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.

2017 Keynote Speakers:

Bill Thomas

Aging Reconsidered

Bill Thomas, MD, is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) which works to improve the care provided to older people. He is the creator of The Green House(R) which Provider Magazine has called the "pinnacle of culture change." Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders.

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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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For more information: 

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

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