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      June 3, 2019

      Monday   8:15 AM

      1021 Koger Center Boulevard
      Richmond, Virginia 23235

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      Disabilities-Friendly Health and Self Care

      The 15th Annual Conference of the Area Planning and Services Committee for Aging with Lifelong Disabilities (APSC) presents:    Disabilities-Friendly Health and Self Care:  Keynote Address: Promoting Effective Health Care Encounters for People with Lifelong Disabilities. Liz Perkins, PhD, RNLD, FAAIDD, Associate Director and Research Associate Professor, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, University of South Florida; President, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Issues of people with lifelong disabilities are often absent from the education and training of health care professionals. Dr. Perkins discusses ways we can improve communication and knowledge of health care providers to be more disability- friendly. She also discusses the roles of health advocacy and resources that people with disabilities and their caregivers can use to promote better health care encounters with those who are unfamiliar with lifelong disabilities.  Breakout Sessions: Housing Stability and Person-Centered Planning Habilitation Therapy in Dementia Care: Seeing the Person Inside Hospice versus Palliative Care: Important Differences to Know Navigating Medications through Transitions of Care Advance Care Planning and Special Considerations for People with Disabilities Mindfulness & Self Care with Yoga   Closing Plenary: Everybody’s Best Friends: Helpful Therapies with Animal. This panel explores three different ways that human-animal interactions prove helpful to the well-being of people with disabilities. Aleeta Lehtinen, President of the Old Dominion Chapter, discusses Canine Companions for Independence®, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Christy Jensen, Ph.D., Director of Health Services Research with the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH), in Williamsburg, discusses Silver Saddles, an equestrian intervention for adults with dementia where horses help with the individual’s emotional wellness; and Dave and Cindy Chewning, volunteers and trainers with Pet Partners of Richmond, the largest national non-profit registering therapy dogs and other therapy animals, including horses, cats, birds, and rabbits; they are bringing Lucie and Lilly, and   visit a variety of facilities with the dogs, including the VCU Medical Center, St. Francis Home, veterans facilities, and others.  We look forward to meeting you and enjoying a great conference on June 3, 2019.  (download - Conference Program)  

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