We are hosting a conference at the University of Arizona that will re-occur every year and focus on successful aging. The concepts we want to focus on are: successful brain aging, slowing time, keeping your mind healthy. We want aging to be portrayed in a positive way. We have thought of the idea of a clock as one possibility to be incorporated into the logo, but we are open to ideas. Below is the description for the first annual conference, but the overall theme may change year to year to focus on different aspects of healthy aging:
We envision this conference to be the first in an annual series that will provide the community with scientifically-based information on topics relevant to successful aging and brain health. Each year, a conference topic will be chosen that will emphasize some aspect of healthy aging. The two-day conference will cover the topic from a scientific perspective, providing the most up to date research that is available, as well as a series of “hands-on” workshops so that participants can learn about ways to incorporate information on successful aging into their daily lives. This year, the conference will focus on cardiovascular health and how it impacts cognitive functioning as we age. Topics will include the benefits of exercise and aerobic fitness, controlling hypertension, managing cholesterol, engaging the brain, optimizing sleep, and reducing stress. The event will be held at the Student Union at UA and will include lunch and a “wine reception” so that participants have an opportunity to meet and interact with core faculty and guest speakers.
Who will attend? The conference is geared toward the general community as well as health-care workers who interact with older adults.