Age Positive Conference focuses on helping older adults “Thrive!”

Nearly 175 professionals and volunteers who work with older adults attended the fourth annual Age Positive: Ideas for an Age-Friendly Future conference at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on May 8. Attendees learned innovative ideas to enhance the programming at their organizations.

This year’s theme was “Thrive!” Keynote speaker Dr. Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for extension and engagement at the University of Missouri and chief engagement officer for the University of Missouri System delivered an address entitled, “There’s More to Life.” Workshops spanned topics from “Seniors Who Paint” and “Multi-generational Play” to “Becoming the Leader Others Will Want to Follow” and “Person-Centered Dementia Care.” The closing address, “Are you Thriving or Just Surviving?” was delivered by Dr. Novella Perrin, retired professor from the University of Central Missouri.

For information about the 2020 Age Positive Conference, contact Cathy Boyer-Shesol at