University of Southern Indiana
Mid-America Institute on Aging

Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness

Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11, 2017

MAIA, co-sponsored by SWIRCA & More, is a two-day gerontology conference for lay persons, nurses, social workers, older adults and professionals working in the field of gerontology. Each year, national and local speakers provide practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful aging and gerontology.

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2017 Keynote Speakers:

Bill Thomas

Eldertopia: Changing Aging Forever

Bill Thomas, MD, is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. In his morning keynote address at MAIA on Thursday, August 10, Dr. Thomas' riveting message will challenge the way we think about aging. In what promises to be a wildly exuberant presentation, Dr. Thomas will focus on age-inclusive thinking to overcome barriers to promote aging well and inspire generations to "live together and be together" on life's journey. In addition, Dr. Thomas will lead a concurrent session on August 10 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with the title, "Live Together & Be Together: Designing Intentional Communities in Traditional Nursing Homes."

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Faith Roberts

From Wedding Rings to Nose Rings ...
Generational Differences

Faith Roberts, MSN, CRRN, is currently the director of Magnet, Professional Practice and Parish Nursing for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Her presentation will highlight the stories, values, heroes and traditions of the four generational groups in the workforce today.

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Dean Hartley

Alzheimer's Disease

Dean M. Hartley, PhD, is the director of Science Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association. He has a leadership role in the development of the Association’s research and scientific initiatives and advances these efforts by effectively communicating the goals and achievements of the Alzheimer's Association science programs to a wide variety of audiences. His keynote will give an update on current impediments to research and the progress being made to find new diagnostics, treatments, cures and preventions, including potential drug candidates and lifestyles.

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Dr. Neha Sangwan

The Prescription for Mastering Challenging Personalities

Neha Sangwan, MD, is an internal medicine physician and communication expert who empowers individuals to reduce stress, resolve conflict and build rapport quickly, especially during high-stress, emotionally charged conversations. She is the author of TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations that Create Connection, Health & Happiness, and her public television show is titled, The Talk Prescription.

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For more information: 

Jennifer Hertel
Mrs. Jennifer Hertel
Senior Program Assistant
Contact: 812-461-5463
University Center East 2231

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