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Long-Term Care Conference 2021 – Registration is Open!

by Avila Institute Staff

July 12, 2021

Registration is OPEN!

 Join us virtually on October 11-13, 2021 for the Avila Institute of Gerontology's Annual Long-Term Care Conference!

Ministering to elders amid a global pandemic permeating with uncertainty is not for the faint of heart. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, long-term care has faced challenges that it could not have anticipated. We are grateful to those in long-term care who united to protect and provide for the elderly. As the educational arm of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, we strive to support you in your ministry by responding to your education needs and interests.

The Avila Institute of Gerontology invites you to join us for our annual Long-Term Care Conference, entitled, "Calm After the Storm: A Caregiver's Parachute to Safety", where we will provide education in areas that will support you in adjusting and thriving in our new, post-pandemic (hopefully permanent) reality in the eldercare space. The event will cover areas such as palliative care, aging and dementia, regulatory and enforcement criteria due to the pandemic, cultivating a healthy lifestyle, and developing a resilient mindset in these ever-changing times. See below for more information.

This conference is recommended for Administrators, Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Recreational Therapists, Catholic Chaplains and all other healthcare professionals.

Conference Schedule

Click the session title for more information or the speaker's picture for their biography.

Day 1

Fr. Myles Sheehan

SJ, MD, Assistant to the Provincial for Senior Jesuits, USA Northeast Province of Jesuits

Dr. Gregg VandeKieft

MD, Medical Director for Palliative Care, Providence Institute for Human Caring

Dr. Betty Ferrell

PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, Director and Professor, Nursing Research & Education; Associate Director, Cancer Center, City of Hope National Medical Center

Day 2

Janet Feldkamp

RN, BSN, LNHA, CHC, JD, Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

Julie Trocchio

RN, BSN, MS, Senior Director, Community Benefit and Senior Care, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Day 3

Francis Battisti

PhD, Principal, Battisti Management Affiliates

Helen Battisti

PhD, RN, CDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Endwell Family Physicians

Alfred Norwood

BS, MBA, Faculty, Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.

Click here to view or download our full conference program.

Continuing Education

Participants may be eligible to earn up to 10.0 continuing education credit hours based on attendance. Click here for up-to-date credit information for Administrators, Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Recreational Therapists, and Catholic Chaplains.


All participants must watch each session in its entirety and complete an evaluation form for each to earn credit hours. Please email support@avilainstitute.org with any questions. Updates on pending approvals will be provided here on our website and via email.

For more information, click the link to the conference page here.

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