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Jean Accius, Ph.D. Jean Accius, Ph.D.

Caregiving: Is it Different for Men?

Biography: Dr. Jean Accius is a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services and supports (LTSS). Read More

He currently serves as the Vice President of the Long-Term Services & Supports and Livable Communities Group within the AARP Public Policy Institute. In this role, he provides strategic direction, thought leadership and technical expertise in leading a team at the forefront of developing innovative policy solutions for livable communities as well as the effective delivery and financing of LTSS.

Dr. Accius brings a wealth of experience to his current work, having served in positions across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to advance the issues and interests of older adults. At the state level, Dr. Accius served as a Senior Program lead within the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for the Ambassadors for Aging program. Under his leadership, he developed innovative tools that raised awareness and sparked discussions regarding the social, economic and political contributions of older Floridians to address the state’s fiscal and social challenges. At the federal level, he worked as a Senior Policy Advisor within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Department of Health & Human Services). In that role, he implemented, directed and monitored multimillion-dollar grant programs and projects designed to support and improve the delivery of LTSS at the state level.

Dr. Accius has authored numerous reports and a range of articles and blogs that have garnered immense attention from the policy community, practitioners in the field and the media. Several of his groundbreaking reports and blogs have been cited in various prominent media outlets, including the Congressional Quarterly’s online arm and Huffington Post. Dr. Accius has been quoted in both national and specialized media, print and digital.

Dr. Accius sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Generations, the journal for the American Society on Aging, and the Mission and Population Board Committee of the Holy Cross Health hospital system. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and serves on the boards of Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, Leadership Maryland and the Florida State University Alumni Association.

Dr. Accius holds a master's degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from American University.

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Session Description: While the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who takes care of a relative, caregivers on the whole are becoming as diverse as the American population. Read More

Men, a group often stereotyped as failing to take on caregiving responsibilities, currently represent 40 percent of family caregivers and provide an average of 23 hours a week supporting a loved one. As a nation, we must raise the visibility and support for caregiving families to keep them from burning out. This session will describe the looming care gap, highlight the economic value of caregiving and examine the experiences of male caregivers and ways to provide meaningful support.

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Rabbi Richard F Address
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Rabbi Richard F Address, D.Min


New Life-New Rituals: A Look at New Rituals Created to Speak to Our Own Longevity, and Why We Need Them

Biography: Rabbi Address is the Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging, LLC. He is also adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College in New York and hosts a weekly radio show, Boomer Generation Radio”. Read More

He was ordained from HUC-JIR in 1972, served congregation in California and New Jersey and spend 33 years on staff of Union for Reform Judaism as Regional Director and the as founding director of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns. It was in that capacity that the Sacred Aging project was created and this was recipient of the 2010 Best Practice award for congregation programming from NCOA. Rabbi Address also serves as co-chair of Committee on Spirituality and Diversity for C-TAC (Coalition to Transform Advanced Care), the Jewish Advisory Board for Jewish Hospice in Southern N.J. and as consultant to NCOA on the Jewish curriculum for their Aging Mastery Program.

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Session Description: What is the role of ritual in our lives? What purpose does ritual play in our extended life span? Read More

In this session we will explore the growing interest in creating new rituals for the new life stages that have been evolving within the longevity revolution. Driven, in large part, by Baby Boomers and their search for meaning in these new life stages, we will examine prayers and rituals that speak to such issues as: signing and advanced directive, older-adult cohabitation, the removal of a wedding ring after a year of mourning, upon learning of a serious diagnosis, mental health issues and the possible need to re-examine the concept of adultery in light of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Moira Allan Moira Allan


Pass It On Network: Worldwide Leadership

Biography: Moira Allan is the co-founder and international coordinator of the Pass It On Network, an Internet platform that connects positive aging advocates from around the world so they can share their strengths to help each other, their communities, and themselves. Read More

She serves on the councils of EURAG, Europe’s oldest federation of senior organizations (155 in 32 countries), the International Longevity Center-France and is the international liaison for Old’Up, the cutting edge French association leading the way for the 80+.

She started in journalism and public relations and acquired skills that have served throughout her career as life coach (University Paris 8), trainer, and manager. Moira is from South Africa and has lived in Paris for the last 37 years. She coordinates the Too Young To Retire network in Europe started after the first Positive Aging Conference at Eckerd College, Florida, in 2007 where she met Jan Hively Ph.D. Together they she set out on a collaborative exploration of the longevity revolution. They co-created with World Café Europe, the European Voices for Active Aging (EVAA) project, in 2012 during the European Union’s Year for Active Aging and went on to launch the Pass It On Network in November 2013 in Paris.

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Session Description: Leadership worldwide for active, positive aging lifelong The Pass It On Network will showcase a worldwide array of programs, projects, and ideas for generating and supporting active, positive aging. Read More

Pass It On’s co-founders, Moira Allan (International Coordinator, based in Paris) and Jan Hively (U.S. Liaison), will briefly describe the past, present, and future of the global network launched as a “big idea” at the Sixth Positive Aging Conference in 2013. Four of Pass It On’s regional liaisons will then describe their creative programs that are freely available for adaptation with mentoring to other positive aging advocates through the website, www.passitonnetwork.org

  • •Dieter Zwicky, Switzerland: Dream...Plan…Live…it! - A process for reawakening your inner child, finding your passions and making them real.

Moira and Jan will then introduce other Pass It On liaisons attending the conference. Each one will briefly describe a program or resource that they are sharing through the Pass It On Network. Open discussion will follow.

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David Alley, Ed.D
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David Alley, Ed.D


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Biography: David Alley is former Executive Director of SHIFT an organization that supports people in mid-life work transition. Read More

He is CEO and Chairman of Designs for Learning a consulting firm with 25 employees and 20 contractors serving MN Charter Schools non-profits and small businesses since 1992 with a wide variety of services. DL is a repeat winner of the national Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility. David is a former charter school director and vice-president for student affairs in a small church-related college. He has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Adult Learning and Higher Education.

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Session Description: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is the systematic application of mindfulness training to stress. Read More

Mindfulness can enable us to live more satisfying lives, to nurture our health and well-being. Mindfulness is a twofold process of bringing attention to moment-by-moment experience: 1) self-regulating one’s attention in order to recognize what is going on in the mind and body and 2) adopting an “orientation” toward one’s experience characterized by curiosity, openness and acceptance – essential skills for all aspects of positive aging. Mindfulness is also important for self-awareness and personal leadership, managing uncertainty and change, effective communication and problem solving. Session objectives include an overview of mindfulness and brief interactive practice with several practical approaches mindfulness in everyday life.

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Debra Amandola Debra Amandola


Women Extending Work Beyond 65

Biography: Debra Amandola has over 30 years of experience in Leadership Development in Fortune 500 corporations and smaller for profit organizations. Read More

She is in the final stages of completing her PHD in Adult Education at Kansas State University. The focus of her research has been with exploring and discovering the characteristics of women who have extended their work over age 65. Debra is planning to have her PhD complete in May, 2017. This research has been a passion of Debra for almost a decade. She holds a Master’s Degree from Fielding Graduate University in Organization Development, an MBA in Finance from Baker University in Overland Park, KS. and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska. Her BS Degree is from the University of Central Missouri in Education. Debra grew up in a family owned and operated resort on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. She has been married for 36 years to George and they have an adult son and daughter. She enjoys walking her huskie dogs, snow skiing, boating, and reading.

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Session Description: Women may have additional reasons to extend work beyond the traditional retirement age. Finch (2014) predicts that women will extend their working life beyond the working life of men. Read More

Munnell and Sass (2008) assert that young women who grew up in the 1960s could see they would spend much of their life and time working for the first time in women’s history. Munnell and Sass further assert this cohort of Baby Boomers will spend more time in the labor force than the early Baby Boomers because of the role changes for women and this will impact them as they work into older ages.

This study is designed to gain an understanding for the characteristics that contribute to the extended work of college educated, professional women who have been able to extend employment to an age beyond the typical retirement age of 65. For the women who are doing this, it represents a dramatic change for women. While Fideler (2012) researched women working over age 60 in professional job situations. This new research builds on her work from 2011 and applies theories to help understand women from a theoretical point of view. Women stay employed past the traditional retirement age of 65 for several reasons. One of the primary reasons for extending the retirement age women often delay their work careers due to a higher tendency to be involved in family-life in their younger years when they perhaps took time off to raise children, work part time, or cared for aging parents (Finch, 2014). Secondly, financial considerations point to an increased retirement age from a Social Security income boost retirement to 70 or beyond. The challenge of Social Security Administration is to stay liquid because 76 million Baby Boomers may push this system to its limits (Gate, 1997). Financial security is an important reason to extend employment, yet it is not the only reason. Fideler states “demographic developments, primarily the two intersecting themes of gender and age are colliding with current economic conditions to spark a new phenomenon: the fastest growing cohort by rate of increase in the paid workforce is women sixty-five and older” (p.3). Women extend work because of psychological, physical health, and emotional health or well-being reasons (Calvo, 2006). Considering women specifically, many continue to work because they love the work they do and want to be a continuing member for their respective employers (Fideler, 2012). There are harsh financial reasons as well as satisfaction and fulfillment reasons to extend employment.

The problem to be researched is women are now looking to extend their work and as a cohort are representing dramatic change. Women who are choosing to work beyond 65 may be in unchartered space. As the large number of Baby Boomer women reach 65, they can benefit from the information to be uncovered and discovered in this study about the characteristics and motivators to extend employment. The purpose of this study is to uncover and discover the important characteristics women between 65 and 70 in age have that have enabled them to extend employment so it can be shared with other women as they age to help them achieve similar things. This study focuses on women exclusively and traditionally men have been the focus of research of this type. This represents a strong need for this type of research.

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Ashton Applewhite Ashton Applewhite


This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life

Biography: Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. Read More

The author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Ashton has also written for Harper’s, Playboy, and Generations. In 2015 she was included in Salt magazine's list of 100 inspiring women—along with Arundhati Roy, Elizabeth Warren, Germaine Greer, Naomi Klein, Pussy Riot, and other remarkable activists—who are committed to social change.

Ageism is emerging as a pressing human rights and social justice issue, and Ashton has become a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against it. She speaks widely to ever-larger audiences across the country, in venues that have ranged from New York’s KGB Bar and Cornelia Street Café to the Institute for the Future, the University of Washington School of Social Work, the New York Public Library, Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, Encore’s annual conference, and Bill Thomas’ national Second Wind tour.

Ashton’s work is a call to wake up to the ageism in and around us, embrace a more accurate and positive view of growing older, and push back against the forces that frame it as decline. In the words of Risa Breckman, Executive Director of the NYC Elder Abuse Center, “All practitioners working with older adults need to be informed about the pernicious influences of ageism. Nobody does this better than Ashton Applewhite. Her thinking is deep, her passion infectious, and her cogent message is spot on: we urgently need to have a national conversation about ageism to raise awareness about it and to stop it.” Experts in the field of positive aging hail This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism as “one of the most important books you'll ever read” (Marc Freedman, CEO of Encore.org), “a knowledgeable, straight-talking, and witty book that briskly explains to anyone how-wrong-we-are-about-aging” (Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of Agewise), and “a magnificent mix of personal reflection, cultural criticism, and cold hard facts, this remarkable book should spearhead an ‘anti-ageist’ revolution—which can’t come a moment too soon” (Karl Pillemer, author of 30 Lessons for Living).

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Session Description: I’m interested in why Americans are so ambivalent about the prospect of longer lives. I was too, until I learned more. Read more

It turns out that people are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives. That the vast majority of Americans over 65 live independently. That older people are less depressed than the young or middle-aged. That the older people get, the less afraid they are of dying.

Why do these facts surprise so many? Because ageism - internalized and in the culture at large - obscures all but the most negative messages about life after 65 (or 50, or just aging past youth), with disastrous personal and political implications. In the 20th century, the civil rights and women’s movements raised our awareness of racism and sexism. It’s high time to do so around discrimination and stereotyping on the basis of age. The stakes are high, because conceiving of the longevity boom as a disaster—the ageism-fueled scenario—will generate a very different set of responses than seeing it as an opportunity as well as a challenge.

The biggest threat to an active old age—frailty— is also the most remediable. A growing body of research also documents the link between people’s perceptions of aging and their health and behavior. People with more positive feelings about aging walk faster, do better on memory tests, are much more likely to fully recover from severe disability. They live significantly longer, and they live better. A national campaign to overturn ageist myths and stereotypes would extend not just the lifespan but the “healthspan” of all Americans.

This talk proposes an alternative to worrying about getting old: wake up to the ageist messages that frame two thirds of our lives as decline, cheer up, and push back. It’s time to turn our attention to the ageism that renders natural transitions shameful and discrimination excusable. It’s time to swap age shame for age pride.

