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Presentations and Handouts: 2014 Wisconsin Aging Network Conference

More could be added so check back soon. Recently added: A1, B2, and B6.

Available now: Thursday Morning Presentation, Friday Morning Presentation, A1, A2, A5, A6, A7, A8, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8/C8, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, D1, D2, D4, D5, D6, E1, E2, E4, E5, E6, E7, and E8 (bolded).

General Sessions

Thursday Morning: Thinking Big About Aging
Speaker: LaRhae Knatterud

Friday Morning: The Role of the Aging Network in Long-Term Care
Speaker: Larry Polivka, Ph.D.


A1. Aging With Dignity: The Elder Economic Security Index
Presenters: Virginia Zerpa, Alzheimer’s Association of SE Wisconsin; Lorna Dilley, Milwaukee Succeeds, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

A2. Abuse of LGBT Elders: Addressing the Differences
Presenter: Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE, Inc.
Janine-Katherine-Risa Case Study
Jorge-Jesus-Earl Case Study
LGBT Elder Abuse Resources

A3. Strengthening the Workplace: Embracing Cultural & Intergenerational Leadership Styles
Presenter: Gina Green-Harris, UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute

A4. Effective Techniques for Enhancing Brain Fitness
Presenter: Robert J. Best, Oak Hill Terrace
There will not be a presentation or handout available for this session.

A5. Technology for Reading Independence for Persons With Low Visions
Presenter: Jean Kalscheur, Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

A6. Collaboration to Develop Dementia-Friendly Communities
Presenters: Sue Konkel, ADRC of Jefferson County; Jan Zimmerman, Heritage Homes

A7. PoweringUP! Your Volunteer Engagement – It’s Time to Get Ready
Presenters: Patricia Reid, n4a; Tom Endres, n4a
Readiness Assessment Tool

A8. Using Process Improvements to Increase Revenue & Evaluate Daily Operations
Presenters: Kathryn Snell, Oshkosh Seniors Center; Chris Armstrong, Oshkosh Seniors Center

B1. Wisconsin’s Elder Population & Workforce
Presenter: Eric Grosso, Wisconsin DHS, Office on Aging

B2. Our Stories for Serving Hmong Elders
Presenters: Pang Moua, Marathon County Health Department; Va Thao, La Crosse County Aging Unit; Mor Yang, Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association
Presentation 1
Presentation 2

B3. Educational Resources to Help Employers Support Working Caregivers
Presenters: Clifton Barber, UW-Madison & UW Cooperative Extension; Claire Culbertson, GWAAR; Jane Jensen, UW Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs, Sheboygan County; Kathleen Manny, Sheboygan County ADRC
Educational Resources to Help Employers Support Working Caregivers

B4. Financial Elder Abuse: Addressing Investment Fraud
Presenters: From the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions – Securities Division: Deborah Fabritz; Lindsay Fedler; James “Bo” Lackey

B5. Fighting Falls Effectively: State & Local Initiatives
Presenters: Trisha Bailkey, ADRC of Barron, Rusk, & Washburn Counties; Anne Hvizdak, Bureau of Aging & Disability Resources; Valeree Lecey, GWAAR

B6. Expand Your Reach: Online Resources for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Families
Presenters: Joan Litwitz, Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Wisconsin; Krista Scheel, Alzheimer’s Association-SE Wisconsin

B7. Tribal Opportunity in Building Long-Term Care Capacity
Presenters: Denise Pommer, Menominee Department of Aging and Long-Term Care; Lois Krizan, Menominee County Department of Human Services; Beth Wroblewski, Wisconsin DHS, Division of Long-Term Care
Presentation 1
Presentation 2

B8/C8. Think BIG, Think POWER (People Organizing & Working for Elder Rights)
Presenters: Tom Frazier, Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network; Janet Zander, GWAAR; Esther Olson, Dane County Area Agency on Aging Board; Stephanie Sue Stein, Milwaukee County Department on Aging

C1. Intergenerational Connections: The Building Blocks for Strong Communities
Presenters: Sue Kelley, Shorewood Connects; Elizabeth Price, Shorewood Senior Resource Center

C2. Aging Well: A Model of Self-Management
Presenter: Randy Kohl, Milwaukee County Department on Aging

C3. Healthy Aging–Free From Abuse
Presenters: Ann Turner, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life; Cleveland J. Doxtater, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

C4. Making Caregivers a Priority: Wisconsin’s Dementia Care System Redesign
Presenters: Kristen Felten, WI DHS, Office on Aging; Lynn Gall, WI DHS, Office on Aging; Lisa Wells, ADRC of Eau Claire County
Presentation 1
Presentation 2

C5. Enhancing Partnerships: Managed Care Organizations & Aging Programs
Presenters: Mark Hilliker, Community Care of Central Wisconsin; Jim Hodson, Milwaukee County Department of Family Care; Maria Ledger, Milwaukee County Department of Family Care

