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REACH Conference
Regional Education on Aging, Caregiving, and Healthcare

The Regional Education on Aging, Caregiving, and Healthcare Conference is a collaborative effort to provide educational workshops, plenary sessions, and networking opportunities for professionals, caregivers, and anyone interested in Aging issues. Taking into consideration the diversity of Aging concerns, we have attempted to include local, regional, and state service providers and educators to address a variety of topics that may be of interest to anyone who works with older adults, their caregivers, or their families.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Yesterday’s Vision, Today’s Reality, Tomorrow’s Impact” boldly covers all disciplines and areas of aging, caregiving and healthcare. This year’s conference theme celebrates years of accomplishments in aging services, a future look and purview of what’s on the horizon. We celebrate the compassion and care provided to those who serve our older populations.

We are pleased to introduce a leader in elder law, policy and aging issues, Robert (Bob) Blancato. Bob an internationally recognized pioneer and expert on aging and disability issues will present Yesterday’s Vision, Today’s Reality and Tomorrow’s Impact on Aging in America. The presentation will provide thought-provoking trends and events in the evolution of services, legislation and programs to older Americans. Bob will share his perspective on the historical past and future preview of Aging in America. Bonnie Estes, LPC, a licensed professional counselor, presents Humor and Humility in Healthcare. Oftentimes seeing ourselves as a control group of adrenaline junkies, we find respite in the tales of peers who share the desire to make a difference, to laugh in the face of the unimaginable, and calmly stare down surprise with "WHAT was I thinking?"

There is a memorable keynote opening titled: Aging and Resilience: The Lived Experience of Holocaust Survivors by actual Holocaust survivors on World War II. Bill Benson, says, “The first person survivors are remarkable not only for having survived the many horrors and unimaginable traumas of the Holocaust, but for managing to come to this country through many different routes and circumstances and then not only survive but to thrive in so many ways. These are exceptionally resilient humans.” Bill has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute to capture the stories of Holocaust survivors. Local attorney, John Ross, IV, will present an informative luncheon keynote: The Intersection of Neurocognitive Disorders and Medical Decision Making. This is a review of the interaction between medical incapacity and legal incompetency and how the distinction applies to medical decision makers and treatment professionals. To close out our conference, Chief Mike Alexander (Palestine) returns to REACH. He presents Stages in Development while tying his topic into this year’s theme.

Registration is $100 if registered and paid on or before September 30, 2016. Late registration and on-site registration is $125. Again this year attendees may choose workshops and register with pay pal online at If you prefer to mail your registration, complete pages 32 and 33 at the back of this brochure and mail to the address listed on the registration page. Please pay by check, cash, or money order. NO WIRE TRANSFERS. Registration fees are non-refundable; however, substitutions are allowed if submitted by 5:00 PM, September 30, 2016. Workshop selections must be submitted with each registration form.

Box lunches for both days of the conference are included in the registration fee; however, attendees always have the option of having lunch on their own.

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