2017 Pre-Conference Workshops

You can register to attend Pre-Conference Workshops up through April 5, 2017.

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Financial Exploitation:

Understanding and preventing today’s scams and older adult financial abuse.

Elder abuse is a menacing problem that victimizes older adults and often goes unreported. While there are many different types of elder abuse, one specific form of abuse that is growing exponentially is financial exploitation. Through innovative technology and strategic criminal targeting, older adults are more vulnerable to financial abuse than any other type of abuse.

Please join us for this important and informative workshop where participants will learn about the extent and nature of various types of elder abuse with a particular focus on financial exploitation. Information will be provided on the dynamics of scams and techniques abusers use to victimize older adults and techniques for identifying and responding to this type of abuse.

All who attend this workshop will benefit from the information presented. We strongly encourage those who work directly with older adults (Adult Protective Service Managers, Social Workers, Personal Banders, Financial Advisors/Planners, and Law Enforcement Officials) to join us.

Session Presenters:

Dr. Anita N. Blowers

Dr. Anita N. Blowers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Graduate Director of the Gerontology Program.

Her current research focuses on elder abuse and neglect, older offenders and the criminal justice system, sentencing, criminal justice policy and the scholarship of teaching.

Dr. Blowers has published in numerous criminal justice and law review journals as well as a variety of book chapters.

David Kirkman, JD, retired earlier this year from his position as Special Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division.  He was an enforcement attorney there for three decades and managed the Department’s Elder Fraud Unit for the last twelve years.

David represented North Carolina on several consumer protection executive committees of the National Association of Attorneys General and on numerous state, federal and international law enforcement task forces that addressed cross-border fraud, telemarketing fraud, money laundering, fraud-induced wire transfers, home repair fraud, elder fraud and internet fraud. David served on the North Carolina General Assembly’s Legislative Task Force on Elder Fraud and co-chaired the Task Force’s subcommittee that drafted and helped pass Senate Bill 140 (2013 session), legislation that enhanced the ability of banks to cooperate with law enforcement in stopping elder fraud activities and which also made it easier for local prosecutors to charge and convict elder fraud criminals.

Tammy J. Smith is the White Collar Resource Prosecutor for the NC Conference of District Attorneys. She oversees the statewide Financial Crimes Initiative, produces trainings and conferences in the area of financial crime and carries an active caseload of financial crime cases.

Prior to joining the conference of District Attorneys, she worked with the legal division of the Administrative Offices of the Courts. While in that role she served as Public Records officer for the Judicial Branch.

Workshop Details

Workshop Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Workshop Time: 1:00pm until 4:30pm
Location: Vanderbilt 1 Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Biltmore,
Asheville, North Carolina
115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC

Continuing education contact hours (NASW-NC): 3 hours

Cost: $65.00
Cost includes CEU credit hours, snack, and beverages.

Attendees must be pre-registered to attend this workshop. Pre-registration can be completed through the Southern Gerontological Society’s website. Log into your account and click on the “Meeting Registration” button or call the Management Offices of SGS at (866) 920-4660.

Please Note: This workshop is available to all who want to attend. Annual Meeting registration is not required.

We strongly encourage workshop attendees to remain after the workshop to enjoy the kick-off evening activities of the Southern Gerontological Society’s 38th Annual Meeting titled “New Horizons in Aging: Advances in Research and Practice”.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Training

National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP)

Whether you want to increase your knowledge or pursue certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), this class is for you.

Who should attend?

Nurses, CNAs, social workers, activity professionals, geriatric care managers, licensed nursing home and assisted living administrators, adult day staff, and any front line staff and health care professional working with persons diagnosed with dementia.

This course is sponsored by the Southern Gerontological Society.

Information that will be covered in the seminar

  • Overview of dementia, including diagnosis, prognosis and treatment
  • Communication
  • Feelings and depression, aggressive behaviors, catastrophic reactions
  • Difficulties like repetitive behaviors, paranoia, hallucinations, wandering, and hoarding
  • Intimacy issues and sexuality
  • Personal care: bathing, dressing, toileting, nutrition
  • Pain management
  • Staff and family support, environment, activities
  • Diversity and cultural competence
  • Spiritual care; end of life issues
  • Elder abuse

Become a Certified Dementia Practitioner

By attending the conference pre-session, attendees get a discounted application fee of $25 (normally $100) for the two year certification. Please note, however, that taking the class does not guarantee certification. This class meets one of the requirements for becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Applicants must be certified or licensed in a health care profession or related field to apply for CDP certification, meet all requirements of the national organization, and be approved for certification by NCCDP. For more information on certification, other eligibility requirements, and an application go to www.nccdp.org or contact the NCCDP/ICCDP Office at (877) 729-5191 or nccdpcorporate@nccdp.org.

Instructor: Denise Scruggs, ADC, CDP & CADDCT

Denise Scruggs

Denise Scruggs is a Certified Activity Director (ADC), Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners/ International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Denise has more than 24 years of experience in dementia care, both personally and professionally. Her experience includes work in activities, social work, family caregiving, consulting, and memory support program management spanning long term care, adult day care, assisted living, memory care, consulting, and education. She was also a caregiver for two family members with dementia.

Denise currently serves as the Director of the Beard Center on Aging and is a member of the advisory committee for the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving and the Dementia Awareness Resource Team in her locality. She has been a dementia care trainer for NCCDP for nine years, and most recently was an invited presenter at the Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care’s national Memory Care Forums in Austin, Texas and San Diego, California.

For more information: Call (434) 544-8456 or email scruggs.dr@lynchburg.edu.

Workshop Location & Schedule

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30am – 8:00am check-in & refreshments, 8:00am-4:30pm training
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina in the Stuyvesant Room
How: There are 2 ways to register:
1) Registration for this event can be purchased through the SGS Annual Meeting Conference Registration. For attendees who wish to also attend the full conference, this workshop can be added to the conference registration.

Please Note: This workshop is available to all who want to attend. Annual Meeting registration is not required.

2) Call or email the Southern Gerontological Society Association Manager, Ms. Lee Ann Ferguson at (866) 920-4660 or admin@southerngerontologicalsociety.org. Ms. Ferguson can process registration and payment by phone.

Training Session Cost: $165 per participant, which includes all training materials and lunch. Payment and registration for this workshop must be made by April 1, 2017.

Cancellation Policy: There is a $50 cancellation fee. Attendee substitutions can be made should a participant find they are unable to attend.

All participants who attend the training are welcome to stay after the training to participate in the Annual Meeting’s evening activities which include an opening reception, keynote panel session, and a student poster session.

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SGS Mentorship Workshop

Hosted and Moderated by SGS President, Dr. Turner Goins

Thursday, April 6, 2017
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Room: Vanderbilt I

SGS is asking for participants to join this workshop to help work to develop a formal SGS mentorship program that would aim to partner senior researchers (and SGS members) with graduate students wanting to pursue an academic career in gerontology.  This pre-conference workshop will discuss mentorship goals as they relate to students’ need for guidance through promotion and tenure, demystifying the competitive grant process, publishing, collaborating, curriculum vitae, time management, etc. During this workshop, program expectations, deadlines, marketing, cost, accountability, and deliverables will be outlined and discussed.

This conference is open to ALL who are interested in joining the conversation. There is no additional charge and no required pre-registration for this even.

Should participants be interested, they can indicate so on their online conference registration but again, it is not required.