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NVG 2017 Session Details

Audience Key

(N) - New to the Village Movement - Exploratory and Learning Phase: For people who are just learning about the Village Movement and exploring the concept of Villages to see if a Village would work for them.
(ID) - In Development - For groups who are somewhat familiar with the Village Movement and have decided to form a Village and have been working through the stages of formation.
(OVNew) - Open Villages: newly opened - less than 3 years old - Villages that have just opened or been open for a couple of years. Villages that are looking to expand and going through some of the normal growing pains of a budding Village.
(VV) - Open Villages: 3+ years - Village veterans who have been up and running for 3 or more years and are looking to add new layers to the Village or revamp programs.

Special Event Sunday Movie

Maggie Growls: Screening and discussion of a film about Maggie Kuhn
Introduced By: Sue Leary, who appears in the film as Maggie’s personal assistant
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Summary: Maggie Growls is a portrait of the amazing, canny, lusty, charming, and unstoppable Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the Gray Panthers in 1970 after she was forced to retire from a job she loved at the age of 65. Her outrage and determination fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed the lives of older Americans, repealing mandatory retirement laws and proving that “old” is not a dirty word. (After the film, Sue will answer questions.)

Keynote Speakers

Mental Wellness: Powering Up for Healthy Longevity
Speaker: Dr. Peter Rabins
Summary: During this keynote presentation, Dr. Peter Rabins, author of The 36-Hour Day will provide an overview of mental health needs associated with aging and a sense of how common issues arise. As America is aging and our Villages are growing, we know the importance of addressing the needs of the whole person including both physical and mental health. You will walk away from this session with the knowledge and tools necessary to know how to recognize people in need of help and what kind of help is most needed and beneficial. Dr. Rabins will end with an invigorating look into the next decade and what is coming down the pike for mental health studies and resources.

General Sessions

*SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT: Communities Embrace Multiple Models for Aging through Regional Networks
Presented By: WAVE, Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging, Village Movement California
Speakers: Connie Row, Don Moldover, Martha Tecca, Jess Maurer, Jane Nyce, Kate Hoepke, Yasmin Shah, Danielle Ishak
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Summary: This Spotlight Session focuses on collaborations that strengthen the Village concept and movement and that support aging in the community. The three participating organizations differ in scope and membership unit, but have in common the goal of strengthening, advocating and increasing the growth of Villages per se and of other options to support aging at home and/or in their communities. The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging includes grass roots and community based organizations that serve rural areas, the California Coalition is a state-wide organization and WAVE is a regional multi-jurisdictional coalition. Presentations about each organization’s purposes, experiences and challenges will be followed by a discussion about the advantages of collaborations for the organizations involved and for those they serve.

The Digital Evolution: Empowering You and Your Village
Presented By: i3 Healthcare Consulting, Aging2.0 Baltimore, Strategic Health Network, Northwest Neighbors Connecting, Reston for a Lifetime
Speakers: Jake Tunney, Larry Wolf, Chava Ball, Sharon Canner (moderator)
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Summary: To an ever increasing extent, the digital evolution—technology--is affecting us individually and our Villages. How can we best benefit from this evolution, recognizing the mix within our memberships? How do we benefit individually to achieve healthy longevity? To this end, this panel explores the following:

  • Social media and its role in nurturing social engagement among Village members, including practical examples and models
  • Village operations and use of technology
  • Cultural and technical challenges in adopting technology and ways to educate and encourage adoption as appropriate
  • Understanding changes in our health care system and its use of electronic health records, how they can improve health and tips on navigating the system
  • Growth of consumer devices for maintaining/monitoring health
  • Apps, sensors, websites

Aging Throughout the Lifespan
Speakers: Valerie Jurik-Henry
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV

  • The Aging of America
  • Current Living vs. Realistic Living
  • Remember ‘Leave it To Beaver?’
  • Why people don’t see themselves as getting older
  • Denial
  • Acceptance
  • Living to help one another
  • Village People

The Neuroscience of Loneliness in the Golden Age of Brain Health
Presented By: Roger Anunsen
Speakers: Roger Anunsen
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Summary: Loneliness has recently been called a medical epidemic and labeled an “adverse signal” alongside hunger, thirst and pain. A growing mountain of research is linking loneliness to physical illness as well as to functional and cognitive decline. As a predictor of early death, loneliness eclipses obesity or heavy smoking and studies confirm that loneliness shortens the lifespan by 7.5 years and, even more importantly, shortens the “healthspan” even more. “Denying you feel lonely,” warns one top researcher “makes no more sense than denying you feel hunger.” Brain health educator Roger Anunsen will construct a foundation of evidence-based neuroscience about aging and conclude with a call to action challenging every Village to “End Loneliness” because, as the a campaign in the UK boldly states, “Loneliness is everybody’s business.