C6. Senior Center Accreditation
Presenter: Jill Kranz, Middleton Senior Center
Why Work Toward Accreditation and Helpful Hints

C7. The Wheels on the Bus Go Round & Round
Presenters: Leslie Fijalkiewicz, Barron County Office on Aging & ADRC of Barron County; Chris Hagen, ADRC of Barron County

D1. Establishing an Effective Advocacy Committee at the Local Level
Presenters: Tom Frazier, Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network; Bob Haase, Milwaukee County Commission on Aging; Jon Janowski, Milwaukee County Department on Aging; Esther Olson, Dane County Area Agency on Aging Board; Janet Zander, GWAAR

D2. Aging, ADRCs, & the LGBT Community
Presenters: Sheri Mealy, ADRC of Brown County; Helen Sampson, ADRC of Kenosha County; Jim Sweeney, ADRC of Brown County

D3. Health Care Partnerships: A Great Prescription for Your Community
Presenters: Jill Renken, Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging/, GWAAR; Ashley Holly, Holy Family Memorial; Sherri Ohly, Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging; Harvey Padek, WIHA & GWAAR

D4. Nutrition Program Revitalization Task Force: If You Build It, Will They Come?
Presenters: Stephanie Arneberg, Washburn County Unit on Aging; Barbara Bauer, Florence County ADRC; Ronda James, ADRC of Central Wisconsin;
Sara Koenig, WI DHS, Office on Aging; Angela Velasquez, Area Agency on Aging of Dane County

D5. Aging in Place: Planning for Your Future Care Needs
Presenters: Jennifer Owen, ADRC of Eau Claire County; Lisa Wells, ADRC of Eau Claire County
Presentation 1
Presentation 2

D6. Generations: A Community Collaboration Approach to Support & Engage All Generations
Presenters: Marsha Vollbrecht, Aurora Health Care & Founder, Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition; Joann Wieland, Generations

D7. How AARP Wisconsin Engages & Motivates Members Through Social Media
Presenters: Jim Flaherty, AARP WI; Jessica Prell, AARP WI

D8. A Healthy Body in a Healthy Mind
Presenter: Jo Chern, The QiGong Center of South Central Wisconsin

E1. Myths & Facts About Social Security, Medicare, & the Affordable Care Act
Presenter: Billy Feitlinger, Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans
Fact Sheet 1
Fact Sheet 2
Fact Sheet 3

E2. The Myths & Realities of Aging & Driving
Presenters: Bill Grosz, Sauk County Commission on Aging/ADRC; Joan Litwitz, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater WI Chapter; Steven Pazynski, Department of Motor Vehicles of Wisconsin; Carrie Porter, GWAAR

E3. The Role of the Aging Network in Long-Term Care
Presenter: Larry Polivka, The Claude Pepper Center

E4. Individual & Community Outcomes Related to Dementia Care Specialists in ADRCs
Presenters: Sue Konkel, ADRC of Jefferson County; Rhonda Lechner, WI Office for Resource Center Development; Misty Mogensen, ADRC of the North
Presentation 1
Presentation 2

E5. Diabetes Demographics & Dynamics: Addressing the Needs of the 25% of Older Adults With Diabetes
Presenters: Betsy Abramson, Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging; Faith Daumler, Aurora BayCare Medical Center; Pam Geis, Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, State of Wisconsin, Division of Public Health; Sherri Ohly, Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
HLWD Brochure
HLWD Fact Sheet
Ordering Free Resources
2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report
2011 Burden of Diabetes in WI Report

E6. 7 Nutritional Habits of Highly-Healthy Seniors
Presenter: Donna Weihofen, UW Hospitals & Clinics (retired)

E7. It’s All in the Messaging: Unlocking Your Program’s Success
Presenter: Stephanie Jung, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin

E8. Better Health Literacy Means Better Health
Presenter: Steven W. Sparks, Health Literacy Wisconsin

2014 ElderAce Award Recipients

On September 12, 2014, the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources presented ElderAce Awards to recognize achievement and commitment to excellence in aging.


Advocacy Award

Esther Olson, Board President, Area Agency on Aging of Dane County
Esther's Nomination


Best Practice Award

Raymond Bohl, Program Assistant, WI Senior Employment Program, GWAAR
Ray's Nomination


Innovation Award

Carrie Esselman, Therapeutic Recreational Specialist, Valley VNA Senior Services
Carrie's Nomination


Leadership Award

Debbie Paavola, Director, Waushara County Department of Aging Services
Debbie's Nomination


Leadership Award

Denise Pommer, Director, Menominee Department of Aging and Long-Term Care
Denise's Nomination


Organizational Excellence Award

Mary Wolf, Director, Lac Courte Oreilles Elderly and Disability Services
Mary's Nomination


Special Service Award

Jane Deau, Director, Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center
Jane's Nomination


Virtual Exhibit Hall: 2012 Wisconsin Aging Network Conference

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50 Plus Newsmagazine

Contact: Maureen Slattery
128 Cottonwood Ave.
Hartland, WI 53029
p. 262-367-5303

Magazines and products targeted for older adults.

AAA WisconsinAAA-WI
Contact: Nick Jarmusz
8401 Excelsior Dr.
Madison, WI 53717
p. 608-828-2486
f. 608-828-2530

AAA is dedicated to keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible. We offer a variety of resources to help achieve that goal, including self evaluation tools for older drivers, mature driver operator classes and programs such as CarFit and RoadwiseRX. Visit our website to learn more about these and other programs from AAA.

AARP Wisconsin
Contact: Sam Wilson

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; and AARP Books. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.

Aging & Disability Professionals Association of WisconsinADPAW
Contact: Dianne Jacobson, Director, Oneida County Department on Aging
p. 715-369-6301

ADPAW Mission
Our mission is to promote and foster the growth and expertise of professionals in leadership working with adults who may experience or are experiencing the impacts of aging, disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Why should you be an ADPAW member?
- ADPAW advocates to effectively influence the policies affecting your customers
- ADPAW impact the systems that serve your customers
- ADPAW shapes programs and services for the future
- ADPAW promotes leadership, expertise and growth among our profession

Join ADPAW now!

ADPAW . . . Everything you want in a professional organization
. . . Everything you need in professional advocacy!

AGIS Network, Inc.AGIS150-100-logo
Contact: Al Schreitmueller
13 Steele Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
p. 443-995-1877

AGIS Network provides usable interoperability between social service systems so that data can updated and used in its originating system and shared with other systems to provide a better outcome at lower costs.

Agrace Hospice & Pallitative Care
Contact: Karri Kelliher
5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy.
Madison, WI 53711
p. 608-327-7201

Mission: Care & Support Through the Stage of Serious Illness.

Alzheimer's Association
Contact: Joan Litwitz, Program Director                        
P.O. Box 428
Plover, WI         
p. 715-869-2667Alz-Assn

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. We provide care and support through our professionally-staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice, support groups, and connect people across the globe through our online message boards.

We provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage, and late-stage caregiving. We help people find clinical studies through our free service Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®, which makes it easy to search opportunities based on personal criteria and education programs.

Our free online tool, Alzheimer's Navigator®, provides individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers with step-by-step guidance and customized action plans, and our online Community Resource Finder provides instant access to community resources and services. Our safety services, Comfort Zone® and MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, provide location management for people with Alzheimer’s who wander.

And, our annual Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.

Board on Aging & Long-Term Care
Contact: Kellie Miller                       
1402 Pankratz St.
Madison, WI 53704
p. 608-246-7008
f. 608-246-7001 

The purpose of the Board on Aging and Long-Term Care, created in 1981 by an act of Wisconsin Legislature, is to advocate for the interests of the state’s population in need of long-term care and those covered by Medicare and related insurance products. 

Bureau of Aging & Disablity Resources
Contact: Sara Koenig, Elder Nutrition Program Manager
1 W. Wilson St., Rm. 551
Madison, WI 53707
p. 608-266-3746

Elderly Nutrition Program revitalization pilot projects will be featured.

CapTel Captioned Telephone
Contact: John Kinstler                
450 Science Dr.            CapTel Tag Blue new2
Madison, WI 53711         
p. 608-238-3008
f. 608-238-3008

Learn about the exciting new developments in CapTel Captioned Telephone technology--designed to help people with hearing loss enjoy telephone conversations with confidence. Ultratec, the inventor of Captioned Telephone technology, shares the latest advances in providing word-for-word captions during telephone calls.

Community Care, Inc.
Contact: Sue Miller
205 Bishops Way    Community-Care
Brookfield, WI 53005   
p. 262-207-9413   
f. 262-827-7042

A sense of mission drives Community Care.

Our mission is to develop and demonstrate innovative, flexible, community-based approaches to care for at-risk adults, in order to optimize their quality of life and optimize the allocation of community resources.

At Community Care, we aim to create the best possible experience for elders and adults with disabilities. We believe that providing quality care can enable older adults to live in their own communities, outside of institutions, even through the end of life. Our core values drive all of our decisions.

Our approach is to seek solutions for individual participants’ needs. Our interdisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists and other health care workers put the best interests of those we serve at the forefront of decision-making. It drives us to be creative, innovative and cutting edge in practically everything we do. Team members get to know our participants well and use that knowledge to provide individualized, comprehensive, integrated and seamless care.

