JOIN US ON TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST

Enabling the Social Prescription

Now in its third year, the #ActivitiesStrong Virtual Summit is the largest and most successful virtual event for activity and life enrichment professionals in senior living. The Summit returns this year on June 21st as a way to continue to acknowledge, educate and empower activity and life enrichment professionals. Participants will be able to learn what the state of resident engagement will be post-COVID-19 pandemic, explore best practices and understand the long-lasting changes that will impact how we build person-centered experiences for older adults. 

This event is hosted and managed by the #ActivitiesStrong initiative, led by Linked Senior in Partnership with Activity Connection, Bridge the Gap, Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshops®, The National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) and the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP).

Participants who attend the live event can earn up to 6 NAB, NCCAP, NCCDP and/or NCTRC CEU Credits.

Summit Objectives

Participants this year will learn how to: 

  • Provide elders with social prescriptions based on their life histories, individual preferences, and current abilities.
  • Move to a rehabilitation model of dementia rather than a medical model, with engagement as the primary focus.
  • Shift the resident engagement paradigm and enable true interdisciplinary collaboration with the life enrichment department.

SESSION 1: 11:00AM-12:00PM EST

Voice of Activity and Life Enrichment Directors

COVID-19 has truly exposed the life-sustaining need for social engagement with residents in senior living. The Activity Professional has continued to step up and meet daily challenges during this unprecedented event. We have carried on with using technology, creative approaches to quality of life, and innovative adaptations for the psychosocial and functional needs of our senior population through developing personal relationships with the individuals we serve. This session will explore the current state of social engagement within our care communities regarding regulatory expectations and guidance. We will review the positive takeaways of engagement and how social prescription will change the way we provide quality of life.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand the current state of guidance and regulatory compliance as issued by CMS as well as the CDC.
  • Learn how to identify best practices to ensure the success of social prescription following this healthcare pandemic.
  • Identify ongoing resources for the community as well as the activity professional.

Alisa Tagg

Association Director


Linda Redhead

Incoming President


Moderator: Carrie Fairchild

Community Marketing Specialist
Activity Connection


SESSION 2: 12:00PM-1:00PM EST

C-Level Leadership Enables the Purpose of Resident Engagement

Resident engagement is more than activities – and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for senior living leaders to bring resident-driven experiences into the fabric of their organizations by enabling the model of social prescription. Participants will learn how senior living operators view resident engagement as a business force and how they are adapting with shifting customer expectations. Drawing from decades of experience developing, managing and optimizing communities for resident experience excellence, the presenters will share perspectives from their own organizations and discuss what they see as the future of resident engagement in senior living. The discussion will review how to operationalize the model of social prescription and explore the future of resident engagement so elders can live with purpose. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain past and present challenges and trends regarding resident engagement from a C-level perspective.
  • Prepare and implement a meaningful resident experience that supports the model of social prescription from a programming and operational standpoint.
  • Understand the C-Level viewpoint on resident engagement ROI including quality of life, market competitiveness and occupancy.

Lynne Katzmann, PhD

Founder and CEO
Juniper Communities


Chip Gabriel

Executive Chairman
Generations, LLC


Moderator: Sarah Thomas

CEO, Delight by Design, LLC


Moderator: Charles de Vilmorin

CEO and Co-founder, Linked Senior


BREAK: 1:00PM-1:30PM EST

Angela Burton

Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshops®


SESSION 3: 1:30PM-2:30PM EST

Dementia Care Social Prescription in Action

In a field where medications are overused, social prescription should be the treatment of choice for those living with dementia. As many know, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but there is also no medical treatment available besides neuroleptic medications. In this presentation, learn what the concept of social prescription means in dementia care and how to apply it across different  models. Hands-on approaches to building experiences will be discussed, but even more so, staff’s ability to enable social prescription. Then, let’s create an initiative to use social prescription data as a driver to finally get reimbursed for resident engagement minutes! Are you with us?!

Learning Objectives

  • Define the concept of social prescription in dementia care.
  • Apply the model of social prescription across models of care.
  • Use data to create culture change within the concept of social prescription. 