Purpose and Sustainability

Using Strategic Partnerships with Non-Profits to Grow Village Capacity
Presented By: ChaiVillageLA, Care Connections Network
Speakers: Devorah Servi, Carolyn Ross
Audience: OVNew, VV
Breakout: A-1
Summary: The purpose of this workshop is to show participants how to increase their Village’s programmatic, financial and human capacity by creating or strengthening strategic partnerships with non-profits. Participants will use two case studies to examine types of partnerships, what holds a partnership together and when not to get involved. Participants will also be introduced to community resource maps and consider possible strategies to find “connector” people.
Participants will work in dyads, focusing on the interests of both players in a partnership: (1) meeting the concrete needs of one’s own Village and (2) identifying specific benefits a Village can offer a potential strategic partner. Two case studies about partnering with foundations, faith communities, and universities will be explored. These case studies illustrate the developmental phases of a strategic partnership and how partnerships often lead to unexpected benefits. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to reflect with others from their own Village on best next steps for their respective Villages.

Reducing Social Isolation through virtual group activities
Presented By: TeleVisit, Senior Center without Walls
Speakers: Wesley Cheng, Amber Carroll, Lisbeth Nielsen
Audience: ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: A-2
Summary: Social relationships have long been known to contribute to health outcomes in later life. As the health risks associated with loneliness and lack of social relationships become clearer, scientists are grappling with how best to intervene in this area to support more healthy trajectories of aging. Nielsen will review research on the links between social relationships and health and discuss the potential for - and challenges involved in - developing interventions to reduce loneliness, reduce social isolation, and increase social engagement in mid- to late-life adults. Village sustainability is dependent on members perceiving the value of the provided services but for many who either do not use the services actively, or are in the not-ready-yet camp, they are at greater risk of dropping out. Members who no longer drive have a harder time attending those activities and will be socially isolated. Devising group activities that can be joined by members from their own homes overcomes the logistics issues and increases the perceived value of Village membership.Virtual communities are accessible to anyone with a telephone. This innovative model allows older adults the opportunity to play games, write poetry, go on virtual tours, meditate, get support, and most importantly, connect and engage with others every day.

Building Your Village’s Logic Model: Measuring and Documenting Your Success
Presented By: University of Maryland, School of Social Work
Speakers: Joan Davitt, Lisa Budlow
Audience: OVNew, VV
Breakout: A-3
Summary: Program evaluation is critical to Village growth, fundraising, and sustainability. Fundamental to successful program evaluation is development of a program logic model that identifies the contributing factors to and consequences of the problem and translates these into core hypotheses about what impact the program may have. This workshop will employ examples from a collaborative project, engaging researchers and Village volunteers and staff to develop a logic model for Baltimore’s Northwest Neighbors Connecting (NNC) and to implement an initial evaluation process based on this logic model. The process employed with NNC will provide an example to explicate logic model components, development, and implementation challenges. Then, through a series of small group exercises, participants in the workshop will actively engage in developing their own logic model, including articulating goals, outcome and process objectives, and measurement metrics. The workshop will also review data collection methods as well as how to use evaluation data to improve Village effectiveness and responsiveness. All Villages at any stage of development can benefit from this workshop.

Fund Development for Mature Villages
Presented By: At Home in Alexandria
Speakers: Cele Garrett, Monica Estabrooke, Jan Pomerantz
Audience: VV
Breakout: A-4
Summary: We’ll discuss the basic difference between fundraising and fund development. (Yes, there is a difference!) Hear from a Village entering its 7th year of operation that continues to fine-tune its fundraising activity and better hone its fund development program to align with the organization’s strategy for long-term sustainability. This session will examine best practices in fundraising and focus on cultivation and fundraising activities that truly are donor-centered. We’ll discuss the strategic imperative to expand sources of revenue. We’ll outline what should be in place before starting a major gifts program and talk about appropriate (and possibly untapped) gift vehicles. Just as important, we’ll share “first steps” (including policies and donor cultivation plans) as well as “missteps” that we continue to learn along the way.

