Aug. 13-14, 2018
Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center
Georgetown, Texas

Register Now

Texas Health and Human Services, in collaboration with The University of Texas Austin School of Nursing, is hosting a two-day, free event for family members and professionals who work with older adults.

  • Day One: The Power of Collaboration Among Geriatric Nurses. An education-filled day by nurses, for nurses, providing an advanced education built on the concepts presented during the 2017 Geriatric Symposium and focusing on topics that affect the quality of life and quality of care for the geriatric population. Read the full agenda for day one (PDF).
  • Day Two: Evolution and Advancement in the Aging Community. Learn important information about caring for older adults, including those with dementia. For all health care providers, family members, loved ones, guardians, friends and consumers. Read the full agenda for day two (PDF).

Conference Highlights

Featured Speakers: Day One

Donna Howard
Texas State Representative
District 48

Representative Howard worked as a critical nurse at Brackenridge Hospital and Seton Hospital of Austin. While in Seton, she helped start the Good Health program and served as District 5 President of the Texas Nurse's Association. Representative Howard also served on the University of Texas faculty as a Health Education instructor. In 2009, the Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs honored Representative Howard with its Champion for Nursing Education Award.

Karyn Buxman, MSN, RN, CSP, CPAE
GSB Speaker Management

Through her 20 years of research and experience – along with Patch Adams and neuroscientist researchers – Buxman has concluded that humor is funny and oh, it can help lead an audience toward a positive healthy and happy life.

Buxman's mission in life: To improve global health through laughter and help heal the humor-impaired.

Featured Speakers Day Two

Lance A. Robertson
Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Administration for Community Living
US Department of Health and Human Services

Assistant Secretary Robertson's vision for Administration for Community Living focuses on five pillars: supporting families and caregivers, protecting rights and preventing abuse, connecting people to resources, expanding employment opportunities and strengthening the aging and disability networks.

His leadership in the fields of aging and disability began in Oklahoma, where he served for 10 years as the Director of Aging Services within the state's Department of Human Services.

Scott Abel
Leadership & Professional Development Specialist
Texas Health and Human Services

Scott Abel is a Leadership and Professional Development Specialist with HHS and has served in various state government leadership positions in the areas of policy development, consumer health and communications for more than nine years. A graduate of the Health and Human Services Executive Leadership Academy, he speaks frequently to state agencies, organizations and non-profits on leadership, teamwork and generational differences in the workplace through a blend of storytelling and interactive group dynamics.

Abel has also provided leadership in the field of higher education and intercollegiate athletics as a senior administrator at various universities and with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, where he was the youngest-elected chairman of the organization's prestigious Legislation Committee.

Continuing Education Credits

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission Medicaid and CHIP Services plans to offer continuing education credit for licensed social workers, registered dietitians, certified nurse aides, ombudsmen, guardianship, assisted living facility managers, licensed nursing facility administrators, nursing facility activity directors, licensed psychology professionals, licensed professional counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, licensed marriage and family therapists, and home and hospice managers.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Long-Term Care Regulatory Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Symposium Hotel Information

The Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center is offering a group hotel rate until July 13.

Visit their website for reservation information

Symposium Partners

Visit the Second Wind Dreams website.Visit the Texas Board of Nursing website.Visit the Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization website.Visit the Texas Health Care Association website.Visit the TMF Quality Innovation Network website.Visit the UT School of Nursing website.