Council on Aging's 2019 Forum on Aging presented by Global Meals

Event Details

Forum on Aging is attended by hundreds of professionals from southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. The two-day event provides up to 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professionals in the fields of aging and disability services, making it one of the most popular conferences for social workers, nurses, nursing home administrators and activity professionals in our region.

March 12 - 13, 2019

Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246-4002
(513) 771-7744

Conference Fees
One day - $95 (Tuesday or Wednesday)
Two days - $140
Annual Meeting and Awards - $25

Registration will open Mid-January 

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

7:30 -- 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Exhibit Hall
8:30 -- 11:30 a.m. 3-hour Intensive Workshops
11:30 -- 12:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch, Networking and Exhibit Hall
12:30 -- 1:45 p.m. Welcome & Opening Keynote 
1:45 -- 2:00 p.m. Break 
2:00 -- 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Workshops

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

7:30 -- 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Exhibit Hall
8:30 -- 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Keynote 
9:30 -- 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 -- 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Workshops
11:45 -- 12:45 p.m. Buffet Lunch, Networking and Exhibit Hall 
COA Annual Meeting and Awards
1:00 -- 2:00 p.m. Closing Keynote 
2:00 -- 2:15 p.m Break
2:15 -- 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Workshops 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for a listing of Sponsorship Opportunities 

Council on Aging (COA) invites you to become a sponsor of our region’s premiere conference for professionals in the fields of aging and disability services.

The conference depends on the generous support of sponsors like you to help build a conference that meets the needs of today’s professionals. And this year we’re making it even easier to become a sponsor with several new a la carte sponsorship opportunities for organizations of all sizes. For more than 30 years, Forum on Aging has been one of the best values around for professionals to earn required CEUs.

Keynote Presenters

Karen VadinoTuesday, March 12, Opening Keynote

Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC

Karen Vadino is a Social Worker, Trainer and Consultant. She is a nationally recognized speaker known for her unique and humorous approach to life. She has been in the human services field for over 30 years. She has been a trainer and educator for 20 years. Karen has been a part-time instructor at Youngstown State University, Penn State University and Westminster College, where she has taught classes in Social Work, Sociology, Juvenile Justice and Human Development.

Karen’s presentations are humorous in nature, reflecting her own insightful approach to dealing with life’s daily challenges. She is well known for her “Vadinoan Theories”,

including her exhortation to “release your dolphins” and her firm belief that we should never wait until we are entirely happy before we laugh.


Jim Vanden BoschWednesday, March 13, Morning Keynote
Jim Vanden Bosch

Jim is the Founder and Executive Director of Terra Nova Films. He has produced several award-winning films on a variety of aging-related issues, including several videos on successful ways to communicate and work with persons who are living with dementia. He is also an Associate Editor for the arts and humanities section of The Gerontologist, an academic journal of the Gerontological Society of America. In this position he reviews mainstream films that deal with aging themes.


Marc MiddletownWednesday, March 13, Closing Keynote
Marc Middletown

Marc Middleton is Founder and CEO of Bolder Broadcasting, Inc. and Growing Bolder®, an author, award winning broadcaster, filmmaker, and world record holding masters athlete. Growing Bolder® is the world's first active aging lifestyle brand and a multiplatform media network whose mission is Rebranding Aging™.

One of the leading voices in the active lifestyle movement, Marc speaks regularly about the possibilities of age, the unfolding social revolution, how to escape the anti-aging brainwashing we've all be subjected to for decades, social media in healthcare, connecting with the lucrative 50+ market, how to become one of the Rock Stars of Aging® and the power of storytelling.

Continuing Education Credits

Twelve clock hours will be available to the following professions:

  • Social Workers 
  • Nursing Home Administrators 
  • Nurses*
  • Activity Professionals

Please include your license number in the space(s) provided on the online registration form. Continuing Education Credit Certificates will be mailed to attendees of the Forum on Aging. Please allow for four weeks to process.

*Any continuing education activity that has been approved by Ohio Board of Social Workers is accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing for all nurses in the State of Ohio.

 Annual Meeting and Awards

Council on Aging's 48th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sharonville Convention Center
11255 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246
COA's Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will include a buffet lunch, a brief overview of COA's 2018 Annual Report, an awards ceremony, and a special keynote presentation.
The awards ceremony will recognize caregivers, volunteers and professionals in the fields of aging and disability services who work to make life better for older adults and people with disabilities. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding Professional in Aging; Outstanding Direct Service Provider; and Outstanding Caregiver. 
If you know someone who should be honored, please complete a nomination form and submit it no later than January 15, 2019. Click here for nomination form
11:45 a.m. Lunch 
12:15 p.m. Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony 
1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker  

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms have been reserved for the Council on Aging Event at a discount for the Hyatt Place Sharonville Convention Center.

1. Guests are welcome to cut and paste the entire link below into their web browser for reservations. (Please ensure the last four characters (COAE) are included in the link). Guests should input their travel dates into the site and proceed with their reservation:

 2. Travelers may also call our reservations line toll-free: 513-771-1718 and ask for the Council on Aging event block  


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