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2018 Conference

Welcome to the 40th Summer Institute on Aging presented by WVU School of Social Work. The 2018 theme is “Adventures in Aging: Building Wisdom, Well Being and Wonder”.

Many thanks to this year’s sponsoring organizations: WVU School of Social Work, West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, Beatrice Ruth Burgess Center for West Virginia Families and Communities, Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia and WV Caring.

Ms. Renée K. Nicholson will kick off our conference on Tuesday, June 12 with a creative and engaging opening keynote presentation sponsored by the Beatrice Ruth Burgess Center for West Virginia Families and Communities titled “Vital Signs: Quality of Life through Medicine and the Arts” . Ms. Nicholson is an assistant professor in the Programs in Multi- and Interdisciplinary Studies at WVU, with discipline specialties in creative writing and dance. Mr. William Benson will close out our first day with a timely presentation on the pervasive opioid crisis titled “Dying Before Their Time: Opioids and Rural Elders”.  Mr. Benson will also team up with WV social worker Mandy Weirich to conduct a workshop on “Innovative and Supportive Housing Models for Older Adults” on Tuesday as well.

Ms. Jennifer Taylor, an attorney for Legal Aid of WV, will ensure we are up-to-date on the important issue of financial exploitation of the elderly in a presentation titled “Update on the Law of Financial Exploitation” during our mid-week keynote on June 13.  

Lunches will be provided each day and on June 12 you will have time to network with others at your table. On June 13, a remarkable social worker will be presented the annual Anita S. Harbert Outstanding Achievement in Aging Award.  That evening join us for a return of “Movie Night” with Dr. Kristina Hash as we watch and discuss the spirited “Raging Grannies” film.  “These women are not your mothers’ grandmothers!”   (CEUs available).

On Thursday, June 14 during lunch, you have the choice to earn CEUs and hear from Summer Institute on Aging veteran Mr. Robert “Bob” Blancato as he shares his expertise in a presentation on “Aging Policy: The DC Landscape” or you can take your box lunch and relax elsewhere on the property. Our conference closes with Adventures of Active Senior Living” , an inspiring and upbeat presentation about the tremendous benefits of remaining active and engaged by Dr. Ted Muilenberg, Executive Director of Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living.

We have categorized each workshop by one or more of the following topic codes and practitioner tracks. See the end of each breakout workshop description for the italicized abbreviations.

Adult Protective Service workers APS             Senior Center/ADRC directors & staff SC/ADRC

Long Term Care personnel – LTC                       Nursing Related Content N                            

Core Practice CP                                            Clinical/Medical Practice CMP                        

Cultural Competency/Diversity CC                   Management/Administration/Policy MG          

Mental Health Practice MH


A lot of exciting things happening at the 40th Summer Institute on Aging -- we look forward to seeing you this June!