Upcoming Lectures

March 9, 2012
Environmental and Communication Assessment for Dementia
Speaker: Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association
Columbus, OH

March 9, 2012
Using the Environment to Support Effective Communication in Residents with Dementia
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
AMDA
San Antonio, TX

March 30, 2012
Can You Hear Me Now? Environmental Supports to Effective Communication for Individuals with Dementia?
Speaker: Margaret Calkins & Jon Sanford
American Society on Aging
Washington, DC

March 30, 2012
Evidence-Based Online Education in Home Modifications
Speaker: Margaret Calkins & Jon Sanford
American Society on Aging
Washington, DC

April 28, 2012
Person-Environment Fit: Designs for Optimal Living
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
Environments for Aging
Orlando, FL

April 28, 2012
Regulatory Change and Culture Change—Working
Speaker: Margaret Calkins & Robert Mayer
Environments for Aging
Orlando, FL

April 28, 2012
Let’s Do it Outside: A SAGE Discussion on the Benefits of Going “Au Naturale”
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
Environments for Aging
Orlando, FL

June 4, 2012
Existing and Emerging Technologies for Staying Independent
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
University of Kentucky 29th Annual Summer Series on Aging

June 4, 2012
Meal Time Matters: Supporting Intake and Functioning in Dementia
Speaker: Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC, SLP
University of Kentucky 29th Annual Summer Series on Aging

August 7, 2012
Show ‘em that your program works!
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
Pioneer Network
Jacksonville, FL

Oct. 22, 2012
“This is my house”: What it takes to create households in long-term care
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
Leading Age Annual Conference
Denver, CO

November 16, 2012
Dying Well: Case Studies Examples of Thoughtful Dying
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
Gerontological Society of America
San Diego, CA

Past Lectures

November 17-24, 2011
Environmental Interventions for Dementia
Speaker: Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
San Diego, CA

August 1-4, 2011
Using the Environment to Support Communication
Speaker: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
Pioneer Network Annual Conference
St. Louis, MO

August 1-4, 2011
Not Your Grandmother’s Codes
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
Pioneer Network Annual Conference
St. Louis, MO

July 16-21, 2011
The Communication Toolkit
Speaker: Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease
Paris, France

May 27, 2011
Barriers to Technology Adoption
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference
Chicago IL
Click to download - Technology Adoption.pdf

May 25, 2011
Person-Centered Design in Healthcare: Building Connections
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
Full Day Intensive
Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference
Chicago IL
Click to download - Combined Presentations.pdf

April 27, 2011
What Constitutes Evidence-Based Practice: Reconciling Researchers and Practitioner’s Views
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
American Society on Aging Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA

March 21, 2011
It takes a Village to Age in Place and
Evidence-Based Design for Individuals with Dementia- What’s the Latest Evidence

Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
Environments for Aging 2011
Atlanta, GA

March 4, 2011
Designing to make the moments count (Keynote address) and
Lower Cost Design Solutions to Support Person-Centered Car
e
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
Connecticut Assisted Living Association
Hartford, CT

August 9-11, 2010
Using the Environment to Improve the Dining Experience
Speaker: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
Pioneer Network Annual Conference
Indianapolis, IN

June 10, 2010
The national Long-Term Care Life Safety Task Force: Working together to enhance the quality of life of nursing home residents through recommended NFPA 101 revisions
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
National Fire Protection Association
Las Vegas, NV

March 17, 2010
Grant-Makers Forum: What you need to know to put together a successful proposal
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
American Society on Aging
Chicago, IL

March 16, 2010
Where can I find it and how and why should I use it? Technology Resources and Barriers to Adoption
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
American Society on Aging
Chicago, IL

March 4, 2010
CMS Interpretive Guidelines and Life Safety Code Update
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
California Culture Change Coalition
Garden Grove, CA

March 4, 2010
Modifying your environment to support culture change
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
California Culture Change Coalition
Garden Grove, CA

