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Program Presentations

Still Kicking | Confronting Ageism and Ableism in the Pandemic's Wake

Presented by Ashton Applewhite


Upon completion of this presentation, you will be able to understand:

· How we internalize negative beliefs and stereotypes about age and capacity

· What ageism and ableism have in common, where they differ, and why it matters

· The benefits to health and well-being benefits of dismantling this dual stigma.

Residential Design Considerations for Aging in Place

Presented by Brent Nyquist & Constance Johnson


Upon completion of this presentation, you will learn:

· Universal versus Disability Specific Considerations

· Understanding many typical conditions in our homes that limit our ability to age in place

· Major needs for the use of technology to assist individuals to age in place

· Outline major issues and challenges with technology used to age in place.

Social Isolation and Adopt a Grandparent Program

Presented by Tammy Mermelstein, JD, MSW & Angela Goins


Upon completion of this presentation, you will be able to:

· Learn the difference between isolation and loneliness and the impact that both have on well-being

of older adults

· Understand how having a sense of purpose translates to positive overall outcomes for older adults

· Learn about the Adopt a Grandparent program and its efforts and approach to addressing issues

of isolation and loneliness among older adults.

Efforts to Support Social Engagement in Nursing Homes During the Pandemic
Presented by Wendy Bradley, LPC-MHSP, CAADC


Upon completion of this presentation, you will be able to:

· Review basic procedures for obtaining optimal biopsy specimens

· Become familiar with various issues relating to inadequate or improper tissue sampling and specimen

collection, and understanding of how these may interfere with histopathologic interpretation

· Discuss potential diagnostic pitfalls (some with legal ramifications) that may occur because of

suboptimal biopsy request.

Resilient Caring for Caregivers and Providers
Presented by Michelle Peck, LP


Upon completion of this presentation, you will be able to:

· Apply recent research findings to clarify sympathy, empathy, compassion, and resilience.

· Describe why those who can be compassionate and resilient even in the wake of adversity and failure,

have a tremendous advantage over others.

Vulnerable Populations: Older Adults Living with Disabilities
Presented by Lex Frieden, MA, LLD


Upon completion of this presentation, participants will have knowledge of:

· The scope of need for community living supports and services.

· Alternative approaches to meeting community-based support and service needs.

· The risk of institutional living for older adults and people with disabilities.

Emerging from the Margin: The Future of LGBTQ +
Presented by Karen Fredriksen Goldsen


Upon completion of this presentation, you will be able to:

· Specify disparities in health among LGBTQ+ older adults.

· Identify key risk and protective factors impacting the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ older adults.

· Characterize key components of inclusive care when serving LGBTQ+ older adults and their families.

Panel of Communities Agencies: Navigating Patient & Client Needs
Presented by Beverly Brownlow, Katie Scott & Julia Manzo

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About Our Speakers


Ashton Applewhite, an internationally recognized expert on ageism and is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, and is a leading spokesperson for a movement to make age discrimination as unacceptable as any other prejudice.




Brent Nyquist, is a principal in the firm Atticus Architecture, is an registered architect and interior designer with more than 35 years of experience in residential design and construction. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in architecture and a bachelor of architecture from Rice University. Mr. Nyquist has taught courses on residential design and construction with the Rice University Glasscock School for more than 25 years.



Constance M. Johnson, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN, is the Lee and J.D. Jamail Distinguished Professor, Maria C. and Christopher J. Pappas Family Distinguished Chair in Nursing, Associate Dean for Research and Chair of the Department of Reseach at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Cizik School of Nursing. She is a health informaticist with interdisciplinary training in nursing and health informatics and specific training in human-computer interaction.



Tammy Mermelstein, JD, MSW, has dedicated her career to empowering others. She is currently working with the University of Houston-Downtown to establish CARE. Previously, at Care for Elders, Tammy was lead author on A Spotlight on Aging, a data report on Houston and Harris County’s older adults and the  Senior Guidance Directory, an information and resource guide, and she developed interactive presentations for professionals, older adults, and caregivers. She is Vice-Chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee, Secretary of the Harris County Area Agency on Aging's Area Plan Advisory Council, and holds leadership positions with the Houston Gerontological Society, Region 6 Adult Protective Services Board, and the Harris County Foster Grandparent Advisory Council. She is co-Chair of Houston's Age Friendly/Livable Communities Communication subcommittee. Tammy has also guest lecturer in university and graduate classes and contributed to an undergraduate social work textbook. Prior to joining Care for Elders, she developed award-winning career and financial education programs. Tammy earned her Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgia State University, her law degree from the University of Miami, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.




