The Optimal Aging Conference theme for 2017 is “approaching aging as a life-long journey.”

Scheduled for June 11-13 in Louisville, the conference “brings together academics, health care & social service professionals, and older adults across a variety of disciplines who are united by a belief that aging is an opportunity, not a disease. The Optimal Aging Conference supports the dissemination of biopsychosocial aging research, age-friendly product innovation, and evidenced-based practice and education models, with participation and input from older adults,” according to its website.

This year’s theme reflects the importance of addressing aging as a normal part of living. There is no specific event or time at which we “age,” rather the theme calls us to view aging as an opportunity to flourish in every stage of life.

Sponsored by the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology, the conference will feature speakers who include:

  • Bob Blancato, MPA | Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
  • Dr. Christopher Callahan, Director of the IU Center for Aging Research
  • Dr. Gregory Jicha, Associate Director, UK Alzheimer Disease Center
  • Sandy Markwood | CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Registration for the conference takes place through May 31. To register, visit or call 502-852-5629.