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Tailored To Meet Your Needs

Western Reserve Area Aging on Aging (WRAAA) speakers bureau offers presentations with no associated fees on various topics. With these presentations, WRAAA strives to inform, educate and engage individuals, groups, nonprofits and businesses. A variety of topics are available. Also, WRAAA can tailor presentations to meet your organization’s specific needs. In most cases, presentations can be customized to meet CEU requirements. Our knowledgeable speakers will provide an interactive and informative presentation for you.

In addition, WRAAA participates in community engagement opportunities like health fairs, community fairs, festivals, carnivals, picnics/reunions and more. WRAAA provides information booths/exhibits staffed by informative staff and volunteers who share information about programs and services as well as other community resources. To request a speaker, community engagement booth and/or for more information contact Community Outreach & Advocacy at 216.727.2618 or email speakersbureau@areaagingsolutions.org.





Presentation Topics 

WRAAA-We Care!
Advocacy in Motion (AIM)
Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Aging-Everybody’s Business
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
Family Caregiver Support Program
Matter of Balance (MOB)
Money Smart for Older Adults Program
MyMeds Ohio
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Seniors & Seizures


 Presentation Descriptions

WRAAA-We Care! : Gain an understanding of the aging and disabilities network from a national, state and local level perspective. Learn how the local Area Agency on Aging plans, coordinates, and facilitates the development of a comprehensive regional community-based care network. Receive an overview of WRAAA programs/services. (45 min.)

Staff: Dr. E. Douglas Beach, Fatima Perkins

Advocacy in Motion (AIM):  AIM trains consumers, service providers, and other organizations to be informed and effective advocates. AIM provides a mechanism for the exchange of information, resources, and tools that develop the capacity of AIM members to participate in advocacy activities.  AIM enhances the WRAAA’s voice on policy issues at the national, state, and local level related to aging and disabilities. (Overview - 45 min. / Full training 3 hours.).

Staff: Dr. E. Douglas Beach, Cyndi Rossi, Fatima Perkins

AGINGWell: Optimal health is everyone’s goal. This presentation focuses on how a sense of well-being can be achieved through social engagement, intellectual stimulation and physical activity. (45 min.)

Staff: Fatima Perkins

Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC):  Learn about how the ADRC provides information, assistance, and referral to help older adults and persons with disabilities maintain their independence. Understand what occurs when someone calls the Resource Center for assistance and about the free in-person assessment. (1 hour)

Staff: Terri Foster, Kerri Roth, Haven Ohly, Tim Knepp, Teresa Allerton

Aging-Everybody’s Business: Through this presentation learn how the mature market impacts businesses. Once an overlooked and sometimes forgotten demographic, older adults have emerged as a key consumer group. The mature market segment will not only have an impact on Social Security and Medicare but the business industry as well. Globally the older adult market is valued at $15 trillion dollars. Dubbed the silver economy, these consumers present new opportunities for businesses. (45 min)

Staff: Fatima Perkins

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP): In the Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop, participants will learn; 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) decision making, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments. The workshop is given 2½ hours once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, and libraries.

Staff: Christine Terry, Crysta Willis, Fatima Perkins

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP): In the Diabetes Self-Management workshop, participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3) healthy eating 4) appropriate use of medication; and 5) working more effectively with health care providers. The workshop is given 2½ hours once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as churches, community centers, and libraries.

Staff: Christine Terry, Crysta Willis, Fatima Perkins

EyeSense: In collaboration with Prevent Blindness/Ohio Affiliate, WRAAA has certified vision screeners that can conduct free vision screenings for your consumers. Adult Vision Screeners are certified by Prevent Blindness and identify risks for eye disorders or disease; provide the public with valuable information and education about eye care; and may make referrals to an eye care professional. Those who qualify may be eligible for free eye exams and /or a voucher for a free pair of glasses. Please note that screeners do not diagnose eye disease. This presentation offers a screening and depends on the number of participants. (To Be Determined)

Staff: Christine Terry, Crysta Willis, Fatima Perkins

Family Caregiver Support Program:  Learn how the Family Caregiver Support team helps identify unique caregiver needs and connect individuals with resources that may help. Resources can include respite, support groups, and even financial support. (45 min)

Staff: Fatima Perkins, Karen Webb, Dwayne Askerneese, Elizabeth MacCanon, Debbie Sacerich

HomeMatters: Older adults and disabled individuals are vulnerable to home related incidents including fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, home invasions and falls. This program introduces participants to home safety issues and home safety assessments to identify homes that are at risk for accidents, carbon monoxide poisonings, fires and invasions. Please note many municipalities offer free smoke detector installation and home safety checks. (45 min)

Staff: Christine Terry, Fatima Perkins

Matter of Balance (MOB): Many older adults experience concerns about falling which may lead to restricting activities. MOB is an award-winning evidence-based program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Note, eight to ten participants and a commitment to attend an eight week series of classes is required. Each class is 2 hours in duration.

Staff: Christine Terry, Crysta Willis

PASSPORT: This presentation describes the PASSPORT program which is for persons age 60 and older who need the level of care provided in a nursing home, but want to stay in their home. It is a statewide program funded by Medicaid. Learn how an individual qualifies for PASSPORT and why Medicaid-waiver programs are essential to supporting individual independence. (45 min.)

Staff: Sheila Dessau, Nita Bring-Mazurek

Money Smart for Older Adults Program

This program raises awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and encourages advance planning and informed financial decision-making. Money Smart for Older Adults was developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. (90 – 120 mins.)

Staff: Fatima Perkins

MyMeds Ohio: Program focuses on medication management offering a free review of prescribed medications by a licensed Pharmacist and/or qualified provider to determine medication-related problems.  As a result, consumers may be better able to manage their medications and prevent adverse effects. (45 min.)

Staff: Fatima Perkins, Christine Terry

Powerful Tools for Caregivers ©: Making a difference in the lives of over 70,000 caregivers, this evidence-based program helps caregivers build confidence, access local resources, manage emotions and practice positive self- care. This is a six week education program. Each class is 1.5 hours. 

Staff: Please Inquire

Seniors & Seizures

About 300,000 older adults in the U.S have epilepsy and almost 50,000 new cases of epilepsy occur in people aged 60 and older each year. Epilepsy is more common among older adults than it is in any other age group, including infants. Many times, older people or their caregivers think they’re experiencing a symptom of another medical condition, or that they’re having side effects from medication, when what’s really happening is a seizure. Presentation explores epilepsy, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. (45 min.)

Staff: Fatima Perkins