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REFRESH YOUR SOUL 2017: Parish Health Ministry at Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) presents premier Alzheimer’s/Dementia conference in the Midwest, anchored by John O’Leary March 13-14 2017 Cintas Center at Xavier University #Cincinnati, also starring Loretta Anne Woodward Veney and Teepa Snow ~ ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Overcoming the Struggles and Living Inspired’ ~~

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Refresh Your Soul 2017 from Parish Health Ministry at Episcopal Retirement Services ERS John OLeary Cintas Center Xavier University March 13 14 2017

Burnt beyond recognition from an accident at home with gasoline, clinging for life in a hospital at age 9, John O’Leary’s mother asked him if he wanted to live or die.

O’Leary remembers thinking only how much trouble he was going to get in with his dad.

“The only other thing I was thinking was. ‘Do I have the strength to take the next step in my journey?” says O’Leary, now married, a best-selling author and inspirational speaker.

O’Leary is also the keynote speaker for the 2017 Refresh Your Soul Conference, presented annually by the Parish Health Ministry of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS), an event expanding in exponential fashion this year with a two-day symposium in partnership with the Dementia Care Summit at Xavier University.

To be held at The Cintas Center March 13 and 14, the 2017 Refresh Your Soul Conference, the primary fundraising vehicle for Parish Health Ministry, promises to be as insightful, thought-provoking, informative and fun as ever.

A longtime service of ERS, Parish Health Ministry serves as the ecumenical outreach between ERS ( and 70+ churches across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Mr. O’Leary will be sharing his inspirational life story and buoyant messages to a crowd of caregivers and health care professionals seeking to understand more about life-changing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

He will be joined by renowned industry speakers Loretta Anne Woodward Veney and Teepa Snow; Ms. Snow spoke at the Refresh Your Soul 2016 event last year.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Overcoming the Struggles and Living Inspired” is the theme for 2917; day two is the annual Xavier Dementia Care Summit. Refresh Your Soul tickets are on sale for $69.

Contact Hours are available for continuing education and professional accreditation purposes (RN/LPN, Social Worker, Nursing Home Administrator, etc.).

Ms. Veney is an author and well-known speaker who has motivated, taught and trained audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. She is the founder and principal consultant of Superior Training Solutions, LLC.

Ms. Veney has delivered numerous presentations on Dementia and elder care planning for the Alzheimer’s Association, support groups, and memory care communities.

Loretta chronicles her nine-year journey with her Mom’s Dementia as their parent/child roles have reversed in her book, “Being My Mom’s Mom – A Journey through Dementia from a Daughter’s Perspective.” Their journey has been faithful, funny, heartbreaking and hopeful.

Teepa Snow is one of America’s leading educators on Dementia. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for more than 30 years, her experience has led her to develop Positive Approach™ to Care techniques used by families and professionals working or living with dementia throughout the world.

She has an independent practice as well as clinical appointments with Duke University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Teepa is an enlightening, witty, entertaining, and energetic speaker.

Registration, exhibitors and continental breakfast for Refresh Your Soul 2017 starts at 8 a.m. Luncheon presentations will be offered by Mr. O’Leary and Ms. Veney, entitled “ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life” and “Lifting the Spirit of Caregivers,” respectively.

For additional information about the Refresh Your Soul 2017 Conference please visit:

To help meet the long-term goal of Parish Health Ministry becoming self-supporting, this event is the primary fundraiser for the ministry. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this conference will benefit ERS Parish Health Ministry.

Parish Health Ministry, a program of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS), assists congregations of all denominations throughout Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Southeastern Ohio develop or enhance their own faith-based, community-centered nurse/health ministry. Parish Health Ministry was founded in 1998 and currently serves 70 congregations across southern Ohio.

