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The Best Longevity Market Conferences in 2019

Jennifer Pellegrini January 26, 2019
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Everyone working in our field knows that conferences are a must. They’re where we network, share new ideas, learn best practices, forge partnerships, check out new products and build better relationships. But who among us hasn’t experienced conference overload? And with the growing number of longevity market events happening across the country this year, it can be a challenge choosing which to attend.

Stria’s got you covered with our list of the best conferences in the national longevity ecosystem. A common goal among these recommended events is fostering new partnerships and breaking down silos across all of our sectors. Whether you’re an executive, gerontologist, investor, care provider, payer, caregiver, analyst, entrepreneur or advocate, you should add these ten events to your consideration set in 2019.

Regenerating Social Insurance for Millennials and the Millennium
January 30-31, 2019 | Washington, DC

Presented by: The National Academy of Social Insurance
Registration: General ($500), Member ($350) This conference offers special pricing to students, young professionals, social entrepreneurs and others.
Sponsorship: $750-$25,000

NASI’s Regenerating Social Insurance will offer a look into at the current state of economic insecurity in the U.S., and a range of policy and program option. “Millennials” is in the conference name, but the forward-looking agenda covers issues that longevity professionals know matter to all generations. Sessions topics include changing work trends, increasing needs around family caregiving, and health care coverage across the generations, in addition to those focused on younger people.  If your work is focused on health, retirement, policy or public programs–including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid–consider attending.

“There has been much media coverage about economic challenges facing Millennials and younger generations, but there has not been a conference dedicated to looking across several areas of interrelated risks – changing work arrangements, caregiving, illness, disability, retirement, and debt – and policy options for improving the financial prospects of all Americans, particularly Millennials and younger generations.” –Bill Arnone, CEO

Stria is a media partner for this event.


2019 LeadingAge Leadership Summit
March 17-20, 2019 | Washington DC

Presented by: LeadingAge
Registration: Before 2/7 ($450-$885); After 2/7 ($475-$935) Non-member ($625-$1,385). This Summit offers special pricing for students and residents or seniors.
Sponsorship: $25,000 – $160,000

At the Leadership Summit, C-Suite and leadership teams explore senior care business models, technologies and policies. LeadingAge headquarters staff designed the agenda, which includes learning sessions, networking opportunities, sessions on market disruption and a day on Capitol Hill. The CEO Vision Lab offers a half-day intensive session designed to create human-centered interactions that achieve outcomes and lasting impact.

“The design and structure of Leadership Summit will promote engagement, sharing and networking. We know our members are trying to work out real business issues. Leadership Summit is designed to be forward-looking, with emphasis on peer-to-peer and peer-to-influencer engagement, and with emphasis on strategy and reimagining approaches.” –Lisa Sanders, Media Relations Manager


Heathcare Cost and Innovation Summit
April 2, 2019 | Washington, DC (anywhere via webcast)

Presented by: West Health
Registration: FREE

The Summit will convene in the nation’s capital with key stakeholders including policymakers, healthcare providers, health systems, economists, regulators, drug companies, pharmacy benefit managers and advocacy groups to and focus on solving America’s healthcare cost crisis. Attendees will help map out out immediate and long-term policy prescriptions and solutions that improve healthcare quality and lower costs. Key sessions include “Healthcare Costs: The tapeworm on American Business, Pioneering Strategies for Lowering Drug Costs” and “Taking Bold Action to Disrupt Healthcare Costs.”

“Exorbitant healthcare costs have caused a national crisis where Americans are forced to pay too much for healthcare and get too little in return. Join us at our Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit on April 2 to learn how we can implement the fundamental changes required to make healthcare affordable, accessible and sustainable to solve this cost crisis together.” –Shelley Lyford, President and CEO


2019 Aging in America Conference (AiA19)
April 15-18, 2019 | New Orleans, LA  

Presented by: American Society on Aging
Registration: Through 2/28 ($585-$835), 3/1-4/18/ ($670-$960). This conference offers special pricing and program track to students, special pricing for seniors.
Sponsorship: $2,000-$65,000

One of the biggest of the year, this conference is dedicated to over 3,000 professionals who work to improve the lives of older adults. This year’s theme of RESILIENCE runs through all AiA19 programs, sessions workshops and roundtables. Topics cover a broad range of topics, so there’s something for everyone: livable communities, disaster preparedness, transportation, Alzheimer’s and dementia, diversity and cultures of aging, elder mistreatment and elder justice, brain health, mental health and lifelong learning.  

“As in previous years we will have a strong line-up of sessions related to aging policy and advocacy, but this year we will kick off the conference with our first ever Town Hall Meeting, where participants can interact and share their views on the aging policy topics that currently have the greatest impact on older adults.” –Linda Jones, Director of Marketing


2019 Global International Conference: Bridging the Generations
June 12-14, 2019 | Portland, OR

Presented by: Generations United; co-host Bridge Meadows
Registration: Through 2/15 ($375), 2/16-6/11 ($475), Onsite ($625)
Sponsorship: $1,500-$50,000

At this conference, professionals in intergenerational fields dive into developing practices, programs and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and build more cohesive and caring communities. This year’s program features around intergenerational community building, grandfamilies, shared sites & spaces and intergenerational workforce. Also check out their pre-conferences site visits to co-host Bridge Meadows, Friendsview Retirement Community and Stoller Winery.