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Harvey W. Austin, MD Harvey W. Austin, MD


Ten Tipping Points To Become an ELDER

Biography: Harvey W. Austin, MD is the author of the International Best Seller, Elders Rock! Don’t Just Get Older: Become an Elder. Read More

An internationally-known surgeon and a charismatic speaker, he has lectured in many countries. He is an insightful and down-to-earth visionary with a powerful vision for the world.

He has pioneered medical procedures and written numerous medical articles. He is a sculptor, a writer, a leader and a philanthropist.

As a major donor to The Hunger Project, he has spent time in India, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh. A powerful Elder, he lives in Florida with his wife, Arleen.

Dr. Austin has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Phil Donahue and Carolyn Baker.

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Session Description: This is an interactive session based on the meme ? There is a lot of talent in the room. Read More

1. The speaker will present a short back-story as foundation

Elder is a Stage of life, not an Age of life.

For eons, perhaps for several hundred thousand years, Elderhood stood powerfully as our natural Third Stage of life. Elders live life in full bloom, with wisdom, compassion and joy. Elderhood is a life of contribution.

In the blink of the evolutionary eye, our human species has lost Elder… that third stage which makes our species unique, that makes us wise. The wisdom of Elder is now rare.

In this age, we have lost the very training grounds of Elder ? family and tribe. For eons Elders were trained by five generations ? by grandparents, parents, peers, children and grandchildren. It was built-in and it was automatic.

Now we arrive at the possibility of Elderhood virtually untrained. Perhaps just barely trained by a single generation ? our parents, they themselves untrained.

To become an Elder in this bizarre time, we must each self-train ourselves beyond mere adulthood. To self-train as Elder is difficult. It takes great vision and will and perseverance,

2. We will group-examine Ten Tipping Points

as a method of evaluating our progress on our own path from adult to Elder.

Each Tipping Point will be shown on the screen. Members of the audience will contribute short comments, adding richness to each point.

At the end, each may contribute a one-sentence ‘take-away.’

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Barbara Beizer Barbara Beizer


Women in Transition: Foundations for a Meaningful Post-50 Life

Biography: Barbara has over 30 years’ experience in consumer advocacy, and leadership and organizational development. Read More

She began her career in consumer education and advocacy with the National Consumers Congress in Washington, DC. She moved from the public interest arena to become the Consumer Affairs Manager for Safeway Stores flagship DC Division, where she directed a customer-focused strategy when this was a new concept for many large companies. Building on this experience, Barbara moved into housing, becoming the first Vice President of Customer Service and Quality Management for a local residential builder, improving customer satisfaction by 50% in just two years. Barbara spent the next 20 years of her career with Freddie Mac, where she focused on organizational and leadership development, executive coaching and change management.

In 2009, Barbara switched her focus to become a certified Life and Transition Coach for individuals and groups engaged in life and career changes. She leads workshops for women in transition who wish to explore more deeply their own power and direction. As a consultant, Barbara helps leaders accelerate change in their organization with inclusive, whole-scale change management processes.

Barbara has been a member of The Transition Network since 2007 and currently serves on the Washington DC chapter steering committee and the National Board of Directors.

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Session Description: When we pass 50, we start to experience shifts in our identity, relationships, values, beliefs and our energy--all of which give our lives meaning and purpose. Read More

This workshop will explore in depth what it really means to be in transition, and offer a model for transformative personal development and renewal. Connect with your colleagues in conversations that matter.

Objectives:

1. How to successfully understand and navigate change
2. The challenges and opportunities of transitions
3. Deeper appreciation of what drives your choices and actions

Outcomes:

Outcomes for this Women in Transition Workshop include: + Connecting with other professionals + Understand how to successfully navigate change + Learn a model for designing a meaningful life + Know what gives you energy and fuels your passion + Take away exercises you can use for yourself and others.

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Juanita Brown, PhD Juanita Brown, PhD


Wiser Together World Café

Biography: : Juanita Brown, Ph.D., is the co-originator of the World Cafe approach to large-scale dialogue now being used on six continents. She has collaborated with key leaders across sectors in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America to create innovative forums for strategic conversation on critical business and societal issues. Read More

Juanita has served as a senior affiliate with MIT's Society for Organizational Learning and as a Fellow of the World Business Academy. Her book, The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations that Matter, co-authored with David Isaacs and the World Cafe Community has been translated into 12 languages. The World Cafe’s Wiser-Together initiative fosters a new paradigm for intergenerational partnerships on behalf of positive futures.

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Session Description: The "World Café" is a structured conversational process intended to facilitate open and intimate discussion, and link ideas within a larger group to access the "collective intelligence" or Collective wisdom in the room. Participants move between a series of tables where they continue the discussion in response to a set of questions, which are predetermined and focused on the specific goals of each World Café. Read More

A café ambience is created in order to facilitate conversation and represent a third place. In some versions a "talking stick" may be used to make sure that all participants get a chance to speak. As well as speaking and listening, individuals are encouraged to write or doodle on a paper or tablecloth so that when people change tables they can see what previous members have expressed in their own words and images. The first World Café event was organized in 1995 and since then the number of people who have participated in events is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

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Connie Corley Connie Corley


Creative Longevity and Wisdom: Advancing Knowledge and Practice

Biography: Dr. Connie Corley, MSW, MA, Ph.D., Producer/Host “Experience Talks” on KPFK-FM. Dr. Corley is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University and California State University Los Angeles (and Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, Applied Gerontology Institute). Read More

She completed her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds certification from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University. Dr. Corley’s 100+ publications and national/international presentations have spanned the fields of aging and the arts, geriatrics, rehabilitation, spirituality, and substance abuse. She has been a mentor in Geriatric Social Work Initiatives funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, and also a mentor in the New Ventures in Leadership program of the American Society on Aging (ASA). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Past President of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW), a recipient of the AGE-SW Leadership Award, and in 2004 was the Inaugural recipient of the West Coast Gerontological Social Work Career Award from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work. Cal State LA named Dr. Corley a Distinguished Woman in 2008. She is in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women.”

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Session Description: The Creative Longevity and Wisdom initiative at Fielding Graduate University has honored the work of prominent scholar-practitioners while also supporting the graduate work of doctoral students who are engaged in research on promoting positive aging and understanding intergenerational issues. Read More

This panel presentation moderated by two faculty members in the doctoral concentration, Connie Corley and David Willis, highlights the research of two students and one graduate from the School of Leadership Studies. First, Ryan McCarty will discuss the views of Baby Boomers on aging in light of the Political Economy of Aging theory. Second, Andrea McCormick shares perspectives on women’s experiences of aging through the lens of stereotype embodiment. Third, Dr. Yo Moreno addresses issues related to training in organizations with a multigenerational workforce.

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Connie Corley Connie Corley


Stories for Change: Healing, Advocacy, Fundraising and Fun!

Biography: Dr. Connie Corley, MSW, MA, Ph.D., Producer/Host “Experience Talks” on KPFK-FM. Dr. Corley is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University and California State University Los Angeles (and Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, Applied Gerontology Institute). Read More

She completed her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds certification from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University. Dr. Corley’s 100+ publications and national/international presentations have spanned the fields of aging and the arts, geriatrics, rehabilitation, spirituality, and substance abuse. She has been a mentor in Geriatric Social Work Initiatives funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, and also a mentor in the New Ventures in Leadership program of the American Society on Aging (ASA). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Past President of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW), a recipient of the AGE-SW Leadership Award, and in 2004 was the Inaugural recipient of the West Coast Gerontological Social Work Career Award from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work. Cal State LA named Dr. Corley a Distinguished Woman in 2008. She is in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women.”

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Session Description: With a focus on the power of narrative, the Stories for Change Action Community (funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation's Change AGEnts initiative), promotes more informed portrayals of older people and issues they confront, to influence the larger societal discourse on aging and harness the power of impactful stories to improve the care of older Americans. Read More

Through an online platform of the Gerontological Society of America, we are creating an archive of stories and other resources that exemplify the HAF Fun model, where stories impact Healing, Advocacy, and Fundraising while having Fun. Participants in the workshop will engage in an experiential exercise to generate stories and examine opportunities for implementing change at different levels of impact for and with older adults.

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Aisha Bonner Cozad, PhD Aisha Bonner Cozad, PhD


The Mis-perceptions of Aging and Ageism

Biography: Aisha Bonner received her PhD. in 2012 and MSW in 2005, from Howard University and her BS in Special Education from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996. Read More

For eight years, Aisha worked with SPMI adolescents in group home settings before returning to school for her MSW. Her current research interests include health care disparities for older minority adults, poverty, an aging population’s impact on public policy, and technology utilization with aging populations, specifically through telemedicine interventions. Aisha has maintained membership in the National Association of Social Workers since beginning her MSW in 2002.

Aisha began her career at AARP as an intern in the DC state office in May of 2006 and worked closely with the staff on a multitude of state-level projects. Opportunity presented itself for full-time employment as a Research Technician in Knowledge Management in May of 2007. In July of 2008, Aisha secured a Research Specialist position in State Research. Aisha is currently a Research Advisor and regional contact for the West & Central regions, serving on the Consulting and Strategic Insights Team. Aisha has spent the last several years as the team leader of the caregiving portfolio and is a long time member of the Gerontological Society of America.

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Session Description: Over the past decade, the United States has experienced tremendous cultural, social and population shifts. The dynamics of the aging population has changed and the issue of ageism has become more apparent--at times constituting blatant age discrimination. Read More

As such, understanding ageism, the aging process, and the perceptions individuals hold about getting older and aging is imperative. Ageism is an issue for both the young and the old. Results will be presented from a systematic review of studies on ageism to demonstrate widespread cultural acceptance of ageism as a form of discrimination. Emerging from the research was the prevalence of discriminatory practices and strategies to promote positive aging practices. As more individuals continue to work past traditional retirement age out of both necessity and desire, it is recommended that awareness about ageist, discriminatory practices continue to be built, and workplace policies to protect the rights of older workers and caregivers be developed.

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Cassandra Burton, MA Cassandra Burton, MA


The Mis-perceptions of Aging and Ageism

Biography: Cassandra Cantave Burton received her MA in Sociology from Howard University and her BS in Sociology from State University of New York at Buffalo. Cassandra is currently a Senior Research Advisor at AARP specializing in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis. Read More

She is the regional contact for the East and South regions, serving on the Consulting and Strategic Insights Team. Cassandra’s research at AARP has focused on consumer protections for older adults with regard to utility rates and regulations. Her research has also focused on caregiving, age friendly communities, livable communities, and state budgets.

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Session Description: Over the past decade, the United States has experienced tremendous cultural, social and population shifts. Read More

The dynamics of the aging population has changed and the issue of ageism has become more apparent--at times constituting blatant age discrimination. As such, understanding ageism, the aging process, and the perceptions individuals hold about getting older and aging is imperative. Ageism is an issue for both the young and the old. Results will be presented from a systematic review of studies on ageism to demonstrate widespread cultural acceptance of ageism as a form of discrimination. Emerging from the research was the prevalence of discriminatory practices and strategies to promote positive aging practices. As more individuals continue to work past traditional retirement age out of both necessity and desire, it is recommended that awareness about ageist, discriminatory practices continue to be built, and workplace policies to protect the rights of older workers and caregivers be developed.

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Linda Roszak Burton Linda Roszak Burton


Redefining Retirement: Finding Passion, Purpose and Engagement

Biography: Linda Roszak Burton is President of DRW, Inc., a leadership development, executive coaching, and organization design firm. Read More

DRW’s services combines the latest research with evidence-based best practices in leadership development, neuroscience, and positive psychology. Linda holds coaching certifications in Brain-Based Coaching from the NeuroLeadership Institute, Retirement Options Coaching from Career Partners International, and Positive Psychology Coaching from CECity.

In addition, Linda is certified in a number of assessment instruments including: Everything DISC, Conflict Dynamics Profile® (CDP), Retirement Success Profile™ and LifeOptions Profile™. She has completed coursework pursuing a M.S. in Negotiation/Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore and holds a B.S. in Health Education from Virginia Tech.

Linda is an Affiliate Member of IOC, at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate, and member of the NeuroLeadership Institute. She is a member of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coach Federation and the International Positive Psychology Association.

Her community work includes: current board member of Integrace, the Cool Kids Campaign, past President of Network 2000, former member of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Nominating Committee, former Chair of the Board for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

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Session Description: Did you know, most Americans spend more time planning for their two-week vacation than planning for their retirement? Read More

When 50-75 year olds were surveyed, 70% saw retirement as a time to stay active and begin a new chapter in their lives. As Boomers we entered the workforce in record numbers, defined by a spirit of creativity and determination for significance. Now, for the first time in history, we are flooding the retirement landscape with lengthened life expectancies and the same heightened sense of yearning. Our challenge is how to thoughtfully savor these years purposefully and in meaningful and productive ways.

