Thursday, October 11

      Innovative Aging Symposium


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Join us in exploring how new technologies can address the challenges posed by the global aging population, and how inventions that facilitate aging-in-place are translated into industrial or entrepreneurial development.

Panel Discussion:  "Creating & Sustaining the Academic-Clinical-Business Partnerships that Drive Innovation for Aging in Place"

4:00 PM  - 5:30 PM at Menorah Park, 4101 E Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13214

Keynote speaker, Dr. Joe Coughlin, who is internationally known for his work in gerontology, business innovation and public policy, will discuss the role of partnering to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that allow people to live healthier and fuller lives as they age.

Catherine Loper, WRVO Director of News and Public Affairs, will moderate the discussion and help to further explore the topic with Dr. Joe Coughlin and a panel of experts including:
  • Gail G. Carmichel, RN, BSSN, MS, Vice President of Clinical Operations at VNA Homecare
  • Cindy Nigolian, RN, MS, CS-Gerontology, Clinical Administrator of Nurses Improving the Care of Health System Elders (NICHE) Program
  • Tony Joseph, MSW, MPA, LNHA, Vice President for Long-term Care, Samaritan Medical Center
  • Julie Shimer, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, Welch Allyn
  • Kenneth Piazza, Geriatric and Extended Care Manager at the Syracuse VA Medical Center
  • Marybeth McCall, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

A question and answer period will follow the panel discussion.

Technology Showcase and Networking Reception

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Menorah Park, 4101 E Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13214

Mingle with panel members and other symposium participants while viewing technology demonstrations from regional companies, tech start-ups, academic researchers and students.  The exhibits and reception are geared toward facilitating relationships and AgeLab-like partnership initiatives in our community.

Registration Information

The symposium events are free and open to the public.  Registration is required to attend each event: the Panel Discussion; Tech Demonstration and Networking Reception; and the Community Forum (held earlier in the day at City Hall Commons in Syracuse). 

The Tech Showcase Exhibitor Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions: Contact Dr. Kimberly Armani, Director of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 315-399-4100 or

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