The 2018 SeniorsStrong Summit

SeniorsStrong Summit 2018 by the Mystic Geriatrics Institute

SeniorsStrong 2018 Summit

Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:30am – 1 pm at the Mystic Marriott Grand Ballroom

Be Prepared – Knowledge is Power!

The SeniorsStrong Summit is committed to enhancing community resources and improving the health, wellness, and quality of life for seniors. Join us for this annual conference designed for seniors and their family members, caregivers, and regional health and wellness service providers. The keynote address will be on expanded features and guidelines for effective living wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney for health.

Keynote Address

Are You Ready? How to Receive The Care You Want

Stay in charge of your healthcare even when you can’t speak for yourself. This thought-provoking session will start you thinking about what kind of care, and at what intensity, you may want for yourself — and how to let others know your wishes. Learn about healthcare representatives, healthcare proxy, goals of care, living wills, and how to start the conversation with your family and healthcare providers.

Vivian Argento, M.D. is the Executive Director for the Geriatric and Palliative Care Service Line at Bridgeport Hospital. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has attained fellowship status in the American Geriatrics Society.


Registration and coffee begin at 8:30 AM.

9:00 – 9:15: Summit Opening General Session – Grand Ballroom

Welcome: Rob Simmons, First Selectman, Town of Stonington

Introduction: Casey McGannon, MGI Board Member, Mystic Geriatrics Institute

9:15 – 10:00: Keynote Address

“How to Receive the Care You Want: Advance Directives and the New Standard”

Speaker: Vivian Argento, M.D., Yale-New Haven Health – Geriatrics and Internal Medicine

Introduction: Christopher Morren, M.D. Board Treasurer, and MGI Board Member

10:00 – 10:15: Program Break and Vendor Fair

10:15 – 11:00: Breakout Sessions – Group 1

A. “Dealing with People with Alzheimer’s Disease” Presenter: Robert Elmer

B. “Understanding your Resources as you Age” Presenters: Jean Hendren Ceddia, Esq., Elder Care Attorney, and Michelle N. Dempsey, Title XIX Specialist, LLC

C. “Stop Ageism: Recognizing and Respecting the Rights of the Elderly” Presenter: Beverly Kidder

D. “Caregiver Preparation: How to Care for an Elderly Family Member” Presenters: Vivian Argento, M.D. and Michael Feltes, M.D.

11:00 – 11:15: Program Break and Vendor Fair

11:15 – 12:00: Breakout Sessions – Group 2

A. “A Snapshot of Well-Being: Social, Emotional, and Physical Health in our Community” Presenter: Russell Melmud, Epidemiologist, Ledge Light Health District.

Contributors: Leanne Theodore and Carol Umphlett, Stonington Human Service Department

B. “Coping with Anxiety and Depression.” Presenter: Kevin Sisson, New England Center for Anxiety

C. “Person-Centered Care Management: Helping Put Care on the Right Track” Presenter: Casey McGannon, Care Manager, Sage Solutions

D. “Having the Talk of a Lifetime” Connecticut Funeral Directors Association Presenters: Edward J. Sheehy, 2018 CFDA Board President, Nicole I. Paquette, 2011 Past Board President, John F. Cascio, Executive Director

12:00 – 1:00: Luncheon “Ask the Presenter”

An interactive Question and Answer session Moderator: Robert Elmer

1:10 – 3:00: “Being Mortal”

A special presentation of the film “Being Mortal” will be presented in Breakout Room 4