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2015 Aging in America General Sessions

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The 2015 Aging in America Conference featured leaders and visionaries taking on the issues that matter for you and for the older adults you serve. Our keynoters discussed thought-provoking questions in our quest to better understand aging, in America and around the world. 
 

Ken Dychtwald, PhD

President and CEO,
Age Wave and Chair-Elect, ASA Board of Directors

Jo Ann Jenkins

CEO, AARP

 

Pinchas Cohen, MD

Dean, USC Davis School of Gerontology

Paul H. Irving

President, Milken Institute

Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW, PhD

Director, Center for Policy Research on Aging, UCLA School of Public Affairs

Marca Bristo, BSN

President & CEO, Access Living

Alex Hurd, MBA

Senior Director, Health and Wellness Division, Walmart Stores, Inc

Wanda Liebermann, DDes

Visiting Scholar, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley

 

Jaewon Ryu, MD 

Segment Vice President and President, Integrated Care Delivery, Humana Inc.

Debra B. Whitman

Executive Vice President for Policy, Strategy and International, AARP

 

Opening General Session

Monday, March 23 | 4:00–5:30 pmcorp.bankofamerica.com.png
Sponsored by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Part 1: Disruptive Aging

The time has come to disrupt aging—to change the conversation in this country around what it means to get older. It’s not really about aging, it’s about living. When we disrupt aging and embrace it as something to look forward to, we can begin to discover the real possibilities that life has in store for us.


We'll be giving away an AARP RealPad to one lucky attendee during this event! Must be present to win!

Featuring:

  • Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP.

Part 2: Maturity Re-Imagined

The timing, power and purpose of maturity are being dramatically re-imagined as a result of increasing longevity, the boomer age wave and a spectrum of new lifestyle choices across adulthood influencing decisions about health, family, work, housing, leisure, giving and money.

This provocative presentation will explore a wide range of issues with profound implications. We will preview the future of medicine and the emerging technologies that could alter aging in incredible ways. We will examine how our longer lifespans will transform the distribution of learning, work and leisure along the life course. We will preview a new model of retirement in which encore careers and giving back become the norm. We’ll reflect on the changes needed to make our homes and communities “aging friendly.” And we’ll envision the ideal roles for 21st century “elders.”

Ken will also offer predictions on which products and services will explode to meet the needs of a multiplying mature marketplace, and the impact on the widening numbers of professionals who serve this community worldwide.

Featuring:

  • Ken Dychtwald, PhD, President and CEO, Age Wave and Chair-Elect, ASA Board of Directors.

The Upside of Aging: A new Culture of Health, Productivity and Purpose


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We'll be giving away an iPad to one lucky attendee during this event! Must be present to win!

Tuesday, March 24 | 4:00–5:00 pm
Sponsored by CVS Health

As longevity and declining birth rates create an older population of unprecedented significance, it’s time to move beyond stereotypes of dependency and decline to explore the vast potential of longer lives. The age shift certainly brings great challenges. It also brings the potential for a revolution in health and wellness, evolution of age-friendly cities, emergence of a multi-talented, intergenerational workforce, development of education models incorporating older people as students and scholars, and culture change that connects aging and purpose for the benefit of people of all ages. Join our speakers for a wide-ranging conversation about the upside of aging and a new culture of health, productivity and purpose.

Featuring:

  • Paul H. Irving, President, Milken Institute
  • Pinchas Cohen, MD, Dean, USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW, PhD, Director, Center for Policy Research on Aging, UCLA School of Public Affairs

Disabilities in Aging: A Future Redesigned


 

We'll be giving away an iPad to one lucky attendee during this event! Must be present to win!

Wednesday, March 25 | 11:00 am–Noon
Sponsored by Walmart.

This session will explore the lives of differently abled older adults who live in community and require creative accommodation to navigate independently in their homes, through streets and public buildings. Many older adults will experience some level of physical or cognitive decline by virtue of the aging process. Others may experience a sudden onset of health decline such as stroke, visual impairment and early onset of dementia. This General Session will address these questions: Who are the nation’s innovative leaders contributing to creative options that lead to greater independence in later life? How have advancements in urban planning, architectural design and biomedical technology contributed to a future of greater mobility and active living? Presenters will take us on a journey, showing us experiments in design and functionality (now available to a few), which will become more widely available in a future redesigned.

Featuring:

  • Marca Bristo, BSN, President & CEO, Access Living
  • Alex Hurd, MBA, Senior Director, Health and Wellness Division, Walmart Stores, Inc
  • Wanda Liebermann, DDes, Visiting Scholar, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley
  • Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW, PhD, Director, Center for Policy Research on Aging, UCLA School of Public Affairs

Using Information and Technology to Improve Health Care for Older Adults


 


We'll be giving away an AARP RealPad to one lucky attendee during this event! Must be present to win!

Wednesday, March 25 | 3:00 –4:00 pm
Sponsored by Humana

Information and technology are changing the world around us every day. It is no different in the world of health care. This session will explore how information and technology are transforming and improving the way we treat older adults. You will hear examples of ways technology is helping older patients stay healthier and how it assists the transfer of information and makes health support easier. Many of our older adults live with chronic conditions. Learn how information and technology is helping to identify those older adults in need of special care programs and enabling the communication across systems resulting in more timely communication among healthcare providers and hospitals.

Featuring:

Jaewon Ryu, MD, Segment Vice President and President, Integrated Care Delivery, Humana Inc.


Transforming Communities for an Aging Society 

Thursday, March, 26 | 10:30–11:30 am
Sponsored by AARP



We'll be giving away an AARP RealPad to one lucky attendee during this event! Must be present to win!

America is growing older. This is true for every state and nearly every community. By 2030, one out of every five people in the U.S. will be 65 and older. Eight out of 10 boomers want to stay in their homes and communities; yet only 16 percent of communities are prepared to address the needs of their aging residents.

Transforming our communities to be more age-friendly and livable can be one of the most effective ways of meeting the healthcare, financial and personal fulfillment needs of older people. AARP supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for people of all ages. We believe that communities should provide safe, walkable streets, age-friendly housing and transportation options, access to needed services, and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.

This session will explore the impact of communities in an aging society, especially on the most vulnerable. Learn about solutions such as the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities and the soon-to-be launched AARP Livability Index, which help older people, their family members, community leaders and policymakers better understand the potential of their communities and ways to improve.

Featuring:

  • Jeannine English, CPA, MBA, President, AARP
  • Rodney Harrell, PhD, Director, Livable Communities AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Debra B. Whitman, Executive Vice President for Policy, Strategy and International, AARP

Picture of iPad courtesy of Flickr user, melenita

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