University of Southern Indiana
Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness

Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness

August 8 & 9, 2019 at the University of Southern Indiana

2019 Keynote Speakers Announced:

Emily Allen Photo
Helping Vulnerable Populations Thrive
Emily Allen is the Senior Vice President, Programs, for AARP Foundation. Throughout her career, her primary passion has been on serving the needs of those most at risk in our communities. In her current role, she oversees the AARP Foundation's programmatic portfolio that focuses on increasing economic opportunity and social connections for low-income older adults. Through innovation and the development and implementation of programs and interventions, the Foundation's collective work focus on ensuring that low-income older adults are able to secure the essentials in life.

Her keynote will open the conference on Thursday, August 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Harley Gordon
Redefining the Conversation on Long-Term Care
Harley Gordon, Esq., is an elder law attorney and nationally recognized authority on long-term care issues. He has been voted one of the "100 Most Influential People in Long-Term Care" by McKnight's Long-Term Care News.

His views on the consequences of not having a plan for long-term care have been featured in the national media, including the PBS Frontline documentary, "Who Pays for Mom and Dad," The Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN and the CBS Evening News. His experience led him to create the Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC) program, the country's first designation focused on training financial service professionals.

Mr. Gordon's keynote will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 8.


Returning to Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's
Greg O'Brien is an investigative journalist and author diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2009. His work has appeared in the Boston Herald, Arizona Republic, Associated Press, Denver Post, Huffington Post, Psychology Today and Readers Digest. Mr. O'Brien's memoir, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's, has been described as "a book about living with Alzheimer's, not dying with it."

During his riveting keynote presentation at the 2016 MAIA conference, Mr. O'Brien spoke on what it is like to slowly lose his memory and why he has decided to share his experience living with the illness. He is returning to Evansville for another candid, personal conversation about his journey with Alzheimer's.

Mr. O'Brien's keynote will be on Friday, August 9 at 8:30 a.m.


Tim Brimmer

Music as Health

Dr. Tim Brimmer is a professor at the Butler University School of Music, Indianapolis, Indiana.

He serves as director of JCA Multisensory Learning Facilities and executive director of SoundMinds, a collaborative team of interdisciplinary colleagues, students and industry leaders in music, psychology, pharmacy, communication science disorders, physics and innovative technologies, working alongside leading physicians, nurses and caregivers. Together, SoundMinds supports research and professional training programs that advance quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers.

Dr. Brimmer's keynote will close the conference at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 9.

For more information:

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