Consumer Direct WisconsinConsumerDirectWI
Contact: Kari Vinopal                       
744 Ryan Dr., Ste. 201          
Hudson, WI 54016    
p. 877-785-9991 x. 7608

Consumer Direct Wisconsin is a provider of self-directed services supporting individuals in Family Care and private pay.

Creative Living Environments, LLCCreativeLivingEnvironments
Contact: Mary Delgado
314 E. Main St.
Watertown, WI 53094
p. 920-253-8342
f. 920-471-4546

Each of our five gracious neighborhood assisted living homes and our NEW assisted living center in Cudahy opening in the winter of 2015, Haven at Sweet Applewood, promote physical and emotional well being, self worth and independence.

Our staff are uniquely skilled in assisting and supporting seniors. We work together with residents and their families to enhance our residents’ quality and enjoyment of life.

Sweet Applewood, a 24 bed facility, is the new addition to our family of homes in Milwaukee County, and will excel in supporting seniors who must rely on caregivers to assist them with mobility needs, complex medical, physical frailties and memory care needs.

Our goal is to make the years that lie ahead quality living. We see residents as members of our family and we strive to maximize every opportunity for growth, enjoyment and fulfillment. Our attention to detail serves to confirm all residents’ belief that they are valued and able to trust they receive the exceptional care deserved. With inviting homes located in neighborhoods of Waukesha and Milwaukee counties, CLE is southern Wisconsin’s pioneer in prioritizing individualized, comprehensive care for seniors that need varying levels of assistance. CLE services and supports, caregivers, management, beautiful facilities and value system establish a enriching home that will cater to your senior’s individual needs and desires.

Foundations Counseling Center, Inc.FoundationsCounselingCenter  
Contact: Alisa Kelly-Martina
619 River St.
Belleville, WI 53508
p. 608-424-9100
f. 608-414-9099

Helping create emotionally strong individuals and families.

Working with older adults to provide In-Home Mental Health Therapy through the Care WI and ContinuUS programs as well as traditional mental health outpatient services.

Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging ResourcesGWAAR-bug-logo
Contact: Janell Keeter                            
1414 MacArthur Rd., Ste. A 
Madison, WI 53714         
p. 608-243-5670
f. 866-813-0974

The mission of the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources is to deliver innovative support to lead aging agencies as we work together to promote, protect, and enhance the well-being of older people in Wisconsin.

GT IndependenceGT-Independence

Contact: Vicky Gunderson
215 Broadus St.
Sturgis, MI 49091
p. 608-769-0813
f. 608-519-0265

At GT Independence, we help people live a life of their own choosing, regardless of age or ability.

Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program - 100 Healthy, At-Risk Families Projecthwpp 100 families
Contact: Lori Obluck
10427 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
p. 414-239-6166   
f. 414-321-0365

This initiative prepares a network of pastors, nurses, at-risk seniors and their care support workers across ten urban Milwaukee church communities to sustain the safety, health and stability of 100 at-risk parishioners and their families.

Hoglund Bus Co., Inc.
Contact: Jason Andersonhoglund bus logo
P.O. Box 249   
Monticello, MN 55362   
p. 763-295-4992   
f. 763-295-4992

Hoglund Bus Co., Inc. is a Commercial Bus dealership with five locations. We carry an extensive inventory of new and used commercial buses. Our product lines include Arboc, MetroLink and Turtle Top for the greater WI area. To view our current inventory, please visit www.hoglundbus.com.

Home Health UnitedHome-Health-United
Contact: Janet Bollig
4639 Hammersley Rd.   
Madison, WI 53719   
p. 608-270-2130

Home Health United (HHU) offers an integrated and comprehensive variety of community home health services and products. We are dedicated to helping people remain as healthy, safe and independent as possible in their own home setting. HHU is a nonprofit organization and United Way agency serving southern Wisconsin. We are Medicare/Medicaid certified and accept a wide variety of health plans.

Contact: Denise Meredith

Humana's diverse lines of business work to serve all types of consumers. From families to seniors to military members to self-employed individuals, there is a plan to meet many unique needs. Find out how Humana's associates and corporate leaders are committed to customer service. Our team uses innovation to deliver results to our consumers.

IndependenceFirst Mobility StoreIndependence-First-Mobility-Store
Contact: Jacob Stein
370 N. 124th St., Unit F   
Wauwatosa, WI 53222   
p. 414-988-5333

The IndependenceFirst Mobility Store, formerly Wheelchair Recycling Program (WRP), is an innovative non-profit program that offers low cost, refurbished and sanitized mobility and medical equipment to those who lack the resources to acquire new equipment. It also offers a selection of low-cost new equipment.

