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Healthy Aging: Physical, Psychological and Cognitive

This strand focuses on strategies for enhancing wellness. Presentations can focus directly on the adoption of a strategy for promoting healthy physical, psychological and/or cognitive aging, or how attendees might assist others in adopting various strategies for healthy aging.

Example: The Beneficial Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy and Human-Animal Interaction on Healthy Aging

End of Life Issues

This strand focuses on the last part of life and the importance of preparing for your own passing and/or the loss of others. Aspects may include coping with the experience of your own death, the death of a loved one, or the death of individuals who you interact with professionally. Additional aspects may pertain to administrative, legal and/or practical aspects of loss such as completing commonly needed paperwork, dealing with healthcare costs, making funeral arrangements, corresponding with financial institutions, etc.

Example: A Journey Through Dying: An Exercise in Understanding

Example: Steps to Take After Losing a Loved One


This strand focuses on the lived experiences of individuals responsible for supporting older adults who are in need of physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and/or other types of support. While we recognize that most older adults care for themselves and have no need for caregiving, we also recognize that a minority of older adults do require caregiving at various levels. Caregiving can simultaneously be both a positive and challenging experience.

Example: Self-Care for Caregivers

Example: Effective Techniques for Caregivers to Promote Positive Interactions

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

This strand focuses on issues related to the experiences of those living with, caring for, or providing professional support for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other forms of dementia.

Example: Preserving Patient’s Sense of Self in Late State Dementia Care

Example: The Beneficial Impact of Incorporating Music Therapy into Dementia Care

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Last updated: 11/13/2020