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September 20, 2013

Manchester mountaineer with MS to speak at conference

On Sept. 26, the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore (ADRC) will hold its seventh annual conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore in Danvers.

The keynote speaker for the event is Wendy Booker of Manchester-by-the-Sea, who is the author of “New Altitude: Beyond Tough Times to the Top of the World.” A person with multiple sclerosis, Wendy has evolved from having a career in interior design to one of motivational speaking, after conquering the Boston Marathon and several mountains, doing some sky diving, and being the first person with MS to reach both the North and South poles. Her story is fascinating and inspiring. Ms. Booker has agreed to spend some time signing copies of her book at the event.

Continental breakfast, registration and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m.; the opening session is at 9:00 followed by a welcome by Congressman John Tierney.

ADRC of the Greater North Shore is a regional group but the model is a national one. Its focus is to create partnerships between aging services agencies and independent living centers that provide disability services so that there is a “no wrong door” approach versus a single point of entry approach to taking care of peoples’ needs for services. Staff cross-training is a goal, as is streamlining of key functions within existing organizations. There is also a focus on involvement of consumers as key advisors.

Members of the ADRC of the Greater North Shore are Elder Service Plan of the North Shore (PACE), Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, North Shore Career Center, North Shore Elder Services, Greater Lynn Senior Services, and SeniorCare Inc.

This year’s conference, “Our Community Tapestry: Weaving Our Way through Challenging Times” will feature several breakout sessions that have continuing education credits pending for social workers and nurses.

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