5 Step Plan for Aging in Community

Presented by Nancy Madsen & Helen Rollins

Session Description

This session is designed to help attendees discuss not only healthy aging but what happens when elders require more assistance all the way to their passing with dignity and care. No matter who is providing the care through the difficult days of an elder's life, caregiving principles apply across the board on preparation, compassion, and preventing burnout.

Nancy & Helen will help you prepare a 5 step plan for successful aging in community. Each of the 5 steps includes information on how to get started, questions to ask, and where to find basic resources. Every community plan must be grounded in the wishes and consent of the person(s) who will be receiving as well as giving care.

The important thing is to start – and continue – the conversation in a way that works for your community. You will receive straightforward information and checklists to help guide these conversations.

Step 1: Starting the Conversation
Step 2: Forming a Successful Aging Committee
Step 3: Making a Plan
Step 4: Finding Support Options
Step 5: Taking Care of the Caregivers

About the Presenter/s

Nancy Madsen, MS, SSW. Nancy is the statewide caregiver support program manager for Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services. In this position she is able to promote the needs of and provide support to caregivers who are meeting the long-term care needs of their loved ones.

Helen Rollins, a nurse case manager at LDS Hospital and president of the Utah Hospice Association was, until recently, a long time resident of Wasatch Commons, Utah’s only completed cohousing community built in 1999.