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Living Longer, Living Better: Changing the Culture of Aging

August 15 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

OLLI at BCC presents:
Living Longer, Living Better: Changing the Culture of Aging
A University Day open to all
Thursday, August 15th | 9:30am-3:30pm
Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street, Pittsfield, Mass.

featuring keynote speaker Ashton Applewhite
anti-ageism advocate & author of
This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, presents a day of learning with national and local trendsetters who are changing the culture of aging to improve the lives of all. Cosponsored by Age Friendly Berkshires and Community Networks for Aging in Place.

University Day registration is $40 for OLLI members, and $55 for non-members, and includes lunch and morning refreshments. Early registration is strongly encouraged as seats are limited. Register online, by calling 413.236.2190, or click here to access a printable order form that can be mailed in.


9am-9:30am: Registration, refreshments, viewing of Creative Elders portraits

9:30am-10:30am: Keynote Speaker Ashton Applewhite with Q & A

10:45am-11:45am: Morning Concurrent Sessions

Civic Engagement – Sandra Harris, State President AARP Massachusetts
Peg McDonough, Age Friendly Berkshires coalition coordinator
State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Joint Committee on Elder Affairs vice-chair
Michael Wilcox, former moderator of Alford, MA
Moderator – State Senator Adam Hinds

Aging in Place – Ishita Srivastava, Director of Cultural Change for Caring Across Generations
Bobbie Orsi, Home Instead
Howard Shapiro, co-founder of Villages of the Berkshires
Joanne Rogovin, community leader
Moderator – Paula Almgren, President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

12pm-1pm: Lunch with roundtable discussions with speakers & panelists

1:15pm-2:15pm: Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Health Care – Dr. Maura Brennan, Head of Geriatric and Palliative Care at Bay State Health
Mark Pettus MD, Berkshire Health Systems
Fran Weinberg and Mary Jane Incorvia Mattina, Supergenerian co-founders
Leah Reed, Mass Dementia Friendly Ambassador to Minority Communities
Moderator – Ben Liptzin, MD, retired head of psychiatry at Bay State and founding director of geriatrics at Harvard Medical School

Social Engagement – Steven Thaxton, Executive Director, National Resource Center for Osher Institutes
Erica Girgenti, Director, Adams Council on Aging
Sam Bittman, Third Act Project
Carole Siegel, community leader
Moderator – Will Singleton, OLLI board member who led the reactivation of the Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP

2:30pm-3:30pm: VOICES spoken word ensemble performance

In addition, “Living Longer, Living Better: Changing the Culture of Aging” will be live streamed in Boston at WBUR’s CitySpace and at Cape Cod Community College. Thank you to both locations and Community Networks for Aging in Place for making these live broadcasts possible!


August 15
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Berkshire Community College
1350 West St
Pittsfield, MA 01201 US
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