The Optimal Aging Conference, which takes place in Louisville June 12-14, brings together academics, health care and social service professionals and older adults who are united by a belief that aging is an opportunity and not a disease.

Held at the Brown Hotel, the conference supports the dissemination of biopsychosocial aging research, age-friendly produce innovation and evidenced-based practice and education models, with participation and input from older adults.

Speakers include:

  • Barbara Shipley, senior vice president, brand integration, AARP, who’ll speak about “Disrupt Aging: Unlocking the Age Disruptor in All of Us.”
  • Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, who’ll speak about “Valuing and Supporting People as They Age: The Aging Networks Role In Supporting Optimal Aging.”
  • Dr. Jim O’Brien, emeritus geriatrician, University of Louisville, who’ll speak about, “Caring for the Elderly: Lessons Learned.”


Workshops include:

  • “Innovative Ideas for Volunteers in Retirement”
  • “Engaging, Enriching, and Empowering Quality of Life Through the Elder Mentor Program”
  • “Developing Dementia Friendly Communities in Rural Counties”
  • “The Importance of Purpose in Life for Health and Optimal Aging”
  • “Maintaing Strong Bones and Preventing Falls Through Exercise”


Early registration ends May 30. Cost for senior citizens is $110. For more information, visit: or call (502) 852-5629.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology.