Episcopal Retirement Homes’ Parish Health Ministry will host its annual inspirational and educational Refresh Your Soul Conference and Fundraiser on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The theme this year will focus on Alzheimer ’s disease and related dementia, providing an understanding about the disease as well as highly effective, practical and hands-on approaches to caregiving. The conference will be held at Tri County Assembly Church in Fairfield (Northern Cincinnati) from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The Title Sponsor for the event is Christ Church Cathedral.

GenovaLisaStillAlice_dropshadowThe keynote speaker is Lisa Genova, PhD, Harvard trained neuroscientist  and bestselling author of Still AliceStill Alice is the story of an accomplished Harvard professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and it changes her life and her relationship with her family and the world forever.  Speaking about the neurological diseases and disorders she writes about, Genova has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film, To Not Fade Away. The National Alzheimer’s Association awarded her with the Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award in March 2015.


SnowTeepaRefresh Your Soul will also feature Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, one of America’s leading educators on dementia.  Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, her wealth of experience has led her to develop Positive Approach™ to Care techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the world.  Teepa is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with the challenges and changes which accompany various forms of the condition so that life can be lived fully and well.   Currently, she has an independent practice as well as clinical appointments with Duke University’s School of Nursing and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Registration, exhibitors and a continental breakfast will open at 8 a.m. The conference starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. A limited number of seats are available through online registration for a luncheon with Teepa Snow for an additional cost of $25. The conference registration costs are $59 without contact/clock hours and $85 with contact/clock hours for the early bird discount. On February 8 the registration costs will increase so you will want to register soon. For more information or to register, visit www.parishhealthministry.com/rys. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Schroer at 513-979-2246.

Since 1951, Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) has dedicated itself to improving the lives of older adults from all faiths through innovative, quality living environments and in-home and community-based services delivered by experienced and compassionate professionals. ERH owns or manages twenty-six senior living communities: two premier communities, Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee, both in Hyde Park; and twenty-four affordable living communities for limited-income seniors that are either in operation or development.

ERH also operates in-home and community-based services including, Living Well Senior Solutions, which provides guidance and support to elders and their families on issues related to aging; delivers 75,000 Meals On Wheels annually; and provides counsel and support to 77 churches as they renew their role in healthcare through advocacy, education and wellness programs through Parish Health Ministry.

To help meet the long-term goal of ERH’s Parish Health Ministry becoming self-supporting, this event is the primary fundraiser for the ministry. All of the proceeds from this conference will benefit Parish Health Ministry. Arrangements for the appearance of Lisa Genova made through Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau, New York, NY.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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Rhonda Johnson, BSN, RN