Join us to:

*Prepare for the emotional, psychological and sociological challenges as you transition to Act 3

*Articulate what gives you meaning and purpose and take the first steps toward planning -- and/or enjoying -- your retirement

* Identify the activities and relationships that provide meaning, engagement and fun

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Joyce Cohen Joyce Cohen


Mystery to Mastery: How to Develop a Robust Life Planning Process

Biography: President, Life Planning Network (LPN); Director, Veteran Relations, Purple Heart Homes (PHH), housing solutions for disabled veterans; With PHH, designed Boots to Backyards® mentor program. Read More

Founder, Unconventional Wisdom®, LLC: New Directions at Mid-Life. Career/ life planning specialist, educator, trainer, social entrepreneur. Facilitated hundreds of career development, outplacement, retirement education, mentoring and retention workshops in 25+ industries, over 350 organizations globally. Facilitated programs with 17 government agencies, national associations, universities, non-profits. Pioneer /innovator in career development/ transition.

Authored Diving In To Living…My Way, a self-study kit/workshop including eight original life planning guides on multiple life dimensions. As adjunct faculty, taught online course in LifeWork Planning to adult learners, co-authored a career development chapter for Talent Management Handbook 2nd Edition. Wrote articles for trade journals and newspapers, authored life planning column, invited blogger for CT Media Group. Served as Trainer of Trainers with Career Systems Intl. and 15 years as Trustee, Keuka College, recently elected Trustee Emerita.

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Session Description: Building a business to help people acquire the tools and mindset for positive aging is harder than it looks. Read More

In this session you’ll hear from leaders of the nation’s leading positive aging organization for professionals , The Life Planning Network. Learn how to focus your business, build experts, leverage your network to grow clients and expand your knowledge to help them. Learn about key trends, what professionals need to know, activities that work in fostering self-determination, glimpse a toolkit for positive aging including an exciting development for professionals in the digital landscape.

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Susan Collins Susan Collins


Women in Transition: Foundations for a Meaningful Post-50 Life

Biography: As Executive Director of The Transition Network, Susan has lived the transition that the organization was founded to support. Read More

After leaving her long-time career in homebuilding in 2007, she joined TTN, became a member of the steering committee of her local chapter, then decided she wanted to lead the organization and bring the message of “embracing change after 50” to as many other women as possible.

Before joining TTN, Susan founded Collins Consulting Group. She used her expertise in leadership development, sales, marketing, operations and process improvement to teach business owners how to lead their teams to better performance. She worked with clients to clarify the roles and responsibilities of their employees, and trained on effective interview, hiring and management techniques. She also created marketing plans and consulted on effective sales management.

As a 20-year veteran of the homebuilding business, Susan was involved in all aspects of the business. As Vice-President of the Philadelphia division of a large national homebuilder, she led a team of sales and marketing professionals to record sales of over 850 homes generating $350 Million in revenues in 2005. She was responsible for creation and implementation of initiatives that standardized products and streamlined processes and also developed a highly successful college recruiting program which was modeled in divisions throughout the country.

Susan has taught sessions on leadership, customer satisfaction, process improvement and sales skills to various audiences throughout her career. A gifted and inspirational speaker, she enjoys engaging with audiences to help them envision the possibilities of increased job and life satisfaction.

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Session Description: When we pass 50, we start to experience shifts in our identity, relationships, values, beliefs and our energy--all of which give our lives meaning and purpose. Read More

This workshop will explore in depth what it really means to be in transition, and offer a model for transformative personal development and renewal. Connect with your colleagues in conversations that matter.

Objectives

1. How to successfully understand and navigate change

2. The challenges and opportunities of transitions

3. Deeper appreciation of what drives your choices and actions

Outcomes

Outcomes for this Women in Transition Workshop include: + Connecting with other professionals + Understand how to successfully navigate change + Learn a model for designing a meaningful life + Know what gives you energy and fuels your passion + Take away exercises you can use for yourself and others.

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Melanie Davis Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE, CSES


Sexuality in Long Term Care Settings: How to Manage a Touchy Issue

Biography: Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE, CSE, is popular speaker and trainer on sexuality and aging, body image, sexuality and cancer, and lifespan perspectives on sexuality. Read More

She is a founding board member of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium and served as president for six years. She speaks at regional and national conferences and speaks for audiences of medical students, healthcare providers, helping professionals, and consumers.

Dr. Davis teaches a Sexuality and Aging course for Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies and also teaches courses for the Drexel University Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health and Wellness. She is the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program Associate for the Unitarian Universalist Association, for which she is writing a curriculum titled, Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults. Dr. Davis developed and continues to coordinate www.SaferSex4Seniors.org, an archive of FAQs and expert advice related to physically and emotionally safer sex for older adults. She is a Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

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Session Description: By 2030, about 20 percent of the US population – 71 million people – will be 65 or older. The Baby Boomers among them typically expect to continue to enjoy intimacy and sexual activity into advanced older age. Each year, 8,357,100 older adults will need long term care in one of its main forms. Read More

This interactive workshop addresses key issues and solutions related to growing demand for older adults’ rights to sexual expression in long term care settings. Professionals learn a framework comprised of six domains of sexuality: values, sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, sexual health and reproduction, and sexualization. Working with a common framework, participants identify potentially conflicting values of residents, their families, long-term care staff, administrators, and boards. The review existing policies on sexual expression and explore these policies as a tool that can help reduce conflict; protect residents, staff, and organizations; and provide a possible competitive advantage.

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Kendall Dudley Kendall Dudley, MA


Intentional Travel: A Vivid Framework For Life Review and Life Design

Biography: Kendall Dudley, MA, runs Lifeworks Career & Life Design of Arlington MA as well as teaching life story writing, vivid journaling, and leading a creativity lab at Arlington Center for the Arts. Read More

He leads life-journal trips to Morocco and other sites including Becket, MA. Kendall has taught at Tufts and Lesley Universities, Montserrat College of Art, Star Island and Pendle Hill and was a career consultant to Harvard University for 15 years. He presents at major conferences on work, creativity and aging and is a featured speaker at university alumni events. He is program chair for the Life Planning Network’s New England Chapter and LPN National Webinar Host. His public art and writing projects on social justice themes have been funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council among other funders. His writings appear in journals, online blogs, and anthologies and his novel End of Speedway appears in 2017. Kendall has a BS from the Wharton School and a MA from Columbia University.

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Session Description: The language and psychology of transition, legacy and engagement in life is filled with travel imagery. Read More

Whether by armchair or by hitting the road, clients discover insights through the deceptively provocative and compelling lens of travel. By examining the places already traveled and yet to travel, they encounter themselves anew. Milestones, destinations, detours and long-held assumptions become sources for creative insight that suggest places yet to travel within oneself and / or in the outer world. By naming the personal, professional, creative and spiritual tasks yet remaining, clients can better prioritize their time, resources and energy. While many geographic places may be fun to travel, a client may choose Da Nang, Warsaw or Selma for reasons of personal necessity or even pilgrimage. Armchair travelers may similarly voyage through research, photos, ephemera and memory to the inner places they need most to reflect on. Program participants will come away with creative “travel journaling” tools to use with clients and their own journey. Pico Iyer says we travel to discover "new eyes." Through travel and reflecting on that travel, whether done at home or overland, reflection and writing heightens the experience of the road traveled and the road ahead. From such a process, clients discover new frameworks for describing their lives and reshuffling their understanding of life-shaping experiences. They may re-craft their personal and professional work and become more aware of the needed changes in life.

Specific insights have included: “I realize I’ve been following itineraries designed by others”; “We read the American Dream brochure and booked our stay—now it’s time to look for different brochures or write our own.”; “I learned the language of secular humanism but I need new vocabulary for events I cannot explain.”; “I need a flight out of here but I can’t find the airport."

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David M. Filiberto, PhD  David M. Filiberto, PhD


Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE): A Model Program for Environmental Stewardship

Biography: David Filiberto has an academic appointment to Cornell University’s Yang Tan Institute (YTI) on Employment and Disability as a Research Associate providing leadership in the areas of program evaluation and planning to the PROMISE grant ($32.5 M over 5 years) as well as conducting disability related research in the areas of work life balance and inclusive fitness. Read More

Concurrently he is coordinating efforts to develop a research agenda at the intersection between sustainability, climate disruption, the green economy, and vulnerable populations – with a focus on the aging population.

David is an evaluator and social scientist with expertise in research methods, particularly the design and administration of survey instruments. He developed a novel approach to creating surveys titled “A Structured Conceptualization Approach to Survey Design”, a process merging concept mapping with best practices of survey development. He has published on the topics of climate change, green labor markets, water resources, and energy efficiency concerns. He has performed federally funded research on the effects a changing climate has on the aging population. He holds a PhD in Policy Analysis and Management and an MPA, both from Cornell University.

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Session Description: Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) Program is an environmental education and leadership training program for adults over 60. This interactive session will provide an overview of RISE and prepare participants to bring RISE to their communities. Read More

Retirees are an underutilized resource who have the time, talent, and skills to help address issues like climate change, air and water pollution, waste management, and the protection of natural areas. The primary goal of RISE is to create environmental leaders (also known as environmental stewards) who will play an active role in addressing environmental issues in their communities. The RISE Program provides approximately 30 hours of training over an eight-week period. The training is divided into three different components, including a full-day introductory workshop, six weekly environmental workshops, and a capstone stewardship project to benefit the local community. The RISE Program is based on the best available research evidence and practices in the field, including an extensive program evaluation conducted at Cornell University. Workshop participants will take part in a sample activity from the RISE program and have the opportunity to discuss how they can implement RISE in their own communities.

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Greg L. Finch Greg L. Finch


Flourishing: The State of the Arts and Aging in America

Biography: Greg L. Finch, DMin, MDiv, MTS, BED guides the creation of transformational learning environments across the lifespan as Director of Field Services for the National Center for Creative Aging. His project portfolio includes NCCA Annual National and Global Conferences, the NCCA Creative Caregiving Initiative, the NCCA Professional Development Institute, and collaborative design of a range of NCCA conference, leadership, and virtual events. Read More

Greg serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences, and the George Mason University Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. He holds a doctorate in Medicine, Spirituality and Aesthetics alongside degrees with honors in divinity, arts management, and architecture from Wesley Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, The American University, and Texas A&M University and served as an Associate Fellow with Dr. Christina Puchalski at the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health.

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Session Description: Creative Aging is radically transforming the perception, engagement, and experience of aging across the Americas and around the globe. As both catalyst and change agent, the arts and humanities are reframing the aging dialogues, politics, health outcomes, and social compacts from that of deficit and decline to potential and empowerment. And in the process, they are spawning remarkable creativity and innovation as they upend the way current and next generations are embracing the arts and humanities. Read More

Join the National Center for Creative Aging in this interactive exploration foundational concepts; evidence-based impact; 2015 White House Conference on aging recommendations; and practical innovation models that will support, retool, and equip you for “next generational” creative exploration and endeavor.

  • •Learn about the 10 year recommendations of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging summit.

  • •Explore a five-fold flourishing paradigm to establish both foundation and adaptable framework for creative aging engagement in their existing programming,

  • •Discover readily accessible, evidence-based models and resources that can inform, support, and challenge their work, and

  • •Engage in “constellation dialogues” to spark unique pilot projects to launch in their context environments.

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Bruce Frankel Bruce Frankel


Movement Choir

Mystery to Mastery: How to Develop a Robust Life Planning Process

Biography: Bruce is the Communications Chair of The Life Planning Network, the Co-Leader of LPN-New England, and Editor of the organization’s quarterly journal, LPN-Q. He is Vice-President in charge of Editorial for Redstring, a new digital platform for community building, and Editor of the website Boomer-Living.com. Read More

He is community and communications strategist, editor, journalist and the author of prize-winning What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life. Bruce is a featured speaker on positive aging and an editor of LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times. He is a former senior writer at People magazine and the former New York-based national reporter for USA Today.

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Session Description: INTRODUCTION...How do you focus on business, build expertise in positive aging, expand your network, and maintain a balanced life, all at the same time? Welcome to Life Planning Network (LPN), the professional association devoted to positive aging and to shaping the future of aging through dialogue, information, and expertise. Read More

ENGAGEMENT...With our mission to lead, support and inspire positive aging professionals, this session highlights major components of positive aging, provides insight to elements one needs to know, and introduces diverse tools that impact populations you already serve.

DEMONSTRATION...Eight components and how each can catapult you into empowering seniors or help to expand your reach significantly. In addition, enjoy select hands on activities and valuable takeaways along with camaraderie of your peers, delivered in an engaging fast pace.

DISCUSSION... Once introduced to the life planning spectrum, participants explore where you are now and ways to expand your toolkit on the road to discovery. For questions not answered or new ones that emerge, extended CONVERSATION is invited to continue at the Life Planning Network Booth and Exhibit table.

