Keynote Presentations

Opening Keynote Presentation: “Dementia Beyond Disease”
G. Allen Power, MD, FACP
Schlegel Chair for Innovation in Aging and Dementia

Schlegel–U. Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

This presentation will describe the drawbacks of a narrow biomedical view of dementia, and explore an alternate “experiential” model for viewing cognitive change. A framework will be described of seven domains of well-being, which provides a pathway for a proactive, strengths-based framework for care. This framework will help create sustained success with engaging people living with dementia, understanding distress, and eliminating the use of potentially harmful psychotropic medications in all living environments.

Biography: G. Allen Power is an internist, geriatrician, and the newly appointed Schlegel Chair for Innovation in Aging and Dementia at the Schlegel—University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, NY, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

Dr. Power’s book, Dementia beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. He served on the technical advisory panel for the U. S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their national antipsychotic reduction initiative. Dr. Power was interviewed for the film Alive Inside, winner of the Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He also was a member the Scientific Program Committee  and a Keynote speaker for Alzheimer’s Disease International 2015 in Perth, Western Australia.Dr. Power was named one of “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine in May 2013. His second book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being was released by Health Professions Press in June 2014 and the second edition of Dementia Beyond Drugs was released in October 2016.

Dr. Power also has a 20-year history working in culture change in elder care. He is an Eden Alternative educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors, and also helped develop St. John’s Penfield Green House homes—the only community-integrated Green House homes in the US.

Afternoon Keynote Presentation: Building a Self-Directed Life
Steve Shields
CEO, Action Pact

A conversation about building on the base of transformational culture and expanding its boundaries in a climate when reimbursement brings limited imagination.

Biography: Steve Shields is Co-Founder and CEO of Action Pact with offices in Kansas City and Manhattan, KS, Atlanta, GA, Milwaukee, WI and Kolkata, India. Action Pact has become an international comprehensive senior living firm with services including architecture, project development, financial modeling, operations consulting and fund sourcing. In addition, Action Pact owns its own senior living campuses, the first of which opened in July 2015 in Kansas City, KS to be followed by another in Topeka, KS and another in Liberty, MO. Action Pact is known globally for its innovation and high quality standards in senior living.

Steve is an international thought and action leader in the creation of innovative models in senior living. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop presenter on leadership and transformation in senior living and hospital care. He was formerly the President and CEO of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, KS – an internationally known senior living provider that pioneered and shaped the “Household Model” in the 1990’s under Steve’s leadership.

Steve and LaVrene Norton co-authored the book, “In Pursuit of the Sunbeam, a Practical Guide to Transformation from Institution to Household,” which is currently in its sixth printing and has sold in all 50 states and numerous foreign countries. He is also the co-author of “The Household Model Business Case,” a definitive work establishing viability of this model in long-term care.

Steve is an emeritus board member of the Fort Hays State University Foundation, a founder of the Pioneer Network of Rochester, NY and has served on many local, state and national boards. Steve also taught leadership in long-term care for 17 years at Kansas State University.

Closing Keynote Presentation: “Leadership: Dealing in Hope”
Nancy Fox
Chief Innovation Officer, Vivage Senior Living

These are both exciting and challenging times for eldercare.  The leaders who are able to inspire hope in the face of the coming challenges will bring us into a new era.  In this closing keynote session, Nancy Fox, brings us a compelling image of the leadership necessary for creating true caring communities where residents, staff and families can experience fulfillment.  Nancy has spent the last 20 years as a change agent in long-term care.  Through that experience, she has gained valuable insight into how we, as leaders, can create a world where people want to live and work.  Using powerful stories to illustrate her message, Nancy is sure to inspire, provoke, and challenge some of our firmest beliefs about leadership and its role in a care community.

Nancy Fox is the Chief Innovation Officer for Vivage Senior Living in Lakewood, Colorado.  In her role at Vivage, Nancy oversees the organization’s development of new models of care.  Most recently she led a project in partnership with the Loveland Housing Authority to develop the first Green House model replication in Colorado.  Nancy also serves on the Leadership Team at Vivage, encouraging and informing future planning in innovative models of care, programs, and services.  Prior to her current position, Nancy served as the Executive Director of the Eden Alternative, an international not-for-profit person-centered care organization.  Nancy holds a nursing home administrator’s license, and for the past 20 years, she has joined many courageous and passionate people on a journey to seek a better world for our Elders and those who care for them. She was recently appointed by the Governor of Colorado to serve on the Colorado Nursing Home Innovations Grant Board, and is a past Board Member of the Colorado Culture Change Coalition. In 2015, Nancy was awarded the Vesta Bowden Award by the Colorado Health Care Association as its highest honor in long-term care in Colorado.  Nancy is a national and international speaker and educator and has presented at many major conferences. She is the author of a book, The Journey of a Lifetime: Leadership Pathways to Culture Change in Long-Term Care, published in March, 2007.  Her second book, Lessons in Leadership for Person-Centered Elder Care is scheduled for publication by Health Professions Press in May 2017.  Her most important role, however, is grandmother to Nicolas, age 10, and Riley, age 2.