27th WRAAA Annual Conference & LuncheonNew Logo

Thursday, May 10, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility
25777 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging's (WRAAA) Annual Conference & Luncheon unites various providers and stakeholders who facilitate and promote independence for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The 2018 theme is Aging Well: Eat Well.Live Well. More than 500 attendees, including WRAAA staff, service providers, advocates, and volunteers representing organizations in the aging and disability networks will be present. At the event, you will have opportunities to network with experts and key contacts in the social service industry; explore new resources, innovative products, and services from local providers; and honor the 2018 Independent Living Award recipients. Event highlights include:

  • Resource fair
  • Morning keynote sessions
  • Afternoon program sessions, CEUs available
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • WRAAA Board of Trustees and Five County Advisory Council members will be present
  • Ceremony for Independent Living Award honorees

Morning Presentations:

Meet the Esselstyns

Dr. Esselstyn, Jr. will speak about strategies to reverse and prevent heart disease. His wife, Ann and daughter, Jane will share tasty heart healthy recipes and a cooking demonstration.  

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. is an American physician, author and former Olympic rowing champion. Esselstyn is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, in which he argued for a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet that avoids all animal products and oils, as well as reducing or avoiding nuts and avocados. The diet has been advocated by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.  

Ann Crile Esselstyn is a relentlessly energetic and creative advocate for the plant-based, whole-food way of life. She has devoted herself to inventing recipes to prevent and reverse heart disease in support of the research of her husband, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.

Jane Esselstyn, RN is a fresh and charismatic voice on the plant-based, whole food diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a long-time health and sexuality educator to creating on-ramps to the plant-based way of life. Jane is an avid and inventive designer of plant-based recipes and has authored four cookbooks including The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook written with her next door neighbor and mom, Ann.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Opioid Crisis among Middle-Aged & Older Adults

Presenter: Nancy A. Orel, Ph.D., LPC, Bowling Green State University, Optimal Aging Institute (OAI), Executive Director of Research

Session Description:  This session will educate attendees on comprehensive strategies developed to address opioid use and misuse among middle-aged and older adults in Northwest Ohio, with the goals of reducing opioid abuse, misuse, dependency, and opioid overdose deaths in these populations. 

BGSU’s Optimal Aging Institute (OAI), with the Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) in Bowling Green, Ohio, is developing a comprehensive strategy to address opioid use and misuse among middle-aged and older adults in Northwest Ohio, with the goals of reducing opioid abuse, misuse, dependency, and opioid overdose deaths in these populations. The WCCOA and the OAI are working with the Wood County Opiate Task Force and the Northwest Ohio Opioid Addiction Treatment Planning Task Force to develop and disseminate evidence-based opioid prevention education programs specifically for middle-aged and older adults throughout Northwest Ohio.

Managing Care in a Community Setting for Older Adults with Chronic Disease

Presenter: Kim Rybicki, RN, LSW, Manager of Transitions Coordination & New Business Lines, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Session Description: This presentation will explain the basic pathophysiology of three disease states common among the elder population.  It will provide strategies for effective care management and support of clients living in a community setting. It will also provide information regarding community resources and evidence-based interventions which have demonstrated the ability to enhance quality of life and improve life expectancy in these populations.

LGBT 101: Older Adult Population

Presenter: Mary Beth Bartholomew, SAGE, LGBT Community Center Program Activities Coordinator

Session Description: This session will provide a fundamental understanding of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community.  Part of this understanding is also to raise awareness of the issues that affect older adults and all those who identify as part of the larger LGBT community. This awareness should translate into increasing sensitivity and efficacy in working with this vulnerable population.

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. Headquartered in New York City, with staff across the country, SAGE also coordinates a growing network of affiliates in the United States. 

Each Session will be repeated three times:

  • Opioid Crisis among Middle-Aged & Older Adults
  • Managing Care in a Community Setting for Older Adults with Chronic Disease
  • LGBT 101: Older Adult Population


Before April 13th $100.00/person 

After April 13th $125.00/person

Group pricing available

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