Mid-America Institute on Aging and Wellness
Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. Her book was named a 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in the General Nonfiction category. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. Her work has been featured in several journals and publications and on TODAY, CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air and Politico. Her presentation will explore how the way we talk about old age contributes to the challenges of growing old in America, and she will identify opportunities to use aging and gerontology to improve society and health for everyone.
Her keynote will open MAIA at 8:30 am CDT on Thursday, August 12.
Kimberly Paul is often asked how she went from her dream job, working on the set of "Saturday Night Live," to listening to authentic stories at the bedside of the dying. Her presentation will focus on the importance of getting back to the basics when caring for those facing end of life. In a world of regulations and restrictions, how do we keep connection our main priority? This speaker and author will remind us all what matters most when time is limited, teach us how to apply lessons learned at the bedside to our own lives, and bring us back to the reason hospice was created.
Her keynote will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 12.
Scherrie Keating, RN, BSN, CDCES, CDP, CDC, NDPP, Lifestyle Coach and Ageless Grace Educator, founded Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC, to help people prevent and manage diabetes when she learned of the pre-diabetes epidemic in the United States. A registered nurse for over 36 years, Scherrie uses her passion, personal cancer journey and expertise to inspire people to make small but significant changes towards living a healthier life. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 25% of people over the age of 65 have diabetes, and that number is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades. Care of these individuals is complicated by the normal aging process and long-term effects of glycemic control. Keating's program focuses on the integral role health professionals and caregivers play in helping older adults living with diabetes achieve individualized treatment goals, reduce risks of complications, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and improve longevity and quality of life.
Her keynote will be at 8:30 a.m. CDT on Friday, August 13.
Stephen Post, PhD, is renowned for his research and speaking on positive psychology and healthy aging, focusing on the benefits of kindness and helping others with regard to emotional and physical well-being in older adults and across the life span. His bestselling book, Why Good Thing Happen to Good People, was the distillation of 20 years of research and speaking on this topic.
His keynote will close the conference at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 13.
Mrs. Kelley Collazo
Senior Administrative Assistant
Health Professions Center 2145