Countdown to New Orleans: General Sessions

With n4a's Annual Conference and Tradeshow just over two weeks away, our weekly newsletter will highlight some of the most-anticipated parts of the Conference. Today, we'll take a close look at General Sessions, which each spotlight some of the most pressing issues and trending topics.

A Generation's Work: Reframing Aging Together 
Sunday, July 28 | 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
The Reframing Aging Initiative is on a mission to steer public attitudes toward a fuller understanding of aging and older adults. Changing American culture is challenging and changing the attitudes and behaviors around the universal experience of aging especially so. The alternative is to acquiesce to an unacceptable status quo that undermines our ability to build support for aging-friendly policies. James Appleby, CEO of The Gerontological Society of America will give attendees an overview of how the Aging Network can change the “conventional wisdom” about aging together.
This session is sponsored by Mom's Meals.
Moving the Aging Network Forward: Strengthening Our Pillars and Partnerships  
Monday, July 29 | 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, Administration for Community Living, will provide Conference attendees with an update from ACL. He will then be joined on the stage by professionals and for a panel discussion on critical issues facing the Aging Network, such as enhancing capacity, access to critical services, responding to elder abuse, caregiving and workforce challenges. Hear how the Administration for Community Living and key organizations are forging innovative partnerships to address these five critical areas that Assistant Secretary Lance Robertson has identified as his “five pillars” of focus.
The panel will consist of Bob Blancato of the Elder Justice Coalition, Robert Espionza, Vice President of Policy at PHI, Sandy Markwood, CEO at n4a, Marisa Scala-Foley, Director of the Aging and Disability Institute at n4a and C. Grace Whiting, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. This session is sponsored by Tivity Health.
Bridging Healthcare and Aging: Drivers of Change 
Tuesday, July 30 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
With increasing attention and evidence on the many ways that addressing the social determinants of health can improve health outcomes, reduce health care costs and enhance quality of life for older adults, the health care and aging sectors are looking for new ways to bridge medical and social services. Explore the new drivers of change that are furthering this critical cross-sector engagement with Rani Snyder, Vice President, Program, The John A. Hartford Foundation.
The General Session will also include a panel discussion led by Rani Snyder with John Auerbach, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trust for America's Health, Bruce Chernof, President and Chief Executive Officer, The SCAN Foundation, Gary Cook, President and Chief Executive Officer, Direction Home Akron-Canton and Tina Griffith, Health Care Equity Director, Aetna Better Health of Louisiana.
This session is sponsored by Aetna.
Tackling the Growing Complex Needs of Our Aging Population
Wednesday, July 31 | 8:00 AM to 10:10 AM
Every AAA and Title VI program feels it. Not only is the demand for aging services increasing, so too is the complexity of the needs of the nation's growing aging population. How will the new focus on population health and the social determinants of health impact service delivery to today's and tomorrow's aging population as we confront these complex needs? How will AAAs tackle service delivery to older adults living in poverty, living with dementia, living in rural and remote frontier areas and those from diverse cultures? How will AAAs tackle advanced illness and end-of-life issues and overcoming the increasing devastation of natural and human-made disasters?
Alexis Skoufalos, Associate Dean, Strategic Development,Jefferson College of Population Health will lead a conversation with panelists Donna Harvey, CEO, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director, San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, Howard Rodgers, Director, New Orleans Council on Aging, Dawn Simonson, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and Connie Benton Wolfe, President and CEO, Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc.
This session is sponsored by Cigna.



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