like we have a weed whacker in our brain.'? Second, we will jump into an interactive group cognitive stimulation session. Learning, laughter, and camaraderie guaranteed during this session as we work together to improve outcomes for seniors.

Presented by Janet Knupp, CEO

2:30 pm Networking Break

2:45 - 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions, select one:

3. Coping with Grief and Loss - Facing the Changes Brought by COVID-19

Grief is a natural response to loss, and feelings of loss can be compounded during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Sometimes, grief-related pain and symptoms? which can be emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual - can feel overwhelming, especially for those who are caring for the elderly and see these losses on a daily basis. Bereavement is a painful, stressful, and difficult journey at the best of times. But grieving the loss of a loved one, or grieving lost 'moments' and your 'normal way of life' may be especially challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this crisis it is important to grieve what has been lost, and it is also important to find meaning and hope in how life has changed. So, how do we do that? How do we face, and adjust to, all the losses that COVID-19 has presented us with? In this session, Cat will give compassionate guidance in the grief process, as well as suggestions for finding hope and joy through the process. This is an issue that ALL of us are facing - let?s do it together.

Presented by: Cat Selman

4. Taking the Coach Approach - Everyone Can Play a Role

Hope is certainly not the first emotion to come to mind when someone receives a diagnosis of dementia. In my case, I started counting down the days until I would lose my mom. But there is hope! Cognitive stimulation has been long recognized in countries like the UK and Canada as an effective intervention. Stanford Medicine (2022) called it ?\'an effective habit for preserving cognitive degeneration.' Even if you are not a certified cognitive coach, learn how you can still play that role. 'Once you choose hope, anything's possible.' Christopher Reeve

Attendees of this session will also receive a Complimentary Cognitive Stimulation Activity Kit.

Presented by Janet Knupp, CEO

3:45 pm Networking Break

4:00 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions: Select one

5. 1-1 Activities from Around the World!

COVID-19 turned everyone's world upside down: in addition to the horror of the illness and death, group activities were cancelled, no communal functions/dining/ events could be scheduled, residents have been isolated and confined to their rooms, and have had no physical contact with anyone from their families or the community. The format and philosophy of activity programming HAD to change during this time to be responsive to the safety and well-being of our residents. As a result, and by default, nursing homes converted the delivery of all activity services to the provision of 1-1 activities. Although a number of states have reopened, the data shows that we will continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19. In fact, reported cases are increasing, and we are assured of another wave of the virus sometime in the winter. 1-1 Programming is going to be the primary format for delivery of activity services for the foreseeable future. How do you develop a 1-1 program that is designed to meet the needs of each individual resident? How do you involve ALL staff (which is a required component to be successful)? How do you capitalize on the use of technology? And WHERE do you come up with enough ideas?? In this session, Cat will answer all those questions, plus provide participants with a list of 1-1 activities from nursing homes around the world!

Presented by: Cat Selman

6. Calling all Coaches - The Impact of a Fit Minds certified coach

Do you work with seniors as a health or senior living professional? Are you a Certified Dementia Practitioner? Do you care deeply about delaying the advancement of cognitive decline and improving quality of life for seniors? Then join me to learn why people like you become Fit Minds certified coaches. I will do a little role play with our Personal Trainer for the Mind proprietary platform and we
will have some fun coaching each other. Then we will review four case studies about the impact our cognitive coaches have experienced and the personal rewards they reap.

Presented by Janet Knupp, CEO

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Networking Reception
At the end of the day grab a beverage and enjoy heavy appetizers as you reconnect with attendees, and continue sharing best practices prior to the evening's 'Let's Make It!' event.

6:15 - 8:30 pm Let's Make It!

You can expect to have the time of your life! You do not need to bring anything! Your art supplies will be set up and ready for you when you arrive. It's open seating so get there early to grab your favorite spot. You will be guided through the steps necessary for the project. This is a fun and entertaining event where you will learn new and creative craft ideas for the individuals you serve.
1.5 CE is available for this event

Appetizers and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

No additional fee is required for this event, however, pre-registration is required.

February 11, 2022

7:30 - 8:00 am Good morning!!.Day Two!

Grab a cup of coffee, take some time to visit with your fellow activity & life enrichment professionals and get ready for another day of learning.

8:00 - 9:00 am General Session 'Telling Stories- Sharing Lives - Intergenerational programming

Presented by: Jennifer Kulik, Ph.D

Telling stories has been an important part of sharing experiences, transmitting cultural beliefs, and learning in many cultures. During this interactive presentation, we will explore the importance of storytelling to the creation and transmission of culture, talk about the science behind storytelling, and how storytelling can be used as a tool to help connect generations.

At the end of the presentation, participants will:
* Learn about the history and uses of storytelling
* Explore the connection between storytelling and cognition
* Engage in a storytelling exercise
* Explore ways you can incorporate storytelling in intergenerational programming

9:00 am Networking Break

9:15 - 11:15 am Quick Idea Sessions - A conference favorite.