“Generations United is proud to be co-hosting our international conference with Bridge Meadows in Portland Oregon. This exciting educational event is the only gathering dedicated to intergenerational programs, policies and solutions. Attendees spark new ideas for tapping into younger and older generations to strengthen families, workplaces and communities. The three-day event brings together professionals from all over the globe who are passionate about building bridges across generations.” –Donna Butts, Executive Director


Age+Action Conference
June 17-20, 2019 | Washington, DC
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Presented by: National Council on Aging
Registration: See website for updates
Sponsorship: See website for updates

NCOA’s brings together local, state and national partners to improve health and economic security, and make aging well possible for all older adults.  This year’s conference will take a closer look at women, highlighting their unique challenges and opportunities as they age. The agenda also includes a Capitol Hill Day, as well as sessions featuring best practices in evidence-based healthy aging programs, benefits outreach and enrollment, and senior programming.

“This year’s summit is the first time we will take closer look at segments of the population that are more at risk from basic levels of health and securities. Women, for example enter retirement later, have less savings and live longer; women of color have even greater disparities in resources and face unique challenges and opportunities. In future conferences we will continue to look at other segments.” –Jean Van Ryzin, Senior Director of Communications


Collaborative Care & Health IT Innovations Summit
June 23-25, 2019 | Baltimore, MD

Presented by: LeadingAge CAST and LTPAC Health IT Collaborative
Registration: See website for updates
Sponsorship: $5,000- $10,000

The Summit, formerly the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit is the premiere health IT conference for leaders in LTPAC, acute care providers, payers and tech vendors serving the older adult and individuals with chronic conditions. This year’s summit will build on the theme of integrated delivery of care, including discussions on how technology is connecting the healthcare ecosystem in the era of health and payment reforms. The agenda also includes sessions on innovative business models, policy changes, managed care innovations and care coordination.

“What residents, patients, clients or caregivers want and need must drive the integrated delivery of care, with a person-centered focus. Technology can help make this happen. Last June’s conference reinforced our belief in the importance of collaboration across the entire healthcare ecosystem in order to meet that demand. We’re expanding on last year’s themes to explore more connectivity and interoperability modalities and their impact on care and payment models.” –Majd Alwan, SVP Technology and Executive Director, LeadingAge CAST


ICAA 2019: Shaping the Future of Wellness
October 10-12, 2019 | Orlando, FL

Presented by: International Council on Active Aging
Registration: Before 6/10 ($349-$419), 6/10-8/26 ($469-$499), after 8/26  ($569-$589)
Sponsorship: $2,000-$20,000

ICAA’s theme this year is Shaping the Future of Wellness. Chip Conley, author of Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder will deliver a keynote, sharing insights for the active aging industry. The conference will also feature a panel of four former Surgeons General discussing the future of aging. Don’t miss the event’s trade show, exhibiting cutting-edge products in technology, fitness equipment, transportation and more.

“Only good things happen from staying strong, it impacts everything from fall prevention to certain diseases. This conference is good for oneself,  whether you are a CEO, Wellness Director, Fitness Trainer or a Product Provider: all can benefit from key insights on the health and well being of older adults.” –Colin Milner, Founder and CEO


GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting
November 13-17, 2019 | Austin, TX

Presented by: Gerontology Society of America (GSA)
Registration: See website updates
Sponsorship: $5,000-$100,000

Thought leaders, researchers, educators and clinicians come together at this large-scale meeting to cover topics on aging, gerontology, geriatrics and social policy.  The 2019 theme is Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power of Networks. In addition to in-depth scientific sessions, the program continues last year’s successful “Momentum Discussions,” which were interactive discussions on key trends in aging.

“For more than 70 years, GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting has been the premiere venue for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. We expect more than 4,000 attendees representing specialties including geriatrics, biological sciences, nursing, nutrition, medicine, social work, economics, policy, psychology, and more.” –Karen Tracy, Vice President for Strategic Alliances and Integrated Communications


Washington Innovation in Longevity Summit
December 2019 | Washington, DC

Presented by: Mary Furlong & Associates
Registration: See website for updates
Sponsorship: $7,500- $35,000

MFA’s well-know annual events got a new addition last year with a DC summit focused on connecting policymakers and longevity businesses. The event is coming back this year, bringing together voices from regulators, businesses and nonprofits. Day one of the conference will focus on where the regulatory environment meets longevity market entrepreneurs; day two will look at on global healthcare as it relates to aging.

“We are in a revolution in the longevity marketplace–much like in 1992 when the internet and digital worlds were revolutionary. We had a real win with Washington Innovation in Longevity Summit in December 2018 and are bringing it back for 2019.” –Mary Furlong, President and CEO


In addition to these ten conferences, longevity professionals can find many events with a local or sector-specific focus. What’s more, longevity issues are increasingly visible at high-profile events like CES, the Milken Institute Global Conference and SXSW.

In our 2018 State of the Longevity Market Survey, Stria readers told us that growth of partnerships and collaboration is among the top areas where we need to do better as a field. So whatever you attend this year, we encourage you to seek out new contacts and open the door to new ideas.

See you out there!

Jennifer Pellegrini

Jennifer Pellegrini is a business development consultant in the longevity market, an active volunteer and fundraiser for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in DC. She is marathoner first and foremost with one Ironman finisher title.

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