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Dr. Rudy Garrity (View Speaker Video) Dr. Rudy Garrity

LEARNERSHIP: Lifelong Learning, Leading and Legacy for a Mindful Way-of-Being

Biography: The American Learnership Solutions (ALS) and The American Learnership Forum (ALF) are, respectively, for profit and nonprofit organizations founded and directed by Dr. Garrity. These organizations offer educational, coaching, consulting, and charitable services based in part on Dr. Garrity's book entitled: American Learnership: “Total Learning, Knowing and Leading as a Mindful Way-of-Being.” Read More

As a community services enterprise, ALS/ALF provides a "Mentor America Program" in which its products and services -- informed by American Traditions -- are shared with individuals, organizations, and communities desiring a quantum leap in relevant learning, knowledge, practical performance and Legacy Planning.

Our latest initiative is the Center for Life Management & Professional Branding where creating your Encore Career and Legacy Planning are features of a renewed societal emphasis on Mid-Life Transitions and Senior Rejuvenation. The latest ALF (July 2016) book is designed to present a whole-brain adult Life Management Program: “Your Integral Life Matters: A Life Management Handbook for American Learning, Leading and Legacy Success.”

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Session Description: Learning and knowledge building are interdependent activities that establish a process at the cornerstone of all human growth and development. Read More

Continuous knowledge building, across multiple disciplines, encourages social initiatives and priorities crafted for leading group reasoning and behavior. In time, personal choices and cultural agreements arise to guide the life experience and legacies of particular groups and nations.

The emergence of this system of interactive functions and increasingly complex linkages deserves study and explanation of the most essential factors for increasing the quality and pace of human progress and individual personhood. It follows that there should be a term to describe people who are exceptional and influential learners, their capabilities and influence on others, and their ability to achieve the highest level of life accomplishments that could act as motivators and legacies for future generations. Learnership is the suggested term, and it is derived from: (1) learner – one who seeks to learn or to gain knowledge through experience or study, and (2) – ship (suffix) – to show or possess a quality, state, or condition.

Learnership is about learning, and about being a learner. More importantly, it’s about the journey or process that begins when we learn to become a skilled and purposeful learner and make a lifelong commitment to create and realize our individual and group knowledge and potential. As an overarching metaphor, learnership can be understood as a life management methodology whose pace quickens as we become more mindful of our experiences and relationships, and begin to manage our co-evolution within the expanding universe. It’s about the resilience that grows when learning yields achievement even when faced with obstacles and inequities. It’s about the possibilities we discover through personal reflection and social interaction.

The main topic of this presentation is to start with the above thesis, and then describe and illustrate how the American Learnership Forum not-for-profit entity in Northern VA was established to define, develop, implement and provide a life management architecture and educational resource for adult learners (ages 30 to 80) to experience progressive and integral development beginning in their early years and culminating in optimal, positive ageing in later life.

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James Goldfarb James Goldfarb


Body – Mind Science – The Power of Centering

Biography: Jay Goldfarb was born in New York; Jay did his undergraduate and graduate Psychology training in the State University of New York system (Stony Brook and Albany). He co-founded Living Tao Foundation in the US and was its Director from 1976 until 1991. He moved to Basel, Switzerland in 1987 and remains Living Tao’s Switzerland Director today. In 1996 he also became Director of Switzerland’s Waldhaus Foundation. Read More

Jay was the Dean of the fine arts Lan Ting Institute (1982-1986) in Wuyishan, mainland China and continues to lead Study tours to China. Working originally with Harvard Medical school (Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston) and now with Swiss Medical in Basel, Switzerland, he has been researching, teaching and presenting to conferences for four decades. His multi-continent medical work has opened deep collaboration with Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine University in Hangzhou.

He is an experienced business person and senior member of the world’s largest Association for Conference organizers. He worked for many years as a consultant with both American Airlines and American Express. In 2008 he founded Legacy of Wisdom, a non-profit organization addressing the challenges of aging and making Wisdom a central theme of aging.

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Session Description: We are living longer than we expected and must react to an extra “2 decades of active wisdom” (as Mary Catherine Bateson calls it). Few of us are ready to “drive our longevity” positively through these challenging and uncharted aging waters. Read More

The Legacy of Wisdom group has developed a 5-theme, 360 degree program about aging and is at the forefront of Medical Science research. Our exploration spans 3-continents, with Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston), our Swiss Medical group in Basel and China’s Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou. Developed within our Health Care focus we have refined a powerful, multi-modality “Centering for seniors” intervention for maintaining mobility and reducing falls in seniors.

Mind-Body methods from global traditions coupled with professional medical research gives us a new set of tools for reacting to the processes of longer age. Ram Dass, Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, Roshi Joan Halifax, Bob Atchley, Rick Moody and many others have been at the heart of the Legacy of Wisdom development. We combine traditional strength and balance training with unique forms of practice coming from Chinese medicine, Tai Ji and Still Qi Gong. We recognize the importance of good cognition and our Swiss medical group specializes in dual-task research. The soup we offer is tasty, yet surprisingly easy to digest. Even when you may not appreciate all the flavors, the adventure is interesting.

Don’t be fooled, there is a lot we can do to improve what happens and how our Quality of Life will be in longer life. This is an interactive presentation where you will learn about centering and what a global profile of centering for seniors can mean for you/us. You will be able to take away a short, effective protocol from our research and bring greater wisdom and positive results to your aging!

  • •Historical research in aging.
  • •The theoretical basis for a multi-modality intervention.
  • •Interactive presentation - translating theory to practice.
  • •Legacy of Wisdom – the 360 degree viewpoint.
  • •The new tools of the Power of Centering.
  • •3-Continent perspective – global basis for positive engagement.

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Connie Goldman
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Connie Goldman


Caregivers and Those In Care - Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing

Biography: Connie Goldman is an award-winning radio producer and reporter. Beginning her broadcast career with Minnesota Public Radio, she later worked for several years on the staff of National Public Radio in Washington D.C. Read More

For over the past 30 years her public radio programs, books, and speaking have been exclusively concerned with the changes and challenges of aging. Grounded in the art of personal stories collected from hundreds of interviews, Connie's presentations are designed to inform, empower, and inspire. Her message on public radio, in print and in person is clear—make any time of life an opportunity for new learning, exploring creative pursuits, self-discovery, spiritual deepening, and continued growth.

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Session Description: We often become family caregivers through unforeseen circumstances. Someone in your family experiences an unexpected diagnosis, an accident, or any unanticipated physical change that requires immediate care. Read More

Also, there are unforeseen circumstances that may necessitate you becoming the one needing the care. Caregiving becomes a relationship between partners. Serving as a caregiver or being the one in care can be a gift in disguise, an experience that can move you toward a more meaningful connection with yourself and another, as well as nurture your spirit and possibly transform your life. Family caregivers often talk of the stress, complications and demands of taking on a caregiving responsibility. Yes, there are often hardships, sadness, stresses and disappointments experienced by caregivers. Yet many of the conversations also reveal unexpected discoveries that hardships can evolve into an experience that enriches the lives of both the caregiver and the one in their care. While our society now pays attention to the experiences and challenges faced by those who provide care for family members, we do not often hear these voices of the cared-for persons who are frequently invisible participants in our busy world. These stories illuminate the trials, frustrations, fears, and hopes of those in care as they learn to accept help and adjust to the changes and challenges now part of their lives. When we hear or read another person's story we might cry or laugh, empathize or remember, and often can discover a new understanding of a change or challenge that we're faced with. Even someone we don't know and may never meet can share a personal tale that offers us a new insight, a different perspective, or plant a seed within us of deep wisdom. Stories can be life changing.

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R. Jack Hansen R. Jack Hansen


Retirement: Shaping a Life of Significance

Biography: Dr. R. “Jack” Hansen is mostly retired from a career in research and research leadership. Read More

He still works part-time at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and also consults for the NASA Ames Research Center. He became particularly interested in the personal dimensions of retirement when making the transition from full-time work to part-time consulting. He has now coauthored two books on this topic with Rev. Jerry P. Haas (Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement; Retirement as Spiritual Pilgrimage.)

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Session Description: What gives satisfaction and fulfillment once we leave full-time career pursuits behind? Is it simply a matter of adequate financial resources? Read More

Dr. Hansen will offer a very different perspective, growing out of extensive, in-depth interviews he has conducted with retired men and women from all parts of the U.S. What emerges is the importance of preparing for and living into the personal and relational dimensions of this new phase of life. In particular, he describes a set of personal transitions that must be navigated as one makes the transition from full-time work to retirement; a set of opportunities that are common to this new phase of life; and a set of challenges that must be faced with increasing age.

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Fritzi Gros-Daillon
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Fritzi Gros-Daillon


You Are Not Alone...

Biography: Fritzi Gros-Daillon is a CSA and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and instructor for NAHB. Her business, Household Guardians, is a home safety and accessibility consulting company in San Diego. Read More

She was a senior move manager in NY for ten years and is now Chief Advocacy Officer for Age Safe America. She has spoken at several national and regional conferences as well as local events.

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Session Description: You Are Not Alone…. The first words that a marketing director usually hears from an adult son or daughter is something like this, “I know you must hear this all the time about moms and dads and moving into your facility, but our family is different”…. And then they launch into the litany of concerns and questions, expressing trepidation and guilt while keeping smiles on their faces for the sake of the parents. Read More

The fact of the matter is that they are not really as different as they imagine. Families, adult children, siblings, grandchildren—everyone is facing this growing need for increasing care of our loved ones. This workshop explores several of the relationship dynamics based on real families with whom we worked for ten years as a senior move manager in NY. Personal long distance caregiving experience adds to the dynamics of the aging in place choices. We will explore generational perspectives on this time period of frequently stressful decision-making and embrace the compassion, mindfulness, grace and grit that it takes to survive and thrive.

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Fran Hamilton Fran Hamilton, MD


Monster in the Mind: Finding the Positive in Dementia

Biography: Fran I. Hamilton, M.D. has been Board Certified in Family Medicine since 1993. In addition to ongoing studies of integrative medicine approaches and mothering her daughter Grace, Dr. Hamilton has directed a private school, taught in a girls’ high school in Jamaica, served on a hospital bus in rural India, supervised family practice residents, and was the Medical Director of a nursing home for disabled adults. Read More

Dr. Hamilton has practiced as a holistic physician in Boulder, Colorado for over 20 years and has ongoing experience as a life coach and mentor. In 2005, Dr. Hamilton founded her philanthropic social enterprise and is the author of the acclaimed Handbook for Humanitarians entitled Goodness To Go.

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Session Description: Two physicians who have come to healing (professionally and personally) on different paths will engage in deep dialogue about our current attitudes about the future of healthful living on planet Earth, including conscious aging, brain science, integrative medicine, environmental stewardship, meaningful saging, and leaving a generative legacy. Read More

A narrative of wholeness, gratitude, and connectedness will be created through interaction with the audience.

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Jean Haskell, Ed.D. Jean Haskell, Ed.D.


Staying Sharp Through Improv

Biography: Jean Haskell has been teaching Improvisational Theater to over 55s at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), at Temple University in Philadelphia, for seven years; and has been a member of an Improvisational Working Group for almost 20 years. Read More

“It seems to keep my brain in gear,” she says, “and keeps me on my toes.” Jean received her doctorate in Psycho-educational Processes from Temple in 1976 and worked as an internal and external organizational consultant for 25 plus years. Her focus areas included Management and Leadership Training, Large Group Facilitation, and Coaching and Career Development. Her employers and clients included Sun Company, Inc., Pennsylvania Hospital, PECO, The American Management Association, and Ethiopian Airlines.

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Session Description: In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn the basic principles and practices of improvisational theater and will take part in a series of activities representing the many aspects of improv. Activities will be loosely divided into three groups. Read More

First, participants will engage in exercises designed to warm up the body and brain in preparation for improv work. These warm-ups may include "name and gesture", ball toss, rhythmic clapping with a partner, and walking around the room as different characters (e.g., a "hippie", a detective, an "old lady"). If all participants are not English-speaking, warm-ups will include a series of non-verbal activities. Second, following the warm-up, participants will take part in a variety of activities that build skills needed for improv, e.g., thinking 'outside the box', responding quickly and spontaneously, listening, and working as a team. These activities may include groups of four working together to spell words one letter at a time, create a "machine" with moving parts and sounds, or pretend to be an "expert" on some subject of interest. Thirdly, as time permits, participants will create and take part in improvised scenes dealing with issues of aging, e.g., father and daughter discussing father's need for a caretaker, married couple confronting their newly retired status, or an individual dealing with the loss of a spouse. The workshop will end with a brief, spontaneous "sing-a-long" to generate laughter and build a feeling of community.

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Stephanie Heacox Stephanie Heacox, M.S.