All previously owned equipment is donated at the Mobility Store by individuals, businesses, and other nonprofit agencies. Every item is carefully sanitized and repaired by experienced workers at Badger State Industries. Every dollar collected for equipment is re-invested in the program and helps to sustain our services.

J&B Medical SupplyJ-B-Medical-Supply
Contact: Beth Shollenberger
50496 W. Pontiac Tr.   
Wixom, MI 48393   
p. 800-737-0045   
f. 248-960-7985

J&B Medical is a family-owned business with over 50 years of experience. J&B Medical offers quality, brand names products that can help managed needs now and in the future. These products include: Incontinence, urological, wound care and diabetic supplies. J&B is able to bill Medicare, Medicaid, supplemental and many types of commercial insurances. J&B offers the service you demand and the quality your deserve.

L.E. Phillips Career Development center Corporate Guardianship ProgramLE-Phillips
Contact: Bridget Stargardt
1515 Ball St.; PO Box 600   
Eau Claire, WI 54702   
p. 715-834-2771 x.149   
f. 715-834-1123

The LE Phillips CDC Corporate Guardianship Program provides professional advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. We also offer money management, rep. payee services, and benefit specialist services. With over 20 years of experience, we help families navigate the complicated medical and public funding systems.

Liturgical Publications
Contact: Jim Trudgeon       
2875 S. James Dr.   
New Berlin WI 53151   
p. 262-207-2472   
f. 800-456-9567

We provide ad supporter full color newsletters to over 4,000 churches and organziation nationwide for free. We currently work with over 50 senior centers and senior agencies including 8 ADRCs in Wisconsin.

Lori Knapp Companieslori knapp companies
Contact: Jane Bushnell
106 S. Beaumont Rd.   
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821   
p. 608-326-5536 x. 214   
f. 608-326-4255

Lori Knapp Companies is a human services organization that has provided supports to seniors and people with disabilities since 1972. Support is customized to each individual's needs.

Array of services include:
- Self-directed supports including fiscal agent services.
- In-home care and personal cares.
- Residential services.
- Other community support programs.

Quality caregivers, compassionate support staff, and successful outcomes are our #1 goal.

Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureaumavcb logo
Contact: Bill Eichelberg
4221 Calumet Ave.   
Manitowoc, WI 54221   
p. 920-686-3077   
f. 920-683-4876

Visitor and Convention Bureau, we arrange one- to three-day travel programs for Senior Centers. Tours are located in Manitowoc County and chronicle the history, culture, and local attractions of Manitowoc. Tours include hotel, restaurant, and attraction options.

MetaStar (WI Quality Improvement Organization)MetaStar
Contact: Jess King
2909 Landmark Pl.   
Madison, WI 53713   
p. 608-441-8208

MetaStar is a nonprofit quality improvement organization dedicated to ensuring the healthiest lives possible. Our health care improvement and consulting services address the challenges facing organizations today, including the need for system-wide innovation and consistent evidence-based approaches. MetaStar represents Wisconsin in the Quality Innovation Network (QIN) for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement Organization Program.

Milwaukee County Department on Agingplatinum-mcda-logo2
Contact: Lisamarie Arnold
1220 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
p. 414-289-6874 (Aging Resource Center)
p. 414-289-5950 (Area Agency on Aging)
f. 414-289-8585

The mission of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging is to affirm the dignity and value of older adults of this county by supporting their choices for living in and giving to our community.

MinuteMinuteMeals Wisconsin LLCMinuteMeals
Contact: Katie Dean
W2194 Liberty St.  
Poy Sippi, WI 54967   
p. 920-987-9093   
f. 866-356-2015

Mom's Meals NourishCare
Contact: Bobbie Casey
3210 SE Corporate Woods Dr.    Moms-Meals
Ankeny, IA 50021   
p. 866-716-3257   
f. 515-963-0671

Mom’s Meals NourishCare is a leading provider of nutrition solutions delivered to senior’s and patient’s homes nationwide. Dietitian designed and Chef prepared, clients select from up to 50 fresh-made meals every order. Menus available to address many common health conditions. Family-owned, Mom’s Meals has been nourishing independence for nearly 15 years.

Contact: Chris Hamilton
P.O. Box 55071 #30713   
Boston, MA 02205   
p. 508-834-4113   
f. 508-834-4125

Installed in over 700 Senior Centers across the US and Canada, the MySeniorCenter system is changing the way senior centers do business. With its touchscreen-based registration, easy reporting and activity management, MySeniorCenter puts everything you need right at your fingertips.

St. Camillus Home Health Services
st camillus home care servicesContact: Chris Guenthner
10101 Wisconsin Ave.   
Wauwatosa, WI 53226   
p. 414-259-4679   
f. 414-259-6590

St. Camillus Home Health Care has been in the community providing personalized Home Health Services to Milwaukee and Waukesha County residents–-in the privacy of their own home.

