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Events at On Aging 2023

Join us at On Aging 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia to experience a range of special events organized to help our members unite, empower and champion together. Events at our national conference provide attendees with numerous opportunities to connect and learn from one another.

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Conference Agenda

You will need to download the conference app to view the full conference agenda. The Eventpedia conference app can be found in the Apple store and the Google Play store. For more information on how to download the app and review the agenda, please review this PDF.


Monday Keynote Speakers Include:

Michael Adams

Ashton Applewhite
Author, "This Chair Rocks," Co-Founder, Old School—Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse

Elizabeth White
Author, "55 and Faking It," Aging Solutions Advocate

Tracey Gendron, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Gerontology & Executive Director, Virginia Center on Aging, VCU

Christina Peoples
Creator and Blogger of Gero-What?!

Janine Vanderburg
Director & Chief Catalyst, Changing the Narrative, Author

Tuesday Keynote Speakers Include:

Dr. Carl V. Hill
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Alzheimer’s Association

Vanessa Okwuraiwe
Principal, Inclusion, Equity and Diversity, Edward Jones

Sharon Lamberton, MS, RN, FAAN
Deputy Vice President of State Policy, PhRMA

Courtney Christian
Deputy Vice President of Policy and Research, PhRMA

Dr. Yanira Cruz
President and CEO, National Council of Hispanic Aging Organizations

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, MFPM
Life Sciences Leader

Wednesday Keynote Speakers Include:

Ken Dychtwald, PhD
Founder and CEO, AgeWave

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, neurosurgeon, and author

Sarah Lock
Senior Vice President for Policy and Brain Health, AARP

Launch & Learn Events

Launch & Learns are 3-hour educational summits over lunch that will cover important topics in aging.

Date: Monday, March 27
Time: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
Cost: $40 (includes lunch)
Attendee Limit: 200
How to Register: Sign up when you register for the conference. If you are already registered for the conference, follow the instructions in the light blue box included at the bottom of this page to register for additional conference events.

Healthy communities rely on healthy organizations. When the institutions that serve older adults can function at their highest levels, they can reach more people, provide higher quality programs and transform communities. Join AARP SVP Corporate Strategy & Impact, Keanne Henry, for a special exploration of how to use strategy to enable transformational organizational change.

  • If culture eats strategy for breakfast, why the big focus on strategy and strategic planning?
  • What are the top 3 lessons for successful strategies that work in the social sector?
  • How is AARP managing for excellence and impact and what have we learned?
  • What is the role of scale? Can small organizations use the same tools for excellence?

Age Tech Atlanta is a close-knit community of Atlanta-based innovators comprised of startup founders, industry mavericks, educators, researchers and influencers in the fields of age tech, elder care and longevity. They know that innovators in age tech face major headwinds and need capital. Join us as our community convenes to share knowledge and participate in a startup pitch with cash winnings of $10,000 thanks to to Innovation Showcase sponsors Accushield, BrainLit North America, and Naborforce.


The Multisector Plan for Aging National Symposium builds on significant momentum that is starting nationwide. Over half of all states are implementing or planning to implement comprehensive multisector plan for aging activities. Whether you are in a state that is already working toward a plan for aging or just planting the seeds, this workshop is for you! You will learn from examples of how to get started and build momentum, hear strategies for building cross-agency collaboration and centering equity, learn how best to engage a wide field of stakeholders, get practical tips on tracking data and measuring success and walk away understanding lessons learned from other states.

Off-site Events

Wrap up your time at On Aging 2023 by looking at aging through the lens of Atlanta’s history, businesses and institutions.

Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 2-4:30 PM
Cost: $125 (includes transportation, learning experience and a visit to the destination of choice)
Attendee Limit: 50
How to Register: Sign up when you register for the conference. If you are already registered for the conference, follow the instructions in the blue box included at the bottom of this page to register for additional conference events.

The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

This off-site event is a trip to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, which includes his birthplace, church and neighborhood. Then join us for an incredible lecture with Meina Yates-Richard, PhD, Assistant Professor at Emory University. This lecture explores why and how Black women involved in Civil Rights activism become “hidden in plain sight” and silenced in dominant U.S. historical narratives and cultural memory. Dr. Yates-Richard traces a persistent representational logic that shadows and quiets Black women in Black freedom imaginings from the era of slavery through the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Yates-Richard introduces key Black women Civil Rights organizers and activists and highlights the continued contributions of Black women to the ongoing struggle for Black liberation. This package includes time to tour the MLK National Historical Park and the nearby King Center at your leisure and travel back to the hotel.


Integrating Older Adults Into Research and Tech at Georgia Tech

This is a trip to the Georgia Tech campus, where you learn about how the university integrates older adults into its research and tech design. The first stop is the Center for Advanced Communications Policy where you will meet with Executive Director Dr. Brad Fain. Then you’ll visit the HomeLab with two researchers, Sarah Farmer and Brenna Phelps, before heading over to tour Georgia Tech’s Aware Home with Director Brian Jones. 

Georgia Tech’s HomeLab initiative brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers with a community of older adults interested in participating in research to develop innovative technologies that promote health, wellness and independence for older adults living at home. Elders and researchers evaluate products designed for older adults at the Aware Home, a three-story, 5,040-square-foot facility that fosters research while providing an authentic home-like environment.



Caring for the Caregiver from Symptoms through Bereavement

This off-site event includes a trip to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, where you will have time to tour the museum at your leisure. Then join us for a fascinating lecture from Dr. Toni P. Miles from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers.


Other Events & Programs

Sign up for events and programs like those included below when you register for the conference. If you are already registered for the conference, follow the instructions in the blue box included at the bottom of this page to register for additional conference events.


Welcome Dinner

The On Aging 2023 Host Committee invites any attendee to meet them in the lobby of the hotel to head over to the Ponce Street Market for dinner. This informal and relaxed event is a great way to meet new people and make connections right at the start of conference. Dinner and transportation are not included in On Aging 2023 registration fees.

Date: Sunday, March 26

Time: Meet at 7:30 PM in the hotel lobby to get Uber rides.


LGBTQ+ Meet-up

Meet up with those who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies for a night out in Atlanta with members of the Atlanta Mayors LGBTQ Advisory Board for happy hour/dinner at Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar West Midtown (822 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318). Join us for a relaxed and informal experience. Organized by our member-led Host Committee, this event is your opportunity to connect and network, while looking towards the issues directly associated with aging in the LGBTQ+ community. Dinner and transportation are not included in On Aging 2023 registration fees. The first 30 people who RSVP will get one free drink. Preregistration is not required, but is strongly suggested.

Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: Meet at 7:00 PM in the hotel lobby to get Uber rides.


Our Aging Society 101 & Introduction to On Aging 2023

Meet ASA Staff and Board members, who will help guide your On Aging 2023 experience, on Monday, March 27. Register on the conference portal or at registration.


Book Signing with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Sign up to attend a private book signing of 12 Weeks to a Sharper You: A Guided Program, with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. A copy of the book will be provided by AARP. There is no charge, but advance registration is required. This event is space limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 6:30–7:30 PM



Buddy Program

We will pair you with a small group of people along with an experienced guide that can help you navigate the conference. Request to join the Buddy Program here.


Already registered for On Aging? Here's how to register for additional special events at the conference:

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