The International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA) is co-sponsoring a series of three study tours during 2012. The first tour is co-sponsored by the LeadingAge Centre for Aging Services Technologies and will feature facilities in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. that are using technologies to help increase efficiency, support clients and gain competitive advantage. The second tour is co-sponsored by the LeadingAge Centre for Applied Research and will take place in September 2012. This tour focuses on emerging delivery models that integrate housing and services. Finally, IAHSA has the pleasure of co-sponsoring a study tour in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Disease International. Centred in California, USA, this study tour will provide shared learning experiences in  best practices in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Details for the tours are as follows:

 
Technology (15 – 21 April) – This study tour will explore trends in care provision and use of technology to adapt to the changing environment and consumer demands. Facilities will be visited in New York City, Harrisburg, PA, and Silver Spring MD.  The deadline for registration is February 1.  Information on the tour and registration is available at:  http://www.iahsa.net/uploadedFiles/CAST%20Study%20Tour.pdf

 Affordable Housing and services (10 – 15 September) – Study tour #2 will focus on efforts to bring health and supportive services to affordable senior housing communities as a strategy for helping low-income older people age in place even as they struggle with frailty, disability and chronic illness.  You will learn about the types of services and supports offered at over 5 facilities, with a special focus on delivery mechanisms and funding sources.   Information on the tour and registration is available at:  http://www.iahsa.net/uploadedFiles/CAR%20Study%20Tour.pdf

Alzheimer’s Disease (15 – 20 October) –  This tour will explore research and treatment protocols for early stage dementia as well as provide a shared learning experience for professionals that provide memory care. Through site visits in Los Angeles and San Diego as well as didactic sessions with Dr. Debra Cherry, this  tour showcases the latest approaches in  dementia and Alzheimer’s research.  Information on the Alzheimer’s tour is available at:  http://www.iahsa.net/uploadedFiles/Alzheimer%27s%20Study%20Tour.pdf

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