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6th Annual Healthy Aging - Living Well Forum

Environments for Aging Well: Now and in the Future

Friday, April 17, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, Perry Atrium
UMass Lowell North Campus
40 University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854

The Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships hosts its 6th Annual Healthy Aging – Living Well Forum. 

This year's theme, Environments for Aging Well: Now and in the Future, features keynote speaker Jeanne Duffy, MBA, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital. She will be speaking on “Shift Work in Older Workers: Sleep Well for Health and Safety."

More presenters include:

  • Welcome and Introductions – Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D., A-GNP-C, FAANP, FGSA 
  • The Gut-Brain Axis in Parkinson’s Disease– Natasha Palacios, Ph.D. 
  • Work in Older Workers: Sleep Well for Health and Safety– Jeanne Duffy, MBA, Ph.D. 
  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Aging in Place – Mohammad Arif Ul Alam, Ph.D. 
  • UMass System Age-Friendly University Initiative: Experiences from UMass Lowell - Ramraj Gautam, Ph.D. and Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D., A-GNP-C, FAANP, FGSA 
  • Closing Remarks, Reflections and Wrap-Up – Lisa Abdallah, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Past Forum Events

  • The 2019 Forum featured keynote speaker Janet Barnes-Farrell, PhD, Professor of Psychological Sciences, Associate Department Head for Research & Resources, University of Connecticut. She spoke about “Aging and Work – Advancing Workplace Health Protection and Promotion for an Aging Workforce."
  • The 2018 Forum featured keynote speaker Michael E. Festa, Esq., director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Massachusetts. He discussed “The CARE Act: It’s the Law,” which was adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2017.
  • The 2017 Forum featured keynote speaker Alice Bonner, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
  • The 2016 Forum featured six keynote researchers, including Assoc. Prof. Deborah D’Avolia of UMass Lowell, who discussed “Unmet Healthcare Needs of Older Adults.” View the event poster for more speakers and topic areas.
  • The 2015 Forum featured keynote speaker Rob Schreiber, M.D., who discussed "Challenges for Healthy Aging: Balancing Living Well with the Reality of Multiple Chronic Conditions."