Highlighted Sessions

Highlighted Sessions




01_01_13_Age_Wave_Logo_Dark.jpgDisrupt Aging Classroom: Changing Students’ Conversations and Perceptions on Aging

Sponsored by AARP


Disrupt Aging Classroom is a multi-hour, interactive curriculum led by AARP volunteers, who are extensively trained on the content and effective delivery methods. The curriculum challenges students’ views on aging and shows why understanding the growing aging population is relevant to future careers and lives. It’s delivered in college classrooms across disciplines and evaluated to measure what students learned and any impact on their aging perceptions.

Disrupt Aging Classroom started as a pilot in 2018 in partnership with Connecticut universities including Central Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Hartford. So far, results and feedback from both students and professors has been positive. AARP is working to roll out the program to other states in 2020. Disrupt Aging Classroom was co-created by AARP CT and Borrow My Glasses.

  • Examine how Disrupt Aging Classroom can change students’ perceptions on aging in a substantial way.
  • Explain the data showing how students change their perceptions when asked questions such as: “Is it a privilege to grow older?;” “Should I socialize with older generations and do I want to?;” “Have I noticed signs of agism since taking the class?”
  • Learn how to incorporate this curriculum in a class or on a campus.

Presenters: Erica Michalowski, MSW, AARP CT Associate State Director for Community Outreach


01_01_13_Age_Wave_Logo_Dark.jpg50+ Women: A Consumer Force to be Reckoned With

Sponsored by Age Wave.

mdychtwald.JPGA critical mass of women—bolstered by education, unprecedented levels of workforce participation and escalating income and wealth—are assuming increasingly powerful roles as consumers. All consumer products, services and marketing must recalibrate to court this influential customer base. Drawing on insights from her landmark book, Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Change Our World for the Better, and decades of proprietary Age Wave research, Maddy answers questions such as: What drives women’s purchasing decisions? Are 50+ women brand loyal…or not? What is their approach to money? How do 50+ women feel about ageist stereotypes? Is technology a barrier or a benefit? | Presented by Maddy Dychtwald, Entrepreneur, Author, Co-founder of Age Wave, Working Mom.


01_01_13_Age_Wave_Logo_Dark.jpgLiving and Dying with Dementia: Taking Charge of Your Personal Values

Sponsored by Compassion and Choices.

mdychtwald.JPGDementia is a devastating, incurable disease currently affecting almost 6 million people living in America today and by 2060 that number is expected to soar to 15 million. Compassion & Choices President & CEO Kim Callinan leads a panel of thought leaders to address national efforts to combat dementia and Alzheimer's and how those with an early diagnosis of dementia, and their loved ones, can implement proper planning to stay in control of their lives and care in the early stages of a dementia diagnosis. Attendees will hear firsthand the personal story of Dan Winter, who has early-stage Alzheimer's disease and watched his father live with dementia for 13 years. Participants will learn of new online resources to help them and loved ones document their own values and priorities when facing a dementia diagnosis.

Panel: Kim Callinan, President & CEO, Compassion & Choices, George Vradenburg, Chairman and Co-Founder, USAgainstAlzheimer's, Dan Winter, storyteller and advocate, Tom Quash, Chief Marketing & Program Officer, Compassion & Choices

01_01_13_Age_Wave_Logo_Dark.jpgHow to Maximize Your Effectiveness and Success as a Public Speaker: Lessons From 40 Years on the Front Lines

Sponsored by Age Wave. 

dychtwald.JPGIn this session, created especially for ASA, Ken Dychtwald—who has enjoyed a legendary 40-year career as a visionary thought-leader, best-selling author and sought-after public speaker to countless non-profits and more than half the Fortune 500, involving more than 2,000,000 people worldwide—will share the most important lessons he has learned about how to maximize both audience impact and career success as a public speaker. Join him to learn how to create presentations that will bring the most value and inspire audience engagement. |Presenter: Ken Dychtwald, PhD, Psychologist/Gerontologist, Author, Founder and CEO of Age Wave.

Abbott-main.jpgNational Developments in Addressing Older Adult Malnutrition:  From Research to Policies to Programs

Sponsored by Abbott.

Older adult malnutrition continues as a health crisis in America, and can be addressed through a collaborative effort of key stakeholders in aging research, policy and programs. This session reports on the latest national developments in malnutrition prevention, including the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on federal nutrition programs for older adults, the consideration of sarcopenia and the special nutrition needs of older adults in creating updated Dietary Guidelines, and the integration of malnutrition/undernutrition screening measures into national health surveys. You will walk away with next steps to take to participate in and take action on these opportunities.

Moderator: Meredith Ponder Whitmire,Vice President, Matz Blancato & Associates.

Presenters: Ryne Carney, Public Policy Manager, Alliance for Aging Research; Jaime Gahche, PhD, MPH, Nutritional Epidemiologist, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health; Samantha Koehler, Senior Policy Aide to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

NextAvenue-150x.pngInfluencers in Aging: The Future of Aging in America

Sponsored by Next Avenue. 

nextave.JPGEach year Next Avenue recognizes remarkable people who are redefining what it means to grow old in America. These advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts continue to push beyond traditional boundaries to change our understanding of how we age. Join us for a conversation with some of the 2019 Influencers in Aging. | Moderator: Richard Eisenberg, BSJ, Managing Editor, Next Avenue. | Presenters: Larry Curley, Executive Director of the National Indian Council on Aging; Ronald Long, Director of Elder Client Initiatives at Wells Fargo Advisors; Imani Woody, President and CEO of Mary's House for Older Adults.


wellmed-logo-150px.jpgIt Takes a Dementia Village: Creating Dementia-Friendly Spaces and Programs in Every Community

Sponsored by WellMed Charitable Foundation.wellmed.JPG

The WellMed Charitable Foundation received ACL funding to enhance dementia capability in the San Antonio community. Morgan's Wonderland, the world's first fully accessible theme park, is serving as a mini-dementia village for persons living with dementia and their caregivers—including those living alone with dementia and persons with intellectual disabilities who are at risk of acquiring dementia as they age. Learn about the core components of this project—the incorporation of both fun and education for all participants in a safe, accessible environment, as well as an evidence-based behavior management program for caregivers. | Presenters: Deborah Billa, Grants Manager, WellMed Charitable Foundation; Carole White, PhD,RN, Director, Caring for the Caregiver Program, and Professor, UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing; Carol Zernial, MA, Executive Director, WellMed Medical Charitable Foundation.

WU_Logo_BlackBox_RGB.png#BeFraudSmart: Combatting Money Transfer Scams

Sponsored by Western Union.  

CE Credits: 1

Western Union is dedicated to fighting fraud and helping consumers protect themselves from falling victim to scams. By teaming up and working together with you, we can make it much harder for criminals to commit fraud. Attendees will learn helpful tips to spot potential fraud of older adults, and how to assist in preventing it.


Jessica_Warren.jpgPresenter: Jessica Warren, CFCS, Manager, Fraud Awareness Education and Outreach, Western Union.


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