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Thursday, March 1

GSA PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM: #PitchingStudentsAging2.0
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Older adults universally desire and deserve a positive living and aging experience. Despite efforts to modify public views on aging and older adults, the consensus views of many business faculty and others continue promoting ageist aspects; thus, marketing and business curriculum remain using old models. Accelerated population aging has drawn businesses’ interest. The longevity economy is gathering speed and attention. Gerontologists and the gerontology curriculum can take the lead and direct much of what is taught in higher education about aging by developing interesting, attractive, and dynamic curriculum using available resources attractive to Millennial students. Aging2.0 provides one such resource. Aging2.0 is a global innovation platform on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world breaking the past imagery of aging. It was founded in 2012 to support those addressing critical aging issues to move the ‘conversation from the 1.0 that which is focused on local, clinical, and siloed approaches to the 2.0 where the focus becomes a collaborative, lifestyle-oriented, opportunity-driven attitude.’ Although Aging2.0 is an international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational organization that has hosted more than 300 global events, encompasses 50+ volunteer Chapters that connect a network of more than 15,000 individuals globally, this group remains unfamiliar to many gerontology faculties and thus wasting a valuable pedagogical opportunity. Using networking, business pitch opportunities and other events, those connected with Aging2.0 Chapters find increased interest in the professional, occupational, and commercial potentials that come with aging societies. Sponsored by AGHE’s Business and Aging Committee, this symposium starts by Brittany Weinberg of Aging2.0 introducing the mission, opportunities, and highlights of Aging2.0 and potential uses for gerontology curriculum. Catherine MacDonald, Beth Ludden, Alison O’Neil, and Janice Wassel will showcase academic collaborations with an Aging2.0 Chapter concluding with sharing experiences of those who have participated in an Aging2.0 Pitch event. Lessons learned and applications for gerontology programs will be discussed by Lisa Hollis-Sawyer.

OPENING PLENARY
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

opening18Transforming the Business of Aging Through Training, Education, and Skills Development
Featured Speakers: Dr. Michael Hodin and Mrs. Lois Reitzes

As the Global Silver Economy grows to over $15 trillion, an “aging strategy” that leverages market opportunities presented by today’s rapidly aging societies is key to business success. Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hodin, offers insight for winning business strategies that create flexible career models and support older adults in today’s quickly aging societies. Through training and education in school or online, companies can gain competitive advantage, add value to society, and effectively navigate the Silver Economy. We are just at the beginning of what can be a positive relationship between aging and economic growth. Lois Reitzes, the longest running voice on Atlanta radio, will add her distinctive voice as host of the Opening Plenary Session.

Friday, March 2

DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AND RISING STAR EARLY CAREER FACULTY AWARD LECTURES
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
These awards recognize persons whose teaching and leadership stands out as exemplary, innovative, and impactful. Please join AGHE in honoring Dr. Phyllis A. Greenberg from St. Cloud State University (Distinguished Faculty) and Dr. Eric C. Schoenmakers from Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Rising Star Early Career).

TOWN HALL: THE FUTURE OF AGHE AND ONE GSA
5:15 PM  – 6:15 PM
Please join us for an important session led by AGHE leadership, past and present, where we will share the results of a 3-year strategic planning process that will result in an AGHE that is more integrated with GSA in program and in operations, and that we believe will better position AGHE to continue its mission. This process began with a membership survey conducted under Past President Donna Wagner and shared at prior GSA and AGHE meetings. It then continued with a joint AGHE/GSA committee in 2016 charged with taking a critical look at AGHEs financial health and sustainability. And then in 2017, President Nina Silverstein appointed President-Elect Judy Howe to chair a strategic planning task force that included GSA leadership to develop a proposal on AGHEs future. After a brief presentation, a panel of AGHE and GSA leadership will address questions and concerns.

