Forum on Aging continues to educate and inspire in its 33rd year

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 ForumWe are excited to report that more than 590 professionals from across southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky attended Council on Aging's 2019 Forum on Aging presented by Global Meals.

Area social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators, and other professionals gathered at the Sharonville Convention Center to learn from and be inspired by nationally respected keynote speakers, workshop leaders and panelists. Attendees were able to earn up to 12 continuing education credit hours at the two-day conference, now in its 33rd year. In addition, thanks to the event's sponsors, the conference continues to be an excellent value for participants.

Workshops featured topics relevant to professionals who work with older adults and people with disabilities, including:

  • Veteran Benefits Panel
  • Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Older Adults
  • Nursing Law
  • Ohio Medical Marijuana Law
  • PASSAR and LOC training

Council on Aging’s Annual Meeting

COA’s 48th Annual Meeting and Awards celebration was held on March 13, during the second day of Forum on Aging. During the meeting, Council on Aging President and CEO Suzanne Burke presented highlights from COA’s 2018 annual report, and Cynthia Wright, Chair of COA's Board of Trustees, welcomed new board member Leonard Wagers and announced that Karen Brown will serve as the board’s vice chair.

In addition, Commissioner Denise Driehaus presented awards to caregivers and professionals who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities.

Ms. Lisa Pitchford, Adult Protective Services Worker for Hamilton County Job and Family Services, received the Outstanding Service Provider award. Click here to read more about Ms. Pitchford and the award.

Edith Hulsmann received the Outstanding Caregiver Award for her extraordinary efforts in caring for her mother-in-law, who has advanced dementia. Click here to read more about Ms. Hulsmann and the award.

Sponsors Support Forum

Council on Aging and members of the Forum on Aging Planning Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the sponsors of this year’s conference. With their support, the conference is able to attract nationally-respected keynote speakers and develop informative workshops for attendees while still offering one of the best bargains around for professionals who need to earn continuing education units and to network. Thank you sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor: Global Meals

Corporate Sponsor: Guardian Medical Monitoring

Lunch Sponsor: Homecare by Blackstone, Derringer

Display Table Sponsor   101 Mobility,  Aetna Better Health of Ohio, Alois Alzheimer Center, Always There Healthcare, LLC, Bright Health Plan, Critical Signal Technologies, Eldercare Connections, LLC, Evergreen Retirement Community, Graydon Head, Home Products Healthcare, Ken Bryan Construction, Lifeline Systems Company, MeridianCare, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Mom's Meals NourishCare, Personal Senior Care Homes Of West Chester, R&B HealthCare Systems, RIGHT NOW MOBILITY, SIMPLE MEDS, LLC, Simply EZ of Columbus, LTD, Superior Home Care, The Ohio Department of Insurance - OSHIIP Division

Non-profit Display Table Sponsor  Alzheimer's Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Bayley, Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Hospice of Cincinnati, LifeSpan, Mullaney's Pharmacy, Pro Seniors, Inc., PWC/Whole Home Innovation, UC Geriatric Medicine Program, Wesley Community Services

Thank you Planning Committee

The Forum on Aging Planning Committee develops and recommends keynote presenters and workshop topics. Their input in planning for Forum is essential and appreciated. Thank you to the members of the Planning Committee for their support in planning the 2019 Forum on Aging:

  • Katherine Abbott, Miami University
  • Ann Sutton Burke, Jewish Family Services
  • Anne Fredrickson, Pro Seniors
  • Katie Furniss, LifeSpan
  • Jill Gorley, Mercy Health
  • Candy Hart, Good Samaritan/TriHealth Adult Life Services
  • John Hoenemeyer, Capital Senior Living
  • Sandy McCabe, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Margo McMurray, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
  • Irene Moore, Professor Emeritus, UC College of Medicine
  • Judy Webb, Christ Hospital
  • Christina Whittaker, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

Planning Committee members play an important role in shaping the format and content of the conference. If you would like to help plan the 2020 Forum on Aging, please submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to Amy Leonhardt at The planning committee will meet four to five times from June-October, 2019. Meetings typically last about two hours and are held at Council on Aging’s offices in Springdale.

Save the Date

Next year’s Forum on Aging Conference will be March 11-12, 2020 at the Sharonville Convention Center. Ideas and topic suggestions send to Amy Leonhardt at