University of Southern Indiana
Mid-America Institute on Aging

Keynote Speakers

Dan Buettner

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New York Times best selling author and National Geographic Fellow has delivered more than 3,000 speeches to audiences world wide. His TED Talk “How to live to be 100+” has been viewed over 2 million times and his New York Times Sunday Magazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die” was the second most popular article of 2012.

Dan has Keynoted speeches for Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, TEDMED and many more nationally renowned conferences. He has been featured twice on Oprah and has received an Emmy award for television production.

Buettner traveled to the world’s “Blue Zones” to meet the planet’s longest-lived people, discovering centenarians who lead active lives with fewer diseases and close vibrant circles of friends and family. His findings are the subject of his two best-sellers on longevity: The Blue Zones and Thrive.

In 2009, Dan and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40%. He’s currently working with Healthways to implement the Blue Zones Project in 17 cities throughout America.


Also featuring:

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Cropped Teepa -Snow _300dpiTeepa is an occupational therapist currently working as a dementia care and dementia education specialist. She has an independent practice. She has clinical appointments with Duke University's School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Teepa provides educational and training sessions to organizations and providers throughout the U.S. & Canada. She lectures for gerontology and health professional programs at colleges and universities across the continent, working closely with a variety dementia specialty service providers in both nations is to develop, improve, and optimize programs and services to people living with dementia, their care partners, and family members. Additionally, she works with individuals and support systems to help problem solve challenging situations.

Teepa has over 33 years of experience in geriatrics. Previously, she served as the education director and lead trainer for the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has also been a program director and an instructor for community college and a clinical associate professor at UNC's School of Medicine, Program on Aging. She has a strong and varied clinical background. She was the OT director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geria­trics at a Veteran's Administration Medical Center and has worked as a restorative care coordinator for long term care facilities, as well as providing direct care in community, home health, long term care, assisted living, and rehabilitation settings. She has worked collaboratively to conduct clinical research in a variety of settings and on a variety of geriatric topics throughout her career.

Teepa attended Duke University as an undergraduate, graduating with a degree in zoology. She earned her master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, she has received many awards for her clinical and teaching skills.


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