These quick sessions allow you to get a lot of great ideas in a short time period. As always, plan to share your experience and ideas in each of these sessions as well. Learning from each other is a highlight of this event. Each session will be 25 minutes long. You will be able to attend each of the mini sessions in a small group setting to allow for maximum interaction
Topics will include:
Wellness & Golf
What is a Spark Box?
Keeping Activities Going with Limited Staff
And more!

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Networking Lunch

It's day two, and there are still many other activity professionals to meet. Step outside your comfort zone and use this great networking opportunity to strike up a conversation with someone new - but don't forget to eat!

12:30 - 1:30 pm Life Safety Code focus on Activities

Presented by: Kenn Daily, LNHA, President, Elder Care Systems

Curious about which decorations you can hang? What type of materials can or cannot be attached to walls, doors or other areas? Is your calendar board in violation? Do you have a kitchen in your activity room? Find out what you can and cannot do according to the regulations. Kenn Daily has been invited to lead this session and answer your questions on navigating the life safety code requirements that impact activities.

1:30 pm Networking Break

1:45 - 3:15 pm Activities & Immediate Jeopardy ? Are You Putting Your Facility At Risk?

Presented by: Mandy Smith

With the changing environment in facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, activities has become a central department. With that increased focus, comes potentially more risk. Whether it be episodes of choking, elopement, or abuse, immediate jeopardies can affect the activities department. Learn the risks and how to ensure your department remains in compliance and safe for your residents.

3:15 pm Adjourn

Julie Boggess, CDP, LNHA
Vice President, Grant Initiatives

Julie has worked in Aging Services for 31 years. Most of these were spent in skilled nursing, and in 1990, she obtained her Illinois Nursing Home Administrator?s license and moved into management and executive level positions. In February 2020 she joined the AGE-u-cate team and is now the Vice President of Grant Initiatives. Julie calls upon her experience on the front lines to assist with developing and delivering training curriculum for aging services providers and manages CMP grant projects in various states. She served on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Illinois and is an instructor in Gerontology and Leadership in Aging Services at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

Julie has a B.S in Child and Family Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, and a Master?s degree in Public Administration/Healthcare from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She lives in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill.

Kenneth Daily is President of Elder Care Systems Group, and President of a national long term care consulting firm specializing in quality improvement, regulatory compliance, and education. A licensed NH administrator, Mr. Daily has been involved with working with facilities developing and implementing emergency preparedness plans for more than decade. He is a member of the Ohio Health Care Association Board of Directors and chairman of OHCA's Life Safety and Disaster Management Committee as well as a former member of the AHCA Disaster Committee and current member of AHCA's Life Safety Committee and the NFPA's Healthcare Section. Mr. Daily has lectured nationwide on ways to improve the service and integrity of long term care. He is an author of numerous articles and professional guides.

Mindy Derr spent her childhood on the golf course. That is because her dad, Guy, was an avid golfer in their hometown of Loudonville. Her father?s sudden illness and death in the mid-?80s turned his hobby into his daughter's passion. Derr had dreamed of starting an organization to serve persons with disabilities, injuries or illnesses. Her goal was to use the instrument of golf to improve their quality of physical, emotional and social well-being. Derr's dream was born as Fore Hope ? one of the first organizations in the country of its kind. This year, the organization will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The program has experienced expansive growth in those two decades. Currently, Fore Hope serves 400 people nationwide. Fore Hope?s current projects include building a golf learning center for The Ohio State University?s Professional Golf develop a curriculum based on teaching persons of all challenges the benefits of golf. In addition to donations from individuals, corporations, and grants, Fore Hope has received recognition and financial support from The Memorial Tournament and United States Golf Association. Derr's family keeps her going and has helped her keep the program alive.

Kim Fair, Activity Director, Versailles Health Care Center. Kim has been an activity director for over 25 years. She is a certified therapeutic recreation consultant and has both an Associates and Bachelor?s degrees from Edison State College in psychology. Kim is a member of the OHCA Council of Activity Directors.

Janet Knupp's
mother was diagnosed with Lewy Body, a form of dementia. This life-altering event led Janet to create and launch Fit Minds in the US in late 2016. As CEO of Fit Minds, Janet works to provide customized cognitive stimulation to improve quality of life, enable meaningful relationships with family and friends and build cognitive resilience for seniors going through similar memory loss diseases.

As a business executive, venture philanthropist and thought leader in education, Janet has spent the majority of her career leading companies and organizations with the goal to improve performance outcomes for school districts, teachers, and students.
A natural collaborator, she thrives in environments where she can use her influence and insight to develop a clear mission, assemble exceptional boards, attract significant capital, and move people beyond the status quo by delivering ambitious, measurable results.

Cindy Koester, ADC, has 25 years experience in long term care. She is vice-chair for the Activity Tack Force at OHCA. She stays active in her local Activity Professionals group JCAP (Joint County Activity Professionals) and the Resident Activity Professionals. Cindy has begun the journey of Person Center Care at Briarwood Village. She has a strong focus with dementia and memory support. To enhance her journey in Person Center Care, she received training in Food Safety, Chemical Awareness, as a STNA and is First Aid Certified.

