2021 CMSNE Caring for Frail Elders Conference

CMSNE 6th Caring for Frail Elders Conference

Rising to the Challenge: Transforming the care of Older Adults through innovation, education, communication and technology

4 Part Webinar series
Wednesday May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2021 – 6 PM

Sponsorship Opportunities

Links to session handouts will be sent to registered attendees 5 days prior to the presentation.

The Health Care system is ever changing but more so now with the recent pandemic. This past year has been challenging for everyone, especially for older adults, as social isolation has exacerbated the issues that individuals are already struggling with. This conference will provide you with ways to manage depression in older adults, new models and innovations in accessing care through Telehealth, different approaches to addressing Advance Care Planning and tools to help you identify and care for various forms of Dementia.

Overall Conference Objectives:

Upon completion of this series attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain the innovative approaches developed to reimagine community-based health and social care for Aging Adults.
  2. Discuss the most recent evidence-based research and guidelines regarding the treatment of depression among older adults.
  3. Discuss the impact of the pandemic on creating new opportunities for Aging Adults in their Advanced Care Planning.
  4. Cite the progress that has been made in diagnoses. treatments and interventions to different types of dementia.

Please join CMSNE for this exciting webinar series to be held Wednesdays May 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th at 6 pm. Cost for CMSNE members $50, non-CMSNE members $70 for registration to the full 4 part series.   A la Carte session option registration available.   Attend only those sessions you want, price per session is $20 CMSNE member, $30 non-CMSNE member.

Schedule includes:

May 5 – New models of accessing care for the Aging Adult Population – Panel   Moderator Irving Stackpole, RRT, MEd, President, Stackpole & Associates, Inc. Panelists include Jamie Sanford, LNHA, LCSW, Administrator at Linn Health & Rehab, Paul Lanziikos, former Executive Director of North Shore Elder Services in Massachusetts.   This session is sponsored in part by Interim NH.
Session Summary:  Case managers consistently find tremendous inequities in access to health, medical and social care and the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a system that focuses on problems, not possibilities for Aging Adults. Determined to address these issues, certain innovative providers are developing collaborations and programs to reimagine community-based health and social care.

May 12 – Clinical Guidelines to Managing Depression in Older Patients presented by Paul Fanikos, R.Ph., MPA/HA, Chief Operating Officer Alosa Health and Dominick Trombetta, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.  Research and speakers from this session are from Alosa Health  This session is sponsored by Assisted Living Locators.
Session summary: 
The goal of this activity is to provide case managers with the most recent evidence relating to the burden and diagnosing of depression in older adults as well as different treatments used to manage the condition.

May 19 – The Impact of Advanced Care Planning during the Pandemic will be presented by Emily Palmer, NP, Clinical Director, Palliative Care, Hebrew SeniorLife and Ellen M. DiPaola, Esquire, President & CEO, Honoring Choices Massachusetts. This session is sponsored in part by Hebrew SeniorLife
Session Summary:  This session will discuss the barriers experienced and new innovations developed to address the escalating need of advance care planning during the pandemic.

May 26 – Understanding the Different Dementias will be presented by nationally known speaker Teepa Snow. This session is sponsored by Benchmark Assisted Living.
Session Summary:  In recent years, significant progress has been made in differential diagnoses and in tailoring treatments and interventions to different types of dementia. Current understanding is that labeling someone as simply having “dementia” in the early stages of the condition is inadequate for best quality care management. This session will distinguish between normal cognitive changes during aging with those of abnormal brain changes. It will also provide specific and distinguishing characteristics of some of the more common forms of dementia including Alzheimers’ disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementias, and how care and expectations may need to be changed for each condition.

Conference Sponsors
Special thanks and appreciation to conference sponsors, their support has allowed CMSNE the opportunity to bring a quality educational program to our membership.  Acceptance of support from these sponsors in no way implies endorsement of their products and/or services by CMSNE, the program’s accreditation agencies and session speakers.


Special thanks to Encompass Health for the sponsorship of this series CEU’s.

Session Speakers

Ellen M. DiPaola, Esq. – Ms. DiPaola is an attorney, with a former practice concentrated in Guardianship and Conservatorship and health care planning. Ellen has worked extensively in helping adults and families create personal health care plans as a Respecting Choices Certified Instructor.  She is an appointed member of the Department of Public Health Palliative Care & Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council, chairs the Health Care Planning and MOLST Sub-Committee. Ellen is a certified Mediator, and is an experienced advocate for the rights of adults with cognitive challenges.

