Seek 2017

Seek 2017

Advancing Age Friendly Communities

One in three Americans is age 50 and older. By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65-plus. Will our community be ready?

August 24 & 25, 2017

Mill Race Center, Columbus, Ind.

Thursday, August 24

Seek Conference – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In partnership with Columbus Regional Health

9:30 am to 11 am – Morning Educational Workshop (choose 1 of 3)

1st Century Senior Center Models
Dr. Manoj Pardasani, Fordham University

This workshop will explore the changes and trends of the growing senior population and how service providers will need to respond. Dr. Pardasani is a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He has conducted a number of studies on senior center programming, characteristics of senior center administrators and participants, and policy advocacy by senior centers; which have been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals. Join our Keynote Speaker at this interactive workshop and learn ways to better serve our diverse aging population.

Total Brain Health
Leah Boas, MSW, LSA & Callie McNicholas

Are you brain healthy? Join Leah and Callie for a glimpse of the Total Brain Health Program offered at Mill Race Center. Leah is the Aging Well Coordinator at Mill Race Center. Callie is our Pitman Institute for Aging Well Summerville Fellow and a student at IUPUC in the Mental Health Graduate Program. Together, they are delivering the Total Brain Health program at Mill Race Center, which was developed by Dr. Cynthia Green, America’s Leading Brain Health Expert.

Community Walkability – Age in Place Happily
Laura Garrett, Community Initiatives Lead, Healthy Communities

Bring your walking shoes and join Laura on this interactive walking workshop to evaluate the walkability of downtown Columbus. Participants will conduct a survey of their experience and rate how our community stacks up compared to other walk-friendly communities. Laura and her team at Healthy Communities are working to make a difference in the health and wellness of Bartholomew county residents through community collaboration, teams and initiatives.

11:30 am to 1:30 pm – Lunch featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Manoj Pardasani
2:00 to 3:30 pm – Afternoon Educational Workshop led by Dr. Pardasani – Advancing Age Friendly Communities – Interactive Session

Conference tickets on sale now! Purchase online here, or in-person at Mill Race Center.

All conference: $55/MRC member, $65/non-member

Lunch and Keynote address: $30/MRC member, $35/non-member

Friday, August 25th

Vendor Expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 35 vendors participating with the latest information and tools you need to Age Well. Hosted by The Republic
Expo Cost: Free (open to the public)

 Meet our Keynote Speaker

Manoj Pardasani, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

Manoj Pardasani, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, is a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. In August 2014, he was appointed as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He has a Master’s of Social Work degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Yeshiva University, New York.
Dr. Pardasani visited our community in June to analyze current programs, services and opportunities available to seniors, both at Mill Race Center and those offered by other entities, and how appropriate these offerings are for the region’s current demographics. Focus groups and in-person interviews were held with community stake holders. Dr. Pardasani is known as the nation’s leading expert in senior centers and plans to present likely changes in programming/planning that we could expect in future years due to factors including but not limited to: (1) changing demographics; (2) changing interests of the 50+ population; and (3) possible synergies with other programs, agencies and organizations to promote an age friendly community.
Dr. Pardasani started his social work career in senior centers and that sparked his lifelong passion for the study of senior centers. He has conducted a number of studies on senior center programming, characteristics of senior center administrators and participants, and policy advocacy by senior centers, which have been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals. He has compiled an exhaustive bibliography of all research and publications related to senior centers from 1978 to 2013. He is the recipient of the 2004 and 2012 Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Council on Aging (NCOA). He serves as the Principal Researcher on the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and has been a part of their Research, New Models and Policy sub-committees. In the last three years, he has conducted two national studies related to senior centers. Currently, he is conducted a 3-year, longitudinal study evaluating the health outcomes of participation in senior centers. This study is sponsored by the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA).
Join us to hear Dr. Pardasani share what he learned during his visit to Columbus and how we can become an Age Friendly Community; ensuring that our community is prepared to support our fastest growing population.

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