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.

Mission

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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JULIE

Marxen

Program Director,

Senior Connections

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STACI
Metzger

Lead Social Worker,

Hospice of the Red River Valley

+NPCA Committee Chair, 2021

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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.

 

​Now in its 26th year, 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 Themes

2000

The Aging Spectrum - Addressing Tomorrow's Issues Today

2005

Shaping the Future Together

2010

Celebrate Aging -

Endless Possibilities

2015

Aging Re-Imagined

2020

25th Annual:

Virtual Event

2001

An Educational Journey

2006

Common Threads: Weaving the Fabric of Aging & Disability

2011

Caring for Yourself

& Others

2016

Creating Pathways to Independence

2021

Resilient Aging:

Moving Forward

with Confidence

2002

A Journey of Mind,

Body & Spirit

2007

Gates to Independence: Options & Choice

2012

Transitions Throughout the Lifespan

2017

Discover a New Vision

2003

Forging Partnerships

in Leaning & Life

2008

Life's Your Legacy... Live It

2013

Unleashing the Power of Age, Health & Gender

2018

Safe Today,

Healthy Tomorrow

2004

Aging Well, Living Well

2009

Resilience and Wisdom through Aging

2014

Creating Our Future

2019

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