In 1900 the average lifespan was 47. US populations can now expect to live well over 80. By 2050, the number of people 65 years or older is expected to significantly outnumber children younger than 5 years of age. At the same time, birth rates are decreasing across the globe, leading us to an increasingly grayer world, one where there is a higher proportion of older citizens living longer lives. This will have profound impacts across many areas of society, from politics to business. But there is one area that will be affected more than any other- healthcare. What are the consequences for healthcare and hospital systems? Hospitals and other providers of care will need to adopt innovative approaches to this societal shift. Caregivers will need to be retrained for new technologies, including the growing prevalence of post-care monitoring. This conference will attempt to explore the changes we can expect due to our increasing longevity and look at resources and new care delivery models for providers. We’ll also provide a legal update on recent legislation impacting elder care in Massachusetts hospitals.
Lindsey Tucker, Associate Commissioner, Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Age Invaders: How Increased Lifespan & Lower Birthrates Will Impact Healthcare
Ron Galloway, Author and Director of business films Why Walmart Works, and the upcoming Age Invaders
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. BREAK
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Legal Overview: New Laws Regarding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care in Hospitals
Anne M. Murphy, Esq. Partner, Hinckley Allen
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Resources & Support For Caregivers
Patricia Noga, RN, PhD, FAAN, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
Liz McCarthy, Director of Professional Health Care Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter
Emily Kearns, PhD, MBA, Project Manager, Dementia Friendly Massachusetts
Margaret Foley, RN, MSN, Director, Care Management, Emerson Hospital
Lynette Matthews, MSN, GNP-C, Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Mass. General Hospital
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. LUNCH
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Caring for Elderly Patients: Challenges, Care Innovations & Best Practices
Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAANP, FGSA
Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Shirley A. Conway, MSN, MBA, RN-BC, LNHA, Director Geriatric Initiatives
Senior Adult Unit & NICHE Program, Addison Gilbert & Beverly Hospitals
Patricia Coffelt, MSN, RN-BC, Nurse Educator, Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Program
Cheryl Mustain, Medical Social Worker
Alina Sibley, CNP, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
Arlene Stoller MS, RN, GCNS, ACNS-BC, CDP,
Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, NICHE Program Leader,
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
2:20pm Closing Remarks by Secretary Bonner