Innovations in Dementia Care: A Celebration of Practice, Research and

Advocacy in Diverse Urban Settings
The Hartford Silberman Center of Excellence in Aging and Diversity (“the Center”) is excited to
announce its first community-based conference, to be held in May 2015. The conference will
commence at the Silberman School of Social Work on the evening of Monday, May 4th with an
opening reception and keynote address on current issues in dementia care for diverse older adults
and their families.
From Tuesday, May 5th through Thursday, May 7th, conference participants will be invited to
attend, either in-person or virtually, several interactive presentations throughout the community.
Selected organizations* will share their innovative approaches to working with clients and their
families in the broad area of dementia care. All participants will be invited to engage in the
learning experience through Q&A sessions moderated by the Center and members of its
Community Council.
On Friday, May 8th, participants will be invited to return to the Silberman School of Social Work
for an opportunity to participate in an interactive brainstorming and discussion session to reflect
on what was shared during the conference, explore ideas for collaborative innovation, review and
renew the Center’s vision and goals, and set an agenda for the following year.
The event is $25 for service providers and free to older adults and family caregivers. All persons
with an interest in older adults are welcome to participate, although it is expected that the
majority of participants will be service providers.
*Request for Proposals:
The Center is seeking proposals from community-based organizations to present their innovative
work in dementia services across the continuum of care, from senior centers to skilled nursing
facilities, and with affected older adults, their families, and their professional caregivers. This
innovative work can be in the areas of direct practice, research, training, policy, or advocacy. A
focus on integration of social and health services is prioritized. The conference offers an
opportunity to showcase the deep expertise and knowledge within our service community that
has led to creative interventions addressing the special needs of diverse urban older adults.

Organizations seeking to present ideally would be able to host a group of approximately 20
people at their on-site presentation for 2-3 hours on a day between Tuesday, May 5th and
Thursday, May 7th, 2015, and provide internet access for the Center to stream the presentation to
virtual participants. Organizations, including institutions partnered with community-based
organizations, must be willing to sign release waivers to allow the Center to video tape and
disseminate their presentation on its website ( If organizations do not
have space and internet capacity and still wish to present their work, if they are selected,
arrangements can be made for presentations to take place at Silberman.
Application Procedures:
Applicants should submit a proposal coversheet with a 250-word abstract that describes their
innovative work with older adults with dementia or their caregivers. Proposals are due by
midnight March 24th, 2015 via email to Rebekah Glushefski at:
Your proposal must include the following:

Cover sheet (see below)
o Presentation Title
o Names and Positions of Presenter(s)
o Names of collaborating agency/ies and descriptions of collaboration (if applicable)
o Contact information
250-word abstract about innovative practice, research, policy, training or advocacy work with
older adults with dementia, their families, or professional caregivers.

All materials should be submitted on a single pdf file attached to the email, with the Presenter’s
full name in the subject line (Example: Daniel Gardner_ Conference_2015). Applicants will be
notified that proposals have been received within 72 hours of receipt of completed submissions.
The Review Committee will notify applicants of its decisions by the first week of April, 2015.
Review Process:
The Review Committee, comprised of Center staff and Community Council members, will
consider the following areas in evaluating proposals:

The compatibility of the proposed presentation with the focus of the conference.
The significance, impact, and established or expected benefit of the innovative practice,
research, policy, training or advocacy work including: a) the relevance and significance of
the work to diverse, under-represented elders; b) existing data or plan to gather data on the
impact of the innovative practice, research, policy, training or advocacy work c) the potential
of the work to advance knowledge and to effect changes in practice and policy affecting
older adults, their families and communities.
The conceptual and technical merits of the innovative practice, research, policy, training or

advocacy work. This includes: a) the clarity and soundness of the conceptualization
supporting the practice, research, policy, training or advocacy work b) a plan for evaluating
the impact of the work.
Technical Assistance:
Technical assistance is available for all organizations interested in submitting a proposal in
response to the RFP. All applicants whose proposals are selected for presentation will also be
offered technical assistance to ensure consistency and quality of presentations.
Please contact Rebekah Glushefski,, Program Manager or Caroline
Gelman,, Director of the Education, Training and Lifelong Learning
Core (ETLC) if you have any additional questions.