Welcome to the website of the Gerontology Professionals of Long Island. First formed in 1990, GPLI has served as a networking and educational center for nurses, social workers, service providers, educators, advocates, students, and scores of other professionals who serve the aging population of Long Island.
GPLI Meetings for 2018-2019
Spring 2019 Meetings Announced
On February 26, 2019 join GPLI for our winter meeting of 2018-2019, to be held at Mills Pond Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 273 Moriches Rd., St. James, NY. This meeting will focus onIncarceration and Aging. We previously looked at this topic many years ago, and focused mostly on the prison population in New York State. In 2019 we want to revisit the topic, especially since Suffolk County has initiated a 55+ Unit for the Suffolk County Jail. Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. will be the guest speaker. The flyer will be ready in early January and will be posted here.
April 16, 2019 will be our last meeting for Spring of 2019. Several of our Board members are planning the speakers for that meeting which will focus on Transgendered Aging.
2018 Meetings Set Direction for the Year
On October 11, Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hosted our first meeting, on the topic of Bankruptcy and Reverse Mortgages: Risky Options or Sound Decisions for Seniors. Robyn Berger-Gaston, GPLI Board Member, planned and conducted this program, welcoming the speakers: Richard Artura, Attorney and Partner of Phillips, Artura and Cox; and Edward O'Connor, Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional.
Most recently, GPLI was hosted by Amber Court Assisted Living of Smithtown. Bruce Ritter, also a GPLI Board Member, planned and coordinated this meeting with a panel of experts on Assisted Living.
Hindel Jesselson, Executive Director of Amber Court, and Maria Brownworth, Director of Community Relations at Amber Court addressed the role of Community Medicaid and other alternative funding to support those who might not otherwise be able to afford assisted living.
Sharon Ritter, Partner with Bruce Ritter in Care Patrol, addressed other options for Assisted Living Planning, Price Ranges, All Inclusive vs. Alacarte structures and Licensing Differences.
Jennifer Singer, Director of Social Work and Case Management at Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing spoke to the more personal topics of supporting families who are trying to help a family member transition into Assisted Living.
As evidenced here by the programs already completed this is an outstanding year for GPLI, and we hope you can join us for the Spring Meetings.
This is a professional networking organization, split between Nassau and Suffolk counties. Our meetings are planned around topics brought forward by the Executive Board, or requested by the membership, with the goal of expanding our knowledge of current trends and future developments in the field of aging.
Thanks to the generosity of the aging providers on Long Island, we are often able to hold our meetings in beautiful surroundings and share a light supper together before we actually begin our program.
You will be able to introduce yourself and your business/agency before the meeting and display your agency's informational materials.
Relationships are often developed between members during these relaxed events.
The program speakers, representing the best experts on Long Island in their respective fields, then speak or make presentations either as solo speakers, or as members of a panel.
There are four of these meetings each year, with generally about 30 -40 people in attendance.
We split the locations between Suffolk and Eastern Nassau counties.
Please join us and if you like what you see and hear, please support our efforts by officially joining for the minimal price of $30. Your membership dues support our communications efforts, some of our hospitality offerings, and our scholarship initiative.
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Membership Information Membership in GPLI entitles you to announcements of meetings and conferences, directories of membership, as well as the opportunity to regularly communicate with other professionals in the field of aging concerning professional growth, advocacy, and marketable services. There are four meetings each year, an annual June dinner, and occasional special events. There are two categories of membership: Organizational Membership (Two representatives for $50) and Professional ($30) and Student ($15). See Page 2 for an application.
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