October 26, 2023
-Rajean Moone, Ph.D., Robbin Frazier
-Raymond A. Jetson
-Dr. Imani Woody-Macko
-Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
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2023 Fall Aging Conference Details
October 26, 2023
7:30 am - 4:15 pm Conference
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Networking Happy Hour
Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
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This conference has been approved for 6.0 continuing education units for Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators and LALD's.
7:30 - 8:00 AM
Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits
8:00 - 8:15 AM
8:15 - 9:45 AM
Moving from Ageism to Age-Friendly: Reframing Aging and Understanding Intersectionality Rajean Moone, Ph.D., Robbin Frazier Session Description: Ageism is a pervasive form of bigotry and can find its way into everyday practices without our conscious awareness. Mitigating and eliminating ageism can begin by utilizing age-friendly principles and practices you can easily implement. The session will trace the history of ageism and its impacts on health, explore intersectionality between aging and other identities, and provide ways to reframe aging and move towards an age-friendly ecosystem.
9:45 - 10:15 AM
Break and Exhibits
10:15 - 11:45 AM
Aging While Black: The Critical Intersection! Raymond A. Jetson. Session Description: In this interactive session, participants will engage in a collective discourse exploring the intersection of aging and race, and its implications for practice and wellbeing.
11:45 - 12:45 PM
Lunch and Exhibits
12:45PM - 2:15PM
Aging & LGBTQ+ Ain’t for Sissies: Discrimination and Resilience Dr. Imani Woody-Macko Session Description: People are complex human beings, living lives that include the intersections of race, class, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and so much more. As human beings our lives are also shaped by the institutions in which we develop and grow; we learn to define ourselves within our families, our
schools, and our religious traditions. As we age as elders, LGBTQ+SGL (same gender loving) elders in particular, we begin to understand the complexities of having more than one intersectionality (and we all have more than 2!) and the communities that we create and the resilience that is fostered.
2:15 PM to 2:45 PM
Break and Exhibits
2:45 PM to 4:15 PM
Aging, Mental Health, and Wisdom: Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. Session Description: The presentation will have 3 sections, each of which will be about 20 minutes long and will be followed by 5 minutes of Q&A, with 15 minutes of general discussion at the end. The 3 sections will focus on: (1) Mental health and mental illnesses in later life; (2) Positive Psychiatry – resilience, social connections, and healthy lifestyle; and (3) Wisdom – definition, measurement, relationship with aging, how to be wiser.
4:15 PM to 4:30 PM
Closing Announcements and Remarks
2023 Speaker Bios
Rajean Moone, Ph.D.; Robbin Frazier
Rajean Moone, Ph.D., Associate Director of Education; Faculty Director and Professor, Long-Term Care Administration, University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies and School of Public Health Dr. Moone’s professional career is dedicated to eliminating ageism and working on age-friendly initiatives that support the inclusion of older adults in society. In the past he worked with the state unit on aging and area agencies on aging. He aided in the founding of Training to Serve, the Minnesota Diverse Elders Coalition, and Finish Strong Funders Network for Aging Services. Academically, Rajean holds a BA in Psychology, a MS degree in Gerontology, a PhD in Social Work, and a MN nursing home administrator’s license and assisted living director license. Rajean joined academia full-time in 2018 in a position spread across the University of Minnesota campus with roles in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation, and MN Northstar GWEP. Rajean was appointed to the Faculty Senate and Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota. He serves on the board of the MN Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians and FamilyMeans. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a lifetime member of the Minnesota Gerontological Society, Hartford Fellow, McNair Scholar and a Health and Aging Policy Fellow.
Robbin Frazier, Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health Robbin Frazier is the Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement; Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation – School of Public Health; Division of Health Policy and Management – University of Minnesota. She is known as a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader with expertise in aging services, health equity, community engagement, and Alzheimer’s. Robbin leads the planning and execution of community-oriented activities, partnerships, and engagement at CHAI. Her role is to proactively cultivate, grow and manage CHAI’s network of partner community agencies and organizations, and placing a special emphasis on increasing collaboration with black, indigenous, and communities of color as well as sexual and gender minorities (SGM).
Raymond A. Jetson, Catalyst – Innovator – Elder
Raymond A. Jetson is an AARP Purpose Prize winner and Next Avenue Influencer in Aging. He is one half of the intergenerational co-leadership team at MetroMorphosis, an innovative social enterprise based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Raymond has served as the catalytic force that has powered the evolution of Aging While Black, a multifaceted platform that elevates the voices and experiences of Black elders by amplifying their stories, perspectives and realities. The movement is intended to generate collective learning and action around the systemic inequities faced by aging Black people and co-create policy and people-driven responses. He has a rich history of public service and impacting people. Jetson was the deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the state’s largest agency. Raymond served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for more than 15 years. And for 23 years he served as the pastor of the Star Hill Church. Jetson was a Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, Encore Public Voices and Forward Promise fellowships. Raymond has continually emerged as a leading voice on community change strategies rooted in equity, social innovation, and authentic community engagement. Jetson has served as a source for USA TODAY, The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. He is a member of the Board of Directors for CoGenerate, a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and is addicted to golf.
Dr. Imani Woody-Macko
Dr. Woody-Macko is an internationally and nationally recognized thought leader and an advocate of women, people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people for more than 25 years. She has spoken out nationally and internationally about the circumstances of elder LGBTQ+/SGL individuals and the specific jeopardies that LGBTQ+/SGL elders of color face as they age. Dr. Woody-Macko brought these perspectives and decades of community praxis to the first White House Summit on LGBT elder housing development as a panelist in its National LGBT Elder Housing Symposiums. In 2021, Dr. Woody-Macko was invited to the White House by Vice President Harris to join a small, intimate group to discuss issues that impact LGBTQ/SGL elders. She was invited by the Biden Administration to meet with its highest-ranking lesbians to discuss matters impacting lesbians and women loving women. Most recently, Dr. Woody-Macko presented on LGBTQ+ SGL elder issues for HUD staffers and was invited to the White House to witness the Presidential signing of the Respect for Marriage Act.
Dr. Woody-Macko retired from AARP to become a pioneer in the building of alternative housing and creating welcoming environments. She is the founder and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, (MHFOA) with the vision and commitment to serve LGBTQ+/SGL elders, experiencing housing insecurity and social isolation. Dr. Woody-Macko has secured funding required to begin construction of a 15-room communal residence in WDC and the only one in the country as well as creating The Villages of Mary’s House, a virtual Village community concept. A recipient of many honors and awards, Dr. Woody-Macko was a 2020 Encore Fellow and was one of five winners of the coveted 2023 AARP Purpose Prize.
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is Director of the Global Research Network on Social Determinants of Mental Health and President-Elect of the World Federation for Psychotherapy. He is Former Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at University of California San Diego. He obtained his medical education in India. In the US, he completed psychiatry residency at Cornell, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UC San Diego where he worked for 36 years. Dr. Jeste has been Principal Investigator on a number of research and training grants, mostly from the NIH and VA. His main areas of research include schizophrenia, neuropsychiatric interventions, and healthy aging. He has published 14 books, including “Wiser”, “Positive Psychiatry”, and “Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging”, over 750 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and 160+ invited book chapters. He is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He was listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and in the Institute of Scientific Information list of the "world's most cited authors.” He has received many awards, and He has been a TEDMED speaker. His work has been cited in Time, The Atlantic, New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major media outlets.