Since 1951, ERS has dedicated itself to improving the lives of older adults through innovative, quality living environments and in-home and community-based services delivered by experienced and compassionate professionals. For more information about ERS please visit

Mr. Bryan Reynolds, Director of Integrated Marketing (513) 979-2243

Press Contact:
Mr. Andy Hemmer (513) 604-5428

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Answers in Alzheimer’s: Lisa Genova, Teepa Snow deliver at sold-out ‘Refresh Your Soul 2016’ Conference on Alzheimer’s and Dementia from Parish Health Ministry, part of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS)

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Lisa Genova, author of 'Still Alice' and a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer's, speaks at "Refresh Your Soul 2016" sponsored by Parish Health Ministry at Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) -

Lisa Genova, author of ‘Still Alice’ and a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer’s, speaks at “Refresh Your Soul 2016” sponsored by Parish Health Ministry at Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) –

Press Release for download Word .docx: Lisa Genova_Teepa Snow highlight a sold-out Refresh Your Soul 2016-Press Release 

Answers in Alzheimer’s:

‘Refresh Your Soul 2016’ from Parish Health Ministry and ERS

National experts Lisa Genova, Teepa Snow enlighten, inform and educate sold- out crowd

[CINCINNATI, Ohio ~ April 5, 2016] “I am so encouraged that so many of you are here today, because this wasn’t the case 10 years ago,” said Alzheimer’s expert and author Lisa Genova, addressing the sold-out crowd at “Refresh Your Soul 2016,” hosted by Parish Health Ministry, a service of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS).

But we can do something. We can bring people living with this disease back into the community. And it all starts with something as simple as what we’re doing today: a conversation.”

Ms. Genova is a Boston neuroscientist, a Bates College valedictorian who traded in her practice to become a self-published author.

She’s now a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer’s and a New York Times best-selling author of several novels, most notably “Still Alice,” made into a 2014 film starring Julianne Moore.

Parish Health Ministry of Episcopal Retirement Services

Parish Health Ministry of Episcopal Retirement Services

Ms. Moore won the 2015 Oscar for Best Actress with her portrayal of a young Harvard neuroscientist dealing with aging issues in her family.

Genova’s literary quest, to seek answers to Alzheimer’s, was like so many others dealing with the baffling, debilitating disease and accompanying dementia.

Her new profession began when her 85-year-old grandmother headed out for bowling. In the middle of the night. By herself.


We all knew she was slowing down, forgetting words, leaving the keys in the door, the tea kettle on the stove, not able to do the checkbook anymore,” Genova told a crowd approaching 1,000 at the Tri-County Assembly of God Church in Fairfield.

So we all went ahead with this dance, that this was a part of normal aging. But it wasn’t. This walk to the bowling alley in the middle of the night, this confusion, this disorientation, this inability to understand, was Alzheimer’s.”

Ms. Genova shared her expertise, experience, personal and professional timeline as the keynote speaker for “Refresh Your Soul 2016,” the annual conference and fundraiser for Parish Health Ministry at ERS (, held last month.

Lisa was joined by Teepa Snow, another national expert on aging, specifically dementia. Parish Health Ministry extends the mission and ministry of Episcopal Retirement Services by encouraging congregations to renew their role in healthcare through health education, personal health counseling, advocacy, focusing on prevention, and treating the whole person in body, mind and spirit.

Working with 77 churches in the region to start a health ministry or enhance an existing one, 700 referrals were made to physicians, clergy, parish nurses, and community agencies in 2015.

The conference was incredible, and attracted our biggest crowd yet. Lisa and Teepa were able to touch the hearts of attendees, giving them hope through understanding and offering practical, effective caregiving advice,” said Jeanne Palcic, director of Parish Health Ministry at ERS.

Author Genova signing copies of "Still Alice."

Author Genova signing copies of “Still Alice.”

This year’s event marked the 16th for the conference, sponsored by (http://

Besides the talks from Ms. Genova and Ms. Snow, attendees benefitted from an entire day spent with ERS and Parish Health Ministry personnel, professional colleagues, fellow caregivers, and other family members dealing with the same issues, seeking more information about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

What they heard was a comprehensive dialogue on a topic that’s been thankfully dragged out of the closet and plopped onto America’s lap.

