SoFIA to Host Aging in South Florida Symposium Presented by AARP

The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) will host the Aging in South Florida Symposium presented by AARP on Friday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Huizenga College of Business at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie. The event, which is sponsored by AARP will take a closer look at the challenges for our aging population while presenting helpful resources and solutions to help people thrive as they age.

“Florida is now one of four states to earn AARP’s age-friendly designation, which makes it imperative that we live up to that standard and address the many social and economic concerns older adults in our communities face,” said Peter Kaldes, President and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging. “There are many people that can benefit from this symposium from business and governmental leaders to caregivers, educators and anyone who is concerned about an aging friend, relative or their own future.”

The symposium will cover a broad spectrum of hot-topic aging issues focused around four pillars: aging with purpose, caregiving, the economics of aging and LGBT senior advocacy.

Each pillar will include a variety of panel topics for attendees to choose from based on individual interests. Sessions will address areas of concern such as creating job opportunities for older workers, reframing how we talk about aging, medical marijuana education for caregivers, the needs of male family caregivers, community resources for caregivers and dementia caregivers, home sharing benefits, financial security, becoming an LGBT-friendly community and more.

Speakers from leading companies such as AARP, MorseLife Health System, VeHadarta, Voyage, SAGE, Silvernest, Older Adults Technology Services and the Jewish Federation of Broward will join the conversation and lead the breakout sessions throughout the morning and afternoon where participants can ask questions and collaborate on important topics. The symposium will include breakfast and a luncheon, sponsored by Humana, where an important announcement – one year after the launch of the landmark Silver Tsunami Report – will be made by the Community Foundation of Broward, Jewish Federation of Broward, and United Way of Broward County.

In addition to AARP event sponsors include, Humana, Florida Community Loan Fund, Our Fund, Holy Cross and Responsive Home Care.

Tickets are $40 and caregivers will be admitted free with registration. For tickets, vendor and sponsorship opportunities contact  Attendees may register on line at

SoFIA’s mission is to improve economic and social insights and services to empower people as they age. Visit for more information.

About SoFIA

A non-profit think and act tank, the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) creates planning and development strategies to deliver socio-economic support programs for South Florida seniors that can also serve as a model for other communities with aging populations. For more than 50 years, SoFIA has provided innovative services tailored to meet seniors’ caregiving and respite, civic engagement and economic security needs. In 2018, SoFIA’s 500 experienced senior volunteers provided over a quarter of a million hours to serve nearly 2,000 residents including: veterans who received the mentoring of fellow veterans; seniors, disabled adults and caregivers who were enabled to live independently through caregiving and companionship programs; children in underserved communities that saw a 90 percent improvement in literacy skills through the Foster Grandparent program; and other non-profits that benefitted from experienced consultants. Visit for more information.