Aging Conference Celebrates Twenty-Fifth Year with Nationally Noted Speakers

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Ryerson, Roizen lead dialogue at County’s Conference on Aging

– The Cuyahoga County Conference on Aging will celebrate its twenty-fifth year of improving the lives of our seniors by presenting the newest tools and techniques for successful aging. Nationally renowned speakers will address the topic: “Fostering Resilience Throughout Life.” Attendees at the September 13th conference will hear from AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, and Cleveland Clinic Wellness Director, Michael Roizen, M.D.

The Conference on Aging is co-presented by Cuyahoga County’s Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) and The MetroHealth System. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and The MetroHealth System President and CEO Akram Boutros, M.D., are honorary co-chairs for the conference, which convenes over 300 of the County’s professionals on aging.

“As our population continues to age, it is crucial that we work together as a community to learn about and share best practices so that our elders can age successfully,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “I am proud to once again be able to partner with MetroHealth to bring this forum to our county."

Keynote speaker Ryerson’s leadership has seen the AARP Foundation’s strategic direction shift to pioneering and exploring new collaborations by funding programs that change lives. She has launched new national initiatives that focus on social connections, evidence-based grantmaking, back-to-work training, housing and an innovation pipeline to assist low-income older adults.

Luncheon speaker Dr. Roizen is passionate about helping people choose to live younger and healthier lives. He has published numerous best-selling books and been a special guest on hundreds of talk shows. In addition to launching the RealAge online health and wellness tool, Dr. Roizen has helped thousands of patients regain health, mentored children on wellness, and started smoking cessation, weight-loss and walking-focused health programs.

Additionally, there will be presentations on food insecurity, resilience, home accessibility and fall prevention as well as poster presentations on a variety of topics.

As in previous years, two prestigious awards will be presented–the Barbara S. Galloway Award–which recognizes an organization that has made significant contributions to the aging network, and the Candace L. Carmichael Award–which recognizes an individual who exhibits meritorious and innovative service to seniors. The awards honor the legacies of two leaders who launched the Conference on Aging and made indelible contributions to the aging profession in Cuyahoga County.

“This Conference will celebrate our history and look to the future,” said Boutros. “We look forward to leading the conversation about improving health and making life better for our aging population in Cuyahoga County.”

The Conference will take place Friday, September 13th at the Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Beta Drive in Mayfield Village. A continental breakfast, lunch and 6 CEUs will be provided. General registration is $65. Retiree, student, and accepted poster presenter registration is $25. Register today at or call 216-698-2562 with questions.

Sponsorship tables are available. Contact Steven Ostrolenki at 440-592-1402 or for details.

AARP Foundation president, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, will lead a distinguished line-up of presenters at the 25th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Aging, being held Sept. 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village. The Conference, co-presented by Cuyahoga County’s Division of Senior and Adult Services and The MetroHealth System, will bring together thoughtful leaders on issues critical to the County’s aging population including social isolation, wellness, food insecurity, resiliency, home accessibility, fall prevention and more.

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Director Michael Roizen, M.D. has been tapped as the luncheon speaker for the 25th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Aging, taking place Sept. 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village. Co-presented by the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services and The MetroHealth System, the Conference seeks to identify issues impacting older adults, foster an understanding of available resources and increase collaboration across the County.