How Technology and the Sharing Economy Can Address Senior Housing Needs

Biography: Stephanie Heacox is the Founder and CEO of Senior Homeshares, a national nonprofit service matching seniors who have extra room in their homes with seniors in search of safe, affordable housing. Read More

Stephanie is a longtime advocate for intentional community, and a member of the Boulder Creek Community - unique cohousing located in Boulder, CO. Stephanie conceived of Senior Homeshares when her mother was no longer able to remain in her home of 50 years, and she wrestled with a problem that many Boomers may have faced already – or be anticipating as their loved ones age. Her mother cherished her independence, and wanted to remain in her home, but it was no longer safe for her to live on her own. Stephanie searched for an online service that would help elders in this situation find each other and create "Golden Girl" households, but none existed. So she brought her decades of experience as a web and usability consultant for Fortune 500 companies to bear on the problem, formed a team and built a free service to fill that void.

Stephanie has a B.A. in American Civilization from GWU and an M.S. in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University.

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Session Description: There were 12 and a half million Americans over the age of 65 living alone in 2012. 70% of those were women. And people in this age group faced foreclosure eight times more often than they had just five years earlier. According to AARP and Harvard, the high cost of housing can cause older adults to cut back on essentials such as food and medicine. Read More

Meanwhile, scientists are documenting what most of us intuitively know: living alone simply isn't good for us. In a society where multigenerational households are no longer the norm, the growing number of alone elders has social, psychological, health and financial consequences.

We will explore:

  • •How “intentional community”, in a variety of forms, can address isolation in the elder population.

  • •How innovative technology applied to the new “sharing economy” can help address the need for safe, affordable senior housing by facilitating homesharing targeted to older adults.

  • •How a range of intermediation and “bridging” strategies can assist senior users who are less comfortable with (or who lack access to) technology.

We look forward to a lively discussion and exchange of ideas regarding this important topic.

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Norbert J. Henry Norbert J. Henry, Ed.D


College Faculty Fireside Chats for Residents of Assisted Living Facilities

Biography: Dr. Norbert Henry began a career in positive aging education with a certificate in Gerontology from Syracuse University in conjunction with a doctoral degree in education. He has worked in a variety of administrative offices at Syracuse University and Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Read More

He oversaw an Elderhostel program at Le Moyne College that received acclaim. In the Continuing Education Center, a variety of seminars, workshops and offerings for elders were offered.

He has worked with local businesses and industries to provide information on retirement issues. He developed a workshop on adult children dealing with aging parents.

Dr. Henry also chaired the Advisory Board of the Onondaga County Commission on Aging.

He has taught courses in aging at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at local colleges and universities.

He is currently developing a Center for Positive/Meaningful Aging at Le Moyne College. This umbrella center will provide degree and certificates for both undergraduate and graduate students in gerontology. An advisory board is being developed to explore a variety of options. This Conference on Positive Aging could provide a rich source of ideas, projects and resources for such a center.

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Session Description: A definition of an assisted living facility is provided by Wikipedia. “Assisted living as it exists today emerged in the 1990s as an eldercare alternative on the continuum of care for people, for whom independent living is not appropriate but who do not need 24-hour medical care provided by a nursing home…” Read More

However, remaining positive and active are key elements to successful aging. Many agencies and professionals focus on either well elders or frail elders. An increasing number of elders now reside in assisted living facilities. These individuals remain somewhat active and mobile, but need some services that these living facilities provide.

The intention of the program is to provide an educational experience to stimulate and enhance the thinking and mental capacity of the participants.

The program format is briefly described. First, contact is made with the administrator of an assisted living facility who agrees to host our program. They are responsible for the promotion of the program to residents and negotiate the time and location. Generally, the programs are in the early afternoon. Usually we conduct four one hour sessions over a four week period. Speakers are selected from the Le Moyne College faculty who have expertise in a variety of specialty areas. For example, the former director of the Vatican Observatory speaks about the beginning of the universe. History professors talks about Native Americans and Thanksgiving, the Civil War or World War II. An English professor talks about Irish culture and literature. At the conclusion of the program a reception is held where participants receive a certificate signed by the college president.

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Jan Hively Jan Hively, PhD


Pass It On Network: Worldwide Leadership

Biography: After a career in city planning and administration, Jan Hively earned her PhD in 2001 at age 69 with a dissertation on “Productive Aging in Rural Communities.” Read More

Since then, she has focused on raising awareness about new opportunities and challenges for older adults, based on 21st century trends and research. Jan has co-founded several thriving networks that support positive aging, including the Vital Aging Network, the SHIFT Network, and a global exchange, the Pass It On Network. As a Purpose Prize Fellow, Dr. Hively is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter and consultant for programs that engage older adult leadership and support “meaningful work, paid or unpaid, through the last breath.”

Jan’s academic degrees were earned at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota. Last September, she was profiled in a Forbes article titled, “The Serial Entrepreneur: Is there Life after 50?” The answer is “Yes.”

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Session Description: The Pass It On Network will showcase a worldwide array of ideas and best practices for generating and supporting active, positive aging. Read More

Pass It On’s co-founders, Moira Allan (International Coordinator, based in Paris) and Jan Hively (U.S. Liaison), will briefly describe the past, present, and future of the global network launched as a “big idea” at the Sixth Positive Aging Conference in 2013. Four of Pass It On’s regional liaisons will then describe their creative programs that are freely available for adaptation with mentoring to other positive aging advocates through the website, www.passitonnetwork.org:

  • •Dieter Zwicky, Switzerland: Dream...Plan…Live…it! -A process for reawakening your inner child, finding your passions and making them real.

Moira and Jan will then introduce other Pass It On liaisons attending the conference. Each one will briefly describe a program or resource that they are sharing through the Pass It On Network. Open discussion will follow.

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Lynne Isner, MPH Lynne Isner, MPH


Becoming Vibrant Elders As We Stand In the Public Square

Biography: Lynne Iser, MPH is an elder-activist whose professional passion is working with others to create a thriving and just world for future generations. Read More

She recently founded Elder-Activists.org as a means to inspire, educate, support and organize other elders; primarily on issues concerning climate change and social justice. At a relatively young age she became the founding executive director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute – which redirected the course of her life. She now teaches in the ALEPH Sage-ing Mentorship Program; and offers her own workshop series -- “Becoming Vibrant Elders in Our Evolving World” -- which draws on the work of Joanna Macy whose teachings encourage us to connect with our love for all life, to feel the pain of our world, and, to use those feelings to inspire our activism. She believes that this is a most extraordinary time to be alive.

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Session Description: Anthropologists tell us that in earlier times elders were the source of tried and tested experience – the key to human survival. Yet in our youth oriented, fast paced society we struggle to discern our role, even though we have the life experience, wisdom and that strong inner voice asking us “What will be your legacy?” Read More

This workshop will explore the opportunities that Elders Standing in the Public Square can offer to our contemporary world. This movement of individuals and organizations is arising to address the foundational issues of our democracy, wealth inequality, racism and a thriving environment.

Meeting this challenge together affirms the integrative role of elders as we reclaim our rightful place in society, while holding as our highest priority the concerns of our descendants and all life on our precious planet.

In this experiential workshop, based on the teachings of Joanna Macy and Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, we will honor our own life experience and passions, learn more about this growing movement, and consider how we can help shape its direction, our own lives and that of future generations – as elders.

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Scott Kaiser, MD Scott Kaiser, MD


Stories for Change: Healing, Advocacy, Fundraising and Fun!

Biography: Scott Kaiser, MD is a practicing geriatrician and Chief Innovation Officer at MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund), which provides services, support and assistance to the entertainment industry community. Read More

In this role, Dr. Kaiser leads efforts to improve population health and wellbeing through social and community-based interventions. Dr. Kaiser completed his undergraduate studies at Vassar College with a degree in Science, Technology & Society. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and went on to train within the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, a program dedicated to the care of underserved populations. Following residency, he joined the Harvard Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, where he refined his clinical skills and began to apply his interest in health promotion to an older adult population while initiating research exploring the psychology of health behavior change. To further his expertise in this field, Dr. Kaiser returned to Los Angeles and joined the UCLA/VA Primary Care and Health Services Research Fellowship, where he served as a Health Media Fellow. Dr. Kaiser leverages his expertise to tirelessly advocate for the improvement of aging services and geriatric care. He believes in looking beyond “healthcare” to meet people where they are and where health happens: in their daily lives, with their friends and families, in their communities.

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Session Description: With a focus on the power of narrative, the Stories for Change Action Community (funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation's Change AGEnts initiative), promotes more informed portrayals of older people and issues they confront, to influence the larger societal discourse on aging and harness the power of impactful stories to improve the care of older Americans. Read More

Through an online platform of the Gerontological Society of America, we are creating an archive of stories and other resources that exemplify the HAF Fun model, where stories impact Healing, Advocacy, and Fundraising while having Fun. Participants in the workshop will engage in an experiential exercise to generate stories and examine opportunities for implementing change at different levels of impact for and with older adults.

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Linda Klonsky, PhD Linda Klonsky, PhD


Life After 60: Exercising Leadership and Creative Reinvention

Biography: Linda Klonsky, PhD, Chair of the Business Psychology/Organizational Leadership Department at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology, DC campus, received her doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. Read More

Linda is also a Johns Hopkins Fellow in Change Management and completed the Leadership Educators Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

As a scholar/practitioner, Linda has over 20 years of experience as an Organization Development consultant, where she has focused on organizational assessments, change management, strategic planning, leadership training, team building and non-profit board governance.

Linda is now in her 4th reinvention and is a full-hearted believer in life-long learning.

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Session Description: Session Description: At the age of 60, I received my PhD which unleashed a realm of new opportunities and creativity. Read More

From my initial foray as an adjunct, six years later I now oversee one MA and two PhD programs. I teach leadership theory and practice, advise students, manage projects, and present workshops at national conferences.

This highly interactive session is formatted in two parts:

  1. 1) Utilizing an improvisational musical exercise developed by Ron Heifetz of Harvard’s Kennedy School, we will explore leadership, emotions, and risk-taking. Self-selected volunteers and observers participate in the 20 minute exercise and debrief insights.
  2. 2)In a follow up reflective discussion, we will consider the connections between exercising leadership at any age and the journey of creative reinvention and positive aging.

Two streams of research underlie this workshop: 1) the development of new meanings based on emotions emerging from our experiences- aesthetic leadership; 2) the transformation of experience into new knowledge and new perspectives of oneself – reflexive epistemology.

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Mona Kreaden Mona Kreaden


TTN-HOME: A Housing Options Journey

Biography: Mona Kreaden, a former board member of The Transition Network (TTN) was responsible for initiating many of its signature programs. Read More

Most recently she co-founded TTN-HOME (a program of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter) that developed a series of workshops to explore innovative and progressive approaches to housing shortages for people 50+. This program educates and provides opportunities for home seekers and providers to build connection and community in their “housing journey.”

The combined experience of the leadership of TTN-HOME brings decades of professional expertise in fields related to positive aging. This volunteer-driven program is led by a team of women with experience in academia, real estate (specializing in senior housing), the Village movement (volunteers support seniors aging in place), independent non-profits associated with aging, senior housing advocacy and more. The programs and listserv of TTN-HOME regularly serve +500 women and men over (50+) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Session Description: A critical component of Positive Aging is what and where a person calls home. This session will focus on HOUSING – the choices and issues --- as well as a process for choosing where and what “home” will support personal positive aging. Read More

The national housing crisis is one we cannot afford to build our way out of, either fiscally or environmentally. We must find affordable, environmentally friendly and community supportive solutions. Successful planning and implementation requires a network of similarly motivated individuals, plus strategies to build connections—to ourselves, to each other, and to community resources.

To address this need, the San Francisco chapter of The Transition Network partnered with Age2Age in 2012 to create an interactive visioning workshop, which led to the design and launch of a program named TTN-HOME. After four years of design, development, piloting and revision, TTN-HOME is beginning to scale by sharing the process and program with Ashby Village and NEXT VillageSF in the San Francisco Bay area, and the TTN New Jersey Chapter.

TTN-HOME offers specific exercises and opportunities focusing on building networks that encourage participants to formulate questions and gather information. This ideally translates into next steps—which with time, intention and support come action plans and successes.

TTN-HOME incorporates two important elements: activities that require participants to work in pairs or small groups to build connections with each other; and time to socialize. The structured use of small groups provides opportunities to find others on a similar journey. During this session we will model such an exercise.

This interactive, multi-media session provides important information, and models the community building necessary to make innovative housing options accessible to people 50+.

The facilitators will:

  • • Present issues facing older adults in housing and a range of choices available under these general categories:
    • • Shared Housing
    • • Aging in Place
    • • Aging in Community

  • • Guide participants in a visioning process about their future housing needs and desires,

  • • Present the TTN-HOME model--a program that guides and supports people (50+) as they explore housing options.

