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

Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness

Join us online for Virtual MAIA: August 12 and 13, 2021

Announcing Our 2021 Keynote Speakers:

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Reimagining Life
Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. Her book was named a 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in the General Nonfiction category. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. Her work has been featured in several journals and publications and on TODAY, CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air and Politico. Her presentation will explore how the way we talk about old age contributes to the challenges of growing old in America, and she will identify opportunities to use aging and gerontology to improve society and health for everyone.

Her keynote will open MAIA at 9 am CDT on Thursday, August 12.

Kimberly Paul
AUGUST 12, 2:45 PM CDT
Bridging the Gap: Life Lessons from the Dying
Kimberly Paul is often asked how she went from her dream job, working on the set of "Saturday Night Live," to listening to authentic stories at the bedside of the dying. Her presentation will focus on the importance of getting back to the basics when caring for those facing end of life. In a world of regulations and restrictions, how do we keep connection our main priority? This speaker and author will remind us all what matters most when time is limited, teach us how to apply lessons learned at the bedside to our own lives, and bring us back to the reason hospice was created.

Her keynote will be at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 12.              

Alzheimer's Disease: Diabetes of the Brain
Scherrie Keating, RN, BSN, CDCES, CDP, CDC, NDPP, Lifestyle Coach and Ageless Grace Educator, founded Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC, to help people prevent and manage diabetes when she learned of the pre-diabetes epidemic in the United States. A registered nurse for over 36 years, Scherrie uses her passion, personal cancer journey and expertise to inspire people to make small but significant changes towards living a healthier life. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 25% of people over the age of 65 have diabetes, and that number is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades. Scherrie's keynote will address Type 3 Diabetes, linking brain insulin resistance to Alzheimer’s disease-like pathological changes leading to cognitive impairments. Hear the latest cutting-edge research, potential treatment options and lifestyle changes being studied, then join the fun practicing some Ageless Grace brain health fitness tools. Special guest Denise Medved, developer of Ageless Grace, will join Scherrie for part of the keynote.

Her keynote will be at 9 a.m. CDT on Friday, August 13.

AUGUST 13, 2:45 PM CDT
It’s Good to be Good: A Healthier and Happier Aging
Stephen Post, PhD, is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director for Medical Humanity & Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He is renowned for his research and speaking on positive psychology and healthy aging, focusing on the benefits of kindness and helping others with regard to emotional and physical well-being in older adults and across the life span. His bestselling book, Why Good Things Happen to Good People, is the distillation of 20 years of research and speaking on this topic.

His keynote will close the conference at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, August 13.

Continuing Education Credit
Attendees may receive up to 6 contact hours on day 1 and up to 6 contact hours on day 2 with attestation of attendance and submission of the electronic program evaluation. More details ...

For more information:

Kelley Collazo
Mrs. Kelley Collazo
Senior Administrative Assistant
Contact: 812-461-5217
Health Professions Center 2145

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