Aging with Passion & Purpose: No One Left Behind
The 2019 Aging with Passion and Purpose conference is officially in the books.
Many thanks to our excellent speakers for giving all of us much to consider to ensure no one is left behind.
A special note of gratitude to our sponsors for supporting this year’s event. They include: AARP, CountryHouse Residence, Heritage at Sterling Ridge, Hillcrest Health Services, Home Instead Senior Care, Immanuel, Physicians Mutual, The Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, and Vetter Senior Living. Thank you as well to John A. Gentleman Mortuaries and The Goldstein Center for Human Rights.
A special thank you to Toni Hill and the University of Nebraska Kearney staff for working with us to stream the conference to our colleagues and friends in Central and Western Nebraska. We are grateful.
Last, but not least, none of this conference would have been possible without the tireless efforts of our planning committee members. Thank you to Maria Sorick, Cheri Mundt, Cathy Pacholski, Michelle Diaz, Jennifer Kinney, Kerri Gilson, Tara Miller-Donohue, Melanie Kiper, Lyn Holley and Nancy Kelley.
See you March 15, 2021!
The conference featured speakers from local organizations sharing insight about the unique needs of diverse populations.
Keynote: Legal Issues with Aging, and Human Rights
Israel Doron, LLM, PhD, head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging
at the University of Haifa, Israel.
Everyone deserves access to aging services which will meet their unique needs.
- Meeting the Needs of LGBT Older Adults, presented by Mary Beth Maxwell, BA, advocate.
- Aging and Developmental Disabilities, presented by Janet Miller, MS, UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute.
- Adults with Executive Dysfunction: Challenges and Opportunities, presented by Steve Wengel, MD, UNMC Department of Psychiatry and UNMC/UNO Wellness Program.
- Serving The Diverse Seniors of Our Community, presented by Carolina Padilla, Intercultural Senior Center.
About the 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 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 learning 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 the next generation services and introduced attendees to new ways of doing business in a new age.
The conference is organized and conducted by a team of planning partners representing a wide-range of organizations concerned about aging issues and is held on the UNO campus.