2017 Annual Symposium

Abundant Aging in the 21st Century

Abundant Aging in the 21st Century

Adults 65 and older are living longer, healthier and happier lives. What is the impact of longevity?
Join the interdisciplinary conversation incorporating current research and everyday experience to help transform the thinking of individuals, communities and the wider society.

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Registration $25 (includes lunch).
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Event Date, Time & Location

Date: October 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Marriott Columbus University Area
3100 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202
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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Laura Carstensen | Keynote Speaker at 2017 Annual Syjmposium

Dr. Laura Carstensen

Next Avenue 2015
Top Influencer on Aging

Dr. Carstensen is a professor of psychology, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. She will discuss her research and most recent book, A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity.

Watch Dr. Carstensen’s 2010 TedTalk, Older people are happier

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Panel of Experts

Linda Mauger
Community health and aging consultant at the Optimized Care Network and former director of the office of geriatrics and gerontology at The Ohio State University

Jo Dee Davis
Founder, Healing Broken Circles, and director of WinWin Institute for Response−Able ReEntry

Rev. Mark Frey
Former senior minister at The Bath United Church of Christ, Bath Township, Ohio

Larke Recchie
Chief executive officer of the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Pete Van Runkle
Executive director, Ohio Health Care Association

Dr. Lauren Southerland
Assistant professor, medical director and investigator in the Wexner Medical Center Department of Emergency at The Ohio State University

About The Center

Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

Mrs. Parker embraced her role as servant leaderThe Center honors the legacy of Ruth Frost Parker, whose transformative philanthropic spirit enabled United Church Homes’ mission to grow and to thrive.

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To register by phone, call Erin Foos at United Church Homes at 740.382.4885


For more information, please contact Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director, Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, at 740.382.4885 or blong-higgins@uchinc.org