Senior Summit 2021


May 19 and May 20 Senior Summit Conference
A live virtual event
Admission is FREE and includes CEU/CLE sessions.


Targeting social workers, attorneys, policy makers, guardians, caretakers, and seniors.  Offered broadly to the public and those not seeking credit as well as those who wish to learn more about the age friendly initiatives.

CLE approved:
7 total credit hours (5.75 general CLE and 1.25 professional conduct CLE).
 5/19/21: 3.5 general CLEs approved
 5/20/21: 2.25 general CLEs  & 1.25 professional conduct CLEs approved
CEUs: Pending 7 total credits expected. LSW/LISW/SWA (RSX069601)
Nurses ​(via reciprocity with CSWMFT board)

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.

Registration is run through AARP and you MUST register for each day separately.

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Conference Agenda Day 1
May 19, 2021, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


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8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer – Welcome and introduce the day.
County Executive Ilene Shapiro – Welcome introduce Age Friendly Summit and Bob Tayak

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Age Friendly Akron, Age Friendly Summit
Susan Sigmon, Senior Vice President, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities and Co-Chair of the Age Friendly Summit and Age Friendly Akron, City of Akron Senior Citizens Commission

Dr. 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, City of Akron Senior Citizens Commission

  • Needs assessment data for Summit.
  • Results Akron priorities
  • Emerging from Covid: Digital divide, barriers,

9:45 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. – Break

9:50 – 11:00 a.m. – Housing and Neighborhoods:  Aging in place
Housing overall in our area for seniors.  Low, moderate in the county.  How livable is the place you call home?
Moderator:   Danielle Arigoni, Director of Livable Communities, AARP, Washington DC


Emily Mutillo – Applied Research Fellow, The Center for Community Solutions
Brian Gage – Executive Director, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Diana Colavecchio – City of Cuyahoga Falls, Director of community development
Frank Mikolay-  Ohio Living Rockynol

11:00 to 11:15 – Break

You will choose one breakout session.
Please pay attention as some sessions may not be eligible for CEU’s or CLE’s.

11:15 – 12:30 pm

Age Friendly Art, Entertainment and Leisure:
This session will NOT be eligible for CEU’s or CLE’s.
Join us for a conversation with local organizations who share their experience with engaging seniors to enrich their lives through creative programming. The importance of social connection among seniors is the ‘medicine’ aging seniors need to keep them active and thriving into their later years. Each organization will discuss their efforts on senior engagement that is creative, thoughtful and meaningful for creating community among the participants in a way that is fun and fulfilling.

Moderator: Lisa King – Executive Director of Summit Metro Parks
Kathy Romito – Community Relations Manager, Western Reserve Hospital
Demetrius Lambert-Falconer – Chief of Community Engagement, Summit Metro Parks
Danielle Dieterich – Executive Director, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center


Age Friendly Civic Participation and Employment:  Healthy Aging Through Interprofessional Care.
Collaborations between health care, social services and care partners.  Understanding Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP).  Interprofessional health care of older adults facilitates civic participation and employment.  Training & Employment as a way to stabilize caregiver financial challenges.


Jennifer Drost- Research Medical Director Geriatric Medicine Geriatrics, Summa Health
Ann Manby – Chief Financial Officer, VANTAGE Aging
Lisa Mascellino – Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, VANTAGE Aging

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Conference Agenda Day 2
May 20, 2021, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


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8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
AARP:  Josephine Wilson

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.Advising Clients Through Life’s Toughest Times:  Amy Florian – President Corgenius,

Amy holds a Master’s Degree and is a Fellow in Thanatology (the highest level of certification in the field of grief studies).
She taught a graduate class at Loyola University of Chicago for almost 10 years, she has worked with over 2,000 grieving people, and she consults with firms, corporations, and individuals across the country and the globe.
You can read more about Amy Florian here.


9:45 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. –  break

9:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Difficult Situations Require Real Discussions: Race, Minorities, and Supporting Older Adults.

Moderator: Matt Reed
Brant LeeProfessor of Law, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Social Justice Initiatives, The University of Akron School of Law
Kemp Boyd – Executive Director, Love Akron, Coach, Kenmore-Garfield High School

11:10 -11:15 am – break

Breakouts – You will choose one breakout session.
11:15 – 12:30 pm 

Age Friendly Respect and Social Inclusion:  Ageism verses inclusion.  How to keep people socially engaged.  An experience of how this benefits clients/older adults with a focus on resources to pass on to clients.  Accessibility,  Volunteering,  Emerging from Covid, Digital divide, barriers.

Moderator: Karen Hrdlicka – Akron Community Foundation, Director, The Center for Family Philanthropy, Age Friendly Akron Advisory Commission, Employment Pillar

Brandi Chrzanowski – MBA, LSW, Direction Home, Director of Project Management, Quality Improvement & Provider Relations
Barbara White –  Akron-Summit County Public Library, Deputy Director
Wylene Edwards – Member of the City of Akron Mayors Commission for Older Adults,


Age Friendly Transportation and Walkability:  Discussing,   Accessibility:  Social and physical benefits.

Moderator – Dr. Terry Albanese, Community health and gerontology professional: experienced in public service, higher education, health services research, and case management.

Dylan Garritano – City of Akron, Planner, Long Range Planning Division
Valerie Shea – Director of Planning METRO RTA
Curtis Baker – Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)

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