The series consisted of four convenings featuring national and regional thought leaders as keynote speakers. Our purpose for the series was to change the mindset about the contributions of older adults in our community and to explore the impact of engaged seniors on the vibrancy and viability of the Pikes Peak Region.
Housing Choices and Livable Communities featured Katherine Freund, founder of ITN America; Roberto Rey, Multicultural Outreach Director, Colorado Branch AARP; John Olson and Mark Tremmel, Collaborative Design Group; Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey, Executive Director of A Little Help; Kyle Fisk and Lori Rhodes from Challenger Homes; and Aimee Cox, Community Initiatives Manager, City of Colorado Springs. 82 persons attended the event.
Innovations in Aging Collaborative Presents the Remarkable Aging Series for 2014.These gatherings will address the major issues that are facing our community as Baby Boomers are aging and choosing to remain in our community and as new retirees move to Colorado Springs. The series will feature thought leaders in each topic area as keynote speakers and trainers sharing their expertise and knowledge of trends and emerging issues to address aging in our community. These dynamic topics address our community’s frail and elderly seniors as well as the healthy and vibrant retiree seeking engagement, recreation and culture and the confidence that this community will provide for them as they age.
The Business of Aging: Infrastructure, Information and Institutional Innovation featured Elizabeth Hanes, health, medical and technology writer and innovator. Additional speakers included Robert Kemp, Colorado State Demographer; Jan Erickson, founder of Janska Clothing; and panelists Becky Medved, RCSPros; Dan Davies, AbleLink Technologies; and James Dodd, Loop Communications. 63 persons attended the event.
The older adult population is expected to increase 179% in the next 16 years. This leaves a large market for businesses to develop products and services for older adults. This is a half day conference for businesses to discuss innovative ideas, learn about new products and services for older adults, and collaborate with other businesses engaged in the business of aging.
Making a Difference through Encore Careers and Entrepreneurship featured Elizabeth Isele, thought leader in “Senior Entrepreneurs: New Engines for a New Economy,” founder of SavvySeniorsWork, and co-founder of Senior Entrepreneurship Works and eProvStudio; Stan Gryskiewicz: founder of AMI; and panelists Nancy Seckman, Career Designs; Dave Csintyan, founder of See the Change USA; Bill Gates, founder of Life Wise Counseling; Barbara Raynor, Managing Director of Boomers Leading Change in Health; Randy Scott: founder and Managing Director of FRESC; Gina Solazzi: Fitness Adjunct for the Center for Creative Leadership; and Jo McGuire: Director of Compliance and Corporate Training, Conspire! 51 persons attended the event.