Cameron Camp, PhD

Director of Research and Development, Center for Applied Research in Dementia


David Troxel

Best Friends Approach


Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Stelter, Psy.D., CDP, CADDCT, CCTP

Chief Engagement Officer, Resident Engagement Institute, Director of Product Research, Linked Senior


SESSION 4: 2:30PM-3:30PM EST

Scripting a Healthy Social Model, Is It Time to Prescribe?

Health and wellbeing is just as likely to be impacted by our psychosocial environment as by our biology. The social determinants of health, including where we live, our education, who we interact with at home, during work and in the community, all impact how healthy we are today and what our future health might be. In fact, these social determinants of health can impact up to 70% of a person’s overall health. Senior living communities need to collaborate with elders by offering personalized engagement so they can live according to their choice. Providers need to offer more than just medicine when residents are having trouble with their physical and mental health. There lies the need for a “social prescription” that senior living professionals can use that offers older adults non-drug solutions that are based on their life history, individual preferences, and current abilities. We can therefore “prescribe” time in nature, meditation, music, aromatherapy, healthy nutrition options, painting and any other engaging activity that brings meaning, purpose, and agency into the lives of our residents. A social model considers who a person really is and offers options to improve their health that would be most meaningful for them. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the core mechanism of the social prescription and social model of care
  • Describe the interdisciplinary team effort
  • Learn about new trends regarding the concept of social prescribing

Neelum Aggarwal, MD

Population Health Neurologist, Rush University


Arif Nazir, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Signature Healthcare


Daniel Potts, MD, FAAN

Attending Neurologist at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs


Moderator: Charles de Vilmorin

CEO and Co-founder, Linked Senior


BREAK: 3:30-4:00PM EST

Diana Cose

Founding Executive Director
Lorenzo’s House


SESSION 5: 4:00PM-5:00PM EST

Cultural Transformation: The Journey Continues

“Culture change” is the name of a movement, starting in the 1990s, to fundamentally reimagine long-term care for elders and people with disabilities. For 30 years, organizations such as The Eden Alternative, The Green House Project, and Pioneer Network have traveled on different paths to reach the same goal of creating a real home for people when they need care and support – and not outdated, dehumanizing, and often unsafe institutions This is more than changing the design and environment; it has been about transforming the culture of senior living and care communities to truly center the needs, wants, and autonomy of the people receiving services. Learn from representatives of the three leading organizations spearheading cultural transformation about why culture change was initially needed, current state, and where the path might lead in the future. Cultural transformation is one of the key ingredients in the creation of a social prescription.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain what cultural transformation is in relation to aging, care and support
  • Demonstrate understanding on how culture change is part of the social prescription
  • Analyze ways that policymakers, providers, and regulators can develop a full continuum of person-directed services, instead of forcing people into institutions where well-being is often diminished

Kris Angevine

Community Builder
The Eden Alternative


Susan Ryan

The Green House Project


Moderator: Penny Cook

Pioneer Network


SESSION 6: 5:00PM-6:00PM EST

Conscious Awareness in Dementia Care and Why the Arts Matter

This session will outline different forms of art therapy including music, theater, visual arts, and poetry and describe why creativity matters in brain health especially for older adults living with neurocognitive and memory impairments. Participants will learn how to promote everyone’s right to music, understand how to improve communication skills as a caregiver using improv techniques and discover Mather’s “Culture of Creativity” strengths-based dementia care philosophy and how it is used across care settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how the arts and creativity foster quality of life and care as well as meaningful engagement for residents
  • Be able to outline the physical, psychosocial, and environmental benefits of music and improv for residents living with cognitive changes
  • Define strengths-based dementia care and identify at least 3 methods for utilizing creativity to harness strengths in care settings

Dan Cohen

Founder and CEO, Right to Music


Caroline Edasis

Director of Senior Living Community Engagement, Mather


Craig Price

Director of Community Education and Wellness, The Naples Players  at the Sugden Theatre


Moderator: Angel Duncan, PhDc, MA, MFT, ATR

Executive Arts Director, Cognitive Dynamics Foundation



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