Senior Agenda Coalition

"If it takes a village to raise our children, then
it takes a community to care for our elders."

Janice Blanchard,
Keynote Speaker,
2016 Senior Agenda Conference & Expo

Senior Agenda Coalition

Conference Sets 2018 Agenda for RI Seniors

Our Tenth Annual Conference and expo on October focused on Organizing for Power.  Jaime Estades, founder and president of the Latino Leadership Institute in New York, delivered a powerful keynote speech.

Keynoter Jaime Estades
Keynoter Jaime Estades makes a point related to his work for the New York based Latino Leadership Institute

A lively panel discussion provided tools for influencing legislation and legislators.

Influencing Legislation Panel from left:  Maureen Maigret, Representative Deborah Ruggiero, Bill Flynn, Senator Harold Metts, and Lee Ann Byrne
Influencing Legislation Panel from left: Maureen Maigret, Representative Deborah Ruggiero, Bill Flynn, Senator Harold Metts, and Lee Ann Byrne

We honored those who were part of the coalition that successfully restored the RIPTA No-Fare Bus Passes as well as a Volunteer of the Year, Sherman Pines. Afternoon workshops included Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, Spiritual Gifts of Aging, Introduction to Tai Chi, and the largest workshop, Setting Our 2018 Agenda, which collectively set 2018 priorities for RI seniors, which were, in order,

  • a better state information system,
  • increased funding for senior centers,
  • more support for family and volunteer caregivers,
  • adequate Medicaid reimbursement for home and community-based providers and nursing homes,
  • eliminating Medicare Part B premiums for low-income seniors. 

This important conference would not have been possible without the time and talents of our many volunteers and presenters.  We are grateful to our Presenting Sponsor Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Silver Sponsor AARP Rhode Island, and Bronze Sponsors AAA Northeast/AAA Northeast Bank, BankRI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, and MetLife Auto & Home.