FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The second annual Caregiver Symposium hosted by The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) and the Caregiver Coalition of South Florida will be offered on Friday, June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship DeSantis Building at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. The event is presented by Nova Southeastern University and Sunshine Health. Free admission to caregivers is sponsored by FPL and Humana is the luncheon sponsor.
Moderated by CBS WFOR reporter and anchor Rick Folbaum, the symposium will focus on improving the quality of life for caregivers and offer educational lectures, networking opportunities and breakout sessions covering technology, caregiving and policy issues. Award-winning journalist and author Chris Farrell will kick off the day with a fireside chat about the economics of caregiving. Farrell’s most recent book is titled Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life.
“SoFIA’s mission is to create a community where everyone thrives as they age and caregiving impacts quality of life for all us, no matter how old we are,” said Peter Kaldes, president and CEO of SoFIA. “In 2017 we brought together business and community leaders to identify the top issues facing caregivers and have since formulated a vision, mission and plan to solve issues that impact the lives of South Florida’s caregivers. We are excited to share our progress and build upon it during the symposium.”
A highlight of the symposium will be the release of findings of Dignity in Aging: A Comprehensive Broward County Older Adult Analysis, a study undertaken by the Community Foundation of Broward, United Way of Broward County and the Jewish Federation of Broward County that examines the critical needs of Broward’s older residents.
SoFIA is a “Think & Act Tank” that tackles social and economic issues and launches research, develops policy, and recommends programming to support South Florida’s aging community. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections, by 2035, they project that older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. SoFIA has garnered tremendous community support and two inaugural projects have been announced with support from Citrix, The Jim Moran Foundation, Broward County VA Outpatient Clinic and Nova Southeastern University.