Addressing the housing needs of seniors is essentially important for the health and wellbeing of individuals—as well as the community at large. When older adults feel secure in their living arrangements, we all benefit. TTN-HOME’s housing options program explores and promotes innovative ideas for aging positively—with dignity, health, support and community.

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Amy Lampert Amy Lampert


Mystery to Mastery: How to Develop a Robust Life Planning Process

Biography: Amy Lampert has been dedicated to demystifying the world of money and finance for over 30 years, having held executive positions at UBS, Merrill Lynch, and BNY Mellon. She is the founder of WomensWorth, a company dedicated to the financial literacy of women and youth, and is currently affiliated with The Bulfinch Group, a wealth management firm in Needham, Ma. Read More

Amy has developed and delivered financial literacy workshops to over 10,000 people and has authored a series of educational materials and workshops on the 10 Dimensions of Financial Literacy that are offered to individuals, corporate employees, and groups throughout the country.

Amy has written frequently as a consumer advocate for individual investors and has consulted internationally on customer-centered business development strategies for financial services companies.

Amy is President of The Life Planning Network’s New England Chapter and a member of its national board. Amy has recently adapted her Financial Literacy curriculum to address the unique needs of seniors, and those approaching or living in retirement. She holds Securities licenses Series 8, 24, 7, 65 and 63, and is an arbitrator in FINRA’s (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) dispute resolution division.

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Session Description: Building a business/practice to help people acquire tools and mindset for positive aging is harder than it looks. With this session you’ll hear from leaders of the nation’s leading positive aging organization for professionals, The Life Planning Network. Read More

Learn how to focus your practice/business, build expertise, leverage your referral network and expand your knowledge to help your clients age positively and with dignity, learn about key trends, thought leadership, the life-planning Wheel of Life, activities that work in fostering self-determination, a toolkit for positive aging, and exciting development for professionals in the digital landscape.

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Gregg Levoy Gregg Levoy


Vital Signs: The Nurture of Passion As We Age

Biography: Gregg Levoy, author of Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life (Penguin)—among Amazon's Top-100 books on the subject of aging—and the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House), is the former "behavioral specialist" at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today. Read More

He has Keynoted at the National Conference on Positive Aging, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, been a frequent guest of the media including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS, and written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post and Psychology Today.

His website is www.gregglevoy.com

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Session Description: An affirmative approach to aging takes into account that new parts of you are always clamoring for airtime, the soul and spirit don’t “retire” even if your career does, and there's a difference between getting older and growing older. Read More

These parts of you could be passions and creative leaps, service projects and leadership roles in the community, a new line of work or an exploration of some non-work modes of expression, or simply rediscovering the sense of wonder and love of learning. They ask you to continually reinvent yourself and stay close to your deepest sense of passion and purpose, and to understand that passion is a survival mechanism, because your attachment to life depends on your interest in it.

In this presentation—lecture and hands-on workshop—you'll explore what inspires passion in your life and what defeats it, how you lose it and how you get it back, as well as keep it flourishing for the duration.

You'll also explore how to cultivate not just a specific passion, but passion as a mindset—a stance—that helps bring vitality to all your engagements. Through self-reflective writing and discussion, you'll come away with greater clarity about how to cultivate passion and engagement in your life.

What you'll learn:

  • • Passion can be cultivated. Turned on as well as turned off. And this happens most readily at the level of the gesture and the moment, not the five-year plan.

  • • Passion is in the risk. In the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.

  • • Passion breeds passion and disinterest breeds disinterest. If we lack passion in our own lives, our other relationships---our partnerships, friendships, communities, classrooms, corporations and congregations---will be denied that energy.

  • • Passion is more than exuberance; it's endurance. It's sometimes shoulder-to-the-wheel stamina and patience on the order of years.

  • • Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree that passion is vitality, honoring our passions enhances our vitality.

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Kirin Loomis, MA
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Kirin Loomis, MA


Play With Your Perspective!

Biography: Kirin Loomis works in private practice as a counselor in Minneapolis. Her work is mainly by phone and Skype, and she has clients on four continents. Read More

In addition, she is a counselor at the Exclusive Hawaii Addiction Treatment Center. Her current passion is helping people find a way to look forward to every stage of life, all the way to the end. Whether people are choosing to stay energetic in their later years or slow down, she has a particular talent for helping people to accept and appreciate themselves and their situation.

Kirin has a Master of Arts degree from Cornell University, and was trained in counseling at the Option Institute in Massachusetts.

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Session Description: In any situation that doesn't feel good, we can find a way to create a more favorable experience. Read More

Examples will be given of people who observe a situation together, with each person having a different reaction, showing that our response is determined by our own beliefs about the event, and not by the event itself. The large group will be assisted to brainstorm alternative responses in the examples presented; in any situation there is more than one way to react. With this concept established, participants will examine aspects of their own lives, and with the help of a small group, will generate some alternate, light-hearted responses to their life situations. Individuals will then have the opportunity to choose one of these more positive alternatives in their daily lives.

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Donald E. Lynd, PhD Donald E. Lynd, PhD


Meaningful Aging

Biography: Donald Lynd, although officially retired, continues to build on his research for the PhD to explore how his findings address problems of social systems and the issues inherent in an aging population. Read More

Don applied his knowledge of personality assessment as a means of improving the human side of information systems and organization development during his career in industry, the US Air Force, and US Department of Agriculture.

Don earned his PhD at Fielding Graduate University and completed his undergraduate studies in engineering at Ohio State University with an MBA in management from Auburn University. His research interests focus on how an individual’s temperament influences the choices made in retirement and understanding how older adults find meaning in life.

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Session Description: Dr. Donald Lynd will share the results of his research into meaningful aging. Read More

Lynd’s dissertation research addressed the concern that society has yet to find meaningful and acceptable roles for people who have entered retirement. Interesting and meaningful personal and social roles are needed to allow mature adults to grow and contribute to society for their own self-esteem, but also to make young people feel good about giving up a sizeable portion of their income to their elders.

Lynd provided a window to view the way innate temperament influences the way people make sense of their lifeworld through the activities chosen in retirement from the viewpoint of the actors directly involved. The qualitative research approach revealed the ways in which all of the 20 participants in the study were alike, how they were like some others, and how they were unlike anyone else based on their temperament. Interviews with participants confirmed that temperament was an influence in their lives, identified meaningful activities and perceptions of retirement, and suggested social roles they could fulfill as retirees based on their Artisan, Idealist, Rational, and Guardian temperaments. Lynd’s current research interest is to explore further how the well-being of an aging population can be enhanced by understanding the influence of temperament.

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Ryan P. McCarty, M.A. Ryan P. McCarty, M.A.


Creative Longevity and Wisdom: Advancing Knowledge and Practice

Biography: Ryan McCarty is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado and currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife. Read More

Ryan earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Sciences from the University of North Texas in August of 2012. Ryan has been a student at Fielding Graduate University since January 2014 and graduated with his Master’s degree in Human and Organizational Systems in Summer 2016. He is currently working on his dissertation regarding the primary caregiver’s experience in the search for eldercare options and plans to graduate with his doctorate in Summer 2017. His doctorate will be in Human Development with a concentration in Aging, Culture, and Society (now Creative Longevity and Wisdom). Ryan’s interests within the field of Gerontology lie in Critical Gerontology, the search for eldercare options, and rural aging. He is a member of the Dallas Area Gerontological Society (DAGS) and the Tarrant Area Gerontological Society (TAGS). With his journey in its beginning stages, he looks forward to many more years of working and learning within the realm of Gerontology.

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Session Description: The Creative Longevity and Wisdom initiative at Fielding Graduate University has honored the work of prominent scholar-practitioners while also supporting the graduate work of doctoral students who are engaged in research on promoting positive aging and understanding intergenerational issues. Read More

This panel presentation moderated by two faculty members in the doctoral concentration, Connie Corley and David Willis, highlights the research of two students and one graduate from the School of Leadership Studies. First, Ryan McCarty will discuss the views of Baby Boomers on aging in light of the Political Economy of Aging theory. Second, Andrea McCormick shares perspectives on women’s experiences of aging through the lens of stereotype embodiment. Third, Dr. Yo Moreno addresses issues related to training in organizations with a multigenerational workforce.

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Andrea Gabriella McCormick Andrea Gabriella McCormick


Creative Longevity and Wisdom: Advancing Knowledge and Practice

Biography: Andrea is the Director at Eudaimonia Lifeworks Management, which provides mentoring and workshops in transformational life-course development, for individuals and organizations. Read More

She is a Doctoral Student at Fielding Graduate University and holds Master’s Degrees in both Human Development and Organizational Management. Andrea lives in Big Bear City, California.

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Session Description: The Creative Longevity and Wisdom initiative at Fielding Graduate University has honored the work of prominent scholar-practitioners while also supporting the graduate work of doctoral students who are engaged in research on promoting positive aging and understanding intergenerational issues. Read More

This panel presentation moderated by two faculty members in the doctoral concentration, Connie Corley and David Willis, highlights the research of two students and one graduate from the School of Leadership Studies. First, Ryan McCarty will discuss the views of Baby Boomers on aging in light of the Political Economy of Aging theory. Second, Andrea McCormick shares perspectives on women’s experiences of aging through the lens of stereotype embodiment. Third, Dr. Yo Moreno addresses issues related to training in organizations with a multigenerational workforce.

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Ginny McKinney
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Ginny McKinney


Navigating Grief…One Campfire at a Time!

Biography: Ginny McKinney has worked mainly in the medical field as a Radiologic Technologist, Medical Assistant, Diabetes Educator and Clinical Pharmaceutical Research Coordinator. Read More

She did have a 12-year stint as a Domestic Goddess and Maternal Engineer in the middle of all that where she not only parented two beautiful children but she was also a DJ on Public Radio, she boarded horses, and served on numerous committees and bake sales, as mommies are wont to do. She won the Lewis Mechanical Award for Mechanical Achievements in Radiologic Technology and co-authored a book on Gestational Diabetes for the National Institutes of health. She writes a daily, nationally recognized blog on Facebook called Marshmallow Ranch. She has been featured in the New York Times, Fox News, the Tiny House Blog, and Comet Camper, among others. Ginny writes “Getting Bolder”, a monthly branded series on the Sisters on the Fly Blog and is also the Travel Correspondent for Girl Camper, a weekly podcast series on iTunes. She is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo, Hilen & Fountain Literary Management and is in the process of writing a memoir.

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Session Description: You know the old adage, “When life hands you lemons…yada, yada, yada”? Well, sometimes life kicks you in the pants and lemonade is the farthest thing from your mind. Read More

My husband and I decided life was too short to wait for retirement to have some fun so we went out to buy a travel trailer. Standing in the fourth one, he had a heart attack and died. I knew instinctively I was going to need to put something joyful in front of me or I was never going to survive that. I went out two weeks after the funeral and bought a little 16-foot camper. Within two months I was on a three-month journey through the wilderness and back roads of Colorado.

When faced with the death of a spouse, you often find yourself grieving many more things than the death itself. While you miss your life partner and grieve that loss, you also grieve the loss of the future you expected to have…the stories you expected to share and the trips you expected to take. The loss of my husband stirred painful events from my past that needed to be put to rest once and for all. I weave a story from the hills of West Virginia to the countryside of England to the majestic mountains of Colorado. I touch on sensitive subjects like child abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, and death in a way that honors the gravity of the situation, offering encouragement without trying to put a bow on it.

Eventually, I traded in my tiara for wings and a pickup truck when I sold my house, upgraded to a 30’ camper, and hit the open road. That was 30,000+ miles and 20 months ago. This is a story of walking through fire while looking for the gems in the flames. It is a story about reinventing yourself in the third trimester of life. It is a story of hope.

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Rhoda Meador, PhD Rhoda Meador, PhD


Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE): A Model Program for Environmental Stewardship

Biography: Dr. Rhoda Meador is a gerontologist at Cornell University, where she works on research and outreach projects that seek to change the way people experience aging and the second half of the life course. Read More

She has been involved in numerous educational programs and activities that bridge the gap between research and practice. More recently, her research focuses on improving health and social systems to support the social engagement of older people, including the development and evaluation of an intervention aimed at the civic engagement of retirees in environmental stewardship. Dr. Meador has also conducted a number of pioneering studies addressing the needs of direct care workers in long-term care. She has designed, evaluated and implemented a variety of educational programs and has authored numerous scholarly articles, books, and manuals including Caring Communication, CNA Mentoring Made Easy and CNA Career Ladder Made Easy. She is also a frequent speaker and trainer at professional workshops and conferences. Dr. Meador has a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from Iowa State University, an M.S.in adult learning from Marshall University and certification as a distance-learning specialist from the University of Wisconsin. She is also a certified life coach, specializing in transformative life course transitions.

