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Momentum Discussions

All Momentum Discussions are held on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Thursday, November 3

A Global Vision for 2050: The National Academy of Medicine’s Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity

The National Academy of Medicine’s Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity proposes an achievable global vision of healthy longevity in 2050, “When years of good health approach the biological life span, with physical, cognitive, and social functioning that enables well-being.”  Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine, will provide specially prepared remarks by video. Dr. Linda Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, will discuss the possibilities of a world focused on the health of older adults as an asset for nations and societies in 2050. Healthy longevity enables a vibrant and healthy later life, with opportunities for meaningful roles and responsibilities. Dr. John Beard, Director of the Global Centre for Modern Aging, will talk about how the U.S and countries around the world need to build institutions to create well-being across the full and extended life course. Finally, Dr. Erwin J. Tan, Director of AARP Global Thought Leadership will moderate the session and yield questions from the audience.   


Dr. Erwin J. Tan
AARP Global Thought Leadership


Dr. Victor Dzau
National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Linda Fried
Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. John Beard
Director of the Global Centre
Modern Aging

Supported by AARP.

A Framework to Increase Preparedness and Confidence in Discussing Brain Health with Older Adults:  Insights into the GSA KAER Toolkit

As we age, our concerns about our brain health become more profound. Unfortunately, despite the ongoing relationships primary care providers have with their patients that position them well to detect cognitive changes, a variety of issues leave them underprepared to address these concerns and provide appropriate interventions. Yet, research documents that care teams who detect the earliest manifestations of mild cognitive impairment or decline can prioritize managing interconnected diseases.  They can also connect patients to interventions that slow progression, address psychosocial needs, support continuous education of patients and their families through guidance to resources, and referral to clinical trials.  

This discussion will provide an overview of the GSA four-step KAER—Kickstart, Assess, Evaluate, Refer Framework and Toolkit intended to improve health‐related outcomes and well‐being for people living with dementia and their families. Panelists will provide insight into some resources that were added to the kit in 2022 and their experiences with stimulating healthy brain behaviors. There will also be a discussion on the role of geriatric emergency departments (EDs) in caring for individuals with cognitive impairment and their caregivers and how EDs and PCPs can better coordinate care. Finally, the panelists will engage in a discussion on the challenges and opportunities with addressing brain health and how the KAER Framework and Toolkit helps care teams feel better prepared and more confident in providing care for older adults.


James C. Appleby, BSPharm, MPH, ScD (Hon)
Chief Executive Officer
The Gerontological Society of America


Kevin Biese, MD
Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine
Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs
Director of the Division of Geriatrics Emergency Medicine
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Board of the UNC Health Care Senior Alliance

Kelly O’Brien
Executive Director, Brain Health Partnership

Sarah Lenz Lock
Senior Vice President for Policy and Brain Health
Policy, Research, and International Affairs (PRI)
Executive Director
Global Council on Brain Health

Supported by Genentech, Lilly, and Otsuka.

Friday, November 4

The Oral Health Imperative: Intensifying Research, Expanding Interprofessional Care and Increasing Access and Value

This session will provide insights into the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research Report, Oral Health in America:  Advances and Challenges, published in 2020.  The panel will also hear the latest research on value-based oral health care and highlight its opportunities and controversies.  Hear about the latest discussion and advances concerning Medicare coverage for medically necessary oral care.  And learn about the spring 2023 program of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research which includes special programming on Oral Health and Aging, and how GSA members may be involved.


Stephen K. Shuman, DDS, MS, FGSA
Professor & Director,
Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, Director, Division of Hospital & Special Care Dentistry
School of Dentistry | University of Minnesota
Interprofessional Geriatrics Coordinating Council
MN Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program


Christopher H. Fox, DMD, DMSc
Chief Executive Officer
International Association for Dental Research | American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research

Elisa M. Ghezzi, MD, PhD, FGSA
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Michèle J. Saunders, DMD, MS, MPH, FGSA
Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Texas Health Science Center

Eric Wahlstrom
Senior Project Director
Discern Health

Supported by Haleon.

The Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative: Bringing Innovation in Early Detection of Cognitive Impairment to Life

The Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative for Healthcare System Preparedness, launched in 2021, has been created to fund healthcare system operational change to better care for our aging populations. Using Implementation Science to evaluate pilot programs focused on seeding health system transformation, its clear actions and goals are aimed at sustainable solutions. This session will provide insight from some of the first funded sites who studied the real-world implications of early detection of cognitive symptoms. Presenters will share with attendees how they may become involved in the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.


Tim MacLeod, PhD
Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative – System Preparedness Program


Alice Bonner, PhD
Senior Advisor for Aging
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Valeria Baldivieso Hurtado, MD

Nathan Hart, MS, MBA, PA-C
APP Director of Hospital Medicine, Medical Care at Home, Functional Medicine, & Wellness
Cleveland Clinic Community Care

Diane Ty
Director, Center for the Future of Aging
Director, Alliance to Improve Dementia Care
Milken Institute

Deanna Willis, MD
Family Practice
Professor of Primary Care and Population Health Research
Indiana University

Supported by the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative.

Translating Evidence into Practice: The Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

This discussion will identify approaches to bridging public health practice and research related to brain health, dementia, and caregiving.   Attendees will learn about the history and future of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map, including ways it is guiding public health action.  The program will identify public health actions currently being implemented by state and local public health agencies and explore opportunities for future public health research, utilization, and evaluation.  Attendees will come away from this session with an understanding of the Healthy Brain Initiative: State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018 – 2023 Road Map. Information will be shared on the current development process of the next iteration of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map.


Lisa C. McGuire, PhD, FGSA
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Shelby Roberts, MPH
Alzheimer’s Association


Allison Gibson, MSW, PhD
University of Kentucky's College of Social Work
David Marquez, PhD
University of Illinois Chicago

Jamie Teuteberg, MS
Life Stages Manager
Washington State Health Care Authority

Elizabeth Head, MPH
Georgia Department of Health

Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Connecting the Dots: Building Connections to Drive Economic Opportunity

After a prolonged pandemic that made it difficult for older adults to connect with loved ones and the community, it’s well known that social connections are as essential to a person’s health as nutritious food or safe housing. However, less understood is how important these connections are for building financial health for individuals. Join us for a Momentum Discussion exploring the impact relationships, networks and connections have on the economic opportunity of older adults living with low income.


Edward Garcia, MHS-PH
Founder & Executive Director, Foundation for Social Connection
Co-Chair, Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection


Emily Allen, M.A.Ed.&H.D.
Interim President
Senior Vice President of Programs
AARP Foundation

Louise Hawkley, PsyD
Principal Research Scientist in the Academic Research Centers
NORC at the University of Chicago

Lois Thomas, MA, FCWP, CMCC, CBESP
Customer Solutions Facilitator
CareerSource Brevard

Supported by the AARP Foundation.


The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more nearly 4,000 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



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Washington, DC 20005
United States


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