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Disrupting Aging

Dr. Harry “Rick” Moody – Our keynote speaker on Friday evening, March 6, 2020, will address “Creativity Over the Lifespan/Positive Aging”.  Dr. Moody, a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities, retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs with AARP and is currently Visiting Faculty at Fielding Graduate University and Tohoku University in Japan.  He previously served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar).  He is author of many scholarly articles and books including co-author of Aging: Concepts and Controversies, a gerontology textbook now in its 9th edition.  His book, The Five Stages of the Soul, was published by Doubleday and has been translated into seven languages worldwide.  He is the editor of "Human Values in Aging" with 10,000 subscribers monthly.  In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society on Aging and in 2008 he was named by Utne Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”


Mrs. Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia State Executive Director, is our keynote speaker on Saturday, March 7, and her topic will be “Disrupt Aging:  Living Your Best Life at Every Age”.  The book “Disrupt Aging” by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, lays out a framework for living your best life and inspires us with recent examples of age disruption in the U.S. and around the world.  You will discover that it is not about aging, or adding years to the end of our lives—it’s about living and creating a bold new path to living your best life.  As AARP’s Georgia State Director, Mrs. Tyler-Horton is committed to building community in Georgia with strong partnerships. Upon her appointment as AARP’s State Director, she spearheaded a volunteer-centered community engagement effort for AARP’s presence statewide.


In addition to our keynote speaker on Saturday, fifteen (15) workshops will be presented featuring three presentation pathways:  Staying Healthy and Active (Healthy Positive Aging); Maintaining a Quality of Life/Aging in Place; and Low Impact Participatory Exercises.  

The Pathways are:

  • Pathway 1:  Staying Healthy and Active (Healthy Positive Aging)

    • Embrace Continuous Learning/Where Did You Get Those Ideas?
    • Changing the Lives of Senior Adults with Music 
    • Intentional Living-Working to Age Well
    • Joy on the Journey
    • Successful Aging and Conscious Aging
  • Pathway 2:  Maintaining A Quality of Life/Aging in Place

    • Dementia Friends Information Session/Georgia Division of Aging Services
    • Dementia Champions/Georgia Division of Aging Services
    • Green House Concept/The Green House Project
    • Best Life Dementia Care Program/The Green House Project
    • Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation/Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Pathway 3:  Low Impact/Participatory Exercises

    • Yoga
    • Tai Chi
    • Tango
    • SilverSneakers
    • Drum Circle


  • Exhibitors from the following organizations will be available throughout the day:
    • Assistive Technology Devices and Aging Mastery Program (AMP)/Legacy Link, Area Agency on Aging
    • Advanced Directive/Plan in a Can/NGHS
    • AARP Local Chapters
    • National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Local Chapters
    • Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute (BULLI)
    • ITN Lanier Senior Transportation