We’ve earned the distinction of excellence by setting a protocol of skilful, professional service delivered by qualified caregivers who have been carefully chosen and are under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.

Contact: Brenda Bauer
1 S. Pickney St., Ste. 320   
Madison, WI 53703   
p. 608-210-3702   
f. 608-255-0898

Include, Respect, I Self-Direct (IRIS) is Wisconsin's fully self-directed Medicaid waiver support program for adults with disabilities and long term care needs. In IRIS, people determine the combination of supports and services needed, including who will provide the services and when and how they will be provided. Since 2008, TMG ICA (IRIS Consultant Agency) has built upon the belief that every person, regardless of age or ability, has the right to lead a meaningful life.

USDA Rural Development
USDAContact: Mary Hensley
390 Red Cedar St., Ste. G   
Menomonie, WI 54751   
p. 715-232-2614 x.119   
f. 855-715-8491

USDA Rural Development is commited to provide funds and techinical assistance for rural communities through a variety of funding programs, Business/Community Facilities to Housing, to insure sustainability for all small communities in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

Walden UniversityWalden
Contact: Casey Coots
650 S. Exeter St.   
Baltimore, MD 21202   
p. 847-802-0985

Walden University is an accredited institution that has been serving the higher education needs of professionals for more than 40 years. Offered online, areas of study range from health and education to management and public administration. Walden programs help students achieve their goals so that, as graduates, they can help advance the lives of others.

Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers
Contact: Mark Ziemer
623 Waters Edge Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
p. 608-921-9123

To provide directors and staff ongoing support and resources, and to encourage the expansion of existing senior centers and the development of new senior centers.

Wisconsin Family Care AssociationWI-Family-Care-Assn
Contact: Michael Blumenfeld

The Wisconsin Family Care Association (WFCA) is comprised of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)-- regional entities that contract with the State to administer one or more of Wisconsin’s long-term care programs, including Family Care, Partnership and the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Family Care, Partnership and PACE provide cost-effective, comprehensive and flexible long-term care services to people with disabilities and the frail elderly that foster consumers' independence and quality of life while recognizing the need for interdependence and support. As of January 2014, eight certified MCOs offer long-term care services to over 41,000 individuals in 57 Wisconsin counties, they are: Care Wisconsin, Community Care Connections of Wisconsin, Community Care, ContinuUs, Independent Care Health Plan, Lakeland Care District, Milwaukee County Department of Family Care and Western Wisconsin Cares.

Wisconsin Guardianship Support CenterWI-GSC
Contact: Susan Fisher
1414 MacArthur Rd., Ste. 306
Madison, WI 53714
p. 855-409-9410
f. 866-561-2652

The Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center (GSC) is a statewide resource that works with vulnerable adults, their families and friends, guardians and other legally-authorized representatives, and professionals working with vulnerable adults.

Through a toll-free helpline, the GSC provides information on the following subjects:

•Powers of attorney
•Protective placement
•And more

Other services that the GSC provides include a free quarterly newsletter to subscribers on legal issues pertaining to the above topics, a listserv available to professionals working with vulnerable adults, and presentations on these topics throughout the state.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
Contact: Betsy Abramson
1414 MacArthur Road, Suite B
Madison, WI 53714         
p. 608-243-5691

The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging is a non-profit partnership of public and private organizations that engages in research and dissemination of evidence-based programs that encourage healthy living among older adults.

Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce AllianceAlliance-Logo-4C WEB
Contact: Steve Mercaitis, Member
1414 MacArthur Rd., Ste. A
Madison, WI 53714
p. 608-243-5670
f. 866-813-0974

The Alliance is a coalition of public and private organizations and individuals that recognize the critical and indispensable role direct caregivers play in meeting the long-term care needs of older persons and persons with disabilities in Wisconsin.

The purpose of the Alliance is to develop and implement statewide and community-based strategies to improve the recognition, retention, recruitment, and economic status of the long-term care workforce.

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Wisconsin Personal Services AssociationWPSA
Contact: Steve Mercaitis
69 N. 28th St., Ste. 28   
Superior, WI 54880   
p. 715-392-2533   
f. 715-392-4636

Our Mission: To provide support to and advocate for Personal Services providers and consumers. WPSA also offers many benefits to its members. These include:

• Meetings in a centrally-located area of the state held once every three months.
• A gathering of professionals, employees, and consumers all striving to understand and improve the quality of home care in the state.
• Up-to-date and informed speakers addressing issues of concern in a relaxed setting.
• Access to information on workshops and seminars related to home and personal cares.
• Legislative updates on related issues.
• Viewpoints, ideas, forms, policies and procedures used in established agencies throughout the state.
• Access to professionals within the state bureaus of government controlling issues of home and personal care.
• Representation to legislative forums through SURVIVAL COALITION.

