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. His newest book, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People, is filled with moving personal stories, delicious recipes, checklists and useful tips that will transform any home into a miniature blue zone. 

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.

Click to see Dan on the Today Show and in Parade Magazine and also listen to his recent NPR segment:

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Zachary Benedict, AIA, LEED AP, RID

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Zachary is a managing partner at MKM architecture + design, a firm dedicated to enhancing the health of rural communities. Specializing in wellness-based projects for over thirty years, MKM has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Architecture Firms in the country by Modern Healthcare Magazine

While designing numerous projects ranging from senior care facilities to public libraries, Zachary manages the firm's community-based projects and research efforts. With an extensive background in urban sociology and neighborhood revitalization, his work focuses on the future of the American Midwest and the socio-economic benefits of intergenerational communities. Through these efforts, coupled with an appreciation towards the likes of Milton Freidman and Monty Python, he has lectured nationally on various topics – discussions whose primary focus is to encourage communities to reevaluate the importance of quality civic space. 

In recognition of his work, Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning recently recognized him with the Alumni Award of Outstanding Achievement. He is the youngest individual to ever receive this award.


Eva Kor

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Eva Mozes Kor is a Holocaust survivor, forgiveness advocate and public speaker. Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Eva has emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit's power to overcome.

Eva was born in 1934 in the tiny village of Portz, Romania. When she was 6 years old, her family was packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp. At Auschwitz, Eva and her twin sister, Miriam became part of a group of children used as human guinea pigs in genetic experiments under the direction of Dr. Josef Mengele.

In 1984, Eva founded CANDLES, Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, and named her sister Vice President for Israeli Survivors. Eva liked the acronym CANDLES because she wanted to shed some light on this hidden and dark chapter of the Holocaust.

In 1995, Eva opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, her home since 1960. Even at the age of 80, she continues to be a community leader, champion of human rights and tireless educator with an ever-broadening vision of teaching others the importance of forgiveness, respect, equality and peace.


Sandy Markwood

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Sandy Markwood is CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, where she provides policy and programming support in areas relating to aging in counties and cities across the United States.

She has a bachelor’s degree in American history with a specialization in urban/regional development and a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning with a specialization in social planning. Sandy has 30 years of experience working on aging issues and on the development of aging programs and policies at the national and local level.

She also has more than 35 years of experience working with local city, county and regional governments to promote services that empower citizens of all ages and communities at large to be livable across the lifespan.


Pre-Conference for Long-Term Care Staff and Specialty Track for Emergency Personnel/First Responders

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Web Teepa _SnowTeepa 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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