Forum on Aging keynote looks at challenges to aging network

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

At a time when a growing population of older adults should mean tremendous opportunity, traditional service providers to the aging instead are facing major challenges with significant long-term implications.

Dr. Robert Applebaum, Director of the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, equates these challenges to those faced by Eastman Kodak at the dawn of the digital age, when the photography giant failed to adapt to changes which ultimately forced the company to file for bankruptcy.

Bob Applebaum
Bob Applebaum

“If we do not recognize and adapt to the changes now occurring and the implications for both older people and the network of organizations that serve them, the effects could be dramatic,” Dr. Applebaum said.

Dr. Applebaum will join Richard Browdie, President and CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, as Keynote Speakers for the morning session on the first day of the 2015 Forum on Aging at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Forum on Aging is attended by hundreds of professionals from southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. The two-day event provides up to 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professionals in the field of aging, making it one of the most popular conferences for social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators and activity professionals in our region. Day two of the event includes COA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Program.

Rich Browdie
 Rich Browdie

The first morning keynote, The Future of Aging Services, will assist professionals to identify the critical challenges facing the aging network, recognize historical and policy changes over the last five decades that have shaped today’s issues and discuss future challenges faced by providers of aging network services.

Other keynotes during the March 3-4 event will involve change management in the workplace, working with people with dementia and dealing with workplace stress.

The event will also feature numerous workshops for professionals in the aging and disability fields. Notable workshops include an intensive three-hour Alzheimer’s workshop featuring faculty from The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and an overview of services and programs of Council on Aging featuring a panel of COA staff.

Click here to register or for a complete listing of keynotes and workshops.