Viki will be speaking at the Fifth Annual Mid-America Institute on Aging on August 9-10th.

July 21, 2012 by  
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Fifth Annual Mid-America Institute on Aging

This inter-professional gerontology conference will provide practical tools and groundbreaking information related to successful aging and gerontology. Topics will include inspirational keynotes as well as multiple sessions ranging from healthy aging to coping with illness.

Target Audience
Older adults, family members, caregivers, nurses, social workers, employees working in
long-term care settings, nursing home administrators, occupational therapists, physical
therapists, dental professionals, and case managers

Course Objectives
After attending this conference participants will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge, interest, and commitment in working with older adults.
• Describe ground-breaking ideas for improving the lives of older adults.
• Assist elders, families, and their caregivers to successfully navigate health issues important to older adults.
• Describe options available for elders to pursue a more active and enjoyable lifestyle.
• Describe the magic and power of caring for the caregiver and the recipient of care.
• Identify how a sense of humor induces physical and mental changes in the body.

Registration Information
Date & Time: Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10, 2012
Registration: 8–8:30 a.m. each day

Location of Conference:
The conference will be held
in the University Center on the campus of the University of
Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana. USI is located on
Highway 62, approximately two miles west of Evansville.

Hotel Accommodations:
Hotel accommodations in
proximity to the University include the Fairfield Inn West
(812/429-0900) and Holiday Inn Express (812/421-9773).
Ask about the USI rate to receive a discount.

Refund Policy:
Registration fees are refundable, less a
$15 service charge, through August 8, 2012. No refunds
will be made after that date.

Call 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600

MAIA Post Conference
Location off campus: SWIRCA & More
Saturday, August 11, 2012
8:30 a.m. to Noon; Registration: 8 to 8:30 a.m.
Who should attend:
Open to the public and anyone needing more basic information
on caring for aging and/or disabled loved ones.
Topics to be addressed:
How to obtain care in the home setting
When would dad or mom qualify for a nursing home
What does Medicare/Medicaid cover
How to cope with poor vision

Frequently asked questions
Vision Venture Van will be available to walk through in the morning
Cost: $20, includes continental breakfast
For additional information or registration: 812/464-7800
In person or by mail at P.O. Box 3938,
16 W. Virginia, Evansville IN 47737-3938

Continuing Education Credit
Nurses, social workers, health facility administrators, health education specialists, case
managers and dental hygienists will receive up to 5.25 contact hours each day with
submission of documentation of sessions attended and completed program evaluation.
University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited
as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for
social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and other professionals
licensed in the state of Indiana. Social workers in other states should check for approval
on a program-by-program basis.
Approved by the Indiana Division of Aging for up to 5.25 contact hours each day.
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager
Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case
managers. The course is approved for 10.5 CE contact hour(s). Activity code:
M0000003 Approval Number: 20130028
Approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. for up
to 10.5 Category 1 CECH in health education, Provider Number: SEP3910.
The University of Southern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana State Board of
Health Facility Administrators as a sponsor of continuing education programs for health
facility administrators (License #98000033A).
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider for continuing education
credits by the Indiana Health Professions Bureau and the Illinois Board of Dentistry.

Have a kind and respectful day.

National Social Worker’s Month — Thanks from Viki

March 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Ethics In Action

I want to send out a big hug to all the social workers out there making a difference in people’s lives. Thank you for doing all that you do to make sure people get what they need, are protected and empowered to live their best lives. This may be the last day of National Social Workers Month but the value of social workers lasts all year long. If you are ever in the hospital and need a person to help you get what you need, the social worker is your best ally.

Here is some information from the National Association of Social Worker’s website:

* Social workers inspire community action to improve lives.
* Social workers are integral parts of a vibrant community.
* Social workers know the full range of challenges facing families of every description.
* Social workers advocate for inclusion, fairness and non-discriminatory access to services that help people reach their full potential.
* Social workers make a wide range of social contributions throughout their careers.
* Many social workers work to resolve systemic issues that negatively affect a community. Some work in education or research, and others work as elected officials, in government or as heads of nonprofit organizations to create positive sustainable change in communities.
* Most social workers serve individuals and families. Working through private practices, agencies and organizations, they provide resources and guidance that support social functioning.
* People who become professional social workers believe that there are no limits to human potential and use their talents to help others lead rewarding lives.
* Social work is a profession of hope, grounded in practical problem solving expertise.
* Social work is a desirable field of study for bright and socially engaged people of all ages.
* Professional social workers have a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in social work from a program or school of social work. Social work practice is guided by the NASW Code of Ethics.
* Social workers are employed in schools, courtrooms, drug treatment clinics, hospitals, senior centers, shelters, nursing homes, the military, disaster relief, prisons and corporations.
* Social work is relevant to the successful functioning of American society.
* Social workers are on the front lines, developing social programs that are responsive to such human needs as homelessness, poverty, family break-up , mental illness, physical and mental disability, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence and many other issues.

Have a kind and respectful day.