More than sixty members of the Washington, DC Chapter gathered on Monday night at the Washington Home & Community Hospices for a focused and invigorating conversation about innovations in senior living & care.
This was the third “signature” event for Aging2.0 | Washington, DC -- following a November 7 pitch event at 1776, a global incubator and seed fund helping startups and situated just a few blocks from the White House. Participants included local entrepreneurs, long term care and senior service providers, health care, policy and government leaders.
The event began with remarks from CEO and co-founder of one of the Aging2.0 Academy startups, Charles De Vilmorin, who shared the experience and value Linked Senior has found through the Academy with connections to funders and mentors like PointClickCare.
Designed to foster conversation and innovation for care providers in the DC area, the event featured four local leaders across the continuum of care -- from end of life and hospice to active wellness programs and aging in place, who discussed the pain points facing their organizations and opportunities on the horizon:
- Timothy Cox, CEO at The Washington Home and Community Hospices
- Zachary Gray, Administrator at The Residences at Thomas Circle
- Lylie Fisher, Director of Community Engagement at IONA Senior Services | “Baby boomers are starting to see age related medical issues arise, many have lived without significant illness and are unaware of the complexities and costs associated with treatment. Medical navigation tools that can serve as a health and wellness and (medical) clearinghouse for baby boomers would be very beneficial.”
- Gail Kohn, Age Friendly DC Coordinator | “We need data to demonstrate changes. We must engage homebound DC residents in conversations about arts, sports, whatever topics that cause excitement and a desire to talk with others. We must surmount communication gaps resulting from hearing challenges, language differences, mentation barriers, as well as devotion to information delivered only in person or on paper.”
The lightning round brainstorm following the panel was the highlight of the evening -- participants rotated through four brainstorm stations to discuss opportunities for innovation.
Ideas were captured on flip charts in response to questions from each of the senior care leaders, which included:
- How do you want to grow old? Is it like the way your parents have/are?
- What are the challenges and opportunities you might face as you grow old?
- What innovations could help continuing care retirement communities? How can we improve provider efficiency?
- What does “Age Friendly” mean to you?
- How can a full-service long term care facility use its resources to serve the neighborhood?
At the end of the session, prizes were awarded for the best #A2DC tweet.
The chapter is beginning to plan a next event for June. Thank you to Washington Home and Community Hospices and North Highland for sponsoring the event.
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