Paul Fanikos, R.Ph., MPA/HA is the Chief Operating Officer at Alosa Health.  Alosa Health and is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the organization’s academic detailing programs and services. Paul has more than 30 years’ experience directing disease and pharmaceutical educational programs that are focused on improving patient outcomes and cost avoidance. Paul has held leadership roles with the country’s largest pharmacy providers and pharmaceutical companies developing innovative solutions to challenges that impact clinicians, health systems, extended care facilities as well as homecare programs across the country. Paul received his pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and his Master’s degree from Suffolk University.
Paul Lanzikos, BA, MBA  Former Executive Director at North Shore Elder Services

From 2004 until July 2019, Paul Lanzikos served as the Executive Director of North Shore Elder Services, Inc., a not for profit aging service agency that functions as a state-funded Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) and a federally-funded Area Agency on Aging. He has held many positions in organizations addressing the health, housing, and service needs of older adults. During the last term of Governor Michael Dukakis he was the Cabinet Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. From 2018 until October 2019, he served as a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council appointed by Governors Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker.

He has almost fifty years’ experience in designing, implementing, analyzing, and managing programs serving older adults. Testifying before Congressional panels, federal executive agencies, and state legislative bodies, Mr. Lanzikos has contributed to elder care policy and program development at the state and national levels. Mr. Lanzikos has held faculty appointments in the graduate health care management programs at Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts and at St. Joseph’s College, Windham, Maine.

Mr. Lanzikos received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Boston College. He earned a Masters in Business Administration with a certificate in health care management from Boston University. In May 2015, he was awarded a Doctorate in Humane Letters, honoris causa, by Salem State University. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Leader Award in 2011 presented by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Beverly, Massachusetts with his wife, Suzanne, his son, Sasha, and his daughter, Tema.

Emily Palmer NP is the Clinical Director of Palliative Care at Hebrew SeniorLife, an integrated system of health care, senior living, research, and teaching that serves more than 3,000 Greater Boston seniors each day. She has specific interest in developing innovative models of care to support choice and well-being for community-dwelling older adults. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Jamie Sanford, LNHA, LCSW is project champion for the Linn Health Navigator, a program so innovative it won a $1 million CARES Act grant. In her day job, she is the Administrator of Linn Health & Rehabilitation in East Providence Rhode Island and has years of medical social work in long term care,  hospital, and hospice settings. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  As a Social Worker, she has extensive experience providing individual assessments, treatment planning, and family support.  Jamie holds an MA In Social Work and a BA in Psychology, both from Bridgewater State University.
Teepa Snow is an Occupational Therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. Her experiences led her to the development of the GEMS® State Model, for understanding the progression of dementia, and the Positive Approach® training strategies. Her company, Positive Approach to Care® (PAC) provides online and in-person education and products. Teepa presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences throughout the world.
Irving Stackpole Utilizing over thirty years of experience in service-sector businesses, he leads a team of uniquely qualified consultants in designing and delivering market research, customer service and sales training, and marketing services to healthcare, senior living and human service organizations throughout the United States and internationally. Stackpole & Associates guides clients through each phase of marketing and business development strategies by the application of scientific marketing principles to create innovative and practical solutions to the challenges facing organizations in this rapidly changing market.

Following his graduation from Stonehill College, Irving began his career as a respiratory therapist for New England Baptist and Massachusetts General Hospitals where he rapidly established himself as an early pioneer in the respiratory care field. While President of the American Respiratory Therapy Foundation and an industry representative in Washington DC, he helped to write national respiratory therapist licensing guidelines. Branching out into other areas, Irving developed NCME, the largest national network of medical educational videotapes, and he founded Amcare Medical Services, which became the largest home healthcare company in New England.

His career quickly moved to the senior executive level. He gained experience as the CEO of home health for a regional system and then as the Director of Marketing for a national network of subacute facilities, winning two national awards for marketing campaigns. After working as National Vice President for Rehabilitation for the largest home health care company in the United States, Irving established Stackpole & Associates in 1991, applying his skills for the direct benefit of client organizations.

Under Irving’s direction, Stackpole & Associates has conducted consulting assignments including customer satisfaction measurement and reporting, customer service training, market research, sales skill training, sales management, and business development planning and execution.

Dominick Trombetta, PharmD is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Wilkes University, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. He received a BS in Pharmacy from Temple University and PharmD from Shenandoah University. Dominick’s area of practice is geriatrics and internal medicine, and he maintains an active clinical practice at Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include the traditional didactic teaching in the pharmacotherapeutic sequence as well as precepting introductory (IPPE) and advanced practice pharmacy students (APPE) in geriatrics/internal medicine. He has been a Clinical Educator with Alosa Health since 2005.
Conference Planning Committee

  • Charlene Neu, MA, MS, CCM, Committee Chair
  • Maureen Hurton, MSN, RN, CCM,CMCN
  • Tracey Driscoll, RN, MHA, CCM, CDP
  • Mary Lou Woodford, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, Board Liaison
  • Kristie Badger, CDC
  • Glen Badger, CDC