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Project VITAL Florida Forum

Join the Alzheimer’s Association and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to discuss Florida’s nationally recognized Project VITAL (Virtual Inclusive Technology for All) - a leading innovation in long-term care and social isolation.

This virtual statewide forum will deep-dive into the effects and solutions for mitigating social isolation at home and in long-term care facilities. 

WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 2020, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m ET/9 a.m.-1 p.m. CT.

The plenary session will host leading, national experts who will discuss the future of long-term care for older adults and specifically how the state of Florida is combating social isolation both in long-term care facilities and at home. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Continuing Education will be provided during the plenary and breakout sessions. 

FREE REGISTRATION NOW: Make sure you reserve your space today. Registration is free (those that need continuing education will just pay for that portion of education - there is no registration fee). 

  • COVID and Caregiving: Strategies for Managing Stress
  • Project Echo: Caring for Persons with ADRD during Emergency Situations 
  • Project VITAL Roadmap to Success (for States Units on Aging) 
  • Being in the Moment: Effective Communication Strategies that Increase Connection  

Guest Speakers

Dr Sanjeev Arora is the founder and director of Project ECHO, a non-profit that uses technology, a disease management model, case-based learning, and a web-based database to arm primary care providers with the knowledge needed to treat those with complex health problems that would otherwise need to travel for medical care. Dr. Arora is also a Distinguished and Regents’ Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Joanne Pike, Dr.P.H., is chief program officer at the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing the organization’s efforts in care, support and risk reduction for the millions affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Prior to joining the Association, Dr. Pike spent 13 years in leadership positions at the American Cancer Society and three years as executive director of the Preventive Health Partnership. Dr. Pike’s educational background includes a doctorate in public health leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the State Unit on Aging, whose mission is to help Florida’s 5.5 million elders remain healthy, safe, and independent. Secretary Prudom has more than 30 years of executive leadership with the State of Florida where he has worked to develop, implement and lead public policies and programs that improve the lives of Florida’s families. 

Lance Robertson was appointed to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administration of Community Living's (ACL) Administrator in 2017. His vision for ACL focuses on five pillars: supporting families and caregivers, protecting rights and preventing abuse, connecting people to resources, expanding employment opportunities, and strengthening the aging and disability networks. His leadership in the fields of aging and disability began in Oklahoma, where he served for 10 years as the Director of Aging Services within the state’s Department of Human Services

Jack York is co-founder of iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late), a company dedicated to helping older adults realize the full benefits of adaptive technology. He is a sought after national and international speaker on technology being used to create personalized experiences that engage and connect older adults to their loved ones and the world at large, specifically individuals with dementia.


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