“Your eyesight is the first to go.” “It’s just part of getting older.” Such phrases of acceptance are often heard as we enter our 40s and 50s. Yes, our eyes—our vision—will invariably change as we age; however, through early detection of eye disease and other problems and access to affordable treatment options (including glasses and contacts), our eyesight, and thus our quality of life, doesn’t have to be significantly altered.
There’s a saying that “You manage what you measure.” Whether you’re a program administrator within a state agency, a CEO of a health plan or a healthcare provider, what we choose to measure dictates where we focus our time and resources. That’s why identifying the right set of meaningful measures is so important—especially when it comes to the development of programs that serve individuals in need of long term services and supports (LTSS).
All of us appreciate beauty in our lives. Some of us search for it, expecting to find it in objects, a painting, photo, nature, or what we observe outside ourselves. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet who was able to see clearly what many of us do not. Rumi suggested, Let the beauty we love, be what we do; there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
The fourth and final full day of the 2017 Aging in America Conference kicked off at 7:00 AM with a yoga session in Plaza AB led by Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Senior Activity Center Director Douglas Paulsen. At 8:00 AM the 14th Annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit got underway in the Regency Ballroom and nearby meeting rooms.
The third day of the 2017 Aging in America conference continued the unique learning and community-building experience, and our attendees and faculty are not slowing down.
From the morning exercise and morning buzz with the Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group to the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception and Chicago dine-around, the 2017 Aging in America Conference was fully underway on Tuesday with nearly 2,500 participants.
Every year, this conference heralds an extraordinary creation and sustaining of community and commitment. Between individuals who are just meeting for the first time, or who have worked together for decades, thousands of moments of learning, sharing, renewal and discovery take place.
Welcome to Aging in America 2017! A record-breaking 1,650 people came through the conference registration area (and patiently waited at points in some long lines). Attendees didn't lose any time fanning out to the 90+ workshops, symposia and other programs. From the National Forum on Family Caregiving to the evening peer groups, a beautifully diverse community of professionals began a week-long journey of learning, sharing and connecting.