Zach Benedict kicks off the SEEK 2015 conference. His architectural focus has been on communities for a lifetime, a topic which has attracted the attention of several regional and national professional organizations. Benedict believes that many leaders may not take advantage of the experts in their communities who can help address the challenges and opportunities of an aging population. Come learn what he has to say about the specific role senior centers can play, and consider how the ultimate experts, our community seniors, can be engaged to lead the way.
JAMES FIRMAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING
How can the nation’s 11,000 senior centers empower older adults from all walks of life to embrace the gift of longevity? Jim Firman, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary at the helm of the National Council on Aging, brings the conference to a close with a challenge. Firman believes that senior centers are leaders in helping older adults pursue “Aging Mastery”–giving them knowledge and skills to make measurable improvements to their health and well-being. Come discover Firman’s nine strategies to transform your senior center–and envision how older adults themselves can be the engine for change.
COLIN MILNER CEO, INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON ACTIVE AGING
“The dinosaurs of the last generation–like outdated senior centers and retirement communities–are a complete turnoff,” says Milner. This thought-provoking keynote address will not only help senior center and related professionals avoid extinction; it will also help them define the leadership roles they must play in their communities to re-define aging as a major resource to be harnessed. Milner believes that organizations that don’t adjust to the new expectations of people entering their retirement years are likely to struggle.