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Refresh Your Soul 2017

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Episcopal Retirement Services' Parish Health Ministry (PHM) and Xavier University (XU) present...

Two days devoted to dementia care.

Day One: PHM's Refresh Your Soul Conference
Day Two: XU's Dementia Care Summit



ONFIRE-Book.pngON FIRE: Living a Radically Inspired Life

Get ready for some unexpected humor and to live your life ON FIRE! Keynote presenter, John O’Leary, was expected to die and now teaches others to truly live. He will share his story of being burned on 100% of his body as a backdrop for the fires in your life. The admiration John has — for his father who has had Parkinson’s disease and his grandmother who has dementia — and appreciation he has for their caregivers will be palpable. John’s inspirational story will inspire you to share hope, purpose, perspective, faith and love with everyone you meet and serve.

Being My Mom’s Mom

Loretta Anne Woodward Veney will share insights gained from nine years of caring for her Mom living with dementia and highlight effective strategies for managing challenging behaviors. Ms. Veney will also demonstrate the healing power of humor amidst the heartache of this life-changing disease.

Creating Days that Have Meaning and Joy

Through her extraordinary and unique presentation style, Teepa Snow will share fresh, new ideas on how to promote meaningful, person-centered activities that lead to true engagement for people living with all stages of dementia, so they might find purpose and joy in life.


Keynote John O’Leary, BSBA, CPE OLearyJohn_3067.png

Bestselling author and inspirational speaker, John O’Leary has shared his message with over 500,000 people. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor, and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational. John’s recent book, ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, was an instant #1 National Bestseller. “I share these lessons as a tribute to those who leapt into the flames to save me. Who worked tirelessly to restore me. I share these lessons as an invitation for you to choose to wake up to the fullness of your life, to embrace the gift of each moment, and to celebrate the joy of living inspired!” 

Loretta Anne Woodward Veney, MA, CPP Loretta-Anne-Woodward-Veney.png

Ms. Veney is an author and well known speaker who has motivated, taught and trained audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. She is founder and principal consultant of Superior Training Solutions, LLC. She has delivered numerous presentations on dementia and elder care planning for the Alzheimer’s Association, support groups, and memory care communities. She 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, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA teepaSnow.png

Teepa Snow is one of America’s leading educators on dementia. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 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 & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is an enlightening, witty, entertaining, and energetic speaker.


Luncheon with John O’Leary or
Loretta Anne Woodward Veney

A limited number of seats are available through online registration only for an additional cost of $30.00.  Registration opens on November 30th.

Luncheon presentations:
John O'Leary - ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
Loretta Woodward Veney - Lifting the Spirit of Caregivers






A conference brochure for download will be available soon.

Help spread the word! Click here to download the 2017 Refresh Your Soul flyer. You can print and post it in the office, your church or other community bulletin board. 


Continuing education credits will be available. Please check back soon for more information.


Registration for the 2017 conference will open later this year.

Early bird discounted registration without contact hours $59 ($69 on or after Feb. 8th)
Early bird discounted registration with contact hours $85 ($95 on or after Feb. 8th)

All registrations include continental breakfast, box lunch and event materials.

No registrations accepted at the door.


To help meet the long-term goal of Parish Health Ministry becoming self-supporting, this event is the primary fundraiser for the ministry. 100% 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 community nurse/health ministry. The 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.


Xavier University's Dementia Care Summit will focus on topics impacting those living with dementia and their caregivers, such as care options, accessibility to services, and financial implications as well as planning and visioning for the future. For more information and to register visit: http://www.xavier.edu/dementia-summit 

Event Date & Time

Refresh Your Soul Conference
Monday, March 13, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Xavier Dementia Care Summit
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


event Location

The Cintas Center at Xavier University
1624 Herald Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45207

Get In Touch

Rebecca Schroer
Email: rschroer@erslife.org
Phone (513) 979-2246

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