Saturday, July 31, 2021

2021 Mid-American Institute on Aging & Wellness: A Preview


The University of Southern Indiana in partnership with the local Area on Aging (SWIRCA) has organized their 14th Conference on Aging and Wellness.  

AFTER-THE-FACT UPDATE: I enjoyed this conference as a Zoom host, presenter, and audience member.  SAVE THE DATES for 11 & 12 of August 2022.  

In June of 2022, you will find the 2022 brochure and registration materials by visiting the link to MAIA (Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness).

MAIA's virtual format in 2020 and 2021 meant that you do not have to be from easy driving distance to attend.  USI and SWIRCA are located in Evansville, Indian, which is part of the Tri-State Region (Southern Illinois, Northwestern Kentucky). There first 12 years were in person with many participants hailing from the tristate or cities within an easy driving distance: St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville. 

The conference program has a variety of topics that include (but are not limited to) the following: diet, exercise, finances, dementia care, mental health care, combating ageism, addressing Parkinson's disease, diabetes care, and MORE! 

Who typically attends? 

  • People 50+
  • Health Care Students and Allied Health Faculty
  • Social Workers
  • Care Partners (aka caregivers): formal and informal
  • Nurses (not just RNs)
  • Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)
  • Other employees working in health care (PTs, OTs, SLPs, etc.)
Who is presenting this year? 

More than TWO DOZEN presenters will share information and lead discussions on various aspects of aging and wellness.  

Here is the link to the 2021 MAIA brochure. 

Registration for MAIA 2021 closed at 3 pm on Wednesday 11 August 2021. 
  • $20 day for undergraduate students
  • $50 per day for retirees
  • $60 per day for graduate students
  • $100 per day for others
There are some grants available to cover the cost of registration.  The grant money is offered to older adults living in rural areas of the Tri-State region around Evansville, Indiana. To see if you qualify, contact Mrs. Kelley Collazo, whose information is at the bottom of this webpage


2020 Virtual MAIA Preview (which included some of the same keynote speakers)

2019 MAIA Review (This post has a lot of photos of a conference held in person before the pandemic.)

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