Refresh Your Soul 2017

2017RYSMasthead_FINAL.inddExpanded conference offers Dementia Care Summit

Episcopal Retirement Services’ (ERS) Parish Health Ministry has announced an enhancement to their premier regional conference for 2017. “Refresh Your Soul – Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Overcoming the Struggles & Living Inspired” has expanded to include a two-day event devoted to dementia care. The Title Sponsor for the conference is TriHealth and the presenting sponsor is Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter. In partnership with ERS, Xavier University will host the second day’s “Dementia Care Summit.”


John O'Leary

John O’Leary

The annual Refresh Your Soul Conference & Fundraising event will take place Monday, March 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. Our Keynote Speaker is John O’Leary bestselling author of ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. Get ready for some unexpected humor and to be challenged to live your life ON FIRE! O’Leary, who at the age of nine was burned over 100% of his body and expected to die, now teaches others how to truly live. The admiration he has for those with struggles like his father who has Parkinson’s disease and his grandmother who has dementia as well as the appreciation he has for their caregivers will be palpable throughout his presentation. This incredible story will inspire you to share hope, purpose, perspective, faith and love with everyone you meet and serve. O’Leary’s emotional storytelling, unexpected humor and authenticity will make his presentation truly transformational.

Refresh Your Soul will also feature Loretta Anne Woodward Veney, who will share insights gained from 10 years of caring for her mom living with dementia and highlight effective strategies for managing challenging behaviors. She will also demonstrate the healing power of humor amidst the heartache of this life changing disease. Veney is an author and speaker who has motivated, taught and trained audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her presentations chronicle the journey with her mom, which has been faithful, funny, heartbreaking and hopeful.

Back by popular demand, speaker Teepa Snow, who through her extraordinary and unique presentation style will share fresh, new ideas on how to promote meaningful, person-centered activities that lead to true engagement for people living with all stages of dementia.

Registration, exhibitors and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The conference starts promptly at 9 a.m. In addition, a limited number of seats are available through online registration for a luncheon with either John O’Leary or Loretta Anne Woodward Veney for an additional cost of $30. The conference registration costs are $59 without contact/clock hours and $85 with contact/clock hours for the early bird discount. Registration costs will increase on Feb. 8, so you will want to register today. For more information or to register, visit If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Schroer at 513.979.2246.


Teepa Snow

Teepa Snow

The second day optional Dementia Care Summit will take place Tuesday, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. The Dementia Care Summit will feature Teepa Snow, as she speaks on how professionals can promote wellness and well-being for people living with dementia. An expert panel will provide different perspectives on dementia care. Breakout sessions will cover resident-driven communities approach, visioning for the future of dementia care and accessibility to services. For more information about the Dementia Care Summit visit

Since 1951, Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) has worked to improve 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. ERS owns or manages 30 senior living communities serving over 1,900 residents: three premier communities, Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee, both in Hyde Park, Episcopal Church Home in Louisville, Ky; and 27 affordable living communities for limited-income seniors including properties in development. ERS also operates in-home and community-based services for elders. Through Living Well Senior Solutions, they provide comprehensive, objective solutions for families and seniors who are struggling with the challenges of aging life care™; through Deupree Meals On Wheels they deliver 77,000 nutritious meals annually; and through Parish Health Ministry they counsel and give support to 70 churches to renew their role in healthcare through advocacy, education and wellness programs. As part of their mission, ERS commits millions of dollars to resident philanthropic services. In large part, these funds support the needs of residents who have outlived their financial resources.

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The Rev. Rhonda Johnson, BSN, RN, serves as coordinator for Parish Health Ministry at Episcopal Retirement Services. You can contact Rhonda at