State Hosts 32nd Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging

Department on Aging hosts a delegation from China to address global aging

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host the Governor’s Conference on Aging, on December 11, 12 and 13, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago. Each year, IDoA hosts the conference which is considered the department’s largest statewide meeting of professionals who work in the field, as well as the most comprehensive training event for providers, who serve older adults. At this 32nd annual conference Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., will welcome a special delegation from the People’s Republic of China, who will participate in a panel discussion about global aging. Members of the Chinese delegation will discuss challenges facing its elderly population which is estimated to be more than 200 million adults age 60 and older; delegates will also learn about how Illinois structures its delivery of quality services in light of an ever-increasing demand. The panel discussion is set for Wednesday, December 11 during the morning intensives which begin at 9:00 a.m.

Conference highlights:

December 11

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – *conference intensives

*including a panel discussion with members from a Chinese delegation who will shed light the how the most populous republic on earth is handling its aging population and what it can learn not only from our nation but Illinois in particular.

1:00 p.m. – Opening General Session:

Keynote Speaker: John Michael Hall senior director of Medicaid Policy & Planning, of the

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – conference intensives

December 12

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – concurrent sessions

December 13

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – concurrent sessions

12:15 p.m. – IDoA hosts awards luncheon to recognize advocates for their outstanding service to older adults.