Seventh Annual International Conference on Positive Aging
The Institute for the Ages was pleased to welcome over 400 conference-goers from around the world to Sarasota for the Seventh Annual International Conference on Positive Aging February 9-12, 2014.
The Conference was a highly interactive gathering of professionals from established and emerging businesses, academic research, government policy makers, and social service providers who participated in two and half days of dialogue and networking with their local, national, and international peers. There were many options for participation for both professionals and local interested residents, including attendance at the keynote dinner with Ina Jaffe, National Public Radio National Correspondent covering all aspects of aging for NPR.
An overall conference theme of Positive Aging Transcends: The Voices of Innovation and Community, was supported by the four historical Positive Aging topics of Wellness, Creativity, Transitions and Community along with a new, fifth theme of Technology, in a structure mirroring the vision of the Institute for the Ages: Catalyzing Innovation; Engaging Communities; and Evangelizing Positive Aging.
Why has the Institute for the Ages hosted the International Conference on Positive Aging?
We believe that demography is destiny. The Institute is located in the oldest large county in the U.S., a geographic and demographic epicenter of leadership for aging issues of the future. It was created through the community efforts of thousands of residents who recognized the potential opportunities their organic experience could yield in a disproportionately older age environment. We believe in the leadership that comes from the combined efforts of active citizens working with government, industry, and academic change-makers. We believe that there is an ideal alignment between our demographic differentiation and the leadership required to advance and accelerate innovations in Positive Aging.
With the enthusiastic support of mentoring co-host, Fielding Graduate University, and Partner the Life Planning Network, the Institute for the Ages brings a focus on innovation to the growing community of like-minded explorers seeking to define what it means to age well and how to enrich our lives and those with whom we work and live.
About Fielding Graduate University: Fielding is the leading provider of knowledge, new practices, and graduate-level learning opportunities in the fields of clinical and media psychology, organizational development, and educational leadership. A nonprofit, accredited university, Fielding is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Its globally distributed community of scholar-practitioners is dedicated to transformational learning; social justice; diversity; and innovation and advancement for individuals, organizations, communities, and society.
The Life Planning Network is a community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life. Their Mission is to create and communicate knowledge and resources that support professionals in their work to enhance people’s later lives and thus benefit society. Their Vision is intentional and holistic preparation for the complexities and possibilities of later life becomes a common practice, accessible to all.