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Session Description: Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) Program is an environmental education and leadership training program for adults over 60. Read More

This interactive session will provide an overview of RISE and prepare participants to bring RISE to their communities. Retirees are an underutilized resource who have the time, talent, and skills to help address issues like climate change, air and water pollution, waste management, and the protection of natural areas. The primary goal of RISE is to create environmental leaders (also known as environmental stewards) who will play an active role in addressing environmental issues in their communities. The RISE Program provides approximately 30 hours of training over an eight-week period. The training is divided into three different components, including a full-day introductory workshop, six weekly environmental workshops, and a capstone stewardship project to benefit the local community. The RISE Program is based on the best available research evidence and practices in the field, including an extensive program evaluation conducted at Cornell University. Workshop participants will take part in a sample activity from the RISE program and have the opportunity to discuss how they can implement RISE in their own communities.

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Susan Miedzianowski Susan Miedzianowski, PhD, CSA, CPC


Ethical Wills – A Way to Remember

Biography: Dr. Miedzianowski is a faculty at several universities teaching health care administration and gerontology, on the Instructional staff at CSA, serves as Chairman of the Editorial Committee for the CSA Journal and has published several articles. Read More

She obtained her PhD in Human Services at Capella University, and a second Masters in Aging Services Management from USC, a Masters from Central Michigan and a Bachelor in Nursing from University of Detroit. She is a wife, mother (5), grandmother (14) and great grandmother (3). She enjoys working with those who have a dream to take care of the aging population and create age sensitive and aging friendly communities where older adults can continue living and contributing as valuable members of society.

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Session Description: Ethical wills date back to the Bible and have remained, for the most part a well-kept secret. Ethical wills have no legal standing and yet, in many ways, can be more valuable than any official list of items bequeathed out to family, friends, charities, etc. Read More

This instrument can be as simple or as complex as the individual likes and, for that individual, projects some sense of immortality, a way to be remembered to those who they love. In this session, you will gain a historical perspective regarding ethical wills, how this vehicle fits in with Ericson’s stages of aging, view some examples, both older and more modern, and gain some ideas to share with clients, family and friends. Helping those who are approaching the end of their life find a way to reconcile, leave a message, and allow them to reconcile, celebrate, restore is a special gift, and an ethical will is one way to convey those thoughts.

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Dorian Mintzer, M.S.W., PH.D., BCC Dorian Mintzer, M.S.W., PH.D., BCC


Age is a Mindset: Managing Job Search Attitudes in Older Job Seekers

Biography: Dorian Mintzer (aka Dori), M.S.W., Ph.D., Board Certified Coach, is a licensed Psychologist, Career/Retirement Transition Coach, Money and Couples Relationship Coach, Executive Coach, Consultant, Writer, Speaker and Teacher. She facilitates workshops and speaks to community, corporate and professional groups on topics related to mid-life and second half of life issues. Read More

She is founder of the Boomers and Beyond Special Interest Group for Interdisciplinary Professionals and the 4th Tuesday (noon EST) Revolutionize your Retirement Interview with Expert’s Series for professionals and the public. She utilizes her life experiences and expertise in adult development, positive psychology and holistic life planning in her work with helping individuals and couples navigate the second half of life. She is co-author of The Couples Retirement Puzzle: The 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together and a contributing author to a number of books that include Live Smart After 50! and Not your Mother’s Retirement. She is also co-producer of the free ebook, The Career Playbook: Second Half Plays, available on her website. Learn more about Dori and her programs at www.revolutionizeretirement.com

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Session Description: This session will describe factors for conducting a successful and meaningful job search for those over 50. Read More

We will introduce a simple but effective approach to job search, ways to confront one’s own ageism and humorous strategies for remaining positive when conducting a difficult job search as a mature worker.

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Yo Moreno, PhD Yo Moreno, PhD


Improving Communications Across Generations Using True Colors®

Biography: Yo Moreno has just received her PhD from the Fielding Graduate University (July, 2016). Her last employer was Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she was a Technical Instructor for their Professional Development’s Training Group. Read More

While at JPL she obtained Change Management Certification and in May, 2007, she received her Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management (Claremont Graduate University). She graduated with Honors and was voted Student of the Year for 2007 by her classmates. Additionally, Yo is a Certified Technical Instructor, holds a Chauncy Group International Certification and is a Certified Technical Trainer, a Certification issued by the Computing Technology Industry Association. Yo has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Prior to her employment at JPL, Yo worked for various large law firms as Information Technology Manager in Dallas, Texas. Other past employers include a geophysical company, several medical centers and oil & gas corporations.

Her volunteer efforts include Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Lighthouse for the Blind. Originally from Chicago, Yo has a passion for travel, and enjoys both learning and teaching.

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Session Description: True Colors® is an excellent communication tool which aids in self-understanding and appreciation of others based on personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Gold, Green and Blue are used to distinguish the four core personality styles. Read More

Participants will fill out a short form to see what color is their dominant personality style and then learn how to communicate with individuals who are different personality types.

When you understand your True Colors® it will aid in improved relationships and you will gain insight and ability to view the world through other lenses. It is used in Educational Institutions, Corporations, Non-Profit Organizations and Health Care Institutions to enhance communications.

True Colors® is an easy-to-use tool that has helped millions of people find personal success and dramatically improve their inter-personal relationships. It has a twenty-year track record of success with hundreds of corporations and thousands of individuals. This workshop has its focus on how knowing your True Colors® can help in communications not only across generations, but in every aspect of your life.

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Claire Marie Panke Claire Marie Panke, BA, BSN, RNC


Light Years: Illuminating Later Life With Positive Media Images

Biography: Claire Marie Panke is both a filmmaker and a registered nurse, currently completing a feature documentary, Light Years, that profiles three older adults who sculpt their lives with creativity, service, and a knack for reinvention. With Light Years, Claire plans to use the power of media to inspire a broad audience to reimagine later life. Read More

Her first film A Chance to Grow was broadcast on The Discovery Channel, National Geographic & multiple international venues, was shown at film festivals and won several awards. She has also made three short documentaries and serves on several documentary-judging panels, including the News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Claire also does freelance work as a writer/editor, photographer, and nurse/consultant for film, television & print ads, and has served for over 16 years as the spokesperson for a national campaign to protect health care funding.

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Session Description: In this media-driven age, film and television play an enormous role in shaping attitudes and values. This holds true for the images that emerge from our youth-obsessed culture in which the idea of aging well often means not aging at all. Read More

Our negative images of aging not only imprint younger viewers with cynical expectations about aging, but many older viewers ingest those same low expectations and block their own potential by putting themselves “out to pasture.” So how do we learn to value the unvalued? By changing the diet of images that we are fed.

In this workshop we’ll briefly review media depictions of aging, inviting a bit of audience participation, and discuss research about the impact images play on self-concept, as well as current improvements in the media landscape.

Our case study will be Light Years, a forthcoming documentary film (presenter is the producer/director) that aims to infuse authentic, positive examples of later adulthood into our cultural vernacular and challenge misconceptions about aging.

One of the film’s primary audiences is the Baby Boomers, and we’ll look at how this educated, activist, media-savvy generation - very aware of the power of their voice - is already reshaping retirement and championing the positive aging movement.

We’ll show several clips to introduce the film’s three characters and its themes of creative engagement, service, and resilience, and briefly discuss outreach plans to bring the film’s positive aging message to a broad audience.

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Annamarie Pluhar M.Div.
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Annamarie Pluhar M.Div.


The Sharing Housing Option Aging in Place with Company

Biography: Annamarie Pluhar, M.Div., advocates for adults, especially older singles, to in having a “home-mate,” someone with whom they can share a home with other(s) for the significant benefits of cost, company, cooperation, and comfort. Read More

Her book Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates gives readers a roadmap for how to interview and select the right home-mate. This process has been honed over twenty years of her personal experience of living in shared housing and is combined with expertise in group process and interpersonal relations. As an instructional designer, facilitator, and training professional, she has worked with clients in Fortune 100 firms, small businesses, the federal government as well as non-profits. Currently she offers patient, sympathetic coaching services to seniors and others in managing their digital devices.

Annamarie founded Sharing Housing, an educational organization dedicated to providing resources to support individuals finding and keeping good home-mates. She maintains a blog at www.sharinghousing.com

She is a graduate of Vassar College and The Episcopal Divinity School. She lives in Vermont with one two-legged and two four-legged housemates.

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Session Description: Social isolation is one of the dangers of growing old. Spouses and friends die and the social network of a lifetime has big holes. Read More

Almost one-third of boomers are single. In 2012, 44% of women (18% of men) lived alone. Widows and divorcees continue to live in the houses in which they raised their families. Our culture expects single adults to live alone. Sharing a home is a reasonable, enjoyable alternative.

People can have “home-mates,” one (or more) other people they like and respect whose way of living is compatible enough that are comfortable living together. They can be a great relationship! Home-mates provide spontaneous social connection, help with finances, and help with tasks and in emergencies. It is a sustainable way to live.

In this interactive session, you will learn the twenty-one (!) benefits of living with others. You will hear what the contemporary science says about loneliness. You will gain appreciation for sharing housing as an ancient and simple method of being connected. You will learn a common-sense process for selecting potential home-mates and discover the key areas of compatibility that are essential for comfort and satisfaction. You will leave with concrete next steps for encouraging this solution in your community.

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Connie Reider Connie Reider


Wisdom of the Ages—90 and Beyond... Legacy, Spirit, Grace

Biography: Connie Reider has been a professional portrait and event photographer for more than 35 years. Read More

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, she used photography and journaling to heal. She catalogued her journey in a book, In Shadow and Light...Looking for the Gifts of Cancer, published in 2003.

In 2004, she co-founded The F. Holland Day Center for Healing and Creativity, a cancer retreat center in Maine, where she served as Creative Director until 2009.

In 2008, Connie launched INscape, The Healing Art of Photography. Guiding others in using photography to find images in nature which serve as a metaphor of their “inner landscape”. Connie focuses on the lens of the heart and the spirit. She has offered INscape retreats and workshops at cancer wellness centers, health spas, and private sites nationally and in Mexico and Brazil.

In 2014, Connie graduated from ALEPH’s Age-ing to Sage-ing Mentorship Program. During her course of study, she began working on The Wise Elders Project. She has interviewed and photographed more than 40 elders across the country, aged 89-103. She shares their legacy and wisdom in an interactive presentation, Wisdom of the Ages...90 and Beyond.

Connie is the mother of two amazing adult daughters and two magnificent granddaughters. She resides by the healing waters of The Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Session Description: This session illuminates personal narratives and photographic portraits of men and women from around the world, age 90 and beyond. Read More

Included in the presentation are my interviews with Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Sage-ing Movement,Tao Porchon Lynch, oldest living and practicing yoga instructor, Belle Kaufman, author of Up the Down Staircase, and less well known, yet no less impressive individuals from all walks of life. I will pass along their wisdom and “medicine” for extraordinary living.

Are there common threads in their attitudes and life philosophies?

From these stories, can we challenge common assumptions about aging? Can we imagine our own later years using these wise elders as role models? With laughter, and audience participation, we will delve into these questions and share a short directed writing activity.

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Annabelle Reitman Ed.D. Annabelle Reitman Ed.D.


Retirement: Ready or Not!

Biography: Annabelle Reitman, a career management strategist with more than 40 years of experience in career coaching and counseling, specializing in short-term coaching for people in work/career transitions as well as resume development targeting clients’ individualized professional stories. Read More

Reitman is an established writer and author in the career and talent management arena. She was a virtual career coach for AARP (2010-2013). For over 6 years, Reitman has been writing the Career Pathways Column for The Transition Network, an association for professional women over 50. Her speaking engagements have included international and local professional organizations, and webnairs. This year, she was invited twice to co-conduct sessions on planning for retirement by the Alexandria Library, as part of their Speakers Series. Reitman received her Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Session Description: Retirement is the time to do what you want to do when you want, and in the way you want. Read More

You have the opportunity to more fully realize the self you are capable of becoming and to develop a life style that allows you to be young of heart and happily looking forward to tomorrow. Actually, you are transitioning into a new self-identity – how you see yourself from now into the future. Once you have retired, your former work and job title are no longer viable to identify who you are. However, to make this actually happen, you need to create an ideal picture of this next life stage to: 1) strengthen the positivism in your retirement and, 2) ensure that your retirement planning is effective and successful.

Can you identify the activities in which you want to be involved? How about reviving past interests or trying out new ones? Do you still want to work and what would you do? Would volunteerism have a place in this new life style and where would you contribute your skills and experience? What are your engagement priorities?

To help you create a blueprint for your retirement so that your vision can become a reality and successfully move forward in this new pathway, the following resources and tools will be provided and discussed:

  • • Defining who you are in retirement

  • • Options listing of activities/pastime pursuits

  • • Describing what a specific activity means to you

  • • Importance of determining and setting your priorities

  • • Establishing a time schedule for the key/significant actions

This is an interactive presentation with participants involved in exercises, small, and large group discussions. Handouts will be available.

