VOYCE is excited to announce our presenter line-up for Care – Who We Are. What We Do. Where We Go From Here.

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Dr. John Morley

Keynote: Aging Successfully Following COVID-19

Our keynote speaker will provide a broad overview of how COVID19 has affected our long-term care community and the ways in which we deliver care. Dr. Morley will discuss the geriatric syndromes and how COVID19 affected them.  Dr. Morley will explore the role of physical exercise in aging and the importance of mental exercise to prevent and reverse aging syndromes. We will explore how Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can be employed to slow cognitive decline.

Dr. Morley is a Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. He is an internist, endocrinologist, and geriatrician. He has been the principal investigator for the Missouri Illinois Gateway Geriatric Center or the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program for the past 27 years. He helped create the Saint Louis University Health Resource Center, a student-run free health clinic providing health care and social services for underserved and uninsured individuals. 

Clinically, he focuses on diabetes, nutrition, frailty, and cognitive assessment.  He is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally on multiple topics including “Aging Successfully.”

He has published over 1400 papers and 30 books. He is the editor of the Journal of Aging Health and Nutrition and previously edited the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.  He was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  He is vice president of the Society of Sarcopenia, Cachexia, and Wasting Disorders.

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Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW

Intervention to Address Loneliness and Isolation for Long-Term Care Residents

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, loneliness and social isolation were known to significantly impact the physical and mental health of all age groups, particularly older adults. Pre-pandemic, loneliness, and social isolation were deemed to be a global epidemic among older adults. The pandemic has only exacerbated the prevalence and intensity of these two experiences, particularly for residents living in long-term care facilities. This presentation will introduce participants to current prevalence rates, risk factors, health and mental health implications, and interventions to address the issues of loneliness and social isolation in older adults.

Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Professor Emeritus in the Saint Louis University School of Social Work and Executive Director, Saint Louis University School of Medicine Gateway Geriatric Education Center. Her social work degrees were completed at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, and Washington University. Her scholarship has focused on aging, family caregiving, and social work practice.  She has authored four books and over 100 book chapters, journal articles, and scholarly publications.  Her primary areas of research have included family caregiving, cognitive stimulation therapy, and driving and mobility with social isolation and loneliness being a recent area of focus. She is the immediate past president of the National Association of Geriatric Education

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Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT

Let’s Talk About Residents’ Rights

We will explore residents’ rights and learn how we can ensure that everyone is made aware of and understands these rights, including our colleagues, residents’ families, and residents themselves. We will reflect on how we can uphold residents’ rights as well as learn about how they can be unintentionally violated. We will learn about the remedies and resources available. Attendees will learn how to protect long-term care residents’ rights and how to correctly exercise these rights. We will learn how to dispute and how to appeal when rights are violated.

Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT, serves as the Program Director of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at VOYCE. Chien holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University Brown School of Social Work (2005), as well as a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Lindenwood University (2015). Originally from Taiwan, upon graduation from Washington University, Chien started working at Community Alternatives as an AIDS Waiver Case Manager. In 2007, Chien was recruited by Doorways (Interfaith Residence) as a clinical social worker. From 2007 to 2016, Chien worked with Doorways’ residents who lived with critical medical conditions, mental disorders, substance usage issues, and homelessness. Chien has extensive experience in Psychotherapy, case management, community outreach, housing, and long-term care. In his spare time, Chien is a Registered Yoga Teacher who teaches at various yoga studios.

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Taylor Pendleton, MS, CTRS

Recreational Intervention from the Past to the Future

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, recreation was gathering, eating, laughing, smiling, giving warm gestures, and partaking in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, recreation has been 1:1, distance-based, partake at your own leisure. Raising from the COVID-19 pandemic recreation will one day again mean community, gatherings, warm gestures, potlucks, and real smiles. This presentation will take a deep dive into recreation during the pandemic and goals for recreation prior to the pandemic. This presentation will provide you with a variety of recreational ideas that have been successful and some unsuccessful interventions.

Taylor Pendleton, MS CTRS, is the Employee Whole Health Coordinator at the Harry S Truman VA Medical Center in Columbia MO. Taylors Masters degree was completed at Oklahoma State University in Leisure Studies upon completing her courses and research she has one published article Therapeutic alliance and the relationship with motivation for recreational therapy treatment. Submitted to American Journal of Recreational Therapy. Taylor has been a Nationally Certified Reactional Therapist since 2016. Taylor is an active Harry S Truman VA employee and a leader at the Harry S Truman VA. Taylor Chairs the Employee Association as well as Chairs the Employee Whole Health Committee.

Taylor’s current role primarily focuses on supporting the employees at the Harry S. Truman VA as well as providing programming to assist the employees in health and wellness. Taylor also provides the Veterans at the Harry S. Truman VA with an adaptive form of Tai Chi and a course on Mantram Repetition. Taylor has recently completed training courses in REKI, IREST Yoga Nidra, and Whole Health Coaching with plans to start implementing these modalities to veterans and employees. 

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Kelly Schilling, CTRS

Recreational Intervention from the Past to the Future

Kelly joins Taylor Pendleton, MS, CTRS, to present on Recreational Intervention from the Past to the Future.

Kelly Schilling, CTRS, is a Recreational Therapist at the Truman VA Medical Center.  Kelly graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Parks, Recreation & Tourism with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation as well as a minor in Psychology.  After becoming a Nationally Certified Recreational Therapist in 2004, Kelly began working at the Truman VA Medical Center in Columbia, MO Recreation Assistant.  In 2006, Kelly moved to North Carolina to pursue other opportunities as a Recreational Therapist.  She continued working in the field of recreation and programming over the next eight years.  She worked as a Recreational Therapist at a Rehabilitation and Trauma hospital, a Program Coordinator in a memory care unit, and a Life Enrichment Director at two different independent retirement communities in and around the Raleigh area.  Kelly returned to Columbia, MO to Truman VA as a Recreational Therapist in the Spring of 2014.  Since then, she has helped to expand the programming offered in the Community Living Center, the inpatient psychiatric unit, the Psychosocial Residential Recovery Treatment Program as well as the programming for outpatient Veterans.  Kelly is excited to see more programs being offered to Veterans within the VA and the community that focuses on a whole health and wellness approach.

Dr. Maurya Cockrell

Dr. Maurya Cockrell, DHPE

The Interplay Between Ageism as a Social Determinant of Health and End-Of-Life Care

America’s population is aging at a rapid pace. Multiple data sources reveal that approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65 each day. Demographic research suggests human lifespan is increasing, not decreasing, bringing experts to the forefront collaborating on ways to meet the challenges of aging. We must design a society that builds multisector partnerships to support high-quality aging and long-term care. The foundation of these multisector partnerships is understanding the social determinants of health (SDoH). Lived experiences, societal norms, and policies contribute to the distribution of resources that often lead to health inequities. Healthcare can no longer operate in a silo. Cohesion is needed between individuals, providers, health systems, civic organizations, corporate partners, public health, and social partners. The decision to where, how, when, and why care is provided is often based on SDoH. SDoH, cultural norms, policies, and procedures can influence health outcomes such as mortality and quality of life.

Dr. Maurya D. Cockrell, DPHE is an international author, international speaker, and practitioner from St. Louis, MO. Known as the SDoH [social determinants of health] Solutionary, she uses health, education, and human resources to improve how people live, learn, work, pray, and play. In 2015, she began her entrepreneurial journey as an organizational development consultant. In 2017, she founded Leaves Speak Healthcare, an intergenerational healthcare consulting company that offers clients powerful new ways to eliminate elderspeak, increase compassionate communication, and improve end-of-life acceptance.