Conference Highlights Future of Long-Term Aging Care in the United States

Summit to showcase revolutionary products that will forever change the aging experience

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — This November, five of the nation’s biggest aging care providers are collaborating to host an unparalleled assembly of CEOs and other industry leaders committed to transforming thought leadership and innovation in long-term aging care.

Called the Louisville Innovation Summit, the conference will bring together leaders and entrepreneurs from the worlds of healthcare, technology, academia and design to discuss the challenges the current health system faces and the possibilities for improving the future of aging care.

“As the nation undergoes an overhaul of our healthcare system and our senior population continues to grow, the health care industry can’t continue the way it has. It has to innovate,” said Bruce Broussard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Humana, one the Summit’s principal organizers.  “This Summit is an important way we hope to get the dialogue started on how to change outmoded assumptions about aging and inspire people to explore new possibilities.”

The Summit is planned for November 12 and 13 in Louisville, Kentucky, a city that boasts more aging care companies than anywhere else in the United States. The Summit is being organized by Louisville-based Humana Inc., Kindred Healthcare, ResCare Inc., Signature Healthcare LLC and Trilogy Health Services LLC. Other Summit supporters include Greater Louisville Inc., Innovate LTC and the Louisville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The conference will feature keynote discussions from Paul Bennet, chief creative officer at IDEO, who will discuss redesigning the patient experience, and Carlos Dominguez, senior vice president of Cisco Systems, who will discuss how technology is changing how we communicate, collaborate, and work.

While seeking innovation from the C-Suite, the Summit will also include an expo, called the Entrepreneur’s Garage, where researchers and entrepreneurs will showcase products that are turning the aging care industry’s vision of the future into a reality-everything from robotic aids to smart homes.

As an example, Lift Labs is working on technology that cancels out the effects of tremors from Parkinson’s disease. The company’s first device is Liftware, a spoon attachment that addresses a basic but significant problem: getting food to your mouth without spilling it. The company recently raised $1 million to place its product into people’s hands and help them avoid the embarrassment of eating with Parkinson’s.

Summit attendees will also have a chance to experience what it’s like to age with live-action demos that will relay the confusion that patients with Alzheimer’s experience.

The conference will close with a “Shark Tank”-style innovation competition, where 10 emerging companies offering products and services that benefit the over-50 market will compete to win $20,000. The competition is currently accepting applicants, with finalists being announced in mid-October. All finalists will have a chance to showcase their products during the Summit before they make their pitches to a panel of five judges on November 13.

“This conference is bringing together different voices and thought leaders from the worlds of health care, aging care and technology,” said Signature HealthCARE President and CEO Joe Steier. “We’ll be hearing from Silicon Valley technologists, world-renowned designers and even roboticists from some of the leading universities in the country. We think everyone who attends will walk away with new perspectives on both the challenges and opportunities we’re facing as we work together to define the future of aging care.”

Organizers hope to host 500 people for the conference, 50 percent of whom will be CEOs or other high-level executives.

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