Speaker/Keynote

Workshop Leader: Eric VanVlymen

Eric VanVlymen

Eric VanVlymen MSW leads the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter as Executive Director.  Before stepping into that role, he directed the chapter’s programs by serving families and professionals affected by Alzheimer’s. During this time, Eric served on two national committees to create Brain Health curriculum for the Association. Eric managed the Adult Day Care and Independent Living programs for a 700-person retirement community in Dayton and began his career as a long-term care ombudsman in Indiana. He earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work at Taylor University and a Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern Indiana.

Working to build his community, he teaches as an adjunct professor at Cedarville University in the Social Work Department.  As well, he served on their Social Work Advisory Committee for six years.  He is a current board member of the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education and a co-chair of the Leadership Dayton Membership Committee.   Eric also volunteers as Director of Prepare/Enrich marriage program at his church overseeing Prepare/Enrich facilitators and meeting with couples.

As a husband of 20+ years, he spends his additional time enjoying his wife and four children: Jacob, Nathan, Hope and Ethan.  Ultimately, Eric’s passion is to honor God by building and encouraging individuals around him to make a difference for others.

Program Description:

Presented from a biblical worldview, this workshop focuses on working with the elderly, understanding aging in light of today’s complex medical, social, legal and service environment. The workshop will discuss how policy decisions impact ethical decisions. It will look at aging trends and ethical issues facing professionals in the aging field.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore 5 key aging trends in light of human development models and environmental/community factors.
  2. Identify the 5 leading ethical issues dealt with by professionals in the aging field.
  3. Examine how public policy impacts the 5 leading ethical issues.