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Senior Living and Higher Education Leaders Gather to Tackle Workforce Issues at Vision Centre Symposium

Indianapolis, Ind. – (June 1, 2024) – The 6th Annual Vision Centre Symposium will take place June 24 and 25 at Indiana University Indianapolis (IU Indianapolis). The annual event brings together academic leaders and professionals from the aging services field to enhance and expand senior living leadership programs nationwide.

The caliber of leadership represented at this annual conference is a testimony to the importance of tackling these leadership workforce issues together. National associations such as LeadingAge, Argentum, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), and a number of other entities and business partners will send representatives. Top executives from senior living communities such as Front Porch, The Kendal Corporation, HumanGood, Marquis Companies, BHI and American Senior Communities will attend, as well as universities including Washington State University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of North Carolina, and the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, along with others from across the country.

“The symposium serves as a great opportunity to grow necessary relationships between universities, providers and partners in the senior living and services leadership field,” said Dr. Doug Olson, President and CEO of Vision Centre. “By bringing together academic leaders and professionals from the aging services field, we aim to elevate connections and drive progress toward a common goal of shaping the future leaders of the industry.”

Attendees can expect engaging presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops from leaders in senior living and higher education. Additionally, audience members will learn from early career professionals and students in the field. Through meaningful discussions and networking opportunities, participants will gain valuable insights and strategies to enhance their programs and contribute to making a positive difference for the future of aging services.

“The 2024 Vision Centre Symposium is all about opportunities. Universities need students, students need jobs, senior living and aging services organizations need emerging leaders, and our seniors deserve the best talent to lead organizations,” shares Robert G. Kramer, Founder of Nexus Insights & Co-Founder/Strategic Adviser at NIC.  “We invite all those who are passionate about impacting the senior living and aging services workforce to attend and develop key relationships that will drive business growth strategies for the future.”

Vision Centre emerged in response to the pressing need for solutions to the workforce crisis in the aging services field. According to Argentum, a leading association in the aging services industry, the senior population is increasing by 10,000 per day and the industry will need to fill more than 20.2 million occupational openings by 2040 to meet the demand.

Recognizing the critical role of strong leaders to address this challenge, Vision Centre was founded with a critical mission: to shape and expand senior living leadership programs at universities across the country. By bridging academia and senior living, Vision Centre provides a platform for collaboration and awareness, empowering young professionals and students to drive positive change for the future of senior living. The secondary mission is to expand the number of paid field experiences, both to attract and equip the graduating students for the workforce.

Backed by a group of endorsing organizations that are committed to advancing the field and guided by a valued advisory council comprised of leaders in academia and aging services, Vision Centre stands as a model for hope and progress in the task of creating a brighter future for older adults.

To learn more about the 2024 Symposium and Vision Centre: Leadership Development for Aging Services, visit https://www.visioncentre.org/vision-centre-symposium/.

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About Vision Centre: Leadership Development for Aging Services

Vision Centre: Leadership Development for Aging Services is focused on creating impactful pathways for smarter, more successful senior care and senior living administration. The endeavor of the organizers is a proactive one – acting upon a strategic plan that empowers universities, senior care and aging service providers, support associations, and key business partners to work collectively toward a common and crucial set of goals. Vision Centre is sponsored by an elite group of associations, providers, and organizations with a shared vision.