Village 101

Fundraising Fundamentals - Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan, How to Raise Money from Individual Donors with a focus on End-of-Year Giving
Presented By: Match Dot Dollars, Northwest Neighbors Village, Silver Spring Village
Speakers: Debra Fried Levin, Stephanie Chong, Mary Ann Zimmerman, Kae Dakin
Audience: N, ID, OVNew
Breakout: B-1
Summary: To be successful in fundraising you’ve got to plan your work and work your plan. And to sustain your fundraising program you need to focus on giving from individuals -- 90% of all donations come from individuals. This workshop will show you how to develop a fundraising plan for donations from individuals which includes a hands-on end-of-year appeal planning exercise that you can use immediately.

What Villages and the Network are all about
Presented By: Nauset Neighbors
Speakers: Dick Elkin, Jane Nyce
Audience: N, ID
Breakout: B-2
Summary: This session will cover the phases of aging, the needs of seniors, what Villages do, and various Village models. It will be a quick overview of topics regarding Village formation and planning for Village operations.

Three Different Village Models in Montgomery County
Presented By: Potomac Community Village, Olney Home for Life
Speakers: Joan Kahn, Tom Brunetto
Audience: N, ID
Breakout: B-3
Summary: Villages are all unique and in Montgomery County this is doubly true. In this panel three distinctively different Villages will explain how they operate, why they chose to operate this way and what are the pros and cons of each choice.

Growing a Village from Strong Roots
Presented By: Cheverly Village
Speakers: Diane La Voy, Laila Riazi, Tiffany Durr
Audience: N, ID
Breakout: B-4
Summary: Village creation as community development: how to build constituencies and sustainable structures and norms. Session participants select topics for discussion from a menu of 10 topics drawn from Cheverly Village’s 2½ year journey from proposal to launch. Examples: Researching together so everyone “owns” the results; Staying visible; Alternatives to costly infrastructure.


Generation to Generation: Reducing social isolation across generations
Presented By:
Speakers: Corita Brown, “In the coming months we will be supporting interested Villages to pilot strategies for engaging members from local Villages to support children and youth. We hope to include speakers from participating Villages to discuss the outcomes of their pilot projects. The projects are still in planning phase, so we do not yet have confirmation of speakers.“
Audience: ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: C-1
Summary: Generation to Generation is a five year campaign that seeks to address the social isolation and separation between generations. This interactive presentation will explore the implementation of three main campaign strategies and how they can benefit local Villages:

  • Telling a new story about the power of uniting the generations, using traditional and social media, partnerships, research, stories and more.
  • Building a diverse, action-oriented community of people of all ages committed to creating a society where older generations standing up for kids becomes the norm.
  • Spurring innovation and spread best practices for involving people over 50 in the lives of children and youth.The presentation includes findings from several Villages that collaborated with the Gen to Gen campaign to develop pilot initiatives engaging older adults to help young people thrive.

Hands on strategies to enhance diversity outreach in your community
Presented By: Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services,Village of Takoma Park. Silver Spring Village
Speakers: Pazit Aviv, Wolfgang Mergner, Marcy Frosh
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: C-2
Summary: Many Villages aspire to better representation of their community’s demographics in their Village but it is easier said than done. This workshop will dive deep into the reasons this is such a challenge and present two case study for success. Participants will discuss their own Villages in small groups to brainstorm solutions.

Supporting Diversity in Villages
Presented By: Kerikeri Village Trust- New Zealand, Hauora Manawa Aotearoa
Speakers: John Baird, Paulina Baird, Claudia John
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: C-3
Summary: We all manage a balance between diversity and conformity within our Villages. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore your own uniqueness and appreciate that of others in the room. We will also explore the strengths of people and of villages represented in the room. By celebrating our own diversity we will enable the possibility of making a more meaningful connection with diversity in our villages. We will finish by collectively imagining the future of how we will all support diversity.

The Aging and Disability Movement: Weaving Themes Together
Presented By: VtV Network, Alzheimer's Association
Speakers: Emily Miller, TBD
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: C-4
Summary: National and State trends have brought together the aging and disability movements to create a more inclusive and person-centered community. This workshop will highlight the needs, strengths of older adults and individuals with disabilities and the opportunities of working together.


