5 – 6 June 2019
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Supported and inspired by: Atlantic Fellows, Global Brain Health Institute,Health Enterprises Network,Ideas xLab, The City of Louisville Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, Next Avenue,Speed Art Museum, TimeSlips, The Center for Creative Placehealing at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and the Trager Institute at the University of Louisville.
Creative approaches are rewriting the traditions of aging, providing vision, connecting institutions and communities, nurturing wellbeing. This event in The Speed Art Museum in Louisville was a two-day deep dive into contemporary aging that celebrates of the potential of us, the aging population.
Creating A New Old explored:
Living longer is changing the way we live, where we live, and how we care for our aging selves and our beloveds. Older populations stretch from the wealthiest to the most fragile in society. Enabling an aging population to live full lives involves sectors and services as diverse as finance, transport, tech, fashion, housing and healthcare.
The event encouraged attendees to be active and engaged participants.
Day 1: Examined the assets already present in Louisville that crossed commerce, community, civic, culture, research, entrepreneurial and health sectors
Day 2: Explored what changes could happen for the opportunities for older people to live fuller lives to be realised.
Presenters and attendees brought expertise and knowledge from commerce, community, civic, culture, research, entrepreneurial and health sectors to consider how we all might live longer, better.
Across 1.5 days, the program stimulated understanding and innovation, bringing perspective on the richness of existing assets already present in Louisville. Creating a New Old explored how these assets may combine within the framework of a celebratory strategy to deliver on multiple ambitions.
Creating a New Old builds from the experiences of older adults, carers, and families. It uses examples of local inspiration from the civic, commercial, community and research space to explore:
Toegether, participants started to co-create a shared vision using the 5 Dimensions of the Creative Placehealing Framework© developed by the Center for Creative Placehealing at the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
Setting the Scene: What makes contemporary aging unique?
Symposia hosts Dominic Campbell and Theo Edmonds introduced global perspective and local context.
Creative Care: Aging and Innovation
MacArthur Fellow and founder of Timeslips Anne Bastings introduced the ground breaking Kentucky project “I Won’t Grow Up”. Developed across Signature Health’s residential care sites to transform the lives of residents, caregivers, directors of nursing and quality of life directors, staff, family, and community who were invited to share from their experience.
What unique exceptional local innovations are emerging from the cultural area?
Host: Josh Miller, IDEAS xLab
Aging longer is a global phenomenon and aging better a global challenge. However, aging shrinks geography and solutions are always local. This session explored the unique exceptional local innovations emerging from the cultural area.
Opportunity: Local, National, International
Aging at scale is perceived as a challenge while age related sector growth in Louisville indicates opportunity. The panel discussion encouraged attendees to reflect on and map existing opportunities in Louisville. Key questions included:
To There From Here: Mapping the move for healthier longevity.
This interactive session undertook a deep dive on assets, connections, and pathways
Reintroduction and Reflection
Hosts reopened the symposia with learnings from day one, focusing on does cultural wellbeing indicate harmony as the ambition of a society that is aging well?
Opportunity in Aging. “If X then Y? What must be true to move beyond potential?”
Nat Irvin, Futurist
Nat considered how to create the conditions for successfully aging better. His presentation explored:
Opportunity in Aging; Celebration and Strategy – Joining It All Together
Dominic Campbell, Creative Aging Internationa and Next Avenue key influencer on Aging
Why is celebration key to strategy?
Hosts brought the two days to a close with a design charrette exploring with attendees how festival platforms can be used to display, celebrate and collaborate for long lasting benefit of all by exploring: