Forum on Aging 

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.

Save the Date
March 10 - 11, 2020

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

Conference Contact
Amy Leonhardt 

There are many ways you can get involved in Forum on Aging.  We need people who are passionate about our local aging and disability services network to get involved in planning and supporting this important conference.  For information, including sponsorships, becoming a presenter, or participating on the conference planning committee, read on and email Amy Leonhardt .

Conference Planning Committee

Do you like to stay informed about the latest issues, challenges, and trends in our network? Would you like to help bring nationally-respected professionals and thought-leaders to our community to help members of our network grow professionally - and personally?  We need people like you for the Forum on Aging conference planning committee.  Committee members play an important role in shaping the format and content of the conference, ensuring that each Forum on Aging is better than the last. Contact Amy Leonhardt for more information.

Conference Sponsorships

Forum on Aging would not exist without support from our sponsors.  Sponsorships are available on many levels – from special packages to corporate and non-profit packages.  Most sponsorship packages include an information table and free admission for one or more of your staff, in addition to other benefits (depending on sponsorship level).  Sponsorship packages for Forum on Aging are announced in the fall.  

Workshop Presenters

We want our conference to give professionals the opportunity to learn about the latest trends, research, and practices happening within the aging and disability services network.  To do this, we need knowledgeable and engaging workshop presenters who can inform and inspire our colleagues.  If you are interested in presenting a workshop at Forum on Aging – or know someone who would be a good fit – please contact Amy Leonhardt

 2019 Forum on Aging presented by Global Meals

 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: Laughing: Just for the Health of It
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: My Stay as a “Resident” in a Locked Dementia Unit
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: Launch Pad to What’s Next: Defying the Cult of Youth
2:00 -- 2:15 p.m Break
2:15 -- 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Workshops 

 Workshop Information

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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.


Keynote Presenters

Karen VadinoTuesday, March 12, Opening Keynote: Laughing: Just for the Health of It

Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC

Laughter is not only a response to jokes or funny situations, but a kind of appreciation of living, a sense of balance, a reflection of the joy of life itself.

Laughter and humor provide some wonderful benefits. Humor is becoming increasingly recognized as a vital part of problem-solving, conflict resolution, creativity, breaking down barriers and reducing stress. Humor is also recognized as a protective factor that builds resilience.

Every time we laugh, we release our endorphins. Humor allows us to get perspective. Sometimes we need humor to get a break from the seriousness of our reality.

Humor and laughter are essential ingredients for healthy selves and healthy relationships.  Understanding and accepting ourselves can provide a bridge to connecting with others.  Laughter and humor impact on our lives in many ways.  This keynote will explore that impact and provide opportunities for us to examine our own sense of humor.  We will determine strategies for adding more humor into our lives.

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.

Wednesday, March 13, Morning Keynote: What I Learned from My Stay as a “Resident” in a Locked Dementia Unit

Jim Vanden BoschJim Vanden Bosch

Keynote Description:

What is it like to live in a locked dementia unit?  Jim will talk about the time he spent living as a “resident” in a dementia unit and how it helped him better understand what is needed to carry out true person-centered/person-directed support for individuals living with dementia. Reflecting on the feeling of being “un-homed”, this presentation will ask how we can shift residential facilities from a work-place to more of a living-place and in doing so, engage us in the deeper and richer work of being a care-partner rather than a care-giver for the person living with dementia. 

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: Launch Pad to What’s Next: Defying the Cult of Youth

Marc Middleton

Keynote Description

There’s an entirely new life stage that has older Americans both excited and nervous about what’s next. Marc Middleton identifies their biggest fears, answers their biggest questions and inspires the lifestyle changes that lead to healthy aging and active longevity.  In a session punctuated with inspiring videos, Marc shares the stories of ordinary people living extraordinary lives, revealing how changing attitudes on aging are dispelling the outdated stereotypes of life in our 70s, 80s and beyond. Using specific, evidence-based research, Marc reveals how we age according to our beliefs and shares how we can re-write aging scripts to create a path to the joyful aging experience that we all crave. Marc’s presentation details the keys to reprogramming our belief system and making the fundamental and critical mind shift that allows even those with serious physical and mental impairment to embrace the opportunities of age.

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.





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