Stay Calm and Prepare for the Worst: Developing a Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
Presented By: HealthBest Services, Inc
Speakers: Peggy Keller, Molly Singer
Audience: ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: D-1
Summary: Three focus areas: Overview for assessing risk, identifying resources, putting plan elements together. Applying learning where individuals, groups can frame elements of an emergency preparedness and response plan. Q&A with experts experienced in Village emergency preparedness and response plans, identify gaps, learn from mistakes. Go home inspired to create a plan.

Creating Circles: A Model to Revitalize Your Village
Presented By: Northwest Neighbors Connecting / Maryland Institute College of Art, CHAI
Speakers: Erika Rief, Esther Weiner, Lisa Budlow
Audience: OVNew, VV
Breakout: D-2
Summary: After the initial hype of forming a Village, how do you maintain momentum so that member engagement, leadership and recruitment naturally occur? Learn how Northwest Neighbors Connecting revived its waning member interest into a thriving active community.

Supporting Vulnerable Village Members: Collaborating and training Village Leadership to meet the Needs of Vulnerable Members
Presented By: Georgetown Village, Iona Senior Services, Northwest Neighbors Village, Dupont Circle Village, Palisades Village
Speakers: Lynn Golub-Rofrano, Deborah Rubinstein, Stephanie Chong, Eva Lucero, Andrea Saccoccia
Audience: VV
Breakout: D-3
Summary: During this session, Supporting Vulnerable Village Members: Training and Support for Village Leadership, we plan to train Village leadership (which can include volunteers as well as paid staff members) in an adapted version of the Capacity-Risk Model©, a groundbreaking, best practice, geriatric assessment and care management model that Iona Senior Services currently employs to great success. When members' needs exceed the help of the volunteer led services offered, Villages are often unprepared to adequately serve their members or lack the funding necessary to hire supportive staff. Yet, members expect the Village to be their primary resource and support. This workshop addresses the needs of a maturing membership and shares the strategy of three DC Villages who collaboratively received funding to hire a case manager to help support their most vulnerable members.

Bringing Death to Life in our Villages
Presented By: Ashby Village
Speakers: Andy Gaines
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: D-4
Summary: Creatively engaging mortality can vitalize a life, and a Village. Join us to preview a documentary in which world-renowned poet (and Ashby Village member) Chana Bloch shares how creativity helps her--and can empower us--to tackle end of life issues. Come away with new techniques and a plan.


Technology for Running Your Village
Presented By: Club Express and Helpful Village (separately)
Speakers: Dan Ehrmann, Manuel Acevedo, Andy Amstutz, Marie Grunwell, Dick Elkin
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: T-1
Summary: Part 1 - Led by our new ClubExpress Users Group, this session will be for current users and those thinking about using ClubExpress to share experiences and learn more about this database management solution for your Village.
Part 2 - Led by our new Helpful Village Users Group, this session will be for current HV users and those thinking about using the new Helpful Village system. Attend to learn about current status of the Users Group and to learn more about this database management solution for your Village.

Hands on Workshop: Market Your Village Using Technology
Presented By: Village to Village Network
Speakers: Yasmin Shah, Debi Howard
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: T-2
Summary: In this session you will learn the importance of social media for marketing your Village. You will learn about the various types of social media, audience you can reach, developing a social media strategy and tools you can use. You will learn best practices for administration, creating/finding content and increasing followers and engagement. This workshop will give practical tips for using LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Hands on Workshop: Setting up Facebook Groups and Pages for your Village
Presented By: Tech Moxie
Speakers: Pam Holland
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: T-3
Summary: In this session, learn the mechanics of setting up a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group for your Village. Learn the differences between a Page and a Group, how to administer them, and best practices for gaining followers and engagement.

Using Adobe Spark for Posts, Presentations and Videos
Presented By: Village to Village Network
Speakers: Travis Mowers
Audience: N, ID, OVNew, VV
Breakout: T-4
Summary: This session will introduce you to a free resource called Adobe Spark, which you can use to create social media posts, graphics, web stories and animated videos. Bring your laptop and follow along live, or just watch and become inspired to be more creative with digital media. Adobe Spark makes it easier to get professional-looking results with templates, filters and examples.