University of Southern Indiana

Summer Programs

8th ANNUAL MID-AMERICA INSTITUTE ON AGING (MAIA)                                        

The Mid-America Institute on Aging is a two-day inter-professional gerontology conference for nurses, social workers, older adults, professionals working in the field of gerontology, and the community.  National and local speakers provide practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful aging and gerontology. The conference will open with Dan Buettner, an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and New York Times best-selling author. Buettner founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world's best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people's lives. Buettner's November 2005 National Geographic article on longevity, "The Secrets of Living Longer," was the cover story of one of the magazine's top-selling issues in history and made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, appeared on many best-seller lists and were featured on Oprah. In 2009 Buettner and his partner, AARP, applied principles of "The Blue Zones" in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40 percent. The Institute is jointly provided with SWIRCA and More. A Pre-Conference on Wednesday with Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, renowned occupational therapist currently working as a dementia care/dementia education specialist will open the conference.

Date & Time: Thursday & Friday, August 13 & 14, 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Preconference on Wednesday, August 12

Location: University Center, University of Southern Indiana

Registration Fee: $195 for both days, $105 for one day only, $60 for both days and $35 for one day for retirees and full time students if registering by July 30; thereafter, $225 for both days, $135 for one day only, $70 for retirees for both days and $45 for one day only. Includes lunch, and breaks.

Pre-conference Fee: TBD

Contact Hours: TBD for nurses, social workers, case managers, and health facility administrators

Course Number: NO. HPR812

Exhibitor Information

The Mid-America Institute on Aging (MAIA) is an annual conference held at USI that continues to be a source of inspiration and education for anyone interested in aging, wellness and gerontology, including both healthcare professionals and the general public. On August 13, the opening keynote speaker will be Dan Buettner, the National Geographic researcher who traveled to the world's "Blue Zones" to meet the planet's longest-lived people. The centenarians he discovered lead active lives with fewer diseases and close vibrant circles of friends and family. Buettner shares their secrets for longevity in his two best-sellers: The Blue Zones and Thrive. An Emmy-award winner, he has keynoted for Bill Clinton's Health Matters Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, TEDMED and many other conferences, and has been featured twice on Oprah. No fee to only attend Dan Buettner’s keynote, however registrations are required.

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