General Sessions

Tuesday, March 24

Panel of Pundits 2020: The Decision Year

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition, Pfizer, Matz, Blancato & Associates, PhRMA and Preferred Population Health Management

Tuesday, March 24 | 8:30–9:30 AM

*This session does not offer CE credits*

Abbott-main.jpgpfizer-130x.pngThe American Society on Aging again presents The Panel of Pundits. Here politics and policy connect in a unique format where predicting trumps pontificating. Part 1 of the presentation will focus the panel’s comments on hot issues impacting older adults, from Medicare and Social Security to the Older Americans Act and Elder Justice. Part 2 will focus the panel’s comments on the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.








Bob Blancato

President, Matz Blancato & Associates
Paula Basta
Director, Illinois Department on Aging
Yanira Cruz
President and CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging
Rich Browdie
Former President & CEO
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Jay Newton-Small
Co-founder and CEO, MemoryWell
DC correspondent for TIME Magazine,
Journalist for Bloomberg News
Joel White
Founder and President, Horizon Government Affairs



Feet Forward: Improving Longevity by Taking One Step at a Time

Sponsored by CDW Healthcare, Great Call and SafelyYou.

Tuesday, March 24 | 5:00–6:15 PM

CE Credits: 1



According to the CDC, “Falls are common and costly, especially among Americans age 65 and older. But falls are preventable and do not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) suffers a fall in the U.S.—making falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group. One out of four older adults will fall each year in the United States, making falls a public health concern, particularly among the aging population.” This session will look at where we are with falls prevention and the state of falls in general with older adults. We will raise the question of how fall prevention begins with smart sensors and automation that has the potential to alleviate the fear of falls, offering hope to older adults. A panel of experts will uncover the sobering truth behind falls—the perils, the prevention and the prescription to strive and take the step forward to a new perspective on aging.



David Inns

George Netscher

Ginna Baik, Senior Care Practice Leader, CDW Healthcare
David Inns,
Great Call
George Netscher, CEO,








Wednesday, March 25

The Longevity Revolution: Fierce New Challenges, Incredible New Opportunities

Sponsored by EdwardJones.

Wednesday, March 25 | 9:30–10:30 AM

CE Credits: 1

EdwardJones-NoTaglineBlack_web_1.jpgIronically, history’s greatest accomplishment—increasing longevity—could become civilization’s undoing. Without humane and high-minded course-corrections, the coming age wave could cause a misalignment of every aspect of society from pensions to playgrounds; global pandemics of degenerative diseases including hundreds of millions of humans with dementia; a new era of mass elder poverty; and a gerontocracy that could spark political age wars.


In this special session, Ken Dychtwald outlines four “grand challenges” that are needed to avert these potential challenges and by so doing match health span to lifespan, safeguard financial security for all generations, activate a non-ageist longevity marketplace, and provide an interdependent 21st century purpose for modern elders.



Ken DychtwaldKen Dychtwald, PhD; Psychologist/Gerontologist; Author;
Founder and CEO of Age Wave





Tim ReaWith an introduction by Tim Rea, MA, MPH,
Principal, Chief Marketing Officer, Edward Jones




Thursday, March 26

Inspiring Millennials to Care for the Aging Population

Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.

Thursday, March 26 | 10:30–11:30 AM

CE Credits: 1

NEW-homeinstead-logo-150x.pngAccording to AARP, millennials make up 25% (one in four) of America’s 40 million unpaid family caregivers. These young adults are shouldering responsibilities that most don’t experience until their 50s. This generation is redefining what it means to be a family caregiver. Hear from a panel of experts who have built specific ways for millennials to give, learn and serve.






Erin Albers,
Vice President of Social Purpose,
Home Instead
Senior Care
Ian Hartman-O’Connell,
Policy Integration Director, AARP 
Mari Nicholson,
Director of Communications
The SCAN Foundation
Nihal Satyadev,
CEO and Co-founder
The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s
Natalie von Oldenburg,
Participant in the Champions of Aging Program


Friday, March 27

The Right Prescription: Affording and Accessing Your Medicines

Sponsored by PhRMA.

Friday, March 27 | 8:00–9:00 AM

*This session does not offer CE credits*

PhRMA-400x.pngNew medicines are an integral part of our healthcare system and can help patients live longer, healthier lives. Patient access to the medicines they need is critical both for individuals and their caregivers. However, there are different access opportunities and challenges exist. Join us to learn more about proposals under consideration to help patients afford and access their medicines.