March 2, 2010
CMS Interpretive Guidelines and Life Safety Code Update
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
California Culture Change Coalition
San Francisco, CA

March 2, 2010
Modifying your environment to support culture change
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
California Culture Change Coalition
San Francisco, CA

November 23, 2009
Not to be Overlooked: The importance of the physical environment for people with dementia
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
Gerontological Society of America
Atlanta, GA

November 22, 2009
Using multiple qualitative methods for exploratory research
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
Gerontological Society of America
Atlanta, GA

November 11, 2009
Weinberg Terrace: A post-occupancy evaluation
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
AAHSA Annual Convention and Exposition
Chicago, IL

November 4, 2009
Environmental Strategies for staying at home
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
Keynote address, Aging Your Way Conference, sponsored by the Benjamin Rose Institute
Cleveland, OH

November 2, 2009
Technologies for staying at home safely
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
Edna Gates 20th Annual Conference
Flint, MI

October 15, 2009
Modifying your Existing Environment to Support Culture Change
It’s OK for “them” to share a room, but I want a private room: Exploring the life cycle costs of private versus shared bedrooms.
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
Maine Health Care Association Fall HealthCare Conference & Expo
Rockport, Maine

October 7, 2009
Senior-Friendly Hospital Design
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
Webinar hosted by NICHE: Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders

August 12, 2009
The Role of the Environment is Person-Centered Care
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins
Pioneer Network 9th Annual Conference
Little Rock, Arkansas

August 13, 2009
An Inclusive Approach to Establishing Person-Centered Environments in Urban Settings
Speakers: Lesley Halliday and Jennifer Brush
Pioneer Network 9th Annual Conference
Little Rock, Arkansas

July 22, 2009
Exploring the life-cycle costs of private versus shared bedrooms in nursing homes.
Speaker: Margaret Calkins PhD
International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
London, England

Evidence based research regarding the efficacy of private resident rooms in a long term care setting has, until now been non-existent. This session reports the results of a study that examined the economic, clinical, operational and psychosocial correlates of private versus shared bedrooms.

June 19-21, 2009
Dysphagia in the elderly: Choosing effective interventions to ensure positive treatment outcomes

Speakers: Logemann, Shaker, Hind, Graner, Coyle, Daniels, and Brush
Sponsored by Northern Speech Services
San Francisco, CA

June 22, 2009
Evidence-Based Dementia Design
Speaker: Margaret Calkins

This lecture provides an overview of evidence-based design issues in environments for individuals with dementia.

May 27-31, 2009
The GREEN HOUSE® Design Charrette
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
Environmental Design Research Association
Kansas City, MO

This session will feature the award winning entries which reflect the values and vision of The Green House® project, demonstrating that a nursing home can be a place people want to call home.

 May 27-31, 2009
Environmental Modifications to assist individuals with dementia: Current research
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
Environmental Design Research Association
Kansas City, MO

This session presents results from two separate studies on creating supportive environments for people with dementia.  The first project, An Assistive Wardrobe to support Dressing Independence, tested the effects of a specially designed closet to make it easier for resident to access their clothes independently.  In additional to results, challenges to be discussed included data collection techniques and difficulties changing staff behavior.  The second project,  Environmental Modifications to Improve Continence in Individuals with Dementia, explored the differential impact of enhanced contrast and  visual accessibility to the toilet on bathroom use.  Again, in addition to results, we will discuss data collection and project implementation challenges. 

May 6, 2009
Technology Integration into Home Environments
Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
Transforming Fall Prevention Practices, USF and James Haley Veteran’s Hospital
Clearwater, FL

This intensive will examine technologies for home environments to prevent falls.

May 4, 2009
Fall Prevention in Persons with Dementia: Challenges and Solutions
Speakers: Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, Margaret Calkins, PhD
Transforming Fall Prevention Practices, USF and James Haley Veteran’s Hospital
Clearwater, FL

This pre-conference will provide information about risk factors for falls caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other progressive dementias and describe strategies and programs for all stages of dementia that can be used to prevent falls and falls-related injuries.

