Webinars and Online Sessions

Note: The webinars are not ordered by date.

Promoting Social Engagement in Senior Centers: Local Examples and Looking Ahead

engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

During the webinar, the National Institute of Senior Centers will highlight the importance of senior centers and the integral role they play in developing innovative and creative social engagement opportunities for older adults. Attendees will also hear from Duxbury Senior Center and City of Calabasas Senior Center on the local social engagement programs they are implementing to engage mind, body, and spirit to promote older adult health and well-being. Speakers will also share their insights into the latest efforts to re-open and their vision for future programming.

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What Wellness Means in Memory Care: New Approaches, Better Results

Senior Housing News

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Senior living providers are increasingly pivoting to wellness-focused operations, and that extends to memory care. Learn how new approaches to memory care are intended to maximize the wellbeing of residents and family members, and how these approaches are delivering positive clinical and business results.


  • Kena Phillips, Regional Vice President of Operations, Sunshine Retirement Living
  • Shadoworee Betts, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Senior Star

Moderator: Tim Mullaney, Editor, Senior Housing News

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2021 Virtual Summit of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care.

Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Medical Care

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

About the event:

  • Presentations of newest research findings
  • Reports about major initiatives
  • Exploration of what it means to shift to an equity-first approach

Register (free) for Summit on Serious Illness Care

Interpersonal Consequences of Ableism: What Happens When People with Disabilities Confront Patronizing Help?

Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

People with disabilities routinely face a dilemma in dealing with patronizing help: While accepting unsolicited assistance may be harmful for its recipients, confronting the helper can lead to negative interpersonal repercussions. Across four survey experiments using hypothetical vignettes depicting interactions between a disabled person and a nondisabled pedestrian, this talk explores the consequences of confronting patronizing help for people with disabilities and how gender might interact with disability status to shape these consequences. Findings are discussed through the lens of ableism, intersectionality, and disability justice.

Speaker: Dr. Katie Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health.

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Conference: Mental Health Care in Flux: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Care

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvannia

Friday, October 29, 2021, 12:00 to 2:15 p.m.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the delivery of mental health care changed dramatically. An already-stressed mental health care system reacted to new demands by launching or expanding innovative approaches such as telehealth, smartphone apps, and the use of lay community members in the mental health workforce. It’s time to take stock of these innovations and assess their impact on patients, providers, and payers. Join us for this virtual conference, co-hosted by Penn LDI and the Penn Center for Mental Health, to hear from the experts behind innovative mental health care approaches and craft a research and policy agenda that will inform a more effective, sustainable, and equitable mental health care system.

Visit the Mental Health Care in Flux Conference webpage for agenda and speaker details.

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Adjustment Through the Lifespan

Reeves Foundation

  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
  • November 2, 2021, 02:00, p.m.

Join Dr. John Chang for the next monthly webinar of Living Well with Dr. John- Adjustment through the Lifespan. Dr. John will focus on practical tips during the adjustment phases that most individuals with SCI’s encounter at some point (or continuously) throughout their lives post-injury. Dr. John will provide basic concepts, potential trigger reactions, as well as some practical coping strategies. More specifically, topics such as stress, crisis, loss, self-concept, unpredictability, and quality of life will be covered in the webinar.

More information about Adjustment Through the Lifespan

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DementiaVerse: A New Frontier in Learning, Collaboration & Scholarship

The Greenhouse Project
September 13 and 14, 2021
DementiaVerse will examine biophilic design, its relationship to nature and wellness, and emerging research that has the potential to boldly impact aging services and dementia care in particular. In addition, this event will explore the integration of people living with dementia as a social justice issue.

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Community-based Dementia Programs: Learning from Challenges and Sustaining Successes

National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

This webinar provides an overview of the types of services and training provided by community-based dementia programs. In addition, participants will learn about lessons learned and methods for sustaining successful program activities from two community-based dementia programs. Heather Menne, PhD, from the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center, based at RTI, will provide background on community-based dementia services provided in recent years. Phyllis Roate, MA, from the Illinois Department on Aging and Christy Nishita, PhD, from the University of Hawaii’s Center on Aging will share their experiences implementing dementia programs.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Understand the range of services and training provided through community-based dementia programs;
  • Identify possible lessons learned and challenges in implementing home and community-based services; and
  • identify ways to sustain successful community-based dementia programs.


  • Heather Menne, PhD, senior health policy researcher in the Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care Program
  • Christy Nishita, PhD, gerontologist and applied, community-based researcher at the University of Hawaii Center on Aging
  • Phyllis Roate , regional coordinator for the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), Office of Older Americans Service

Register at https://tinyurl.com/LearningChallengesSustaining

An In-depth, Behind the Scenes Conversation on Aging & Economic Security with Peter Kaldes & Scott Thoma

American Society on Aging

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

A special American Society on Aging Members Only preview to The Four Pillars of the New Retirement, What a Difference a Year Makes join us for an intimate conversation with ASA CEO Peter Kaldes and Scott Thoma that same day, September 15, to talk about current events in economics impacting older adults and how policy is affecting human infrastructure.

Registration: indepth-behind-scenes-conversation-aging-economic-security

The Four Pillars of the New Retirement, What a Difference a Year Makes

American Society on Aging

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Retirement is being entirely transformed by several powerful converging forces: the steady rise of life expectancy, the aging of the massive Baby Boomer generation, growing health and wealth inequities across racial groups and by gender, an alarming absence of financial preparation by Americans and the historic COVID-19 pandemic effect. This research provides quantitative and qualitative insights into how Americans have fared during the pandemic and reveals what retirees describe as essential elements of living well in retirement.

Free registration: four-pillars-new-retirement-what-difference-year-makes

The Hidden Profits Behind Poor Nursing Home Care

Long Term Care Community Coalition

Thursday, September 21, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dave Kingsley, PhD, a researcher specializing in health care policy and economics

Free registration: Hidden Profits behind Poor Nursing Home Care

2021 Consumer Voice 45th Annual Conference: Moving Forward Together

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
November 3 to 5, 2021
Session Topics (preliminary)

  • Finding a new systems approach to ombudsman advocacy
  • A look at state surveys: what residents, families, and advocates should expect
  • Family advocacy during COVID-19
  • What Advocates should know and do about the direct care workforce crisis
  • Building a state advocacy organization
  • Addressing inequities and disparities of care
  • Preventing neglect and abuse of residents
  • Strengthening the caregiving team
  • Improving guardianship policy and practice
  • Increasing outreach to the LGBTQ Community
  • Train the Trainer: a new curriculum for Long-Term Care Ombudsmen
  • Pushing for transformational change

Register: https://tinyurl.com/ConsumerVocie2021Conference