South Florida
Healthcare Digest
Community Events, Education and Networking For Healthcare and Elder Services Professionals
April 21, 2013 
In the good news and bad news department...the good news is many of you are reading this to plan your week. The bad news is every once in awhile I get it wrong. Apparently the FHCSWA Miami-Dade chapter did NOT meet last Thursday, and unfortunately several of you faithful readers found out the hard way. This meeting is a recurring event in my calendar, and I had not received any update. I am working to make sure that this doesn't happen again. I do try hard to verify all of the information, and the fact that this was a rare exception proves I do try to get it right!!!

There is an issue of critical importance being debated in our state legislature right now, concerning funding for the Alzheimer's Day Care program at NE Focal Point in Deerfield Beach. If you live in Broward County (or south Palm Beach County) I urge you to contact your local legislators to inform them of your support for reinstating funding for this important service.

I always get questions about how and when events make it into the Digest. It's really pretty simple: First, I have to get word about it (that's where all my faithful networking correspondents come in...yes, that means YOU!). Second, it has to have a healthcare or elder services connection. Third, if it is a conference, fundraiser or health fair, I do try to put it in the Upcoming Events section at least a month before so that you have time to register, and to build awareness. Otherwise, everything goes in on the Sunday of the week in which the event takes place. This is the only way I can keep this concise enough to be a useful tool when you are on the street, viewing it through your smart phone, and figuring out if there's something you can squeeze into your busy schedule!

I'm the first one to admit that this is  not a complete listing of everything that's happening, but I do try! And every day brings me a new subscriber, and someone else to help keep me in the loop. So when you see something in your inbox that you think others should know about, please forward it to me! Thanks!

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in the healthcare and elder services community, and encourage them to join the mailing list (it's free to subscribe, and there's an easy link at the bottom). And if you have an event to share, call me at 561.654.4164, or hit reply and let me know the details, or forward it to my mailing address Thanks!

Best regards,
Mike Penn

Director of Community Relations

ElderCare at Home 

Community Events and Education
The following events are of general interest to the community, or are seminars and learning events that are not considered networking functions. Charge for attending, if any, is shown. Contact the number or email where listed for further information.
Lunch and Learn "Wellness in the Workplace" Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 am-1 pm
Homewood Residence, 4175 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek
Presentation by Terri Jackson Carson, Business Development and Physician Relations Director, HCR ManorCare
Complimentary lunch. For info and RSVP contact Melissa Rapkin at 813.732.1695 or

Health and Wellness Fair Thursday, April 24, 1-4 pm
Sterling House, 3401 SE Aster Lane, Stuart
For more info contact Paxton Ellis at 772.287.6001 or

Statewide Changes to Medicaid Benefits
Thursday, April 25, 2-3:30 pm
Grand Villa East, 14555 Sims Road, Delray Beach
Speaker Nancy Partin, Department of Elder Affairs
RSVP requested to 561.266.4977 by April 24

2013 Legislative Update 

Thursday, April 25, 5:30-7:30 pm
Margate Manor, 1189 West River Drive, Margate
In partnership with ALMA Broward
Presented by Keith Gibson, Assisted Living and Health Services, LLC
Light meal and beverages. Pre-registration required, deadline is
April 22. RSVP to Jeff Yankow 954.972.0200 or 


"Leadership-Unlock Your Potential" presented by Broward Coalition on Aging
Friday, April 26, 7:45 am-1 pm
Lifelong Learning Institute at Nova Southeastern University
3424 S. University Drive, Davie
Sponsorships available. BCOA Members $125, Non-members $200
Cost $30, $35 at door. Breakfast and lunch included.
Here are links to the flyer and the registration form
For additional info contact Laura Hoffman at 954.330.1369

"One Day at a Time" Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Training 2013
Saturday, April 27, 8:30 am-1 pm
Broward Health North Conference Center, 201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach
$20 advance registration, $25 at door. No charge to providers receiving ADI funding
CEU's available to nurses, social workers and others
Must register by April 22, click here for link to registration form

First Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon
Presented by the Scleroderma Foundation Southeast Florida Chapter
Saturday, April 27, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Boca Greens Country Club, 19642 Trophy Drive, Boca Raton
Honoring Patricia and Fred Auman, Ruth Greenspan, and Ann and Dean Potts
$40 donation. Door prizes and raffle
RSVP requested by April 19, contact Ferne Robin at 954.798.1854 or

Charity Gala Benefiting Hospice by the Sea
Saturday, April 27, 5-7 pm
Sports Immortals Museum, 6830 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton
Featuring former Miami Dolphins running back and NFL Coach Tony Nathan
$10 donation includes future free admission to the Museum.
Children are welcome. For info call 561.997.2575

The following networking events are for those in health care or working with Boomers and Elders for the week of April 22. If you would like more information on these meetings, or if you have an upcoming event you think I should share, please contact me at or 561.654.4164.  


South Florida Healthcare Networking Group

Tuesday, April 23, 7:45-9:30 am

North Shore Medical Center, 1100 NW 95th Street, Miami

$15 members, $20 non-members. Seating limited, No Walk-Ins.  

To register click here  


Professional Resource Network North

Tuesday, April 23, 8:30-10 am

The Carlisle, 450 E. Ocean Avenue, Lantana

Note: The Lantana bridge is closed, take either Lake Avenue to A1A South to Ocean Avenue

or Boynton Beach Blvd. to A1A North to Ocean Avenue. Parking in shopping center across street is ok


Healthcare and Senior Services Networking Lunch

Tuesday, April 23, 11:30 am-1:15 pm

Horizon Club, 1208 S. Military Trail, Deerfield Beach

$10.75 in advance, $20 walk-ins. Seating limited to 40 people.

To register and pay in advance click here


South Dade Aging Coalition

Tuesday, April 23, 12-1:30 pm

Heartland of Kendall, 9400 SW 137th Avenue, Miami


3rd Annual Key Lime Martini Networking

Tuesday, April 23, 4-6 pm

Homewood Residence, 2400 S. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach

For info and RSVP contact Steve McLaurin at 561.733.8444 or 


Elder Services Resource Network

Wednesday, April 24, 7:45-9:45 am

The Court at Palm Aire, 2701 North Course Drive, Pompano Beach


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee

Wednesday, April 24, 8:30-10 am

Home Run Real Estate, 8409 N. Military Trail, Suite 111, Palm Beach Gardens

Must be member or invited guest to attend. For info contact Pamela Avalos at 561.667.0845 or


Open House

Wednesday, April 24, 4-6 pm 

Horizon Bay/Clare Bridge, 9825 US Hwy 1, Port St. Lucie

In celebration of the newly decorated Clare Bridge Community.
Live entertainment, refreshments and door prizes. Bring a friend, get an extra raffle ticket.
For info and RSVP contact 772.337.0084 


Treasure Coast Advocates for Seniors

Thursday, April 25, 8:30-10 am

Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie


Open House

Thursday, April 25, 5-8 pm

Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute, 901 Village Blvd., Suite 702, West Palm Beach


Florida Assisted Living Association Miami-Dade

Thursday, April 25, 6-7:30 pm 

Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon, 5617 NW 7th Street, Miami


Florida Health Care Social Workers Association Palm Beach Chapter

Friday, April 26, 8:30-10 am

Boynton Beach Rehabilitation Center, 9600 Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach

Members no charge, non-members $10 or raffle prize gift  

Upcoming Events and Special Notices

2013 Alzheimer's Educational Conference
Thursday and Friday, May 2-3
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Sponsorship, Exhibitor and Breakout Session Speaker opportunities are now available for
this year's conference. Click here for info
Contact Rob Sommer at 561.683.2700 or for details

Dorland 2013 Health Care Coordination Summit
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 7-8
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
This year's theme: Innovation and Creativity: Paving the Way Toward a Sustainable Healthcare System
This is an opportunity for professionals involved in case management and care coordination to learn, network and share ideas and challenges impacting your practice and organization.
Click here to learn details of speakers and presentations and register
Early Bird rates and hotel room rate discounts available.
Contact Anne Llewellyn at 954.476.7143 or for details
Alzheimer's Association 2013 Care & Conquer Regional Education Conference
Wednesday, May 8
Signature Grand, 6900 St. Rd. 84, Davie, FL
Professionals and caregivers welcome - CEU's available
Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities welcome
For info, please call 800.861.7826 or visit

