Inspire, Serve, Advocate: The Future of Care and Services for Seniors

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 25 October 2012

This week was LeadingAge’s annual meeting, held in Denver, Colorado. Thousands of aging services professionals, organizations, providers and advocates gathered at the Colorado Convention Center to share ideas about — and discuss the future of — senior living and care.

Featured speakers (Bishop Desmond Tutu of The Elders was one of them), breakout sessions, networking events and educational opportunities were focused around a theme of “inspire, serve, advocate.” These foundations are indeed essential in thinking about what care for seniors looks like now and in the years to come. The trade show or “expo” portion of the conference was marked by a new product showcase (the latest aging services products on the market), an idea house (showing the latest trends in senior care and architecture), a food showdown, senior sports via the Wii, and much more.

Issues covered in sessions and speeches ranged from affordable housing, culture change, aging in place technology, and health care reform.

Many individuals and companies who attended the conference were tweeting live throughout the week; if you’re on Twitter, check out their updates via the hashtag #LeadingAge12. Facebook fans can see photos at the LeadingAge page.

Talk back: What senior care issue do you think will be of greatest importance in the future? What about right now?



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