Angela Goins, DSW, LMSW,  is a full time Lecturer of Social Work in the Social Work Program at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Goins is currently the Co-Director and Co-founder of the Collaboratory for Aging Resources & Education (CARE) under the College of Public Service. She has been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 1996.

Dr. Goins' past work experience includes over 19 years direct frontline experience as a supervisor and investigator under the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services with Adult Protective Services. She was a case manager with the Community Attendant Services (provider care) program under the Department of Aging and Disability Services for 2 ½ years. In addition to her teaching duties, Dr. Goins continues her community work. She works part-time as a medical social worker with Home Health Care Network and part-time as a clinician doing therapy with clients at Shaunty Healing Center.




Wendy Bradley, LPC-MHSP, CAADC, is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Integration at TMF Health Quality Institute in Austin, Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor. She supports health care organizations across the United States to establish behavioral health integration and train care teams in brief interventions.




Michelle Peck, clinically practiced in all levels of care as an Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and instructed nursing students in gerontological and public health nursing. Michelle is a HeartMath® Practitioner, a Caritas Coach®, is certified by Chopra Health, and serves as a trainer for Healing Circles Global by Commonweal. She specializes in public health, compassion, peer-support groups, well-being, and resilience..




Lex Frieden, MA, LLD, is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Rehabilitation at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He also directs the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston.

Dr. Frieden is recognized as one of the founders of the independent living movement by people with disabilities and he was instrumental in conceiving and drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.




Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, is a professor and director of the Goldsen Institute, and the Health, Sexual and Gender Research Center and the Health Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the School of Social Work, University of Washington. She is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing issues of health equity, disparities, resilience, longevity, and well-being among resilient yet underserved populations. She is the principal investigator of many landmark studies, including National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS): Aging with Pride (R01), the first federally funded longitudinal study of LGBTQ midlife and older adults; Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action (IIDEA, R01), the first randomly controlled trial (RCT) for LGBTQ+ older adults living with memory loss and their care partners; and, the Global Pride Study as well as other federal, state and locally funded studies that identify factors accounting for health trajectories and longevity in underserved communities. Based on the findings of this research, she is developing and testing innovative solutions to complex social problems.

Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is author of five books and special issues and more than 100 publications in leading journals. Her research has been cited by top news sources such as the New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, NBC News, Forbes, and more than 50 international news outlets. Based on the ground-breaking nature of her work, she has received many awards, including the inaugural National Institutes of Health’s Sexual & Gender Minority Distinguished Investigator Award, PBS’s Next Avenue’s inaugural Top 50 Influencers in Aging, Gerontological Society of America’s Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Healthy Aging, and the UW-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.




Ms. Beverly D. Brownlow, has over thirty-years of experience in human services and is currently the Administration Manager for the City of Houston’s - Harris County Area Agency on Aging (HCAAA). She holds a Master's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Guidance and Counseling. Ms. Brownlow provides administrative support for HCAAA programs by ensuring contract compliance with state performance measures and interfacing with state and local administrators, network partners, stake holders, contractors and vendors.


Katie Scott, MPH, is the President of CarePartners, a nonprofit organization boasting 1,800 volunteers which provides support, education, resources, and respite to family caregivers in the Greater Houston area. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas School of Public Health and has worked in health-related nonprofit programs for over 10 years.




Julia Manzo, BA, currently holds a position as a case manager for the Catholic Charities Senior program. Her responsibilities include assessing, and managing caseloads of homebound seniors, providing monthly home visits, and advocating to meet their needs.  Julia has over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and has held positions assisting various populations including children, families, and adults with disabilities. She also has extensive experience working with disaster victims. When not advocating for seniors, Julia enjoys spending quality time with her family and her two pets. 

Julia holds a BA in Psychology from Adelphi University.