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Renee Lee Rosenberg Renee Lee Rosenberg, MA, LMHC


Age is a Mindset: Managing Job Search Attitudes in Older Job Seekers

Biography: Renee Lee Rosenberg, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Clinical Career Counselor, Transition Retirement Coach, Job Development Trainer, Speaker and ten year member of the National Speakers Association. Read More

Renee trained corporate executives in Tokyo and New York and delivers motivational speeches nationally and internationally on career topics. Her expertise includes: resumes, cold calling, 60 second networking, hidden job market, positive attitude strategies for less stress, and redirecting retirees to toward job and life happiness. Renee has appeared on ABC Eyewitness News, MSNBC, NY1 News, and Italian Television. She has been interviewed for articles in Forbes.com, Fortune.com, Chicago Herald Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, US News and World Report, New York News, Health and Wellness Magazine, Women’s World Magazine and Yoga Journal.

Her book, Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making it Happen, has helped hundreds successfully navigate and redirect retirement. Renee is also an accomplished studio jeweler and believes in and promotes the power of positive thinking in her speaking and counseling.

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Session Description: This session will describe factors for conducting a successful and meaningful job search for those over 50. Read More

We will introduce a simple but effective approach to job search, ways to confront one’s own ageism and humorous strategies for remaining positive when conducting a difficult job search as a mature worker.

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Karen Sands Karen Sands, MCC, BCC


Gray is the New Green: Monetizing Positive Aging

Biography: Karen Sands is the leading GeroFuturistSM and Thought Leader on the Longevity Economy, Ageless Aging & Legacy-Making. Karen has spent decades transforming the conversation and illuminating the deeper story around aging and our future. Read More

She is committed to spotlighting and accelerating the future role of women, turning ageism on its head, and disrupting the business of aging. She is a fierce proponent of Ageless Leadership and an advocate for women leading the way forward. Karen is the Author of 11 books, including Visionaries Have Wrinkles, Gray is the New Green, and The Ageless Way. Sands is a visionary leader, a lifelong trailblazer, a serial entrepreneur & intrapreneur, a ICF-MCC & CCE-BCC high impact master & mentor coach, a trusted advisor & consultant, keynote speaker, master educator & trainer for service providers, marketers, experts and accomplished visionary leaders. Karen compels us to Rock Our Age!

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Session Description: With the current economic conditions and shifting paradigms of the Longevity Economy, you will need every bit of market intelligence, practical tips, ideas and connections you can get to meet your goals in 2016 and beyond. Read More

Join Karen to kick-start a unique conversation on staying in sync with the people who keep you in business in the Longevity EconomySM using what’s trending now to identify the opportunities and challenges of serving the "Platinum" market and how to leverage them to make a good living, to monetize positive aging and becoming the New Age entrepreneur -- as well as the personal challenges and opportunities of each of us 40+ who are looking mid-life and future encores in the mirror.

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Annie Scheppach Annie Scheppach


Looking for Health in All the Right Places

Biography: Annie Scheppach has been discovering what health really means and devoting her life to studying how to heal for more than twenty years following her own wake up call. She has lived being too busy, too stressed, tired and sick. Read More

Annie devoted her first career to serving in the Federal Government. From her executive roles at the US Department of Education and the Social Security Administration to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine and the leading edge Institute of Integrative Nutrition and so much in between, Annie discovered her current mission. As a national speaker, yoga educator, and author, she inspires and guides her audience and clients to commit to their own unique healing paths.

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Session Description: How are you feeling; how are you feeling on a scale of 1-10? In your body, your mind, your spirit? Pause, and ask yourself. Maybe ask what is health, really? Is it your most important asset? There is a myth in this country that everyone “has it,” especially as we get older. How many of you are taking pharmaceutical drugs, how many have aches and you accept all this - “that is just a part of aging”? What if… what if a great deal of what we have been taught is not true? Read More

Did you know that many chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis, allergies, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease, aches and pains are generally preventable AND often reversible? Learn about foods as medicine, what is causing you to not be able to lose weight. And what about sleep and moving free of stiffness?

Some of you may recall a black and white TV show from the 50’s called Life Begins at 80. Life begins in a new way today, whatever age you are, when you commit to making your health a priority. It is never too late or too early to put the pieces of the healing puzzle together.

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Barbara Greenspan Shaiman Barbara Greenspan Shaiman


Live Your Legacy Now

Biography: Throughout her career, noted educator, businesswoman and social entrepreneur, Barbara Greenspan Shaiman, has used her skills and ability to empower others to create social change. Read More

In 1995, she founded Champions of Caring(www.championsofcaring.org) a non profit organization that has empowered over 10,000 youth in Philadelphia and South Africa to become leaders in service and active engaged citizens.

Shaiman’s latest venture,< a href="http://embraceyourlegacynow.com/" target="_blank">Embrace Your Legacy, coupled with the release of her books “Live Your Legacy Now: Ten Simple Steps to Find Your Passion and Change the World and Live Your Legacy Now! My Legacy Portfolio offers clients speeches, workshops and consulting services to help people of all ages live richer, more meaningful lives by creating projects for personal growth and social change. Shaiman is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Her mother is the sole survivor of a family of 65 people and her father worked for Oskar Schindler. This family legacy coupled with her professional experience, have motivated Shaiman to inspire others to live their legacies by giving back to their communities. She enjoys speaking to multi- generational audiences.

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Session Description: This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to explore their passions, interests, and skills and apply them to make meaningful changes by addressing issues that are important to them to gain greater happiness and fulfillment. Read More

The workshop will help participants:

  • • Target their philanthropy to more effectively support the causes they care about.

  • • Complete a Legacy Profile, an assessment tool that looks at values, passions, interests, skills and resources and then guides participants to utilize these assets to get hands-on with the causes they support.

  • • Gain ideas for taking an intergenerational approach to living a legacy by including youth and family members.

  • • Target their philanthropy to more effectively support the causes they care about.

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David Shaw David Shaw


Wiser Together World Café

Biography: David Shaw, 34, is a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator. He founded Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center, two inter-generational partnerships focused on education for a just and sustainable world. Read More

David serves on the World Cafe Community Foundation Stewardship Council, a group supporting conversational leadership and impact worldwide, and he frequently facilitates strategic meetings and conferences with clients in business, government and civil society. He lives happily and humbly on a 2-acre homestead in Santa Cruz, California.

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Session Description: The "World Café" is a structured conversational process intended to facilitate open and intimate discussion, and link ideas within a larger group to access the "collective intelligence" or Collective wisdom in the room. Participants move between a series of tables where they continue the discussion in response to a set of questions, which are predetermined and focused on the specific goals of each World Café. Read More

A café ambience is created in order to facilitate conversation and represent a third place. In some versions a "talking stick" may be used to make sure that all participants get a chance to speak. As well as speaking and listening, individuals are encouraged to write or doodle on a paper or tablecloth so that when people change tables they can see what previous members have expressed in their own words and images. The first World Café event was organized in 1995 and since then the number of people who have participated in events is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

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Paula Singer Paula Singer, PhD


Redefining Retirement: Finding Passion, Purpose and Engagement

Biography: Paula Singer, PhD is the CEO of The Singer Group, Inc. which provides HR+OD consulting services. She been supporting individuals and organizations in achieving their full potential her entire career, and has in-depth expertise in executive coaching, human and organization development, leadership, succession planning and organizational and life strategy. Read More

She is a respected and frequent speaker and is active in a number of professional organizations, civic groups and activities. Paula has been honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women three times and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence.

Paula received her doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, as well as her Master of Arts degree in Organization Development. She also earned an MA from The Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. In addition, Paula has a Certificate in Brain-Based Coaching from the NeuroLeadership Institute.

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Session Description: Did you know? Most Americans spend more time planning for their two-week vacation than planning for their retirement. Read More

When 50-75 year olds were surveyed, 70% saw retirement as a time to stay active and begin a new chapter in their lives. As Boomers we entered the workforce in record numbers, defined by a spirit of creativity and determination for significance. Now, for the first time in history, we are flooding the retirement landscape with lengthened life expectancies and the same heightened sense of yearning. Our challenge is how to thoughtfully savor these years purposefully and in meaningful and productive ways.

Join us to:

*Prepare for the emotional, psychological and sociological challenges as you transition to Act 3

*Articulate what gives you meaning and purpose and take the first steps toward planning -- and/or enjoying -- your retirement

* Identify the activities and relationships that provide meaning, engagement and fun

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Peter Whitehouse Peter Whitehouse


Monster in the Mind: Finding the Positive in Dementia

Biography: Peter J Whitehouse is Professor of Neurology and current or former Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Bioethics, Nursing, History, and Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University and Strategic Advisor in Innovation Baycrest Health Center and Professor of Medicine and Institute of Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto. Read More

He is also President, Intergenerational Schools International. That said he is more fundamentally a happily married father of three and grandfather of one and counting. He made fundamental neuroscientific discoveries about what he used to call Alzheimer disease before he realized that medicalizing aging and corporatizing health were related problems. Now he focuses on public health, intergenerational learning (www.tisonline.org), environmental bioethics, and the arts and humanites, particularly photography and dance. He is internationally known as a trans disciplinary scholar and intergenerative innovator. His purpose and passion are creating narratively and experientially rich learning organizations and programs that foster human flourishing (and survival) in community. As a healer he has evolved from a geriatric neurologist to a brain health coach to a Tree Doctor.

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Session Description: Two physicians who have come to healing (professionally and personally) on different paths will engage in deep dialogue about our current attitudes about the future of healthful living on planet Earth, including conscious aging, brain science, integrative medicine, environmental stewardship, meaningful saging, and leaving a generative legacy. Read More

A narrative of wholeness, gratitude, and connectedness will be created through interaction with the audience.

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Dieter Zwicky Dieter Zwicky


Pass It On! Cultivating Advocacy Leadership for Positive Aging Worldwide

Biography: Dieter Zwicky is a man who lives his dreams and coaches others to find their passions and make them real. His zest for life may seem enviable, but he is clear that the joy he embodies is available to all. Knowing that the only thing that really stops us is ourselves, he has always challenged himself to go farther, explore more, dig deeper and discover the vastness of life itself. As a dynamic and highly sought after life and travel coach, he invites his clients to join him on their journey around the block or around the world. Read More

After his corporate career in the hospitality services, Dieter set out on a yearlong trip around the world. His travels would reinforce his personal belief in the power of adventure - to renew, restore, and provide novel experiences that lead one to uncover new perspectives. It was during that voyage that his future direction would become clear: to help others embrace their passions and lead more enriched lives.

Clients started to enlist his services from all over the world. Being multi-lingual and cross-culturally trained, he was entrusted with many challenging assignments he might not otherwise have been offered.

Dieter coaches clients of all ages to help them achieve clarity about what they truly value and bring those ideals into being. As a 2young2retire certified facilitator, Dieter also works with those looking for meaning in their post-career years, where he also took on the role as the Pass It On Network’s country liaison for Switzerland

He helps them in a playful way to have their inner child come to life, thus finding a meaningful purpose in their golden years. Dieter ultimately supports them in fulfilling the dreams on their bucket list.

His playfulness and free spirit are infectious. Expanding on his offers of intimate one-on-one coaching, Dieter has broadened his practice to take individuals wherever their hearts desire and motivate them to reach beyond and thus live more expansive, fulfilling lives. Along the way, he shares his compassionate ability to evoke the best in them, coaching and coaxing his clients to find the joy he knows is theirs to have.

ositive Aging is a perspective. Let's keep a perspective on the opportunities in the third act of our life - knowing that living on purpose makes us feel good and has a positive effect on our own health and longevity!

Dieter met Jan Hively and Moira Allan at the first Positive Aging Conference at Eckerd College, Florida, in 2007. This will be his fourth PAC!

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Session Description: Leadership worldwide for active, positive aging lifelong The Pass It On Network will showcase a worldwide array of programs, projects, and ideas for generating and supporting active, positive aging. Read More

Pass It On’s co-founders, Moira Allan (International Coordinator, based in Paris) and Jan Hively (U.S. Liaison), will briefly describe the past, present, and future of the global network launched as a “big idea” at the Sixth Positive Aging Conference in 2013. Four of Pass It On’s regional liaisons will then describe their creative programs that are freely available for adaptation with mentoring to other positive aging advocates through the website, www.passitonnetwork.org

  • •Dieter Zwicky, Switzerland: Dream...Plan…Live…it! - A process for reawakening your inner child, finding your passions and making them real.

Moira and Jan will then introduce other Pass It On liaisons attending the conference. Each one will briefly describe a program or resource that they are sharing through the Pass It On Network. Open discussion will follow.

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