April 20-22, 2009
Exploring the life-cycle costs of private versus shared bedrooms in nursing homes.
Speaker: Margaret Calkins PhD
AAHSA Future of Aging Services Conference
Washington DC

Evidence based research regarding the efficacy of private resident rooms in a long term care setting has, until now been non-existent. This session reports the results of a study that examined the economic, clinical, operational and psychosocial correlates of private versus shared bedrooms.

April 9, 2009
Creating Person-Centered Care Environments in Your Existing Building
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
KAHSA Spring Convention
Wichita, Kansas

Many nursing home buildings were built 20 to 30 years ago, when philosophies and models of care were different.  If replacing older buildings isn’t feasible, what are the most effective strategies for remodeling a building to reflect? This 2 part session examines the changes providers are making to their environments as they embrace culture change.   The first session explores the core concepts that are central to creating self-directed relationship-based care settings, including ways to create households and neighborhoods, increase privacy, and a sense of being at home.  The second session addresses elements to support engagement in meaningful activities, enhancing mealtimes, improve the bathing experience, and encouraging active participation in decision making.Click here to view handout.

March 31, 2009
THE GREEN HOUSE © Design Charrette
Speakers:
Margaret Calkins, PhD,
Anna Ortigara, The Green House Replication Project
Robert Jenkins, The Green House Replication Project
Environments for Aging ‘09
Boston MA

THE GREEN HOUSE model creates a small intentional community for a group of elders and staff and focuses on life and the relationships that flourish there. A radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities, The Green House rethinks facility size, interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional services. It serves as a place where elders receive assistance and support with activities of daily living and clinical care, without the assistance and care becoming the focus of their existence. In 2008, The Green House Replication Project sponsored a design charrette to explore ways the built environment can support The Green House values. This session will highlight award winning projects, discussing differences between rural, suburban, and urban solutions.

March 31, 2009
Connected Households versus Freestanding Houses: Pros and Cons
Speaker:
Margaret Calkins, PhD,  
Environments for Aging ‘09
Boston MA

We are past the days when we think a 60-bed unit is the best way to design a nursing home. Households of 9 to 19 are becoming the norm. Some would argue that the power of entering a free-standing house is so commanding that it is the only way to create the sense of being at home. Others argue that the benefits of connecting households — with easier access to a broader range of spaces, people and events — outweigh the nonresidential scale of the building. This session will use experiential exercises and case study examples to explore the pros and cons of both the connected household and free-standing house models in creating home.

March 30, 2009
What Constitutes Research?
Facilitators: Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., Director of Research,  The Center for Health Design
Margaret Calkins, PhD
Environments for Aging ‘09
Boston MA

As evidence based design grows as a field and dialogue about the use of research and evidence in the building design process continues, the question arises — what really constitutes research?  Design teams typically rely on multiple sources of information — including best practices, benchmarking visits, observations of current practice and research literature. How should one weigh these different sources of information for their credibility and relevance to the project at hand? Can practitioners do research? These questions and more will be discussed!

March 28, 2009
Memory Matters and Using the Environment to Support Communication and Swallowing
Speaker: Jennifer A. Brush
Indiana Speech and Hearing Association Conference
Indianapolis, IN

March 18, 2009
How do you count episodes of incontinence?
Speaker: Margaret Calkins
American Society on Aging 2009 Annual Conference
Los Vegas, NV

Urinary incontinence is a significant problem resulting in stress and burden for families and professional caregivers, and has significant cost implications. A variety of different interventions to help manage continence have been developed, from reminders and training programs to environmental interventions, but in order to evaluate them, it is necessary to be able to assess or count episodes of continence.  Increasingly researchers and care communities are using technologies to capture data about daily events, such as ADLs and activities.  While a variety of technologies exist on the market, implementing them into real settings of presents challenges.  This session takes one behavior—using the bathroom—and describes the challenges of accurately assessing continence. 

