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1:30 - 4:00 pm | ARTSINSPIRE
sponsored by Communities of Faith RRG

Join us as we celebrate the 27th year of LeadingAge Texas’ annual art contest and exhibit! ArtsInspire™ showcases the artistic skills of residents of LeadingAge Texas member communities. With nearly 200 submissions, this year’s awards will honor some of the most talented aging Texans from across the state. Join us at 1:30 pm for a reception to toast and meet the artists, then for the awards ceremony set to begin at 2:00 pm.

Before the ceremony and throughout your time at the conference, take a moment to stroll through the exhibition and view the prize-winning works. Every year, ArtsInspire™ features a variety of artistic achievements, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, woodwork, and even poetry and prose. The exhibition will be on display in the foyer near registration through Tuesday.

1:30 - 4:30 pm | MEMBER SITE VISIT

After seeing the need for affordable and independent senior living in Austin, Family Eldercare opened Lyons Gardens in October 2004. This senior housing community is an award-winning model providing housing options and services to low-income seniors.

Visit this 54-unit community offering residents one-bedroom apartments, an expansive interior courtyard, and accessible community areas. Learn how residents of Lyons Gardens have access to health care services, educational and social programs, as well as volunteer activities through innovative programming and community partnerships.

Discover the diverse array of services Family Eldercare has offered Central Texas seniors since 1982 - supporting older Texans and their caregivers through a variety of programs designed to prevent abuse and neglect, while promoting the health, well-being, and dignity of elders, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers.


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As a nurse, your role as a leader, a manager, and a mentor is valuable to the growth and welfare of your organization. Long-term care today is plagued by the constant turnover of nursing staff, from charge nurses to managers to directors. With the myriad regulatory requirements of long-term care, daily operations are generally the focus of nurses’ attention, frequently at the expense of opportunities to develop the management skills necessary to successfully lead a team.

Experts in the field will walk nurse leaders through this conference intensive, diving into practical solutions for rising above the day-to-day details, allowing them to better lead their staff and provide exceptional resident care:

  • Unleash the Leader & Mentor in You
    Pearl Merritt, Professor, TTUHSC – School of Nursing
  • Maintaining Quality
    Kim Cook, AVP – Clinical Services, Christian Care Centers
  • A Balancing Act: Nursing Budget & Smart Staffing
    Yvonne Seifert, Director of Clinical Services, Methodist Retirement Communities
    Vickie Ragsdale, President, Ragsdale Senior Care Consulting

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6 - 7:30 pm | CONFERENCE KICK-OFF RECEPTION [featuring EIA Wine Toss]
co-sponsored by Ben E. Keith Foods, Forbo Flooring Systems, Gulf Coast Paper, Mueller Prost & Value First

A bird, a plane, a new superhero in town? That's right - this year's Kick-Off Reception is superhero-themed as we pay tribute to you, our aging services superheroes! Even teams like The Fantastic Four & The Guardians of the Galaxy need a break every now and then to relax & recharge. So, kick back with your team & other allies while you enjoy eats & treats while listening to the sounds of The Grace Pettis Band. Don’t forget to use your powers for good at the EIA Wine Toss!

Remember to hydrate to dominate! The relaxed setting of a golf course allows for great conversation, but we know it’s not always easy to carve out the time to meet up with your favorite vendors on the fairway – so, we’re bringing the golf course – of sorts – to you at the Kick-Off Reception! Come play putt-putt while you chat with top-notch Value First Vendors & come away with your very own conference-themed water bottle.”Superhero gear encouraged.


8:30 - 9 am | CAFFEINATED CONVERSATIONS [networking + coffee]

sponsored by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

with Larry Johnson

While on a bicycling vacation in 2003, CJ Johnson, the wife of speaker Larry Johnson was involved in an accident that changed their world. Moving over time from intensive care to skilled nursing facilities to home health, CJ and Larry experienced first-hand what it’s like to be served by caretakers, technicians, nurses, doctors, therapists, and administrators. Today, Larry is CJ’s primary caregiver and he travels the country sharing the story of their journey through CJ’s health crisis and sharing the hard-won lessons they’ve learned.

Before starting his own consulting and training company in 1986, Larry Johnson worked for three years as a program director for an in-patient psychiatric hospital and for three years as a training coordinator for a chain of psychiatric hospitals. He now speaks to healthcare and non-healthcare organizations around the world on a variety of management and leadership topics.

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10:30 am - 12 pm | CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1A - 1H 

 [view sessions 1A - 1H]


co-sponsored by Greystone, RehabCare, & USI Southwest

Join us for lunch as we honor those who have made a commitment to the field of aging services and have achieved excellence in their organizations - 2017 Award Winners will be honored and the Leadership Institute Class of 2016-2017 will be recognized. The 2017-2018 LeadingAge Texas officers and board members will be elected during a short membership meeting. In addition, Alan Graham, CEO, President & Co-founder, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is sure to inspire as our guest speaker.

2:15 - 3:45 pm | CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2A - 2H 

3:45 - 5:45 pm | SOLUTIONS EXPO

co-sponsored by
AFFLINK & Amerigroup Insurance Co. (TX)

With 100+ exhibitors, the Solutions EXPO Grand Opening is a great chance to blend business and fun! Enjoy refreshments, live music from Josh Klaus, and prizes as you make your way through the EXPO and discover the latest products and services to help you and your organization grow.


8:30 - 10 am | NETWORKING BREAKFASTS [view breakfast sessions]

Networking breakfasts are a wonderful opportunity to exchange information and ideas with your professional peers from around the state! Most breakfasts feature 30 minutes of networking time, followed by an hour-long presentation that qualifies for continuing education credit. Breakfasts are open to all registered attendees at no additional cost, but pre-registration is required.

10:30 am - 12 pm | CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3A - 3H 

12 - 2 pm | SOLUTIONS EXPO
co-sponsored by Mckesson Medical-Surgical & UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Join us for lunch in the Solutions EXPO to thank our sponsors and exhibitors and take advantage of your final opportunity to chat with vendors, seal that deal you've been working on, & even grab a giveaway for the office.

2:15 - 3:45 pm | CONCURRENT SESSIONS 4A - 4H 

6 - 8:30 pm | ANNUAL BANQUET
sponsored by Ziegler

Join us for dinner and live music from The Grace Pettis Band as LeadingAge Texas honors the individuals and organizations who positively impact your communities, staff, and residents. 2017-2018 LeadingAge Texas officers will also be installed. Cocktail attire is appropriate.


8:30 - 10 am| CONCURRENT SESSIONS 5A - 5D

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION | 10:15 - 11:45 am
sponsored by Cigna

with 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, this presentation is sure to inspire, provoke, and challenge some of your firmest beliefs about leadership and its role in a senior living 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 elders and those who care for them.

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Contact Melanie Harrison, Director of Education

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Help us extend our gratitude to these supporters of LeadingAge Texas & our 2017 Annual Conference!

learn more about our ANNUAL PARTNERS

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Amerigroup Insurance Co. (TX)
Baker Donelson
Ben E. Keith Foods
Communities of Faith RRG
Forbo Flooring Systems

Gulf Coast Paper Co.
HJ Sims
Infinity Pharmacy
Macdonald Resnevic, PLLC
McKesson Medical-Surgical
Mueller Prost

RXPERTS Pharmacy
Select Rehabilitation, Inc.
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
USI Southwest
Value First

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