8th Annual Sustainable Long-Term Conference Highlights

At this year’s conference, which boasted the theme “Embrace Your Life, Engage Your Community,” a variety of topics were presented that fostered philosophies on how to improve the health in the lives of older adults. This conference is meant to be an ethos of science, long-term care, and shared ideas in the field of aging, with the goal of promoting longer, healthier lives through innovations in senior care. More than 250 people attended and everyone had a blast!

Gordon Lithgow, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Chemical Biology of Aging from the Buck Institute for Age Research, gave a keynote presentation on genetic determinants of longevity and how life-span can be increased. Janice Schwartz, conference moderator, gave a wonderful interwoven presentation on the breakthroughs of Vitamin D.

A very optimistic, replicable model of Telehealthcare used in Feros Care in Australia was presented by Jennene Buckley; this model for helping seniors maintain independence demonstrated how technology has a role on aging outcomes and the massive effects that technology has on transforming healthcare. Other vital research and processes involved in the prevention of Chronic Disease, was further exemplified by an interactive presentation by Maria Genné.  Using interdisciplinary engagement Maria helped us to understand about the interface of how performing arts, particularly dance as medicine, can be a different prescription for wellbeing. Rev. Katrina Leathers talked about the importance of spirituality and fundamental elements and the relationship it has to the wellbeing of seniors.

One of the big questions everyone had regarding one of our program topics is “What does 3D Printing have to do with Sustainable Long Term Care?”  Hod Lipson, professor of Engineering from Columbia University gave a presentation that was both curious and captivating while exploring all of the fantastic ways that 3D printing will affect our lives.  It will play key roles in disease prevention and healthy aging while improving the healthcare system with breakthroughs in nutrition, medical devices, and chronic disease management.

The amazing one-day educational program received accolades from everyone who worked on the planning committee to our panel of expert presenters who inspired the audience with their revolutionary breakthroughs.  The technical program was complemented by staff volunteer’s maximally promoting networking, and taking care of all event logistics. There were a lot of exhibitors who engaged the attendees about their resources and services and provided prizes in every location.

A big thanks to everyone involved in making this event such a massive success! We invite you to visit the Conference website to view the updated speaker materials.

If you would like to view photos from the event, please browse through our album of conference photos on our Facebook page.