March 17, 2009
Ethics of Monitoring Systems
Speakers: Margaret Calkins and Arthur Fisk
American Society on Aging 2009 Annual Conference
Los Vegas, NV

Remote monitoring is becoming increasingly popular, both in community settings and for research purposes.  From use of audio/video-recording to motion trackers to simple event counters, different technologies vary dramatically in what type of information they capture, and how identifiable the individual is. This session explores issues relating to the use of remote monitoring systems, how their use may differ when used for research vs as a system to support continued independence in the community, and differences between elders and their family member’s comfort with different systems.

 November 20-22, 2008
Creating Successful Mealtimes
Speakers: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC/SLP
American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference
Chicago, IL

This seminar discusses promotion of functional abilities to increase healthy intake during meals in clients who may or may not have dysphagia

 September 13, 2008 and October 18, 2008
Creating Successful Mealtimes
Speakers: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC/SLP
Northern Speech Services CEU Workshop, go to www.nrs-nss.com for more information
Cincinnati, OH and Boston MA

This seminar discusses promotion of functional abilities to increase healthy intake during meals in clients who may or may not have dysphagia.  Innovative approaches to assessment, intervention, food service, programming and staff training will be presented.  Participants will leave with strategies for improving oral intake that can be implemented in long-term care or other settings serving older adults. 

August 27, 2008
Environmental Modifications to Manage Continence in People with Dementia
Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins, PhD
Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Conference
Garden Grove, CA

This session explore the differential impacts of three distinct but related interventions on continence in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  The interventions included high toilet contrast with the floor, contrast with the walls, and increased visibility (modified door), on people with different levels of dementia in different settings—home, assisted living and nursing home. 

June 16, 2008: full day workshop
 Creating Supportive Care Settings for People with Dementia.
 Speaker: Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
 Taiwan Alzheimer's Disease Association
 Taipei, Taiwan

This all day workshop will help care providers understand environmental principles of residential design and resident-centered care for people without dementia as well as people with dementia. It will help the participants learn how to use the environment to achieve key therapeutic goals, such as privacy, meaningful social interaction, and functional independence. Finally, it will address specific practices that can be followed to being the change process within a facility, including learning circles and coaching staff.

 June 15, 2008; 9:00 – 10:00 am
 Keynote Address: Evidence-Based Design for People with Dementia
 Speaker: Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
 11th Asia-Pacific Regional conference of Alzheimer's Disease International
 Taipei, Taiwan

 Design affects the functional and emotional state of individuals with dementia. From unit size
 and configuration to the design of bedrooms and toilets, there is a host of evidence-based
 information about ways to create supportive environments for this population. Results show
 that design impacts agitation, restlessness, sleep, as well as functional abilities such as
 eating and continence. This Keynote Address summarizes the latest research-based information
 about design of shared residential settings for people with dementia, for both new construction
 and even modest renovation projects. Case study and graphic illustrations will be used to
 illustrate each result.

May 19, 2008
 ACHCA, Sage Long Term Care Environments
 Speaker: Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
 Handouts

 April 27-30, 2008
 Meal Time Matters
 Speaker: Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
 National Council on Aging/American Society on Aging Joint Conference
 Washington DC

This project developed and evaluated a training program to build skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. Reports have shown that inadequate staff training is one of the main factors that leads to malnutrition and dehydration. Research has confirmed that that many CNAs lack dysphagia and feeding knowledge despite current training curriculum. Session covers key content areas that CNAs need to know about and includes two interactive demonstration activities.

 April 19, 2008; 8:00 am-4:00 pm
 Successful Methods to Increase Oral Intake in Older Adults Living in Long Term Care
 Speakers: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC/SLP
 CEU workshop for Northern Speech Services
 Cleveland, OH

 This workshop is for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and
 nurses who work with older adults and want to learn more about promoting functional
 abilities and increasing healthy intake during meals. Innovative approaches to assessment,
 intervention, and food service will be discussed. Leave with strategies for improving oral
 intake that you can implement in the long term care or other setting serving older adults.

