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Fall’s Must-Attend Longevity Market Conferences and Events

Amy Knapp September 3, 2018
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While it seems like many of us working in the longevity market never take a break, the fall season is an especially busy time. Stria can help make it easier to determine which of the many conferences and events you should plan to attend in the coming months. Following are highlights of the season, along with a little perspective from the event producers on why you should attend.

C-TAC National Summit on Advanced Illness
October 9-11, Denver, CO
Presented by: Coalition to Transform Advanced Care
Registration fees: $400-$750

The National Summit on Advanced Illness is primarily focused on developments in the advanced care movement, with special attention on the topics of caregiving, advocacy, technology, public engagement, measurement and scaling for success. C-TAC touts the event as the largest gathering of executives and key players seeking to solve the core problems in advanced care. Three MCs will preside over each day’s events, which include plenaries and small breakout sessions design to meet the summit goals:

  • Prepare for changing payment landscape by addressing the most pressing barriers in implementation
  • Review best-practices in empowering family caregivers to make informed decisions
  • Showcase established and launch new regional and community collaborations
  • Vet measures of success (state and national) for tracking progress

Over 400 healthcare leaders attend the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care’s National Summit on Advanced Care each year. It brings together a variety of groups and individuals who, like C-TAC, are dedicated to improving care for people with advanced illness. Summit attendees have a unique opportunity to engage with thought leaders from across the country and learn about the latest developments in the advanced care movement. For sponsors, the Summit is a chance to grow their influence and increase their visibility among a community that is passionate about improving advanced care.


2018 NIC Fall Conference
October 17-19, Chicago, IL
Presented by: National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care
Registration fees: $1,800+

The NIC Fall Conference is one of the leading events for the seniors housing and care sectors. The three-day conference in Chicago brings together executives and leaders for learning—and especially for networking. The program allows ample time for relationship-building, with networking lounges available for meetings between sessions and receptions. Speakers this year include former Director of the United States National Economic Council Gary Cohn and Carnegie Mellon University’s Vivek Wadhwa, as well as over 50 industry experts. The conference also features TED-style “NIC Talks,” on the theme “How I am Changing the Future of Aging.”

The NIC Fall Conference is known as a “must go” conference in seniors housing because of the people it draws and the level of networking conducted. Over 70 percent of attendees are senior executives—representing organizations from across the seniors housing and care sector, including investors, operators and service providers. The C-Suite is there to network, deepen relationships and do some deal making, and NIC creates a unique physical environment to make both scheduled and impromptu meetings easy, comfortable and inviting. The networking receptions are top-notch and well-attended, so attendees know they will be an environment to build and deepen their relationships and network. And, as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, NIC stays true to its mission by keeping session content objective—serving to facilitate informed decisions in seniors housing and ultimately enabling choice and access to America’s seniors. You can’t miss “The NIC.”


ICAA Conference and Trade Show
October 18-20, Long Beach, CA
Presented by: International Council on Active Aging
Registration fees: $449+

This year’s ICAA Conference is all about “the culture of wellness and the impact it has on an organization’s success.” The three-day event (four days, if you include the pre-conference day on nutrition and exercise) runs concurrently with the ICAA Executive Leadership Summit, which is also themed around wellness. Keynote speakers include industry stalwarts Ken Dychtwald of AgeWave and MIT AgeLab’s Joe Coughlin, as well as a panel on women leaders in healthy aging featuring Susan E. Docherty, Gloria Caulfield and Susie Ellis. The trade show exhibits present technology, equipment and service providers with products that support “multidimensional wellness for older adults from providers committed to active aging.”

There’s a wellness revolution that is happening throughout the world. As people get older, they are constantly told they can’t do things. If you are going to be in a supportive position for any older adult, providing the right information and tools becomes crucial when it come to helping them age well. And that’s what we provide. Your future could very well depend on it. 


LeadingAge Expo
October 28-31, Philadelphia, PA
Presented by: LeadingAge
Registration fees: $375+

This event is a great opportunity to learn how to serve the aging population. Over 100 educational sessions are planned throughout the expo, covering a myriad of topics; from ageism to housing policies to palliative care. One exhibit to check out is the “A Day in the Life” exhibit which gives you a great understanding of what older adults need in order to live a purposeful life. Keynote speaker Annie Leibovitz will talk about the art of story told through photos and how that story can encompass a person’s history.

LeadingAge’s Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest gathering of professionals in the aging services field. This is not—deliberately—a typical conference; our programming is a thoughtful combination of classroom-like learning, interactive exchange and demonstration, and immersive experience. Aging services is truly a dynamic field, and this Expo is our opportunity to demonstrate its breadth and diversity. 


APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo
November 10-14, San Diego, CA
Presented by: American Public Health Association
Registration fees: $85-$965

This year’s theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now” was developed with the help of surgeons, health organization heads, and state and local health departments. One especially timely general session called “Weaving a New Narrative of Belonging for Health” will look at how we can build a “narrative of inclusion” to improve health outcomes in a time of political division and exclusion. Led by journalist and political scientist Melissa Harris-Perry, the panel will include Ai-jen Poo of National Domestic Workers Alliance, john a. powell of Berkley Law and Princeton’s Eldar Shafir. Other notable sessions include remarks from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and a panel on premature death among women. Attendees can also visit the on-site Social Lab for one-on-one training on using social media to improve health.

