Over 250 people gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 1 for our 12th Annual Conference & Expo.
We were honored this year to welcome KATE HOEPKE, Executive Director of the San Francisco Village, as our Keynote speaker. She spoke with Bill Flynn about the work of her organization as well as the Village Movement across the country.
A lively panel discussion highlighted the work of community groups that focus on helping people age in their own homes.
A Town Hall meeting explored priorities for our 2020 agenda. Moderated small group sessions allowed attendees to tell their stories and express their views about the most pressing concerns they face.
Twenty-six exhibitors featured a wide array of services and programs that support these priorities.
WE THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Over 100 people gathered on May 10 at the Providence Marriott Downtown to thank five very special people who have been active leaders in creating a better quality of life for Rhode Island's seniors. The event, our Fifth Annual Awards Luncheon, honored former Representative Elaine Coderre, Karen Mensel, Senator Gayle Goldin, Mary Lou Moran, and Meg Underwood. Senator Jack Reed spoke about the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act and protecting Medicare and Medicaid, and Rose Jones, newly appointed Director of the Division of Elderly Affairs, discussed her plans for improving senior services in the state. The first three honorees researched, crafted and enacted legislation creating Rhode Island's Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) program that provides wage replacement benefits for persons who take time off from work to provide volunteer care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner or relative. Meg Underwood and Mary Lou Moran advocated tirelessly for senior service funding by organizing meetings and bring out senior consumers to testify at budget hearings and Senior Agenda forums.