Guest Speaker for Conference on Aging
December 12-14, 2012 brought the 31st
Annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Aging to Chicago. The Governor’s
Conference is the premier Illinois event for everyone in the aging network to
learn and share with each other.
This year, Kathy Sloverwas asked by City colleagues
to join with them in presenting a session on Intensive Case Advocacy and
Support, work which is supported by our Community Development Block Grant.
Of the 19 delegate agencies, St. Vincent’s was the only one asked to speak.
The panel focused on explaining elder abuse
and neglect, how self-neglect is defined and assessed, and what partnering
agencies do to successfully intervene in such cases to help stabilize seniors.
We do this through establishing a relationship with the self-neglecting
seniors, assisting them in understanding the problems and issues they face,
educating them about alternatives and services, helping seniors accept
services, advocating for needed services with other providers, and monitoring
There was a large, attentive audience for this
session, with good questions and positive feedback. Kathy said that it was an honor to be able
to speak about St. Vincent’s senior service work in such a public forum!