More than 12,000 professionals from around the world choose to attend APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo to learn, network, advocate, develop fresh ideas, keep up with the latest and greatest in research, trends and best practices, and renew their passion for public health. The Aging and Public Health Section represents close to 1500 members and at this year’s meeting, they will present at more than 35 sessions examining the impacts of aging on public health. While the meeting is scientific at heart, events like the APHA Dance Party, Global Public Health Film Festival and Career Day keep the meeting dynamic. Dozens of sponsors and more than 450 exhibitors prefer our meeting because they know they can reach a wide range of the public health workforce and are given an unparalleled opportunity to engage with them on a personal level to show their support and commitment to the field.


GSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting
November 14-18, Boston, MA
Presented by: The Gerontological Society of America
Registration fees: $101-$839

GSA is one of the largest interdisciplinary organizations in the field, so it’s no surprise that their annual meeting is a huge event packed with lectures, sessions, plenaries, symposia, workshops and more. This year’s theme is “The Purposes of Longer Lives.” In addition to in-depth scientific sessions, the program features a series of “Momentum Discussions” on trends in gerontology including “The Role of the Health Care Community in Solving Social Isolation,” “Making the Most of Longer Life” (panelists Thomas Perls, Jay Olshansky and Cheryl Woodson), and a fireside chat from Lance Robertson, the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of the Administration for Community Living. And as The Older Americans Act and the Elder Justice Act are due for reauthorization, you might check out sessions in the Policy Series, which connect the field’s scientific research and analysis to aging-related policy.

GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting brings together more that 4,000 of the brightest minds in the field of aging. This is the premier gathering of gerontologists from the US and around the world. They participate in over 400 scientific sessions, including symposia, paper and poster presentations. Through the diverse research disciplines of our members and the expansion of our view of aging as a lifelong process, we have the potential to truly enhance the prospect of healthy aging.


AARP Livable Communities National Conference
November 12-14, Charlotte, NC
Presented by: AARP
Registration fees: $500

Now in its sixth year, the AARP Livable Communities National Conference is a learning and networking event focused on ideas, best practices and innovations in age-friendly communities. As indicated by this year’s theme, “Sustaining the Momentum: Engaging People, Partners and Policy Makers” the event seeks to bring together people from any and all sectors working to make communities more livable for people of all ages. Keynotes from Keith Benjamin of the Charleston, SC Department of Transportation and NYC Parks Commissioner Michell Silver are features on the agenda, which also includes sessions covering topics from citizen engagement, transportation, local partnerships, universal design, cultural competency and lessons from around the world.

AARP’s National Livable Communities Conference is the best way to learn about how our network of roughly 300 states and communities across the country are using an age-friendly lens to enhance their housing, transportation, public space, and citizen engagement. Communities and practitioners look to AARP’s Livable Communities program to help identify and access the best resources and information on how to engage the public, decision makers, and diverse stakeholders to shape places into ones that allow people to live their best lives at every age.


Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE
November 14-15, San Francisco, CA
Presented by: Aging2.0
Registration fees: $845

Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE is a fast-paced two-day event designed to build connections and learning for people and business innovating in the longevity market. Speakers include executives from the big names in aging business and investing, including Honor, Optum, Tivity Health, Sunrise Senior Living, P&G Ventures, GE Ventures and more. You’ll get introduced to a whirlwind of companies and contacts with a pitch session, speed networking, exhibitor showcase, investor meet and greet and updates from start-ups participating in Aging2.0’s 2018 Grand Challenges.

Throughout the year, we hear from many people that want to “get smarter, faster” about aging and innovation. We design the OPTIMIZE Conference to be the place to meet the right people, discuss the latest trends and, showcase the most interesting technology and products.


Innovation In Longevity Summit
December 10-11, Washington, DC
Presented by: Mary Furlong Associates
Registration fees: $395

For the first time, the producers of the “What’s Next” and Silicon Valley Boomer Summits will host a two-day summit in Washington, DC. Each day will focus on a theme: day one covers “Global Partnership in Health and Aging” and day two looks at “Where the Longevity Market Entrepreneur Meets the Regulatory Environment.” Speakers including AARP’s Nancy Leamond will talk about the role of regulation and outline how deals are being done in different parts of the world so that innovative business concepts can be tested and brought to scale quickly.

This is the tipping point when we are seeing the greatest number of entrepreneurs get funded and make progress. There is a critical role the government plays to support that. We need to bring that debate to Washington. How can entrepreneurs and the government work more closely together to create products and services for older adults. Who is going to pay for it? Dementia care and caregiving are critical issues. We’ve seen dramatically how companies have gone to market globally and we want to make people aware of how other countries are moving fast to adopt innovative solutions.


Our field is filled with great opportunities to learn, network and explore new ideas. Let us know which events you’ve found most valuable and should make our list!

Amy Knapp

Amy Knapp is a digital marketing community coordinator for Vista Outdoor, using her journalism background to create content on social media platforms. She has previously worked as an editor for a national magazine, as well as an associate editor for Next Avenue.

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