26th WRAAA Annual Luncheon & Conference


Thursday, April 20, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn – Independence
6001 Rockside Road / Independence, 44131

The WRAAA Annual Luncheon & Conference unites and brings recognition to the various providers and stakeholders who contribute to the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging’s community based services and supports system. The theme for 2017 is "Aging Well...Mind, Body, & Spirit." More than 400 professionals, including WRAAA staff, providers, advocates, and volunteers representing organizations in the aging and disability networks, will be present.  At the event, you will network with experts and key contacts in the aging and disability fields; explore new resources, innovative products, and services from local providers; and honor the 2017 Independent Living Award recipients.

  • Resource fair and networking opportunities
  • General morning & afternoon keynote session
  • Afternoon breakout sessions, CEUs available
  • Morning refreshments and sit-down lunch
  • WRAAA Board of Trustees and Five County Council members will be present
  • 2017 Independent Living Awards: This prestigious award allows the WRAAA to identify individuals and organizations who are dedicated to creating communities that foster independent living.

Morning Presentation:

What’s Going On in D.C.? A Legislative Update on Senior Issues from Both Sides of the Aisle, Michael J. "Mike" Beer, Partner, Alignment Government Strategies

Mike Beer has been involved in public policy and politics for more than twenty years. His career has included work in state (Ohio) and federal government, including more than six years working for a senior Member of the U.S. House Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Afternoon Keynote Presentation:

Aging Well for Your Body, Mind & Spirit, Regina Brett, New York Times bestselling author

Regina Brett is a New York Times bestselling author. Her inspirational columns appear regularly in The Plain Dealer, where she was a finalist in 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. Regina is known for her candid talks about everyday life with a twist of humor and has been a featured guest on the NBC Today Show.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

The goals of healthy aging are to maintain physical and mental health, avoid illness, and remain active and independent. According to the Administration on Aging, most older adults have at least one chronic condition and many have multiple conditions. In 2012-2014, the most frequently occurring conditions among older adults were: arthritis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. For most people, maintaining general good health requires more effort as they age. Developing certain healthy habits such as following a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and staying mentally active, can help.

Session I (choose 1):

  • Creating Memory Fitness Programs for Older Adults
  • Going Beyond the Scale (not approved for CEUs)
  • Spirituality and Aging

Session II (choose 1):

  • Effective Stress Reduction Strategies: The Impact of Stress as We Age
  • Benefits of Tai Chi (not approved for CEUs)
  • Spiritual Connection through Journaling

$75/person; group pricing available.

Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities

Speaker Biographies

Breakout Sessions

View Past Independent Living Award Recipients

Host Hotel Information

Prior Annual Conference Presentations

Gold Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsor:


Bronze Sponsors:

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Katz Advocacy Award Sponsor:

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 Corporate Sponsors:

CommuniCare Family of Companies


Snack Sponsors:



Independence Village

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