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Focus Areas


2022 Conference Focus Areas

Addressing Social Isolation Through Engagement

Creating opportunities to engage older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities and help them stay socially connected is a vital part of the services offered by the Aging Network. Topics may include research on the negative health outcomes of social isolation and loneliness; program innovations to reduce those harms; creative ways to engage older adults and others with technology and without; and much more. 


Advancing Our Advocacy

Learn about the latest advocacy approaches, innovations, trends and opportunities. From individual advocacy to advancing federal aging policy, AAAs are mandated by the Older Americans Act to advocate for older adults. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up to speed on timely federal policy issues, as well as expand their skills and learn from their peers about new approaches to state and local advocacy.


Best Practices in Healthy Aging

The latest programs and services being implemented to improve health outcomes for older adults in the areas of wellness, nutrition, physical activity, evidence-based health promotion, prescription drug programs, medication management, mental and behavioral health, and more will be showcased in presentations by Aging Network leaders and renowned national experts. Sessions will feature proven, highly effective programs with a focus on outcome-based interventions with older adults.


Building Livable and Dementia-Friendly Communities

The latest programs and services developed to help older adults “age in community,” involving such issues as community planning, housing, transportation, lifelong learning, economic security and workforce development. Sessions will showcase local strategies to design and promote age and  dementia-friendly communities by experts who will provide practical and insightful guidance to attendees on implementing these plans back home.


Cutting-Edge OAA and Aging Programs

Find out how the Aging Network is enhancing core Older Americans Act programs and other aging services in exciting new ways to address the needs of older adults. Sessions will address the evolving needs of consumers and innovative approaches to meet those needs.


Elder Justice

Sessions will highlight best practices, new innovations and replicable programs to prevent, detect and address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as well as broader elder justice initiatives from around the country.


Enhancing Independent Living Through Transportation Innovations

Transportation sessions will showcase mobility innovations, developments in the field and funding opportunities, focusing specifically on transportation options that increase accessibility for older adults and people with disabilities.


Health Care Contracting and Integrated Care

Sessions will focus on existing and emerging models and programs to address the social determinants of health and provide community-based long-term services and supports, including integrated care, Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits. Sessions will spotlight opportunities and challenges for the Aging Network.


Meeting the Needs of Diverse Aging Populations

Recognizing and understanding that cultural and ethnic diversity are critical to developing and providing programs and services that address the specific needs of older adults from historically marginalized and underserved communities, sessions will shine a light on diversity, equity and inclusion issues for an aging population and highlight new and innovative programs and approaches the Aging Network can replicate.  


Running Your Agency: Strategies to Strengthen Systems and People

Learn about cutting-edge management practices that the Aging Network can utilize to strengthen operations and build capacity. Finance, grants management, professional development, diversity/equity/inclusion practices, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation and new technologies are just a few of the topics that will be addressed.


Supporting Caregivers

Family and other informal caregivers are critical to our nation’s long-term care system, and the Aging Network’s supports and services help them do their jobs better, more safely and for longer. Sessions will share best practices, innovations and new research on supporting caregivers.


Title VI Programs: Unique Challenges and Solutions

Innovative and proven strategies to help directors and staff from Title VI Native American Aging Programs address the unique service needs of elders in Indian Country will be highlighted in these sessions. Successful initiatives that leverage the synergies associated with AAA and Title VI program coordination will be featured.