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USI's College of Nursing and Health Professions  provides accredited professional development opportunities for health professionals through continuing education conferences and workshops. The College is dedicated to providing quality programming to assist the busy health professional in enhancing knowledge, skills, and professional competencies.

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The Mid-America Institute on Aging is a two-day interprofessional gerontology conference for nurses, social workers, older adults, lay persons, and professionals working in the field of gerontology. National and local speakers provide practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful aging and gerontology.

Diana Nyad, famous for fulfilling her life-long dream of completing the grueling 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida last year, is bringing her inspirational story to the 7th Annual Mid-America Institute on Aging (MAIA) this August.

At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Nyad completed the 53-hour journey on September 2, 2013. The endurance swimmer says, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.” Hear her inspiring presentation, which will be the closing keynote on day two of this conference. More info on Diana Nyad

Along with Nyad, 2014 keynote speakers are:

  • Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, a renowned occupational therapist currently working as a dementia care/dementia education specialist. She is returning to USI to open the conference. Teepa is also offering a pre-conference workshop for direct care providers. (See below for registration information.)
  • Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine. She will present a keynote address to open Day 2, speaking on "Natural Approaches to Prevention of Disease," and also a concurrent session on "The Science of Mind-Body Connection." Dr. Guarneri is the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.
  • Breeda Miller will close day one with her humor-filled approach to caregiving. As a member of the Sandwich Generation, Miller managed to run a household, manage a business, raise three teenagers (two with special needs) while providing round the clock care for her mother. More info on all the keynote speakers

MAIA Co-providers are SWIRCA and More, Deaconess Health System, Evansville Protestant Home, and St. Mary’s Medical Center.


MAIA Pre-Conference Workshop for Direct Care Providers with Teepa Snow on Wednesday, August 13, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Teepa Snow’s presentation, “Positive Approaches to Provide Support and Care: Changing Challenging Behaviors”will be useful to direct care providers who work with or care for those with memory disorders, dementia, and/or Alzheimer’s disease: certified nursing assistants, activities and dietary staff, housekeepers, social workers, nurses, long term care personnel, and home health care providers. Attendees will be able to demonstrate the use of a problem solving strategy to assess and intervene when challenging behavior is identified. Additionally the attendee will be able to compare and contrast supportive and interactive approaches to providing care when someone is having challenging behaviors versus more traditional care techniques. Key factors such as life-long personality traits and life experiences and preferences, environmental conditions and cues, other medical, sensory, or psychological conditions, the structure and flow of the day, and caregiver skills and approaches will be discussed. More information 

For full brochure, registration and more information on the conference click here.

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