Thursday, July 12, 2018

2018 Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness Preview

Visit the official 2018 MAIA page here
This August will be my third year attending this engaging conference. It's the Eleventh Annual Mid-American Institute (MAIA) on Aging and Wellness, held August 9th and 10th, 2018 at University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.

Health care professionals can earn continuing education credit for attending. 

I usually only post about MAIA after I attend. 

[Updated to add reports about MAIA 2018 Keynotes/Plenaries and the Concurrent Sessions]

This year, I decided to give TGAM blog readers an opportunity to attend by posting key details a few weeks before.

Evansville is in the tristate area of SW Indiana. The USI campus is only two hours south of Bloomington, Indiana and two hours west of Louisville, Kentucky. It's also a comfortable drive from St. Louis (2.5 hours), Nashville (2.5 hours) and Indianapolis (3 hours).

The keynote address by Ashton Applewhite on Thursday, August 9th 3 pm is FREE and OPEN to the public.  However, registration is required to ensure that everyone has a seat.

If you are interested in maintaining wellness of mind, body, and spirit throughout the lifespan, consider attending all or part of the conference. Registration information is available on the official page.

Many healthcare professionals attending earn CME credits (continuing medical education), but a good portion of those present are not healthcare professionals; they are community members who are pro-active about their physical, financial, social, and emotional health.

There are dozens of presenters, all of whom have valuable insights to share about wellness and aging.  Let me first introduce these four:

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA is an expert on best practices in dementia care.

Ashton Applewhite does insightful critiques of ageism lurking in contemporary culture.

Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP is a city planner and urban designer. He advocates for walkable cities.

Bill Thomas, MD. has a detailed vision for intergenerational living that includes elders but really serves a diverse intersection of people.

During the previous two conferences, I would post updates to social media, often through Twitter. In order to make tagging the speakers easier, I decided to look up their social media accounts before the conference begins.

[Update on 8/12/18: Read a subsequent post about the keynote / plenary speakers.]

Connect with attendees, presenters and sponsors through social media. Follow #maiarocks on Twitter for more information about this event. 

Applewhite, Ashton @thischairrocks also on Facebook

Carpenter, Kyrie' @cronetraining of @ChangingAging

Dickman, Daniel of @ivytechsw

Dickman, Susannah on Facebook

Dietz, Julie on Facebook and affiliated with @DofCharity and CNG on Facebook

Downs, Gina of Senior Connection via YouTube and Facebook

Elpers, Kathy of @USIedu

Floyd, Tiffany of Laughter Yoga on Facebook

Frank, Jacquelyn of @eiu

Gatewood, Roseanna Parkhust of @StVincentIN

Huang, Guoyuan of @USIedu 

Huggins, Veronia C. of @USIedu

Joergens, Ben @Ben_Joergens of @OldNational

Lantz, Andrea of @Deaconessnews also on Facebook

Meeks, Sherry of @Old_National

Montgomery, Jaley A. of @USIedu

Myers, Jeseph @Jesephm of @ChangingAging

Payne, Nathalie of @YMCA of SW Indiana on Facebook

Preston, Patrick @Patpress

Ripley, Christopher Michael of @IndianaStateBar

Rodrigues, John C. of @StVincentIN Sleep Disorders Center

Roe, Catherine of @SitemanCenter  @WUSTLmed @RoeLabWustl @WUADRC

Schalasky, Joe on Facebook and affiliated with @DofCharity and CNG on Facebook

Speck, Jeff @JeffSpeckAICP

Snow, Teepa @teepasnow

Swain, Stephen J. of @NatlAgrAbility also on Facebook and Indiana's AgrAbility hosted by @LifeatPurdue

Thomas, Bill @drbillthomas of @ChangingAging

Unroe, Kathleen @kathleenunroe of @IUMedSchool

Vance, Diane @UniversityofKY and @EKU emeritas

Wylie, Mary Ellen employed by @UEvansville

This event is made possible by many organizations: 

AARP Indiana @AARPIndiana

American Senior Communities @ASCSeniorCare

Deaconness @Deaconessnews

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center on Facebook

Senior Connection on Facebook

St. Vincent, Indiana @StVincentIN

SWIRCA and More (Area Agency on Aging and More) @SWIRCAandMore

University of Southern Indiana @USIedu @USIOutreach and @USI_CNHP


2018 MAIA Keynote and Plenary Speakers
2018 MAIA Concurrent Sessions

2017 Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness
2016 Mid-American Institute on Aging and Wellness

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