 April 5, 2008; 11:00 am-12:30 pm
 Environmental Interventions to Improve Communication and Care in People with Dementia
 Speaker: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
 ASHA Health Care/ Business Institute Conference
 St. Louis, MO

 Changes in the physical environment and the way things are done can significantly support
 or impede communication success in persons with dementia. This session focuses on
 environmental factors and presents evidence-based interventions to improve individuals'
 participation in conversations and daily activities.

 April 5, 2008; 2:00-3:30 pm
 Environmental Interventions to Improve Food Intake in People with Dementia
 Speaker: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
 ASHA Health Care/ Business Institute Conference
 St. Louis, MO

 This session examines environmental barriers and facilitators to oral intake and meal
 participation for people with dementia. By manipulating the physical environment and
 how food is prepared and presented, you may provide significant support for clients'
 swallowing goals without attempting to change their behavior. The emphasis is on
 evidence-based approaches that can be adapted to various environments.

 April 3, 2008
 Can You Afford NOT to Build Private Rooms?
 Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D.
 Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and Pioneer Network
 Baltimore, MD

 Evidence based research regarding the efficacy of private resident rooms in a long term
 care setting has, until now been non-existent. This program reveals the economic, clinical
 and psychosocial results of the Commonwealth Fund sponsored research on this hotly
 debated issue that has far-reaching ramifications for the sustainability of resources as well
 as quality of life of elderly individuals and the staff who care for them.

 April 3, 2008
 Home vs: Homelike: Can You Really Re-Create Home?
 Speakers: Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D. and Dr. Lois Cutler, University of Minnesota.
 Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and Pioneer Network
 Baltimore, MD

 The debate about what makes a place feel like home, and whether a nursing home can
 ever really be experienced as "home" has been raging for a decade. Home is clearly
 more than carpeting and chintz, but what does it take to create home, and how well does
 Tag 252 capture the essence of home?

 April 2, 2008; 2:00 - 3:30 pm
 Creating Person-Centered Care Environments in Your Existing Building
 Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D.
 Life Services Network
 Chicago, IL.

 Whether you call it culture change, resident-directed care or person centered care, there
 are several core concepts that reflect a person-centered approach to care. This session
 helps participants understand strategies for creating smaller households and
 neighborhoods within existing buildings, and explore ways to structure daily routines
 around the residents' preferences.

 April 2, 2008; 8:00 - 10:00 am
 Dementia Care Environments: Tools for Well-Being
 Speaker: Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D.
 Life Services Network
 Chicago, IL.

 This session explores the ways in which the environment supports the well-being of people with
 dementia, particularly focusing on supporting identity, enhancing comfort and enabling familiar
 routines. Examples will be drawn from both new construction and renovation projects. Open
 ended discussion will explore how participants can create an environment to support well-being.

 November 28, 2007
 Improving Communication, Memory, and ADLs for People with Dementia - free CEU seminar for healthcare professionals
8:00-9:30am
 Speaker: Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
 Harbor Court Retirement Community, Rocky River, OH

 For more information call Patrick Robinette at Harbor Court 440-356-2282

November 20, 2007
 Modifying the Home to Support Safety and Independence of Older Adults
 Speakers: Margaret Calkins, PhD, Anna Nguyen, OTRD, Jon Pynoos, PhD, and Jon Sanford, MArch
 Scientific Meeting of the Gerontologial Society of America
 San Francisco, CA

 November 19, 2007
 Speaker: Margaret Calkins, PhD
 Scientific Meeting of the Gerontologial Society of America
 San Francisco, CA

 November 15, 2007
 Environmental interventions: Improving communication and care in people with dementia
 10:30-11:30am 

 Speakers: Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP and Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC/SLP
 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention
 Boston, MA

 November 15, 2007
 More Than Just A Disorder:  Promoting Personhood in Adult Treatment
 8:00-10:00am 

 Speakers: Steven Sabat, Barbara Shadden, Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP and Margaret Calkins, PhD
 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention
 Boston, MA


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