Webinars and Online Sessions

Note: The webinars are not ordered by date.

Upcoming

Strengthening Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Achieve Better Housing Outcomes for Older Adults

Justice in Aging
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 1:45 to 3:00 p.m.

If older adults facing housing issues are best served when legal services advocates work in close partnership with social services providers, why is this model not more common? Is it too hard to pull off, or is it because of fear and misunderstanding amongst the different players? This candid and lively presentation, Strengthening Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Achieve Better Housing Outcomes for Older Adults, will explore the benefits and challenges of using multidisciplinary partnerships, including social workers, case managers, and other community organizations, to help older adults have better housing outcomes.
We will discuss different models of multidisciplinary partnership, with examples where the collaboration led to successful results for older tenants. 
Topics include: the respective roles in this partnership, client confidentiality and duties to clients, and opportunities for social workers to educate attorneys on psychological diagnoses (including hoarding, PTSD, and personality disorders). Finally, this presentation will show why it is so important that we work together – both to achieve better outcomes for our clients and to sustain us in our work. 

CLE credit will be available. Please contact Jennifer Pardini at Legal Assistance for Seniors if you have questions about CLE credit.

Who Should Participate:
Legal advocates, social workers, community and mental health workers, and case managers.

Presenters:

  • Hannah Brady, Housing Programs Manager, Senior Advocacy Network
  • Shawna Reeves, Special Projects Consultant, Legal Assistance for Seniors
  • Kirsten Voyles, Legal Director, Legal Assistance for Seniors 
  • Patti Prunhuber, Director, Housing Advocacy, Justice in Aging 

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Racial Disparities in Nursing Facilities—and How to Address Them

Justice in Aging
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Recent years have seen an increased—and overdue—focus on structural racism within the United States. Like any American institution, the U.S. system of long-term services and supports (LTSS), including nursing facilities, is not immune from structural racism. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw an unacceptable number of deaths in nursing facilities, especially among older adults of color. 
To discuss these systemic inequities in long-term care facilities and solutions to improve them, Justice in Aging is offering a webinar to provide an overview of key findings from a new issue brief, Racial Disparities in Nursing Facilities—and How to Address Them

In this webinar, Racial Disparities in Nursing Facilities—and How to Address Them, we will cover:

  • A brief overview of the current state of structural racism in nursing facilities
  • A review of key findings from relevant research on racial disparities in nursing facilities on the topics of admissions, hospitalization of residents, staffing, quality measures, COVID-19 infections, and deaths.
  • An overview of five policy recommendations to improve Medicaid long-term care to meet the needs of older adults more equitably

Who Should Participate:
Aging and disability advocates working with individuals in long-term care and nursing facilities

Presenters:

  • Eric Carlson, Director, Long-Term Services and Supports Advocacy, Justice in Aging 
  • Gelila Selassie, Senior Attorney, Justice in Aging

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Rethinking Volunteerism

Encore Boston Network
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

For generations, volunteers have been helping communities solve problems. The pandemic disrupted that. But disruption can push us to reinvent our accepted approaches. Beth Steinhorn, president of VQ Volunteer Strategies and co-editor of the new book, Transforming Disruption to Impact, will help us rethink volunteer engagement for a rapidly changing world. Offered by the Encore Network.
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Memory Care Challenges & Trends

Senior Housing News
Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Memory care is fundamental to senior living success as 90+% of assisted living and memory care residents are living with some form of cognitive change. Understanding that families and residents want safety and meaningful engagement, this session will focus on the latest trends and senior living success when it comes to innovative and person-directed memory care. It will offer proven strategies to implement award-winning programs that enhance quality of life, drive outcomes and improve occupancy.
The audience will learn how to shift the memory care and resident engagement paradigm, enable true interdisciplinary collaboration, and implement a true social first approach to memory care.
3 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the best memory care products in the US are designed and how to operationalize them in your own community
  • Learn how to prioritize the key staffing aspects of a dementia inclusive community
  • Be able to outline strategies to initiate a social based model of dementia care, with engagement as the primary focus.

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Previously Recorded

Free Webinar: New Health Care Rights Law Proposed Rule–What Advocates for Older Adults Need to Know

Justice in Aging
Previously recorded on September 13, 2022

The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS OCR) announced a new proposed rule implementing the Health Care Rights Law (HCRL), also known as Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Older adults, especially people of color, immigrants, people with limited English proficiency (LEP), people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals, often face discrimination in health care settings that leads to poorer health outcomes. The HCRL and its implementing regulations are critical to preventing and redressing such discrimination.

This webinar provides an overview of the HCRL, discuss how the current and proposed regulations impact older adults, and provide ways for advocates to engage in the rulemaking process. Presenters discuss how the new proposed rule takes important steps to restore vital anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ seniors and language access protections for limited English proficient (LEP) older adults that were gutted in 2020 by the previous administration. HHS is also proposing to further strengthen anti-discrimination protections by broadening application of the rule to all Medicare providers and requiring staff training on language assistance, effective communication, and reasonable accommodations.

The proposed rule is open for a 60-day public comment period through October 3, 2022. In the coming weeks, Justice in Aging will provide updates and resources for aging advocates to engage in the rulemaking process on our HCRL webpage.

Who Should Participate:
Aging and legal advocates, advocates serving LGBTQ+ and LEP communities, community-based providers, and others wanting to learn more about changes to the regulations implementing the Health Care Rights Law and the impact on older adults.

Presenters:

  • Natalie Kean, Director of Federal Health Advocacy, Justice in Aging
  • Denny Chan, Managing Director of Equity Advocacy, Justice in Aging
  • Murray Scheel, Senior Attorney, Justice in Aging

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Beyond Medicaid! New Models to Pay for Long-Term Care

New York Gray Panthers (YouTube recording)
Recorded on July 26, 2022