18th Annual California Senior Injury Prevention Educational Forum

18th Annual California Senior Injury Prevention Educational Forum

We are excited to be a part of the wonderful CA Senior Injury Prevention Forum this year! To learn about the speakers and topics of this year’s SIPP Forum, visit https://sippforum18.eventbrite.com

The forum is an educational conference for senior health and service providers to expand their knowledge of senior injury prevention research and practices. This is also an opportunity to strengthen your network through the shared experience of a day together.
Come join us–for the great speakers, for a beautiful lunch at the Waterfront Hotel, for the raffle prizes, for the CEU’s!


Registration/Continental Breakfast: Registration opens at 8:00am. The program begins at 8:30am.

Moderator’s Welcome: Barb Alberson is the Senior Deputy Director of Policy and Planning, San Joaquin County Public Health Services.

Key Note Speaker: Micheal Pope is the CEO and Executor Director of the Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (ASEB), serving since 1997. Her work background includes marketing, the health insurance industry, and adult day care. From her many years at ASEB and her inspiring life experiences, Micheal will offer her perspectives on aging, injury prevention, and wellness.

Sleep and Seniors: Christine Walsh, PhD., Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCSF Center for Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Walsh has been studying sleep in both healthy older adults and in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. At the Forum, she will address signs of unhealthy sleep and cognitive decline, typical contributors to healthy sleep, and the role of circadian rhythms in aging.

Working Injury Prevention Programs: A panel of Alameda County based senior service organizations will share their successes in integrating evidence-based programs and best practices into their menu of services. Panel Moderator: Wendy Peterson, Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County.

  • Arezo Sayid, MPH, Assistant Director, Afghan Elderly Association, City of Fremont. “Promoting Wellness among Afghan Refugee and Immigrant Older Adults: An integrative, Peer-based Model.”
  • Carolyn Mariru Kojima, Program & Outreach Coordinator, DayBreak Adult Care Centers. “Injury Prevention Caregiver Training.”
  • Aaron McPherson, DPT, MBA; and Sadiya Kazi, M.S. OTR/L. “Breaking the Cycle of Falls: Preventing Falls and Injury using an Interdisciplinary Approach within the Community.”

Lunch/ Networking

Special Lunchtime Welcome: Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, District 4 – East Oakland, Castro Valley, and Pleasanton. Supervisor Miley has been a passionate advocate for seniors through his political career. He helped pass the first county ordinance for safe medication disposal and is the founder of the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County. Supervisor Miley and USOAC sponsor the Healthy Living Festival held annually at the Oakland Zoo.

Stop the Bleed: Erica Peters Blaauw, MS, RN, ACNP-BC,Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital. Ms. Peters will lead a training on proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use hands, dressings, and tourniquets on anyone who is bleeding profusely. Attendees will learn these techniques and after demonstrating their new skills, will receive a certificate. This topic is a response to recent disasters and mass casualty events and will address the particular needs of older adults.


Stretch Together – Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance: Joey Tchang and Nicole Albrecht of Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Mr. Tchang and Ms. Albrecht will lead us through a series of Tai Chi movements.

Fall Prevention for Community Dwelling Older Adults: An Update on Assessment and Intervention Strategies: Erica Pitsch, PT, MPT, DPT, NCS, Health Science Associate Clinical Professor of UCSF / SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Pitsch will discuss new assessment standards and introduce an “outcome measure decision tree” for clinicians to use to decide which measure will work best for their patients. She will also address the science and practicality of the Dutch fall prevention program recently featured in the New York Times (see link). https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/world/europe/netherlands-falling-elderly.html

Evaluations /Raffles (must be present)

Closing Words (adjourn by 4:00pm)

Do you have more questions? Email carol.powers@acgov.org or call Alameda County Emergency Medical Services at 510-618-2050 and ask for the SIPP Program.

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