Tuesday, September 1st (Session C1) - Envisioning the Future: A Global Perspective
Aging is something shared by individuals in every corner of the globe. Benjamin Surmi will moderate a lively discussion where innovators from around the world will share stories of what is happening, promising innovations and explore how we can work together across international lines to move the future for aging forward.
1. Increase understanding of how we can work together across international lines to move the culture of aging forward.
2. Understand some of the most promising initiatives seen throughout the world and how they are changing the dynamic of how elders are seen, how decisions are made, and the power they have over their lives.
3. Be able to share the names of leaders in the culture change movement whose work we need to know and follow.
Josep de Marti
Lawyer and Gerontologist. Founder of Inforesidencias.com., Spain
|Josep de Marti, who holds a Law Graduate with a Masters degree in Social Gerontology worked for 10 years (1991 to 2000) as a nursing home inspector for the Catalonia Regional Government. In 2000, he set up a web site, Inforesidencias.com, addressed to the Spanish nursing home industry and in 2005 a consultancy and training company, Eai Consultoria. Josep is an associate professor at two Spanish Universities, teaching in post graduate degree programs in the area of Social Gerontology and Nursing Home management. He also directs Dependencia.info, a newsletter about care for elders with 8.000 subscribers.|
Executive Director of the Eden Alternative in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia
|Sally Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Eden Alternative in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. As an Eden Regional Coordinator, working with a volunteer Board, Sally is responsible for the strategic direction, operations and growth of the Eden Alternative (through Eden Registry & Training) in 3 Regions. This includes, and is not limited to financial sustainability, education, marketing. She works with a number of homes, community and disability organizations who are operationalizing the Eden Alternative in their organizations. The strategic direction of her organization, in partnership with other Eden Regions around the globe is to change the face of aging.|
Executive Director of Tabor Village in Abbotsford BC
Dan Levitt is an acclaimed international speaker, elder care leader, writer, and gerontologist, specializing in helping others to create better lives for seniors. Dan’s purpose is to teach people how to transform the lives of older adults across the globe. As a popular professional speaker, he has delivered inspiring keynote speeches impacting thousands of people on four continents. Dan doesn’t tell people where to go but guides them in the direction of where they need to go. His talks leave the audience with a new mindset on aging needed to thrive in the 21st century.
As the Executive Director of Tabor Village, Dan Levitt shepherds the enhancement of social, spiritual and care needs for more than 300 seniors, inspiring a team of over 400 employees and volunteers with a commitment to continuously improving the quality of life. Dan is an Adjunct Professor in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University an Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia and a Sessional Instructor, British Columbia Institute of Technology. Dan’s adventure exploits have taken him from Africa’s highest peak Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Caribbean Sea’s coral reefs, from canoeing across the Yukon to racing in the six World Marathon Majors.
Director, Producer, Founder of Modern Aging
|Risa Morimoto started her career in banking, then entered the world of higher education working at New York University (NYU) as the Associate Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute. She then moved on to run a non-profit organization, Asian CineVision and the Asian American International Film Festival. It was during this time that Risa’s mother had ar stroke. It was a huge wake up call for Risa and she knew if she wanted to become a full-time filmmaker, it was now or never. So, she chose now. She made several documentary films, lucky enough to travel and interview people from all over the world. Her films screened at numerous film festivals and aired on television in over 18 countries. Throughout this time, Risa was a part time caregiver to her mother who developed Parkinson’s disease in 2009 and it became increasingly difficult to care for her. Risa felt like she needed a PhD to navigate the healthcare system. This proved to be hugely challenging and Risa often traveled to Japan to look for solutions. She knew their senior population was exploding and they were implementing some innovative ways to address the situation. Modern Aging was born out of Risa’s frustration knowing that there had to be a better way to age and care for our elders, and that the current system was not sustainable for future generations. She used her skills as a documentary filmmaker to interview people and share what she was learning. Thus, Modern Aging was created.|
Director of People and Culture, Koelsch Communities
Aging is something shared by individuals in every corner of the globe. Benjamin Surmi will moderate a lively discussion where innovators from around the world will share stories of what is happening, promising innovations and explore how we can work together across international lines to move the future for aging forward. Empowering people to thrive “no matter what disability or cognitive disorder they may live with“ is the focus of Benjamin Surmi's work as a social gerontologist. Caregiver, activity director, lifelong learning center director, and home repair coordinator were each roles that shaped his understanding of the unique needs of seniors. He guides the person-centered training for over 2,400 employees in 8 states and is currently implementing an evidence-based approach to care from France called Humanitude. Benjamin coaches 70+ wellness directors who support over 1,500 seniors. His passion is imagining the impossible and building alliances that make it possible.
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