Meaning, Mind, Mobility & Mortality: Aging Re-Imagined

Aging Re-Imagined Symposium 2.0 Returns to Wake Forest

Aging Re-Imagined Symposium 2.0 returns to Wake Forest. Event addresses aging themes of Meaning, Mind, Mobility and Mortality. Aging Re-Imagined 2.0 is returning May 3-4 for the largest symposium yet, spanning two consecutive days with opportunities for symposium attendees to come and learn alongside artists, clinicians, community members & researchers.

The community symposium will again bring in nationally renowned speakers who will address topics in aging from various perspectives, as well as feature local speakers from here in the Triad, who will give short 10-15 minute “DEAC talks”, with some time for questions. The topics covered will address aging from multiple perspectives along the themes of Meaning, Mind, Mobility and Mortality. There will also be the opportunity for various community institutions to have a table and share information about their resources.

The line-up of guest speakers is impressive:

Ashton Applewhite, a self-described ageism activist and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.

Professor Kelvin J. A. Davies, PhD, DSc, FRSC, FRCP, professor at the University of Southern California and an expert in the field of Gerontology. Professor Davies’ research focuses on the role of oxidative stress in aging.

Charles P. Sabatino, J.D., Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, in Washington, D.C., who will be talking about legal developments that interest older adults.

Dan Gasby, a former executive in the entertainment industry who is now a powerful advocate for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, particularly in the African-American community, which is disproportionally affected by the disease. He will be presenting on his experiences as well as his book, Before I Forget, which has been described as a valentine to his wife, restaurateur, magazine publisher, and celebrity chef, B. Smith.

And exciting performances by intergenerational artists, including spoken word poets Phillip Shabazz, and Donovan Livingston, MA, Ed.M.

This event is open to the whole community and was a sell-out at the Aging Re-Imagined Symposium in March of 2016. It will be held on May 3-4 at Bridger Field House next to Wake Forest University’s football stadium. Free parking is conveniently located and refreshments will be served. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for catering purposes. The website for registration is

Sponsors of the Aging Re-Imagined Symposium are:

Wake Forest University – The Office of the President, The Office of the Provost, The Translational Science Center, The Department of Physics, The Health and Exercise Science Department, The Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, The Humanities Institute/National Endowment for the Humanities, The Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe), The Pro Humanitate Institute, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, the School of Law.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center – The Center for Integrative Medicine, The Center for Redox Biology and Medicine, The Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center, J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging.

Community Sponsor – Salemtowne Retirement Community

For more information about Aging Re-Imagined, contact Stephanie Reitz,, or call 336-758-4256. To register to attend, visit is


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