Attendees of this year's meeting used Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to engage in conversations, ask questions and share their photos. You can check out their experiences via the #LeadingAge14 hashtag.
The Leadership and Governance Deep Dive Workshops were among the highest attended sessions in the program -- and our member site visits provided an opportunity to learn about the unique programming being offered at two Nashville communities.
A wealth of information was shared by our over 450 speakers, representing more than 300 organizations around the world.
Innovation Boot Camp
The Annual Meeting kicked off Innovation Boot Camp, a new program designed to bring to life innovations in aging services organizations.
Four teams of LeadingAge members embarked on a 5-month learning experience that will conclude with a presentation of their innovation at the 2015 PEAK Leadership Summit in DC.
The 2014 Leadership Academy Fellows marked the end of the program year by presenting their Action Learning Projects at this inspiring event in Nashville. As they concluded their program year, a new group of 48 Fellows began their own leadership journey during the Annual Meeting.
Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
This was one of the most star-studded meetings we've had in a while, thanks to a very special documentary produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach, highlighting the goodbye tour of country music legend Glen Campbell after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Instead of hiding his disease, he and his family went public with the information in the hope that by sharing their story, they could spark a conversation and inspire change.
His family joined us for a screening, followed by a concert with live performances from his sons and daughter (Ashley Campbell), Delta Rae, and the Band Perry. The Tennessean published a great slideshow of the event, but even these photos don't even begin to capture how moving it was. The film highlights the importance of Alzheimer's awareness and caregiving, and we're working with the production company to expand the audience even further, bringing the film to our members and to communities all around the country.
Senior Solutions Expo
This was also the first year that we were able to give back to the local community with a first-ever Senior Solutions Expo, a destination event where older adults, their adult children and caregivers can find a diverse array of resources they need to help them thrive, all under one roof.
This year's event was sponsored by PS Lifestyle, and included a makeover booth, fashion show, hands-on technology demonstrations, healthy cooking demonstrations, wii bowling, and more. The event would not have been possible without help from all of our partners: Nashville Council on Aging, LeadingAge Tennessee, Lipscomb University, and the Greater Nashville Regional Area Agency on Aging.
As I Age Wall
What better way to bring attention to re-defining age than with a public art installation? Thanks to HealthStream, we were able to adapt general session speaker Candy Chang's Before I Die project into a one-of-a-kind conversation piece...the first-ever As I Age wall.
The wall was built in Music City Walk of Fame park. Basically a larger-than-life chalkboard wall, the installation encouraged attendees and the greater Nashville public to engage in a larger conversation about what it means to age, and what aging looks like across the lifespan.
In only 6 hours, our wall was completely full of completed responses to the prompt "As I age..." Responses ranged from hilarious to pensive, and several participants collaborated on their responses or added their thoughts to existing ones.
A ribbon cutting on Saturday before the conference commemorated the wall's opening to the public. Speakers at the ribbon cutting included:
- Candy Chang, artist and general session speaker.
- Bruce Rosenthal, VP, LeadingAge.
- Bobby Frist, CEO, HealthStream.
- Diane Neighbors, vice mayor of Nashville.
- Bruce Spyridon, president, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
The ribbon cutting was well attended, and the wall will stay up for the remainder of the week so that Nashville residents have a chance to add their thoughts. Those not able to attend could use hashtag #AsIAge to share their thoughts on aging and how it feels to be the age that they are.
Our expo hall was bigger and better than ever with more than 500 exhibitors in 900 booths across 3 exhibit halls. This year's expo included the following:
- Idea House: This was our last Idea House, and it was spectacular. The house is designed and built around several guiding principles including aging-in-place design, technology in design, sustainability, affordability, and flexibility. Brought to us by THW, the house was filled by more vendors than we have room to print!
- HackFest Pavillion: We incorporated our HackFest event into our expo hall in order to give it wider visibility. At the pavillion, attendees had the opportunity to vote for a People's Choice award winner through our mobile app.
- National Senior League Wii Bowling: Teams competed in the championship match.
- Head Shot Studio: This new concept was sponsored by Salon PS. Attendees had a chance to get professional head shot photos taken at a special booth, complete with exclusive hair and make-up services. At times there were long lines of members waiting to "say cheese"!
- Meet Me at Larry's: We brought the music of Nashville into our Expo hall with this lounge concept, featuring different local musicians every day.
Thanks to all who came out and made this a great meeting.
For those not able to attend, you don't need to miss out on all the fun! Search #LeadingAge14 on your favorite social media to see additional highlights.