Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference: Unmasking COVID-19
2021 APP POSTER SUBMISSIONS
Lindsay R. Wilkinson, Julie Masters, Christopher M. Kelly, Miechelle McKelvey, Ladan Ghazi Saidi, and Toni Hill.
Thomas A. DeCesare, Lillian Behm, Connor J. Phipps, Marco A. Gonzales-Castellon, Matthew White, Maximiliano Hawkes, Vaishali Phatak, David E. Warren.
Thank you for attending the Eighth Biennial Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference! We look forward to seeing you in 2023!
Thank you to all who participated in and attended this year’s virtual conference where we discussed the implications of COVID-19 on older adults from a biopsychosocial perspective, including disparities across cultural groups, and provided an overview of where we’ve been, the current status of the pandemic, and an up-to-date view of where we are headed. Conference participants gained hope from lessons learned and insights on future outlooks from healthcare and human services experts as well as personal experiences from those on the frontline. Those lost to COVID-19 were honored during the conference with a meaningful memoriam. This event was hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Continuing Education contact hours were provided by Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development.
2021 FEATURED SPEAKERS
About the biennial Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference
The first biennial Aging with Passion & Purpose Conference was held in 2007. Each year's conference has a unique theme reflecting a trend in aging. The theme of the inaugural conference was “Spirituality and Creativity Programming for Older Adults;” the focus highlighted cutting edge efforts to address the needs of older adults utilizing alternative and complimentary strategies within the arts and spirituality arenas that have been shown through research to improve older adults quality of life. In 2009, the conference theme was “Social and Spiritual Dimensions of Aging and Caregiving” and emphasized support efforts for caregivers that aimed to better the quality of care provided to older adults and self-care of the caregiver. The 2011 theme of "It Happens" reflected the reality that the first of the baby boomers were turning 65 and entering retirement. The 2013 theme of "Aging Well in the Age of Technology" brought participants together to learn about the growing field of gerontechnology and its impact on the quality and way of life of aging individuals. The 2015 theme of "Generations Working Together" helped participants better understand the unique characteristics of each generation and how they manifest in the workplace. The 2017 theme was "Next Generation Services" and introduced attendees to new ways of doing business in a new age. 2019 brought the theme of “No One Left Behind,” which focused on the unique needs of diverse populations of older adults.
The conference is organized and conducted by a team of planning partners representing a wide-range of organizations concerned about aging issues and is hosted by UNO.