Wisconsin Pooled & Community Trusts (WisPACT)WisPACT
Contact: Marthe Jones, Marketing and Outreach Director
131 W. Wilston St.   
Madison, WI 53703   
p. 608-268-6006 Ext. 207   
f. 608-252-8449

WisPACT helps to create and maintain Special Needs Trusts for persons with disabilities, so that the disabled person can have assets over the $2,000 asset limit and still retain their benefits.

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Contact: Becky Manz
813 W. Wells St.   
Milwaukee, WI 53233   
p. 414-286-6918
f. 414-286-3102

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library provides a digital player to listen to books or magazines to any qualified individual with a physical or visual impairment or a reading disability. This is a free library service.

Wisconsin Women's Network

Contact: Eve Galanter, Past Chair
612 W. Main Street, Suite 200
Madison, WI
p. 608-255-9809

A statewide coalition of organizations and individuals advancing the status of women in Wisconsin through communication, education, and advocacy.

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Hotel Accommodations
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Conference Advisory Committee

Register/Event Program

Register now for the 2014 WI Aging Network Conference! The deadline for conference registration is Thursday, September 4, at 5 p.m. For those paying by check, use this fillable, printable form and mail to UW-La Crosse to the address indicated on the form.

Full Conference: $150
Thursday Only:   $85
Friday Only:       $85

Final Program With Agenda
Registration Program With Agenda

Conference Cancellation Policy

Substitutions are allowed. Full refunds less a $30 processing fee will be given if requested by the end of the day on August 28. No refunds will be made thereafter. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to conted@uwlax.edu.


Our 2014 Wisconsin Aging Network Conference will be held September 10-12, 2014, at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The theme is Think Big! and conference focus areas will be healthy aging: mind, body, spirit; advocacy; diversity and inclusion in aging; leadership development; and turning challenges into opportunities.

Care Transitions: Community Engagement Conference - Sept. 10

Hosted by the Transitions of Care Statewide Steering Committee, this one-day event being held September 10 at the Kalahari is for professionals interested in information and strategies for developing care transitions partnerships in their communities.

Care Transitions and Aging Network Conference Announcement
More Information and Agenda

ElderAce Awards

Thanks to all who submitted nominations for the 2014 ElderAce Awards. The 2014 award winners will be announced at the Wisconsin Aging Network Conference September 12. We will also announce the winners here after the awards are presented so check back after the conference.

Meet the 2012 ElderAce Award Recipients


Check out the exhibit hall at the conference Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Then check back here for a virtual exhibit hall--to be added shortly after the conference.

  1. 50 Plus Newsmagazine
  2. AAA Wisconsin
  3. AARP Wisconsin
  4. Aging and Disability Professionals Association of Wisconsin
  5. AGIS Network, Inc.
  6. Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care
  7. Alzheimer's Association
  8. Board on Aging and Long-Term Care
  9. Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources
  10. CapTel Captioned Telephone
  11. Consumer Direct Wisconsin
  12. Creative Living Environments, LLC
  13. Foundations Counseling Center, Inc.
  14. Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources
  15. GT Independence
  16. Hoglund Bus Co., Inc.
  17. Home Health United
  18. Healthier WI Partnership Program: 100 Healthy, at-Risk Families Project
  19. Humana
  20. IndependenceFirst Mobility Store
  21. J & B Medical Supply
  22. LE Phillips CDC - Corporate Guardianship Program
  23. Liturgical Publications
  24. Lori Knapp Companies
  25. Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau
  26. MetaStar (WI Quality Improvement Organization)
  27. Milwaukee County Department on Aging
  28. MinuteMeals Wisconsin LLC
  29. Mom's Meals NourishCare
  30. MySeniorCenter
  31. St. Camillus Home Health Services
  32. TMG ICA - IRIS
  33. USDA Rural Development
  34. Walden University
  35. WI Association of Senior Centers
  36. WI Family Care Association
  37. WI Guardianship Support Center
  38. WI Institute for Healthy Aging
  39. WI Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance
  40. WI Personal Services Association (WPSA)
  41. WI Pooled and Community Trusts (WisPACT)
  42. WI Talking Book and Braille Library
  43. WI Women's Network

Hotel Accommodations

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(877) 253-5466

The group rate is $70 for single, $99 for double, and $129 for triple/quad. When calling to make your reservations, please indicate that you want the room rates for the “2014 GWAAR Aging Network Conference” or booking ID 27561. While the room block was released Monday, August 11, the Kalahari will still honor the above rates.

A sleeping room block does not guarantee sleeping rooms will be next to each other. The deposit policy for individual reservations is one night (plus tax) at the time the reservation is made. Cancellation policy for individual reservations: 72 hours or more prior to arrival, to receive full refund less $25.00 processing fee. Less than 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival forfeits entire deposit.