Saturday, March 3

clarkHIRAM J. FRIEDSAM MENTORSHIP AWARD LECTURE
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Hiram J. Firedsam was the professor, co-founder, and director of the Center for Studies in Aging and Dean of the School of Community Service at the University of North Texas. Dr. Friedsam was an outstanding teacher, researcher, colleague, and mentor to students, faculty, and administrators, and a past-president of AGHE. The purpose of this award is to recognize those who emulate Dr. Friedsam’s excellence in mentorship. Please join AGHE in honoring Dr. Phillip G. Clark from the University of Rhode Island.

SPOTLIGHT ON GERONTOLOGY PROGRAMS AROUND THE GLOBE
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
An increasing demand for innovations in aging services, programs, and policies are motivating societies to work toward becoming more age-friendly. The International Spotlight session will highlight innovative initiatives in three countries: Canada, the Netherlands, and Liberia. Birgit Pianosi, Ph.D., C.P.G. will discuss how communities in Northern Ontario (Canada) are working toward making businesses more age-friendly. Mieke Veerman, MEd will discuss the entrepreneurial orientated competence profile of the Windesheim University Applied Gerontology program in the Netherlands and how it aligns with the AGHE competencies, offering examples of implementation. Professor Sam Togba Slewion will present on aging activities in Liberia, including a project to control Ebola, increased participation in the electoral process, and approaches and strategies to address the economic challenges facing older people in Liberia. Annelies Harps-Timmerman, MSc will moderate the session.
Sponsored by the AGHE Global Aging Committee.

CHARRETTE PLANNING FOR AGE-RELATED DESIGN: ATLANTA CASE STUDY
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
AGHE’s Age-Friendly Design Committee that takes a service-learning approach to addressing design needs and environmental features that are utilized by older adults in Atlanta, GA. Local partnership cultivation is underway with Atlanta community partners with the intent to improve age-friendly design outcomes and collaboration between gerontologists and design professionals.

FAST PITCHING: JUDGING THE GLOBAL BUSINESS OF AGING COMPETITION
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
With 50+ers having nearly 50% of their lives left to live, enjoy and contribute, savvy individuals are targeting this global market. This past year, the AGHE Business & Aging Committee’s Global Business of Aging Pitch Competition encouraged students and faculty to become engaged leaders in the global 50+ market by developing and pitching the next innovative product, service, or technology capturing the global 50+ stage. Products to encourage independence and healthy, lifestyle solutions were highly encouraged. Join a select group of judges from Aging2.0 in judging pitch finalists of the 2018 Global Business of Aging Competition as they virtually pitch their product and are questioned by the judges. Audience members will be able to vote on the best overall product and pitch based on provided guidelines during the pitch competition.

Interested in participating in AGHE’s Global Business of Aging Pitch Competition? Click here!
Download the Rules and Entry Form.

K-12 COMMITTEE STUDENT WRITING CONTEST AND AWARD CEREMONY
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The AGHE K-12 Committee is sponsoring a special event at which two groups of honorees will be recognized. The AGHE K-12 Committee sponsors the annual writing contest. Atlanta area students have been invited to submit essays and poems with the theme of “An Older Georgian I Admire.” Finalists and their guests will be recognized. Also, winners of the 2018 Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging will be announced. Don’t miss this touching event which highlights the importance of gerontological education at the primary and secondary levels.

gugliucciCLARK TIBBITTS AWARD LECTURE
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
AGHE’s Clark Tibbitts Award was established in 1980 and named for an architect of the field of Gerontological Education. The award is given by AGHE each year to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics education. Please join AGHE in honoring Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci from the University of New England.

Sunday, March 4

CLOSING PLENARY
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

closing18A Psychologist in Public Health: How I Learned to Love Healthy Aging and Stopped Fearing Epidemiology
Featured Speaker: Dr. Valerie J. Edwards

More than ever, gerontologists are finding work in a wide variety of settings and working with interdisciplinary teams. Dr. Edwards will describe her career path in public health, lessons learned, and the importance of lifelong learning.

taylorclosingThe SIlver Age of Gerontology in Public Health
Featured Speaker: Dr. Christopher A. Taylor

As more Americans are living longer, gerontologists play an increasing role in public health research and practice. Dr. Taylor will describe his career path and the importance of gerontology in public health.

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