When people step up and start talking, listening, and paying attention to the challenges that are easier to ignore, real change is already happening. The more hands and minds that get involved, the more we can do. Join us for AiA 2018, the Aging in America Conference, taking place at Hilton San Francisco Union Square Monday, March 26, through Thursday, March 29.
What Can You Expect from AiA 2018?
As the leading multidisciplinary event, more than 3,000 attendees from around the country and abroad will come together for the Aging in America Conference in San Francisco. Conference attendees will be able to choose from more than 400 sessions focused on topics critical to aging and quality of life for older adults. Topics will include:
- Aging in community
- Health and wellness
- Lifelong learning
- Mental health
- Policy and advocacy
- Spirituality and meaning
- Care transitions
- And much more
This year, the conference will highlight technology and its innovative capacity to support and improve quality of life for aging adults. The American Society on Aging (ASA) and all of its partners in AiA are committed to turning intention into action with innovative policy proposals, business models and programs, and widespread education throughout aging-related fields.
In other words, along with the problems and questions, we’re going to focus on the opportunities and answers. It’s a common mistake to think of aging as a problem, but this transition is truly a collection of opportunities. And it is a universal experience for all of us. So, people from diverse professions in support of positive momentum into later life are getting together to reimagine our collective future. Together, we will:
- Strengthen and expand our networking possibilities.
- Share successes that could be replicated.
- Create bridges between community-based initiatives and institutionalized healthcare.
- Be a part of this critical movement toward a solid foundation for thriving in later life.
The following presenters from Institute on Aging will illuminate AiA 2018 conference attendees with a local perspective on Thursday, March 29th:
- Patrick Arbore, Ed.D., Founder and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services, will present “Bullying Elimination Training Program for Staff and Older Adults.” Valorie Villela, Director of 30th Street Senior Center/On Lok—also a local organization—will present with Dr. Arbore.
- Dustin Harper, MBA, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, will present “Developing a Market for Home and Community-Based Services for the Working Poor.”
- Shawna Reeves, MSW, Director of Elder Abuse Prevention Program, and Tamari Hedani, MPH, Associate Director, Elder Abuse Prevention Program, will address “Fighting Pension Poaching Scams Against Elder Veterans in San Francisco.”
How Can You Get Involved in the 2018 Aging in America Conference?
Registration for AiA 2018 is already open. In fact, you need to register by Wednesday, January 31 for the regular rate. Starting February 1, rates go up. If you use discount code IOA50 when you register, you can save $50. To learn more about the 2018 Aging in America Conference, visit the AiA 2018 website at www.asaging.org/aia.
Continuing Education Opportunity
Are you a care manager, counselor, nurse, therapist, physician, or another professional who works with older adults? You may be able to get continuing education units (CEU) during the Aging in America Conference in San Francisco. Click here to find out more about CEU opportunities.
Are you looking for a more direct and hands-on way to be involved in the San Francisco conference? You can register to volunteer to help fill resource bags, monitor a room to assist with logistics, or greet and guide participants. You’ll receive up to 50% off the registration fees by giving a day of service during the event. You do need to be an ASA member, but sign-up rates are also discounted for volunteers. Click here to find out more and to become a volunteer.
Get the Word Out
Let’s spread the word about the 2018 Aging in America Conference in San Francisco and about the larger message to start paying attention to the challenges that we all share in our future. We have a responsibility to advocate for and support our community members to the best of our abilities. And our abilities grow exponentially when we come together with our diverse perspectives and strengths around a common global cause.
For more information about the Aging in America Conference or other ways to get involved in advocacy and programs for aging adults in San Francisco, Institute on Aging is a great resource. Get in touch today to connect with our passionate, knowledgeable team.