35th Annual ALCA Conference-Call for Proposals


The Aging Life Care Association® (formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers), dedicated to providing high quality educational programs for the Aging Life Care Professional®/ geriatric care manager community invites you to share your knowledge, expertise, and experience with your colleagues and other professionals at our 35th Annual Conference – April 3-6, 2019 at the Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ.

Our clients come to us in crisis, unsure how to proceed, at times feeling lost and alone as they wander through desolate terrain… and that’s where we come in… we can serve as an oasis to help them regain their direction, feeding them with the right resources and services, and helping them to be most successful.   So, this year, we invite Aging Life Care Professionals to the Aging Life Care Association’s “35th Annual Conference in the Valley of the Sun: An Oasis for Inspiration, Education, Connections, and Fun”.

Our goal is to:

  • Inspire Aging Life Care Professionals® through our keynote general sessions daily and then;
  • Education/Enhance Skills through our workshops / resource education with our vendors and their service offerings
  • Connect people through networking, and roundtable discussion opportunities; and of course,
  • Have Fun through our activities/events sprinkled throughout our conference.

We are seeking general session and workshop/breakout proposals for presentations on more complex, advanced level topics that will focus on how we can be an oasis for our clients through understanding our role, planning for obstacles/challenges, and managing to help our clients and ourselves achieve a sense of balance.

Note: This year we’re “upping our game” – trying a new, concise TED-Style talk format for some of our general sessions. In addition to the traditional 75-minute lecture format, we are also seeking proposals for a 30-minute-high impact, inspirational/passionate presentation that would be followed by a 30-minute small group guided discussion at participant’s tables and wrapped up with a 15-minute summary from the participants/presenter. 

In the category of Understanding which may include but not be limited to: disease processes, our client’s issues, why we do what we do, and the future direction, we are seeking proposals on:

  • Client issues
    • Innovative assessment tools
    • The Anatomy of a Neuro-psych Evaluation – what parts an Aging Life Care Manager® can do
    • Understanding specific populations:  the 90+, Special Needs adults, Family Caregivers, etc…
  • Future trends
    • Culture change in Long Term Care
    • Future with Bezos, Buffett, Dimon / Gawande
    • Changes with Medicare and Hospital Systems and Community based players
    • Understanding the Millennials
    • End of life Care/Changes in our health care systems
    • ALCAs future
    • Healthcare transformations
  • Disease Processes
    • The connection between nutrition and the brain (ala Mark Hyman)
    • The Brednesen Protocol / End of Alzheimer’s
    • Science of Memory
  • The WHY: What Drives Us?
    • Leading from Purpose
    • Finding meaning in the work you do

In the category of Planning which may include but not be limited to:  anticipating challenges, obstacles, and creating solutions to succeed, we are seeking proposals on:

  • Elder Abuse
  • Recruitment and Hiring – hiring millennials
  • Who’s on your team – trusted advisors
  • Stability in an age of change and disruption
  • Innovation in End of Life Planning
  • Dementia Care Paths or Care Mapping
  • Planning based on data
  • Ethical dilemmas and a roadmap on how to work through them
  • Skating to where the puck is heading, not to where it is now – Anticipating needs
  • Differentiation at a time of change
  • Value of the Contingency Plan
  • Solutions (not Band-Aids)
  • Exit Strategies

In the category of Managing which may include but not be limited to:  managing to achieve balance for our clients, our businesses, and ourselves, we are seeking proposals on:

  • Balance for our Clients
    • Clinical Best Practices
    • Managing Clients with Mental Health Issues / what’s the process from 5150s to Temporary LPS conservatorship
    • Brain Plasticity and stroke Rehab
    • Impact of lifestyle on physical health / quality of life
    • Disease specific management tools
    • Newest technology / things to keep your eyes on
    • Race and Social Justice
    • Medical Marijuana
    • Senior Bullying
  • Balance for ourselves
    • Self-care innovations
    • Self-care and ethics
    • Emotional boundaries
  • Balance for our businesses
    • Case Studies ala Harvard Business School
    • The next great service
    • Newest technology / things to keep your eyes on

All proposals must be submitted electronically by September 21, 2018

Only electronic submissions will be considered. Proposals received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis only.   Materials and information presented should reflect the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Aging Life Care Association®. As a non-profit organization, ALCA is unable to provide airfare, hotel costs, or an honorarium for members.  Any presenters wishing to attend other Conference programs must pay the appropriate registration fee.  

All ALCA presenters are required to identify/resolve in writing any/all potential conflicts of interest or commercial support that he/she has a financial relationship with and/or that may bias his/her participation in this activity.  

The 2019 ALCA Programs Subcommittee will review all proposals and make the selection of speakers and topics based on the following criteria: overall quality and originality; continuing education applicability, and appropriateness to this program. All who have submitted proposals will be notified no later than October 30, 2018.

All ALCA presenters are expected to submit high-quality materials in addition to PowerPoint slides to support their presentation and for distribution to our conference attendees electronically approximately six weeks prior to the conference.  Upon selection, you will receive a confirmation packet with instructions for submitting any additional handouts or PowerPoint slides to support your presentation for distribution to our conference attendees. 

Online Speaker Submission Checklist

In an effort to ensure you have all the information prepared before you begin your online application, be sure have all of the following information available BEFORE you login to submit a complete and accurate submission no later than September 21, 2018.

Speaker information

  • Name/Contact Information
  • Brief (75-100 words) narrative bio (for conference program and marketing purposes)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (Submit separately via email to meetings@aginglifecare.org)
  • Professional experience or areas of expertise relative to involvement in this conference
  • References from two (2) people who have heard you present

Session information

  • Title of the session
  • Category: Understanding; Planning; Managing; or Other
  • Target Audience Expertise Level: Beginning/Intermediate or Advanced
  • Presentation Format: General Session Lecture, TED-Style Talk General Session, or


  • Overall Session Goal

  • Brief description (50-75 words) of the session (for conference program and marketing


  • Three (3) learning objectives (in behavioral terms-for continuing education applications)
  • A brief outline of the presentation

Proposals submitted without all the requisite information will not be considered. 

Once you have collected/organized all this information, submit your proposal online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALCA2019 before the deadline of September 21, 2018.

Questions?  Please contact Pam Carlson at 520.881.8008 or meetings@aginglifecare.org


4/3/2019 - 4/6/2019

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