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In-Person Registrations Close on Friday, April 5th
On Demand Registrations will be accepted until Thursday, April 18th

About the Conference


This year’s 39th annual OCAPS Conference, Successfully Leveling Up: Planning and Preparing for the Stages of Aging, is a conference you will not want to miss!

Please plan to join us at the beautiful Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center located in Columbus, Ohio, on April 19, 2024. The day will be filled with informative presentations, content that can be used in your workplace, and ideas on bridging gaps and collaborating.

We are thrilled to begin the day with Iris Freeman as our featured speaker. This year’s workshops will have experts discuss in-depth what you should know about different types of dementia, the use of home-visiting medical providers, what geriatric assessments entail, working with diverse populations as they age, and replicable collaboration across systems to reach the common goal of keeping older adults safe, thriving, and residing in their communities. We will conclude the conference with Katie Kurtz.

In addition, the conference will provide you with the opportunity to review cutting-edge models of care in responding to abuse, investigating elder financial exploitation, legal interventions, trauma-informed responses, and use of probate court orders for guardianship. The event will cover multiple levels of experiences on how we can work together to move Ohio’s elder justice agenda forward.  

We invite professionals serving older adults representing adult protective services, financial services, prosecutors, law enforcement, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, court administration, consumer protection, advocacy organizations, policymakers, researchers, and all aging network professionals to attend the conference.

Morning Plenary Speaker - Iris Freeman
Afternoon Plenary Speaker - Katie Kurtz





Conference Schedule




Registration includes access to the live sessions on April 19th and on-demand sessions following the live event.

CEUs will be provided at no additional cost.

Please note that CLEs can only be obtained through in-person attendance.

Conference Rates:
Member = $155
Non-member = $200

Student / Retiree = $80


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Professional credits are currently pending. We have applied for 5 contact hours for the in-person conference for both CLEs and CEUs. The on-demand format will only be available for CEU credits (not CLEs); currently, 12.5 CEUs are pending.

Cancellation Policy

Registrations for the in-person conference will be accepted until April 5, 2024. On-demand registration will be accepted until April 18, 2024. All cancellations must be processed by contacting OCAPS at All modifications and cancellation requests are pending until OCAPS confirms the request.

Registration change options are:

  1. Substitute for a new attendee. Substitutions can be made anytime by modifying your registration information (including onsite at conference check-in). On-site name substitutions will be accepted.

  2. Request to modify registration from In-person to “On-demand only” will be accepted upon request.

  3. Cancel registration entirely. Your registration must be canceled before March 29, to receive a full refund. After March 29, 2024, no refunds will be issued. On-demand registration or on-site name substitutions will be accepted. “No-shows” will be billed the full registration fee.

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Iris C. Freeman, MSW, is a longtime advocacy leader in public policy for older adults. She is the Founding Board Chair of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center and led its Public Policy Committee. As an educator, she taught Elder Justice and Policy classes to Mitchell Hamline College of Law students from 2008 to 2021. Earlier, she taught Community Practice, Advanced Community Organizing, and Advocacy courses at the University of Minnesota Graduate School of Social Work from 2003-2008.


In 2002, she was honored by the School of Social Work as its Alumna of the Year, and in 2010, as a Distinguished Alumna of the University’s College of Education and Human Development. In 2011, she was selected by The Consumer Voice to receive the Elma Holder Founder’s Award for leadership in long-term care. In 2012, the Capitol Report/Politics in Minnesota journals named her a Leader in Public Policy. She received the 2015 National Adult Protective Services Association’s award for Advancing the Field through Collaboration, recognizing forty years of work to build coalitions for elder justice. More recently, she was honored for her leadership by the Minneapolis Legal Aid Society in 2019.


Ms. Freeman directed the Advocacy Center for Long-Term Care for over 20 years and was Director of Public Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter from 2000-2003. She has brought long-term care consumer perspectives to state and local working groups and lawmakers since the 1970s as staff in these organizations and, later, as a public policy advisor to senior and labor organizations. She has served on numerous local and national boards and advisory committees. These currently include the National Adult Protective Services Association Board of Directors, the National Network of State Elder Justice Coalitions Steering Committee, the Care Providers of Minnesota Board of Trustees (a scholarship arm of the professional association), and Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard, where she is Board Secretary.

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Katie Kurtz, MSW LISW-S (she/her), is a subject-matter expert and trainer specializing in integrative and inclusive trauma-informed care. As a licensed social worker & and certified coach, she has spent the last 15 years specializing in trauma-informed training and consultation across multiple disciplines and industries.

Katie is the author of the reflective space holding tool, the Contain Card Deck©, and host of A Trauma-Informed Future Podcast. Additionally, she is the regional co-chair of the State of Ohio’s Trauma-Informed Care Collaborative and a subject matter expert with the Integrate Network. She is invited to guest teach in various professional settings nationally and abroad. Her leadership and work have been awarded and internationally recognized within both the social work and coaching fields.


Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Gender Studies from the University of Dayton as well as a Master of Social Work degree and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University.


While Katie has worked extensively with caregivers in her work within health and human

services across Northeast Ohio, she also has a unique lived experience. Katie has been the primary caregiver for her parents since starting her social work career 15 years ago. In 2018, her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and ever since, Katie has been by her side caring and advocating for her while working full-time. Katie is passionate about caregiver support, burnout prevention, and recovery. Katie lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her partner and two puppies.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Diamond Level
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Platinum Level

Franklin County Office on Aging


Gold Level


Area Office on Aging of NW Ohio
Cotter House Worthington
Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services
HarmonyCares Medical Group

Ohio Dept. of Commerce = Division of Securities
Ohio JFS Directors' Association
Ohio Dept. of Insurance - OSHIIP
The Ohio State University College of Social Work
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Silver Level
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
Direction Home Akron Canton
Ohio Guardianship Association
Ohio Probate Court Judges Association
Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's Department of Job and Family Services
United Church Homes

Bronze Level

District 5 Area Agency on Aging
FirstLight Home Care
IKOR of Columbus
PowerHouse Pros LLC

Friends Level
The Ganzhorn Suites of Powell
PNC Bank (Powell)

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