Registration for the 2022 Aging Summit has closed. Please continue to follow AgeGuide through social media, The Age Guide Podcast, and our blog as we continue our conversations around the Longevity AGEnda. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2023 Aging Summit.

Join us as we create space for meaningful conversations around age, longevity, and inclusive communities. This one-day summit will bring together advocates, community leaders, healthcare professionals, and anyone who understands they too have a vital stake in shaping the aging journey. Topics include:

  • Embracing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Creating Livable Communities
  • Designing Age Friendly Health Systems
  • Addressing the Care Economy

Ticket Cost: $59
Government/Non-Profit: $39
Lunch Included

The Aging Summit will be held at the NIU Outreach Campus, 1120 E Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563.


8:30 AM – Registration & Networking

9 AM – Opening Remarks

Marla Fronczak, AgeGuide

9:15 AM – Setting the Stage for the Longevity AGEnda

The event will kick off with Keynote Speaker, Ramsey Alwin, President & CEO of the National Council on Aging, outlining the megatrends shaping the world: racial and social equity, health, digital equity and caregiving. 

10 AM – Advancing Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Glenda Love, Aging & Disability Rights Specialist for AgeGuide & ASA Rise Fellow, will facilitate this Rapid Panel discussion. It will over best practices for advancing equity and inclusion that can be replicated in your community. 

  • Digital Equity: Elizabeth Ramirez, ConnectWaukegan
  • Ageism: Tracey Colagrossi, Village of Arlington Heights
  • LGBTQ Inclusivity: Kelly Rice, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
  • Cultural Inclusivity: Micki Miller, Senior Services Associates

11 AM – Promoting Age Friendly Communities & Affordable Housing

Where will we live and how we will age is dramatically impacted by the options available to us. Well-designed, age-friendly communities foster economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages. Listen to experts on aging as they share what’s needed to make communities and homes livable for everyone.

  • Age Friendly Communities: Terri Worman, Virtual Community Hub
  • Affordable Housing: Lore Baker, Association for Individual Development

12 PM – Lunch & Networking

12:50 PM – Moving Together for Healthy Aging

Let’s have some fun and move together in support of healthy aging!

1 PM – Cultivating Age-Friendly Healthcare

What is age-friendly healthcare? What matters most to people in a health crisis? What are our expectations around mobility, mental capabilities, and medication management?  In this presentation, Diane Mariani of RUSH will focus on healthcare decisions and priorities and Leslie Edstrom of AgeGuide will discuss how to help Caregivers get the supports that they need in the community. 

2 PM – Creating the Care Economy We Need

The experience of giving and receiving care is deeply personal – and is also a key structural challenge for American society, as the pandemic made clear. At a time when the nation’s population is expanding, the need for care has become more visible and challenging. This panel will explore how we can support informal and paid caregivers and grow this important sector. Panelists include: 

  • Paula Basta, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging
  • Philippe Largent, State Director of AARP Illinois
  • Amy Brennan, Illinois Family Caregiver Coalition
  • Katie Fielmann, Comfort Keepers

3 PM – Closing Remarks

Angela Bentsen, AgeGuide


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