More than 400 people attended the conference to hear from speakers and to meet vendors who shared information about services available to older adults and their caregivers. The annual conference aims to help people age well.
Kathleen Passanisi opened the conference with a discussion about choosing to find happiness in life. Although genetics and situations influence about 60 percent of a person’s emotional well being, the rest is up to choice, she said. “I’m responsible for my happiness,” she said. “What choices am I making that allow me to live happily in sync with my values?”
James Brooks, an adviser for the AARP Office of Volunteerism and Service, later delivered a keynote address about the link between spirituality and healthy aging.