Mission

The Northern Plains Conference on Aging (NPCA) is an annual conference for regional professionals and senior members of the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding communities. The two-day event features a variety of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking and gathering resources. Topics focus on research, practices, policies, ethics, self-care and motivation, with an emphasis on aging and current issues.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are also available.

Committee Members

The great success of this conference is due to the dedication of its committee members. While some have been involved for many years & others have joined more recently, this group of professionals brings a great variety of hands-on experience & a wealth of knowledge to the planning process. They live & work in our healthcare & senior communities, & we are grateful for their volunteered time.

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AMY

Dallmann

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CARMEN

Escobar

Executive Director,

River Pointe

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STACI
Metzger

Lead Social Worker,

Hospice of the Red River Valley

+NPCA Committee Chair, 2022

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JAMIE

Odegaard

Director of Marketing & Client Success, Griswold Home Care

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ABBY

Papenfuss

Director of Social Services & Admissions, Eventide

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WENDY

Tabor-Buth

Bereavement Coordinator,

Ethos Home Care & Hospice

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PETRA

Vanderford

Event Coordinator,

Concordia College

History

The Northern Plains Conference on Aging (NPCA) began when four of North Dakota’s RASPAs (Regional Aging Services Program Administrators) formed a committee & pooled their funding for education in an effort to offer the best opportunity for learning about the aging population.

 

Later on, additional committee members were added from the community, who also worked in the field of aging & helped solicit additional funds through grants & various community entities.

 

After a few years, Valley Senior Services, a department of the Fargo Park District, began coordinating the annual conference. The long-standing tradition of offering such a professional, organized, well-run event is truly due to their commitment throughout the years. In 2021, Concordia College began to oversee the conference planning & looks forward to continuing to offer a high-quality conference each year.

 

​After 20+ years, the NPCA has come to be known as an informative, engaging event that brings together both working professionals & senior citizens for a time of learning & networking.

While focusing on current topics & how they are related to aging, this two-day event is a time for gathering resources, securing CEUs for the fields of nursing & social work, & networking with others in the Fargo-Moorhead & surrounding communities.

Conference Details

Continuing Education Units: Each year varies slightly depending on speakers and topics, but on average we are able to offer 8-10 hours of CEU credits for professional participants who attend all sessions. The final number will be confirmed by August of each year and posted on the SCHEDULE page.

Event Location: Our annual conference is held at the Avalon Events Center, located at 2525 9th Ave. S, Fargo, ND.

Virtual: We currently do not offer live-streaming of any sessions at the conference. This is a two-day in-person event.

2022

Optimal Aging + Wellness

2017

Discover a New Vision

2012

Transitions

Throughout

the Lifespan

2007

Gates to Independence: Options & Choice

2002

A Journey of Mind,

Body & Spirit

Resilient Aging:

Moving Forward

with Confidence

2016

Creating Pathways

to Independence

2011

Caring for Yourself

& Others

2006

Common Threads:

Weaving the Fabric of Aging & Disability

2001

An Educational Journey

2020

25th Annual:

Virtual Event

2015

Aging Re-Imagined

2010

Celebrate Aging -

Endless Possibilities

2005

Shaping the Future Together

2000

The Aging Spectrum - Addressing Tomorrow's Issues Today

2019

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2014

Creating Our Future

2009

Resilience and Wisdom through Aging

2004

Aging Well, Living Well

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2018

Safe Today,

Healthy Tomorrow

2013

Unleashing the Power

of Age, Health & Gender

2008

Life's Your Legacy... Live It

2003

Forging Partnerships

in Learning & Life