Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Leadership Coalition on Aging Fourth Annual Conference



The Leadership Coalition On Aging Collier County will host their 4th annual Conference on Aging on Friday, November 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hodges University, located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive in Naples. This year’s conference aims to provide insight to local health care and social service professionals on enriching the lives of seniors in Collier County. The Coalition’s first Senior Expo, free and open to the general public, will follow the conference from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Conference on Aging will center around the theme “Improving the Client & Caregiver Experience,” and includes a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and an address by keynote speaker John Whitman. Whitman, founder of the TRECS Institute and faculty member at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton MBA Health Care Management Program, will share strategies which ensure high quality, sustainable and economically viable care for seniors. Breakout sessions will provide additional information on county and state resources, preparing clients and caregivers for what comes next and the impact of cognitive health on the client-caregiver experience. Attendees will have opportunities to hear from health care professionals from various settings, including the hospital system, hospice care, senior living, home care services and more.

“The client and caregiver experience can be good, but it is often frustrating, incomplete and fails to look at the entire care picture. As a result, the client and their caregiver suffer,” said Leadership Coalition on Aging co-chair Kenn Voegele. “Our goal with this year’s conference is to ensure professionals have the tools and resources necessary to improve that experience to the benefit of all.”

For the first time, a Senior Expo will follow the Conference on Aging to provide the general public with resources for healthy living and sustainable aging. Guests will have opportunities to meet the professionals and service providers attending the conference, in addition to complimentary health screenings, senior resources and raffles. The Expo is open to all ages and is free to attend.

Early registration for the Conference on Aging is open until October 15 for $75.00. After October 15, registration will increase to $95.00. Healthcare professionals can register online at the Collier Senior Resources website: Licensed professionals on select credentialing boards will receive up to four continued education credits (CEUs) for attending the conference, compliments of Avow.
Sponsorships and expo vendor opportunities are available. For more information about the Conference on Aging, contact Adam Corcoran at, or MJ Scarpelli at

About Leadership Coalition on Aging – Collier County
Established in 2012 by local health providers and human service agencies, the Leadership Coalition on Aging – Collier County takes an action-oriented and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of seniors and caregivers in Collier County. Its mission is to enrich the lives of seniors and caregivers by way of resource sharing, education, advocacy and community outreach. For more information about the Coalition, visit

About Conference Keynote Speaker John Whitman
John Whitman has been a faculty member at The Wharton School’s MBA Health and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 19 years and also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Drexel University’s School of Public Health. Whitman has dedicated his 30+ years of professional work to improving care for seniors. He developed a nationally respected consulting company focused on care of the elderly in all settings and the smooth transition of patients along the continuum to assure the best level of care, at the right time in the patients’ recovery and at the best cost to the system. To learn more about John, visit Wharton MBA Health Care Management Program website.

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