Jen Kulik, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO

For the past 25 years Jen has designed and facilitated intergenerational arts, arts for youth, and arts for older adults programs for retirement communities, schools, theatre companies, and social service organizations. Jen holds a Ph.D. in Theatre for Young Audiences from Arizona State University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Washington. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching fellowship to travel to Singapore. She received the Joseph F. Wall Service Award from Grinnell College in 2018. Jen presents at conferences worldwide.


Linda McNeal White ACC, received her certification in Activity Therapy in 1988 and became a Nationally Certified Activity Consultant in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in alternative therapies and became a certified Aroma Therapist in 1998. She served as an Activity Consultant to a number of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and adult day cares. She received the Dr. Charles Peckham Award, which is the highest merit in the field of activities. It honors the recipient?s contributions to the health and therapeutic care areas that exemplify an Activity Professional?s dedication and service demonstrated by their accomplishments and leadership in local, state and national activity associations. She also received the following awards from the Ohio Health Care Association Activity Director of the Year and the Riverside Methodist Hospital Volunteer Staff Appreciation Award. Linda has had two activity manuals published and has written a new program to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents. She served as consultant to a number of facilities in several states. Linda has worked with facilities that have had actual citations in tags F-248 and F-249 by both state and federal surveyors to become compliant. Linda owned her own consulting company for activities and behavior management. Currently she is the Community Life Coordinator for Friendship Village Columbus overseeing the Assisted Living, Memory Support Unit and the Health Care Center. Linda's greatest passion is to have all facilities see their elders as persons who have hopes, dreams, desires and something to contribute to life that brings the sparkle to their eyes.

Educator. Motivator. Communicator. Consultant. Author. Catherine R. 'Cat' Selman, BS, uses her dynamic personality and compelling presence to spread the message of positive, realistic, and common- sense strategies for the aging services professional. She presently serves as President and Co-owner of The Cat Selman Company, a company specializing in continuing education for healthcare professionals. Ms. Selman received her degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, with continued graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi. She was the Corporate Activity & Social Work Consultant for 101 nursing homes in 7 states. With over 35 years? experience in management, education and consultation, Ms. Selman has trained providers and surveyors in all 50 states. Since 1989, she has often been requested by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to sit on stakeholder/ expert panels responsible for the revision of surveyor guidance and compliance issues. In fact, Ms. Selman participated in a CMS Expert Panel Group responsible for some of the Surveyor Guidance that is now included in the current CMS RoP. She continues to train State Agencies & surveyors in the Care Planning Process, as well as other requirements regarding process, documentation, and compliance. In demand, and on topic, she is considered an authority in aging services.

Mandy Smith, CEAL, CEHCH, LNHA, LMT, LPTA, RAC-CT, WCC has 20 years of experience in the long-term care industry. Starting her career out in the physical therapy field when PPS was implemented, Mandy quickly realized the importance of case-mix scores and the MDS. She became certified as a Resident Assessment Coordinator through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators to better understand the MDS, Case Mix, Quality Measures, and nursing?s role in the long-term care environment. Having been in management for years she felt the need to further her career potential and began educating fellow providers through her company and associations. Mandy received her license as a Nursing Home Administrator after a 6 month Administrator in Training (AIT) internship which allowed her to experience all of the areas of nursing home management and care. Mandy has been the Regulatory Director with Ohio Health Care Association since 2010. In this role, she assists providers and associate members with the survey, regulatory, clinical, and operational issues. She advocates for providers through state agencies and national association affiliations. She is an educational resource for conferences and a daily resource for providers.

Continuing Education Credits:

Full Conference registrants are able to receive up to 18 hours of credit are available.
(February 9 = 5 hours; February 10 = 7.5 hours; February 11 = 5.5 hours)

Activity Professionals:
Application for 18 credits have been submitted to the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.

Certified Executives for Assisted Living (CEAL):
Up to 18 hours are available during this program and can be used toward renewal of the CEAL certification.

Nurses:
Nurses, please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19. Nurses may obtain up to 18 hours utilizing this rule.

Ohio Administrators:
The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) and has approved this program.

Ohio Social Workers:
The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Social Work Board. Only certain classes apply for Social Work credit - please contact Kathy Chapman at kchapman@ohca.org for more details.



Registration Information:

The Activity Professionals Conference is offered to all activity professionals at the low Association member rate. Take advantage of this great offer! Enjoy top-notch educational programming!

What Is Included in My Registration Fee?

Full Conference:

Up to 18 Continuing Education Credits
Continuous refreshment service each day
Handouts of all education sessions
All Sessions (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
Lunch Buffet Thursday & Friday
Wednesday Evening Welcome Reception
Thursday Reception
Thursday Evening Event
Complimentary SPARK Box: Art Activity Toolkit (Friday attendees only)

One Day: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
Continuing Education Credits for day attended
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions
Complimentary SPARK Box?: Art Activity Toolkit (Friday attendees only)
Lunch Buffet (Thursday & Friday only)

Registration Fees:

Full Conference:
$289 before January 16
$329 January 16 and after

Register 4 or more people from the same organization online and save an additional 15% off the fees above

One Day Only: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
$199 before January 16
$229 January 16 and after
Register 4 or more people from the same organization online and save an additional 15% off the fees above



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