For tax-exempt reservations, an S-211 form is required.

Keynote Speakers

LaRhae Knatterud

LaRhae Knatterud, Director of Aging Transformation with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, will break down big-picture thinking into practical steps you can take and apply to the problems we all confront in our work as aging service providers. She will share examples of successful—and not so successful—big-picture thinking and will leave you with valuable tools to help you innovate and think big about aging!

LaRhae's keynote address is made possible with the generous support of the Helen Bader Foundation.

LaRhae Knatterud Announcement

Larry Polivka, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry Polivka, Executive Director of The Claude Pepper Center and Scholar-in-Residence with The Claude Pepper Foundation, Inc., will discuss the relationship between aging programs and health and long-term care systems and how aging programs should position themselves for the future.

Dr. Polivka’s keynote address is made possible with the generous support of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging.

Dr. Polivka Announcement


Platinum Sponsors

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WI Department of Health Services                                          
Bureau of Aging & Disability Resources


Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Conference Advisory Committee

Conference Planner: Anne Rodgers-Rhyme
Conference Advisory Committee Members:

  • Betsy Abramson, WI Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA)
  • Jonette Arms, Milwaukee County Department on Aging
  • Cheryl Batterman, Area Agency on Aging of Dane County
  • Sarah Cowen, GWAAR - Operations Coordinator
  • Marcia Hendrickson, WI Association of Senior Centers (WASC) / South Madison Coalition of the Elderly
  • Wendell Holt, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC)
  • Julie Juranek, WI Association of Benefit Specialists (WABS) / Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bob Kellerman, GWAAR - Executive Director
  • Sara Koenig, WI Department of Health Services, Division of Long-Term Care, Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, Office on Aging
  • Kris Krasnowski, GWAAR - Communications Coordinator
  • Mike Lew, GWAAR Board Member
  • Neal Minogue, WI Department of Health Services, Division of Long-Term Care, Office for Resource Center Development (ORCD)
  • Deb Mould, GWAAR - Fiscal Manager
  • Alice Page, WI Department of Health Services, Division of Long-Term Care, Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, Office on Aging
  • Michelle Pike, Aging and Disability Professionals Association of Wisconsin (ADPAW) / ADRC of Ozaukee County
  • Anne Prince, WI Association of Nutrition Directors (WAND) / Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sarah Quale, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC)
  • John Schnabl, GWAAR - Older Americans Act Programs and Special Projects Manager
  • Va Thao, GWAAR Advisory Council / La Crosse County Aging Office

2014 Family Caregiver Coordinator Trainings

Each agency that receives AFCSP and/or NFCSP funding is expected to send at least one NFCSP and one AFCSP representative from every county (counties where the same staff person coordinates both programs are only required to send one person).

The registration fee is $30 and checks should be made payable to GWAAR and mailed to 1414 MacArthur Road, Suite A; Madison, WI 53714.


Register here. (The registration deadline for all three trainings is Wednesday, June 4.)

Baraboo - Tuesday, June 10, Sauk Co. West Square Bldg., 505 Broadway (next to the courthouse)
Rice Lake - Thursday, June 19, Rice Lake City Hall, 30 E. Eau Claire St.
Antigo - Thursday, July 10, Swartzendruber Restaurant, 1315 Forest Ave.

Refresh Before the Trainings

Please refresh your knowledge of AFCSP and NFCSP policies by viewing the following links before attending a training.

  • AFCSP (Click on the Full Screen button and use the arrows to view it. It will be beneficial to have your worksheets, instructions, and AFCSP policy with you when you watch this.)

Morning Dementia Topics Presenters

June 10 - Baraboo
Sue Torum and Kathy Kehoe, ADRC of Jefferson County
Deanna Truedson, Middleton Dementia-Friendly Communities Initiative

June 19 - Rice Lake
Misty Mogenson, Dementia Care Specialist, ADRC of the North
Lisa Wells, Dementia Care Specialist, Eau Claire Dementia-Friendly Communities Initiative

July 10 - Antigo
Tammy Singer, Dementia Care Specialist, Portage County
Kim Jacquart, Dementia Care Specialist, ADRC of the Lakeshore

Training Agenda

9:00 a.m.          Welcome

9:15 a.m.          Overview of the Wisconsin Dementia System Redesign Project

9:30 a.m.          Coordinating With Dementia Care Specialists

10:45 a.m.        Dementia-Friendly Community Initiatives

12:00 p.m.        Lunch

1:00 p.m.          Connecting With Caregivers: Marketing and Outreach
                       (bring copies of your best marketing materials to share)

2:00 p.m.          NFCSP/AFCSP Policies Made Fun!

3:00 p.m.          Wrap Up and Adjourn