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How to Conference (Virtually) at On Aging 2021: Have Fun

Conferences are fun! And (virtual) On Aging 2021 is going to be no different. Check out the video below to learn about what to expect and then scroll down to see the events planned and use our digital accessories to share your excitement about On Aging 2021.

ASA's On Aging conference is April 6-15 and its going to be unlike any virtual conference you have experienced before. Join ASA's Jen Rivera and Dr. Leanne Clark-Shirley to find out more about what you can expect at On Aging 2021.


Movie Night

Join us on Thursday, April 8, at the end of the day for a special viewing of a movie presented by PBS. After the program, stick around for a chance to discuss it with special guests to be announced.

This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV.

The Genius of Marian

By Banker White and Anna Fitch

When Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, her family grapples with the disease alongside her, and her eldest son attempts to recover her memories by recording conversations in this visually rich, poignant film.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on Caring for the Caregiving in partnership with HFC. The panel will address: 

  1. How can we support family members and caregivers as they go through the process of meeting the needs of their roles and their own needs?
  2. What does caregiving look like in a more equitable world, especially recognizing the higher rate of dementia and Alzheimer’s in communities of color?
  3. What are the policies that we would like to see in place to support family and paid caregivers? 

Moderated by: C. Grace Whiting, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Caregiving


Banker White, Filmmaker and son of Pam White
Bonnie Wattles, Executive Director, HFC
Kamaria Moore, Caregiver and Daughter
Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy, PHI

The Apology

by Tiffany Hsiung

Three former "comfort women" forced into sexual slavery during World War II speak out.

The film screening will be followed by a  discussion around the intersectionality between gender, cultural biases, and age in self-advocacy, while we specifically focus on what it means to be an older adult who survived sexual assault This film gives us an opportunity to hear the voices and connect with survivors, as we learn about their journey to empowerment as elders, who survived assault as young women. 


Tiffany Hsiung, Filmmaker
Lin Li, Post-doctoral Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University


Zoom networking

Networking Breaks

On April 13–15, we will be holding a daily Networking Break, during which you will be randomly grouped with others at the conference. We all have a story of our dear friend we met in an elevator or hallway at a conference. While we wish we could be in person for that happenstance meeting, we are setting up such networking virtually, to give attendees a chance to meet new people. We can’t wait to hear stories about that dear friend made over a Zoom networking event!

Afternoon/Evening Networking Programs

Join us at the end of the day for one of two fun networking opportunities built around our new easy access points for connecting with one another throughout the year.

Monday, April 12: Collaboratives Networking—talk to members with similar interests. You can see the topics and start connecting early by signing into the On Aging Collaboratives now!

Tuesday, April 13: Regionals and Peer Group Networking—get to know fellow members who live and work near you.

Wednesday, April 14: Constituent Group Networking Events—spend some time talking about an area of shared special interest.

Street Tacos

Cooking Demos

There is nothing worse than trying to figure out what to make for dinner after a full day of conferencing. Keep an eye out for our cooking classes that will be available during some breaks between programs. By the end of each of these days, dinner will be ready. We’ll email you an ingredient list ahead of time, so you can prepare.

Share your excitement about On Aging 2021

Download one of the badges, below, and post to your social media profiles and/or website to let everyone know you can't wait for On Aging 2021!