ADRC's 30th Annual Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame Installation Breakfast
Friday, May 10, 9-11:30 am
Diamante's Banquet Center, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33319
Honorees include long time ESRN members June & John McCarthy.
$35 per person, $350 for a table of 10. Advertising available.
For more information please call Cheryl Morrow at 954.745.9567
or visit ADRC online at

Broward County Guardianship Association Education Day
"Let's Get Fiscal"
Wednesday, May 15, 8 am-12 pm
The Horizon Club,1208 South Military Trail, Deerfield Beach
- Howard Krooks: Long Term Care Planning Using Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable
  Trusts and Effective Provisions in Powers of Attorney
- Jose Sotomayor: The Financial Fundamentals of Court Restricted Accounts
- Arlene Lakin: Medicaid, Trusts & Your Ward
- Judge Peter Weinstein: A View from the Bench - Update from the 17th Circuit
- Steve Dunn: Long Term Care Insurance - How to get the maximum out of
   LTC insurance policies problems and issues
- Bonnie Mackey: Guardianship Accounting with NEW Smart Forms
Members $35, Non-Members $50
Exhibitor tables available - Only 20 tables left!
Member exhibit table fee $175, Non-member $200
Not-for-profits table fee: deduct $50 from the member or non-member price
For more information call Dolores at 954.720.2485
For Exhibitor information call Nina at 786.236.3787
For Advertising information call Gloria at 954.296.9778

Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida honors Exceptional People Impacting the Community at the Annual EPIC Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 am-1 pm
Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie
2013 Honorees include:
- Gary Barg, Today's Caregiver magazine
- Kristine Carleson, Rebel's Drop-In Center
- Kathy London, Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center
- Curtis Walker, Task Force Force Ending Homelessness
Cost $65 per person, sponsorship and advertising opportunites available
For information or reservations call 954.746.2055 or click here

32nd Annual Broward Aging Network Conference (BANC)
Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17
SW Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue, Pembroke Pines
Registration cost, including lunch:
Seniors, 60 and over and Students: $25 for both days or $15 for one day
Professionals and Community Advocates: $60 for two days or $35 for one day
Sponsorships and/or Exhibitor Space are available also:
$650 Standard Sponsorship includes exhibitor table with two chairs; registration
and lunches for two people both days, corporate logo on materials, and opportunity to
greet attendees at the opening session.
$450 Exhibitor fee includes: a display table with two chairs; two conference registrations,
including lunch, both days.
Registrations may be purchased in advance, using the BANC 2013 Registration Form
or by calling Karen Pushefski or Marion Connor at 954-745-9567.
Click here for more information

19th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards
Thursday, May 16, 5:45-9 pm
Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
Honoring individuals and companies who have made a significant contribution
to meeting the needs of the elderly and/or disabled in Miami-Dade County
Cocktails and Silent Auction 5:45-7 pm
Dinner & Awards Presentation 7-9 pm
Business Attire. $300 per person
For info and registration click here

18th Annual MJHS "Ministering to the Elderly" Conference
Monday, May 20, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Miami Jewish Health Systems, Ruby Auditorium, 5200 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
A practical forum for caring professionals, community and spiritual leaders, and
those concerned with enriching the lives of seniors.
Featured guest speaker, Rabbi Richard S. Address, D. Min., Author and Founder of the Sacred Aging Project.
Cost $35 per person (includes CE credit, lunch and pre & post receptions)
Sponsorships and exhibit tables available.
For more information, please contact 786.866.8611 or to register click here

Fearless Caregiver Conference Treasure Coast
Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 am-2:30 pm
The Charles and Rae Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road, Stuart
Lunch included. Sponsorship opportunities available.
Free to family caregivers, $45 for professionals.
For info and RSVP click here

4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair
Presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County
Friday, May 24, 9 am-12 pm
Mid County Senior Center, 3680 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth
For info and sponsorship opportunites contact Pamela Avalos at
561.667.0845 or
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