Hundreds to Attend Global Conference on New, Innovative Field of Positive Aging

Community members and renowned experts to shape future for older adults

Oct 22, 2010, 15:39 ET from Fielding Graduate University's Institute for Social Innovation from ,4th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- At 78 million strong, today's baby boomers are one of the largest and most dynamic groups in America. As they mature into the second half of life, this population is actively looking for ways to improve their lifestyles. Four hundred renowned global experts and community members will collaborate on the up-and-coming field of positive aging—ensuring older adults improve their quality of life as they age—at the 4th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, "Exploring Positive Aging: Designing Practice and Advancing Knowledge," Dec. 7-10 at the Center for Nonprofit Management in Los Angeles. Celebrities who are examples of positive aging will share their secrets on getting better, not just older. The conference is hosted by Fielding Graduate University's Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) and is open to all who are interested in attending.

"The Institute for Social Innovation is taking the lead in starting the conversation about how aging is perceived, the science of aging, as well as societal attitudes toward older people so that we can find strategies to improve people's quality of life," said Katrina Rogers, director of Fielding's Institute for Social Innovation.

This year's event will feature notable surfer, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the real-life Gidget, as well as Alfred Hitchcock actress and conservationist Tippi Hedren. The keynote address will be given by Marc Freedman, chief executive officer of Civic Ventures, which aims to "help society achieve the greatest return on experience." The New York Times calls him "the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for meaningful and sustaining work later in life." He will discuss how he spearheaded Experience Corps, America's largest nonprofit national service program engaging individuals in later life.

Cost is $250 through Oct. 30 and $300 from Nov. 1 on. For tickets, contact Rogers at (805) 898-2924 or

Sessions will be organized around the themes of creativity, wellness, community and life transitions and will last 60-90 minutes. The conference also will include Active Arts activities designed to facilitate dialogue about creative expression. There will also be two dinner events devoted to networking and a drum circle for everyone. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Fielding Graduate University's Institute for Social Innovation; 4th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging