Saturday, June 18, 2022

2022 Mid-American Institute on Aging & Wellness: Keynote Speakers


MAIA 2022 Keynotes

After moving to an online format in 2020 and 2021, the Mid-American Institution on Aging & Wellness is returning to an in-person event. 

The University of Southern Indiana, located in Evansville, Indiana, will host on Thursday 11 August and Friday 12 August. The local area on aging, SWIRCA is a co-host. There are several corporate sponsors as well. See MAIA's site for information, including a brochure and a link to registration information.

Here is a preview of information about the four keynote speakers who deliver their remarks at the start and end of each day. In between, there will be 30 plus concurrent sessions.  See the brochure for a list of the concurrent sessions.  Here is a blog post, detailing the concurrent sessions from MAIA 2019, complete with several photographs. 

Gregory Jicha, MD, PhD.  "Normal Brain Aging."

Jicha is a Professor of Neurology with University of Kentucky HealthCare. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. He then completed a fellowship at  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr. Jicha will speak on Thursday, 11 August 2022 at 8:30 am. 

Erin Ramsey, MPA. "Reset and Rejuvenate: Paving a Positive Path Forward." 

Ramsey has worked in the nonprofit sector for 30 years as an executive, trainer, and community organizer. She has und undergraduate degree in child development an psychology from California State University at Sacramento. She earned a master of science in public service administration from the University of Evansville. She is the author of two books--Be Amazing: Tools for Living Inspired as well as Inspired Work: Showing Up & Shining Bright. 

Ms. Ramsey will speak on Thursday 11 August 2022 at 3 pm. 

Pauline Boss, PhD. "Caregiving through Uncertain Times: Finding Meaning and New Hope in Ambiguous Loss." 

Boss coined the term "ambiguous loss" in the 1970s and has since developed and tested the theory of ambiguous loss, a guide for working with families of the missing--physically or psychologically. You can read more about her by viewing her University of Minnesota faculty page. Her books include the following:

  • Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief
  • Loss, Trauma and Resilience: therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss
  • Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief
  • The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in Time of Pandemic and Change 
In her keynote, Boss will share her stress-based approach to finding meaning and new hope in caregiving and its ambiguous loss. 

Dr. Boss will speak on Friday 12 August 2022 at 8:30 am. 

Heidi L. Holt, MPA "Risk Reduction Strategies for Brain Health"

Holt is a Public Health Advisor in the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Healthy Aging Branch. She coordinates support to state, local, and tribal public health departments in implementing public health approaches to addressing brain health, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and elevating dementia caregiving as a public health priority. She also has expertise in addressing policy and partnership solutions to various issues, as well as a passion for program and strategic development in a career spanning almost three decades in international and domestic public health. 

 For more information on her education and experience, see her LinkedIn page

Ms. Holt will be speaking on Friday, 12 August at 3:00 pm. 

Pre-Conference Workshop on Wednesday 9 August 

If you are interested, you can also attend a pre-conference workshop on dementia care. 

Wed. 10 August -- 9 am to 2:30 pm. Pre-Conference Workshop Teepa Snow. "A Positive Approach to Dementia Care: Time to Reflect and Recover."  

Teepa Snow is a nationally recognized dementia educator who describes her philosophy as the Positive Approach®  to Care (PAC).   You can read about a Snow's pre-workshop training in 2017. 


2022 MAIA Concurrent Sessions

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