Recap: 2015 Wisconsin Healthy Aging Summit

Thanks to all who attended the 2015 Wisconsin Healthy Aging Summit!  Over 250 Summiteers made the trek to Stevens Point (August 6-7), taking in thought-provoking speakers, interesting workshops, engaging exhibitors and lots more.

WIHA's Wisconsin Healthy Aging Summit is an annual event that brings academic researchers, program leaders and volunteers, community partners from aging and health care systems, and others together to learn, network, and collaborate to spread evidence-based health promotion programs. It's loads of fun too!


Who says healthy aging can't be fun?  Thanks to all who stopped by the WIHA photo booth and got a little silly with us! 



Special thanks to all our incredible volunteers - those pictured here who attended the Summit and those who were unable to make it this year.  We treasure all your contributions to healthy aging!

Summit Presentations and Handouts:

Missed the Summit or just want to look back on something you heard or learned?  Download Summit speakers' presentations here:


Plenary Presentations

Lessons from the Blue Zones by Luann Alameo

Hearing Loss & Healthy Aging by Juliette Sterkens

Addressing Nutritional Risks of Older Adults by Dr. Randall Gretebeck, PhD

How Health Literacy Affects What You Do Every Day by Steven W. Sparks, MS

Key Issues in Geriatric Mental Health by Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD

Creating a Healthy, Safe and Just Community for All by Focusing on the Root Causes of Inequitable Outcomes by Jordan Bingham, MS

Aging, Health & Longevity in the 21st Century by S. Jay Olshansky, PhD

Olshansky Link to video clip

Summit Workshop Materials & Handouts

A1. Using Community Coalitions to Achieve Changes in Fall Prevention:

A1. Comstock Falls Presentation

A1. Klotz Falls Presentation

A1. Turpin Fall Presentation

A2. MIPPA_brochure_V2_April_2015

A2. Medicare’s Preventive Services: An Important Part of Healthy Aging:

A2. Healthy Aging Workshop presentation

A2. MIPPA_elgibility_insert2015

A2. MIPPAbrochure-HPinsert

A2. Preventive-Services2015

A3. Diabetes: Addressing Community-Level Need for Prevention and Control:

A3. Diabetes-Addressing Community Need Presentation


A3. DPP Flyer

A3. NDPP Case for Support

A4. Make ‘Em Care: Tips for Telling Your Story

A5. Can Technology Help Caregivers of Older Adults Anticipate Needs:

A5. Can Technology Help Caregivers Presentation

A5. WIHA_eCARE_workshop_Aug_6_2015

A6. Yoga & Falls Prevention in the Rural, Aging Population — A Study in Progress

A6. Handouts for Healthy Aging Summit

B1. Collaborations to Implement Fall Prevention Interventions in Clinical and Community Settings

B1. Falls Reduction Presentation

B2. Choose the Right Data to Further Your Goals

B2. Choose the Right Data Presentation

B2. WI Diabetes Data

B3. Update: Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS)

B4. Establishing an Effective Referral System for Evidence-Based Prevention Programs:

B4. Establishing an Effective Referral System Presenatation

B4. COAW - referral flowchart

B4. Cost-Outcomes-Savings EBPP

B5. Implementing and Sustaining New Programs:

B5. Start with an Idea Presentation

B5. Sustainability Toolkit - Selected Sections

B6. Building Dementia-Friendly Communities: A Priority for Everyone:

B6. Dementia Friendly Communities Presentation

C1. Livable Communities: How Our Neighborhoods Contribute to Personal Independence and Empowerment:

C2. Simple Assistive Technology for Big Independence:

C2. Simple Assistive Technology for Big Independence

C3. Collaborating with Public Health for Success:

C3. Collaborating with Public Health for Success Presentation

C4. Compassionate Presence: The Power of Mindfulness Based Care For You, For Them:

C4. Compassionate Presence Presentation

C4. Med Dem Literature Reivew

C5. Healthy Aging Below the Belt: Mind Over Matter — Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder:

C5. Healthy Aging Below the Belt Presentation

C6. Modifiable Risk Factors for Dementia: Living Well & Maintaining Health in Older Age:


Take a look at the 2015 Wisconsin Healthy Aging Summit program here.

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