Senior Summit 2020

Senior Summit 2020 Conference and Expo
St. George’s Fellowship Centre and Woodridge Elementary School

May 8, 2020 Senior Summit Conference:  St. George’s Fellowship Centre
Targeting social workers, attorneys, policy makers, guardians, caretakers and seniors Conference Details:
Admission is $90 and includes breakfast, lunch and CEU/CLE sessions. (5.5 currently Pending)

Registration is open and available without fees here:
Senior Summit 2020 Conference Registration


May 9, 2020 Senior Summit Expo:  Woodridge Elementary School
A FREE event for seniors and those who love them.  Many booths, breakout sessions on health, safety, and more.
For Expo Preregistration including legal services from Community Legal Aid, Med-check by Western Reserve Hospital, Dementia Simulator with Arden Court, and free breakfast and hot lunch:

Senior Summit 2020 Expo Registration
Or call:  1-877-926-8300

Online sponsorship and booth information are available HERE.


Conference Agenda
May 8, 2020
St. George’s Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd., Fairlawn, OH  44333


The Senior Summit 2020 conference agenda will feature a look at local Age Friendly Initiative work and inform social workers, attorneys, policy makers, guardians, caretakers and seniors of the data and work going forward.  The afternoon will focus on the professional/client relationship featuring advising clients in their toughest times and cultural intelligence when working with clients or co-workers.

Note:  All sessions have been approved by Summit County Probate Court for all attorney and  non-attorney guardian training as required under the Supreme Court of Ohio Rules of Superintendence 66.01 through 66.09.

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check in and breakfast
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. – Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer – Welcome and “introduce the day.”
Senator Vernon Sykes
Ilene Shapiro

Emcee: Bob Tayek:  Introduction of dignitaries and special guests: County Executive, Mayor(s), elected officials,

Age Friendly Report out to the community:

What is age friendly? Introduce concept, domains and what’s and whys it is important to all.
Why Age Friendly city and Age Friendly County?  Needs assessment data for Akron. What does that mean we need for seniors in Akron?

Presented by:
     Susan Sigmon, Senior Vice President, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities and Co-Chair of the Age Friendly Akron Advisory Commission
     Harvey Sterns, Director and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology and Co-Chair of the Age Friendly Akron Advisory Commission
     Doug Tayek, Associate State Director, Community Outreach, AARP Ohio

10:15 to 10:30 a.m. – Break – and move to breakout sessions
Breakout sessions chosen at time of registration.  Choose ONE – Seating will be based on availability for each session.  Each breakout (if approved) will be 1.5 CEU credits.


Breakout 1:  Age Friendly Art, Entertainment and Leisure:

“Creative Aging.”  What are local cultural and arts organizations doing to serve and engage seniors in Summit County

     Lisa King – Executive Director of Summit Metro Parks

     Teresa Bonner – Executive Director of Aroha Philanthropies.

     Kamelia Fisher – Executive Director, One of a Kind Pets
     Gailmarie Fort – Vice President of Outreach & Communications, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
     Demetrius Lambert – Falconer – Chief of Community Engagement, Summit Metro Parks
     Kathy Romito – Community Relations Manager, Western Reserve Hospital


Breakout 2:  Age Friendly Respect and Social Inclusion: 

     Karen Elliot – Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area
     Karen Hrdlicka – City of Akron Senior Citizens Commission on Aging and Age Friendly Akron


Breakout 3: Age Friendly Civic Participation and Employment:

Healthy Aging Through Interprofessional Care.
Collaborations between health care, social services and care partners (GWEP).   Training & Employment as a way to stabilize caregiver financial challenges.

     Jennifer Drost- Research Medical Director Geriatric Medicine Geriatrics, Summa Health
     Dawn Moeglin – Senior Director of Community Engagement, VANTAGE Aging,
     Ann Manby – Chief Financial Officer, VANTAGE Aging


Breakout 4:  Age Friendly Transportation and Walkability

     Curtis Baker – Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)
     Jason Segedy – City of Akron, Director of Planning and Urban Development City of Akron
     Valerie Shea – Director of Planning METRO RTA


Noon to 1 PM – lunch

Recognition of sponsors- Bob Tayek

12:55 Lunch transition video: AARP


Advising Clients Through Life’s Toughest Times:

     Ken Florian – President of Corgenius, BA, MTS, Certified Thanatologist


Cultural Intelligence:

Increase your capability to relate and work effectively across cultures.  Be aware, understand and apply cultural competence into everyday interaction with clients and co-workers.

Julia Ellefritt –  Education Director, Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Center
Cindy Christman –  Commissioner of the Akron Civil Rights Commission, Retired Akron Police Officer,
Edwin Hubbard – Director of Operations of the Akron Better business Bureau

Facilitated wrap-up: Table activity with action steps.

Sarah Bongiorno – Senior Project Manager, Planning NEXT
Emily Long – Intern, Planning NEXT

 Closing 4 p.m.


Senior Summit Expo details:

May 9, 2020
Woodridge Elementary School
4351 Quick Rd, 44264
9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Doors Open:   9:00 a.m.
Special parking for mobility challenged seniors
Check-In:  Guests receive program with list of activities, map of venue and any other pertinent instructions as well as tickets for breakfast and lunch to the first 500 registrants.

All must register to receive breakfast or lunch.
Senior Summit 2020 Expo Registration
or call:  1-877-926-8300


Booths:  Many booths will be available offering services on the spot for seniors to sign up for or experience on that day!



Breakfast – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  HOT lunch provided by Meals on Wheels

MOST events are available for all to walk in.  In some cases, information is necessary so you can bring materials with you OR so we are prepared with enough staff.  All will take walk up appointments.  Having your medications or paperwork will make your experience more complete.

These include:

Med- check or “brown bag event brought to you by Western Reserve Hospital:
You should gather all prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal or natural products and vitamins or minerals you use, place them in a bag and bring them to the event. Or, bring a list. They will be screened for potential duplication of therapies, side effects or interactions.

Community Legal Aid:
Community Legal Aid advocates will be on-site to answer questions about and assist in processing estate planning documents, including advanced directives, powers of attorney, wills, and more. Attorneys will also be available to answer general legal questions and offer some limited counsel and advice on legal matters.

Dementia Simulator: 
Arden Court will offer a unique and educational experience for families and caregivers into the world of dementia.  The Virtual Dementia Tour* is a sensitivity training designed to help caregivers, family members, and friends  understand what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Participants’ hearing, vision, and other senses are distorted to simulate the effects of the disease. After the “tour,” individuals will have the opportunity to debrief with professionals and ask questions.  This experience is designed to enhance caregiver understanding and to improve care.

WAKR:  Will broadcast live from the event with their Saturday morning programming.

Join us as a sponsor or with a booth.  For questions regarding sponsorship or PDF versions of these documents please email Lisa Mansfield at: