Saturday, June 8, 2019

2019 Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness Preview

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The University of Southern Indiana and SWIRCA & More  (Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging) are proud to present the 12th Mid-American Institutes on Aging and Wellness.

This two-day event will take place August 8th and 9th (2019) on USI's campus in Evansville, Indiana.

See the MAIA 2019 brochure for the presenters' photos and bios.

ETA Links to the Summaries of the 2019 MAIA Events:

MAIA 2019 Day One with Allen & Gordon

MAIA 2019 Day Two with O'Brien & Brimmer

MAIA 2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

The keynote speakers are as follows:

* Emily Allen, BS, MS of the AARP Foundation

* Harley Gordon, JD and advocate for long-term care

* Greg O'Brien, journalist, author and Alzheimer's activist

* Tim Brimmer, music professor from Butler University

People from a wide range of ages and vocations attend. The venue will also include a number of vendors.

There is also a pre-conference workshop on dementia care, led by Teepa Snow, who is dynamic, compassionate and well informed.

If you are already registered, come early to secure your seat and to participate in some light exercise.

Thursday August 8th starting 7:45 am, Cecile Martin will demonstrate chair yoga exercises. Follow along from your seat!

Friday, August 9th starting 7:45 am, Ron Weatherford will demonstrate beginner Tai Chi moves. Follow along from your seat!

Use #MAIAROCKS to read Tweets and Facebook posts about previous MAIA presentations. This will be the fourth time that I have attended. It's invigorating to meet new people and to learn from them.

Visit MAIA's site to read the brochure / program, which includes more details about the following speakers. If you want to follow them on social media, here are some links.

Links to Webpages and Social Media Accounts 

of This Year's Presenters

Emily Allan, BS MS, Senior VP of Programs, AARP Foundation: @AARPFoundation and Facebook

Helen Azarian MLIS, Community Health Librarian of Practice at Evansville Vanderburg Public Library@EVPLibrary and Facebook

Charo N. Boyd, MS, Public Affairs SpecialistSocial Security of Indianapolis: @SouthernINPAS of @SocialSecurity in Indianapolis Facebook

Brandon Biddell, Mortgage Loan Originator, German American Bank@_GermanAmerican and Facebook

Tim Brimmer, DA, Prof. of MusicButler University: @butleru and Facebook

Jeff Chestnut, MA, Director, University of Evansville Fitness Center: @UEvansville and Facebook

Anthony P. Czaplicki, MD Orthopedic AssociatesFacebook

Angela K. Esterline, AuD  Hearing Healthcare Center: Facebook

Debbie Folz, MSW, LSW Social WorkerHeritage HospiceFacebook

Peggy Forbes, ABR SRES, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Tucker Real Estate: @fctuckeremge and Facebook

Helene French, MSW, Community Outreach Coordinator, the Greater Kentucky / Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer's Association: @AlzKYIN and Facebook

Rebecca W. Geyer, JD. Attorney Rebecca W. Geyer and Associates, PC.  @rgeyerlaw and Facebook

Harley Gordon, JD. President, Insurance Education Advisors, Inc & CLTC Instructor: @CLT4LTC and Facebook

Emily R. Holt, MHA, RDH, CDA, EFDA, Clinical Associate Professor of Dental HygieneUniversity of Southern Indiana: @USIedu and Facebook

Sunny Huang, MD/PhD candidate, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine: @IowaMed and Facebook

Kenna Hudgins, MM, MT-BC, Music Therapist, Pennyroyal HospiceFacebook

Evelyn Hunter, MSW, LCSW, oncology social workerBaptist Health Care Center: @BaptistFloyd and Facebook

Linda Kincheloe, MSW, Director of Adult Protective Services Vanderburgh County's Prosecutor's Office: @vcprosecutor and Facebook

Lisa Maiden, adult program coordinator at the Daveiss County Public Library Owensboro, KY: @dcplibrary and Facebook 

Genevieve McGuire. Hospice Chaplain and Outreach DirectorSouthernCare Hospice Services: @SouthernCareUSA and Facebook

Brittney McWilliams, OD (optometrist)McWilliams Vision Care and current president of the Southwestern Society of the Indiana Optometric Association. @IndianaEyeDocs and Facebook

Greg O'Brien, journalist, author and advocate. @OnPlutoOB and Facebook

Gary K. Price, Esq. is a partner attorney Terell, Baugh, Salmon & Born, LLP: @IndianaStateBar

James Pridgen, BS, MSM, CDRP, CAS. President and CEO of The Pridgen Group.

Tara Reinbrecht, RPh, PCA Pharmacy, Louiseville, KY: @PCA_Pharmacy

Robert Rieti, DO, FCCP, MBASt. Vincent, Evansville: @StVincentIn and Facebook

Jennifer Schuetter-Bromm ACSW, LCSW social worker Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare: @SWHealthcareIN and Facebook

Eric Smith, President and Founder of Acoustic Therapeutics / Auralex Acoustics, Inc.: @Auralex and Facebook

Barbara Stahura, CJF Certified Journal Facilitator, author, blogger, and volunteer with the @DeaconessNews affiliate, Linda E. White Hospice House.  Facebook

Kristel Swan-Griffin, RN, BBA, clinical manager, Anew Home Care: Facebook

Olivia Taylor, PMHNP-BC, psychiatric nurse practitionerMemorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Facebook

Diane E. Vance, PhD, retired professor of radiochemistry, University of Kentucky and retired professor of forensics at Eastern Kentucky University : @UniversityofKY & @EKU

Ron Weatherford, Martial, Arts and Tai Chi Instructor @BeadAngel and Facebook

Rita Thomas Wedig, PhD Master Gardener and Project Gardner Coordinator, SWIMGA: @PurdueExtension and Facebook

Dawn Westfall, MS, CCCLSLP Progressive Health and Brain Injury Association of Indiana: Facebook PH and Facebook biaindiana

Jim Zaher, death doula, Guardians of the Story: Facebook

Dustin Ziegler, Director of Community Programs. CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, Indianapolis, Indiana: @cicoa and Facebook

Are you looking for CME credits?
(Also called CE, CEU or CE hours.) 

More than 40 Tristate experts (from IN, KY, IL) discuss wellness across the lifespan each August.

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.


MAIA 2019 Day One with Allen & Gordon
MAIA 2019 Day Two with O'Brien & Brimmer 


  1. Good to know ... wish I could get there, but will look for reports online. Thanks for the info!

    1. Tom: Thanks for the comment. As mentioned above, this will be my fourth year attending. There may be something similar in your area. Contact the Association of Area Aging near you. I used to attend a similar event in Wichita, KS. There is great energy at these events. And you might end up being a speaker one year once your local organizers learn of your expertise.