The speakers’ messages were upbeat, positive, and left attendees with intimate, practical knowledge and advice for dealing with a scourge upon seniors and their families worldwide.

And all it takes is a conversation, Genova said.

She drew parallels between the increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s and how people have successfully dealt with other horrible, deadly diseases, such as HIV and cancer.

When the HIV virus first hit in the ‘80s, it primarily hit the gay population, and that community wasn’t really talking about it because of the shame and stigma. It’s the same story with Alzheimer’s,” Genova said.

Then something changed, and it began with conversation and empathy.”


Do you remember when nobody would even say the word ‘cancer?’ We talked in whispers. We called it ‘The Big C.’ We wouldn’t even say it,” Genova said. “What happened was people would have to go through it alone. There was, again, this shame and stigma that we wouldn’t speak of this.

“There were no blue ribbons back then for cancer, no fundraisers, no neighbors helping with casseroles and carpools. People suffered with it alone, and privately. We did not have treatments, and we did not have survivors.

It’s not an accident that something happened with how we deal with cancer. We began to talk about it, to have a conversation on what cancer is, what it’s like to go through that, and then it wasn’t sympathy we felt from a distance.

“The conversation generated empathy,” Genova continued, “then we began to do lavender ribbons, casseroles and carpools. We began to hold their hand and be with them people who were going through it. And now we have treatments, and survivors.”

Genova believes science will discover a cure for Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, she hearkened to the audience to keep the faith. And to keep talking.

The acceleration of the scientific understanding of this disease is staggering, and amazing. We can get to a cure for this disease, but part of the equation has to be a conversation that leads to empathy, that leads to funding, that will lead to treatments and survivors,” Genova said.

Parish Health Ministry and ERS would like to extend their deepest thanks and sincere appreciation to Ms. Genova and Ms. Snow. Arrangements for the appearance of Lisa Genova were made through Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau of New York, NY.

ERS now serves more than 1,500 residents and touches another 9,725 people through the community-based services it provides, including the parishioners served by Parish Health Ministry.

ERS also operates Deupree Meals On Wheels, delivering warm, nutritious meals to more than 300 seniors daily. The ERS resident population continues to grow with the rapid expansion of Affordable Living by ERS, which more than 1,100 low-income older adults now call home.

For more information about Parish Health Ministry at ERS, please contact Ms. Palcic, Director, at either (513) 979-2238 or at or Mr. Bryan Reynolds, ERS Director of Integrated Marketing at (513) 979-2243 or

For media inquiries, please contact Andy Hemmer at (513) 604-5428 or

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SIX WEEKS FROM TODAY!! ~~ Friday, 3.4.16 ~~ ‘Refresh Your Soul 2016 Conference’ with keynote Lisa Genova (‘Still Alice’), joined by Teepa Snow, hosted by Parish Health Ministry at Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) ~~ presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter ~~ Title Sponsor Christ Church Cathedral, The Diocese of Southern Ohio ~~ ‘ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA: CARING AND COMMUNICATION THAT WORKS’ – Tri-County Assembly of God, Fairfield, Ohio

Posted in Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/22/2016 by @CincinnatiPR

SIX WEEKS AWAY FROM TODAY!! The Refresh Your Soul 2016 Conference from Parish Health Ministry at Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) on Friday March 4, 2016 at Tri-County Assembly Church ~

Who: author Lisa Genova (“Still Alice”) and dementia expert Teepa Snow

What: Refresh Your Soul 2016 Conference

“Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Caring and Communication that Works”

Presented by Parish Health Ministry

A Service of Episcopal Retirement Homes

When: Friday, March 4, 2016

Where: Tri-County Assembly of God Church, 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Ohio 45014

Presenting Sponsor Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati

Title Sponsor is Christ Church Cathedral, The Diocese of Southern Ohio


REGISTRATION FORM/CONFERENCE BROCHURE PDF DOWNLOAD: Refresh Your Soul 2016 Conference Lisa Genova Teepa Snow Parish Health Ministry ERH Registration Form


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