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The Opportunities and Obstacles of Aging: From Policy to Personal - Knowing the Facts
Thursday, April 29, 2021 to Saturday, May 01, 2021
Category: Quarterly Meetings

The Opportunities and Obstacles of Aging: From Policy to Personal -
Knowing the Facts

April 29 – May 1, 2021

Dallas, Texas

During this meeting, The Texas Lyceum will explore the realities of aging from policy issues to personal matters that affect all of us. Over the next 15 years, Texas is expected to add nearly 10 million more people, increasing our state population to 38 million. The population of Texans 65-years-old and older is projected to grow by 78% over that time period, while the overall population will grow by less than half that (33%), making the 65+ demographic one of the fastest growing in the state.

We will discuss the potential policy implications as this demographic grows, such as economic and workforce impacts, housing, and health care and social service needs. We will also cover the very real personal concerns of aging including living considerations, health care and financial wellbeing, and challenges for caregivers. We will provide thoughtful and pragmatic insight into a question that is on the mind of many: How can Texans age with dignity and peace of mind and enjoy a well-lived life?

Texas’ Aging Population: A Look at the Data

Hotel Information: 
Fairmont Dallas
(214) 720-2020
1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201
Room Rates: $139 Single/Double 
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Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 29 

6:00 - 7:30 pm: Welcome Reception at Bonton Farms
6915 Bexar St, Dallas, TX 75215 

Friday, April 30

8:00 am: Welcome 

8:05 am: The Aging Population: A Look at the Data
The Texas Lyceum’s data partner, Texas 2036, will present background on the aging population in Texas and what it means for the future of our state.

Holly Heard, Director of Data and Analytics, Texas 2036

8:20 am: Serving Aging Texans
What is Texas doing to serve our aging population? What are the main issues and challenges we are seeing at the state and local level? What does the growing aging population mean for how we serve older Texans?
Holly Riley, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Stacey Malcolmson, The Senior Source and moderator Catherine Cuellar, Texas Lyceum Class of 2015

9:10 am: The Longevity Economy
Dr. Coughlin is a national expert on aging issues and will share his insights from his research into what older people actually want–not what conventional wisdom suggests they need. He’ll discuss aging as an opportunity, not an obstacle.
Dr. Joseph Coughlin, Director of the MIT Age Lab and moderator Holly Kuzmich, Texas Lyceum Class of 2016

9:45 am: Aging and Financial Security
Too many Americans are not prepared for their needs as they age. This session will explore these challenges--from financial planning, to long-term care, to wills and estate planning--and what we can do to be better prepared.
The Honorable Brenda Hull Thompson, Dallas County Probate Judge, Amy Arp, Medicaid Filing Connection, David Taylor, Wells Fargo Advisors and moderator Natalie Lynch, Texas Lyceum Class of 2019

10:35 am: Break 

10:50 am: Texas Lyceum Fellow Presentation: The Senior Healthcare Divide in Texas
Sallie Sherman, Master of International Affairs Candidate, Bush School of Government and Public Service '21 and moderator Terry Bruner, Texas Lyceum 2019

11:15 am: Aging and Health

Health is a driving factor for both policy issues and personal well-being for the aging population. We’ll explore the main health issues as we age and how we can best prepare for a growing aging population.
Dr. Raja Paspula, Dr. Todd Frazier, Dr. Teresa Baker, M.D. and Moderator Fayruz Benyousef, Texas Lyceum Class of 2016

12:05 pm: Lunch 

12:35 pm: Luncheon Panel: Where Will I Live As I Age?
What options do we have as we age on where to live? How can we stay connected to our communities? And what lessons have emerged from COVID-19?
Marissa Castro Mikoy, President and CEO, Jubilee Park and Community Center, Patricia Will, Belmont Village Senior Living and moderator David Kim, Texas Lyceum Class of 2019

1:25 pm: Closing

2:00 pm: Workshops

  • How to Age Well with The Cooper Clinic (offsite event) 
  • Financial Planning: Fidelity
  • Having Difficult Conversations with Loved Ones and Advance Care Planning
  • Caregiving 

6:30 pm: Fireside Chat
The Venue at 400 North Ervay
400 N Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75201
One of the nation’s preeminent cognitive neuroscientists furthering our understanding of what makes the brain stronger, faster, longer, Dr. Chapman is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan. We’ll talk with her about how to keep our brain healthy as we age.
Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas

Saturday, May 1

10:00 am: Board Meeting 

1:00 pm- Casual Get Together at The Rustic - 3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204