Connecting to Shape the Future of Services for Older Adults.

Our global community of providers support each other by sharing experiences, strategies, and solutions. This past year has shown us the importance of connection and learning from one another. The more we can expand and strengthen our global network, the greater our ability to address issues of quality, access, innovation, and equity—in care practices, prevention, wellness, and living arrangements.

The 2021 Global Ageing Network Summit brought together providers, thought leaders, and those working in the aged care sector for a two-day interactive, virtual experience. Download Summit Agenda [PDF].

7-8 September 2021 our community of aged care professionals gathered to:

  • Examine new approaches and best practices in serving and supporting older adults
  • Discuss the future of ageing in a post-pandemic world
  • Strengthen and expand the workforce to meet the needs of societies that are ageing rapidly

CLOSED: Registration

Payment can be made via Paypal and all major credit cards. If you would like to pay via wire transfer, please contact sdavis@globalageing.org prior to registration.

A scholarship fund is available to support the participation of individuals from organizations with limited resources. Please contact Shannon Davis at sdavis@globalageing.org to take advantage of this benefit.

Category Cost
Individuals $120 US
Business $500 US
Provider Organizations (unlimited staff participation) $300 US

*Exhibitors: Please note, we will not be holding a virtual exhibit hall as part of the 2021 Summit.

What happens once I have registered?

        • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. Registrants will have access to the virtual event platform starting 7 September 2021.
        • The platform will have custom time zones according to your IP address.
        • The virtual event platform text is available to switch to one of fourteen languages by clicking the ‘Translate’ button on the top of the site.  Session captioning will be available in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and English.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Basic Sponsorship Opportunity – $1,500

        • Logo posted in the virtual event platform lobby, registration page, in monthly newsletters leading up to the conference.
        • Opportunity to showcase a 5-minute promotional video and resources in our resource center, on the virtual event platform.
        • Includes 2 Summit registrations.

Sponsors Opportunity – $2,500

        • Logo posted in the virtual event platform lobby (and registration page), in the newsletters.
        • Opportunity to showcase a 10-minute commercial/promotion video and resources in our resource center, on the virtual event platform.
        • Opportunity to sponsor/host networking events.
        • Includes 2 free sponsor staff registrations.

If you are interested in sponsoring a virtual networking event, please contact sdavis@globalageing.org.


Schedule of Events

Programming scheduled in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT / UTC / GMT – 4 Hours)

9:00 am EDT

Chair’s Welcome & Korean Message


9:15 am EDT

Opening Keynote Address: Aging in Asia by Wendy Walker

The demographic transition in Asia offers challenges and opportunities requiring multi-sectoral response, active planning, preparation, and innovation. Hear expert insights as we explore topics including reducing poverty and promoting education, the role of home and community-based services in long-term care, residential models, and the integration of health and social care.

Wendy Walker
Chief of the Social Development Thematic Group, Asian Development Bank


9:50 am EDT

Panel: Integrating the Generations

Worldwide, the COVID-19 global pandemic has exacerbated the plagues of loneliness and social isolation, negatively impacting both older and younger populations. In this session, three different types of aged-care providers, from distinct corners of our globe, discuss programs they operate that break down barriers and integrate the generations.

Christie Hinrichs
President & CEO
Tabitha Health Care Services
United States

Renee Moseley
Associate Director, Bridge Meadows
United States

Soline de Villard
Managing Director, Tim & Colette

Sarah Edgars Lamba
Founder & Executive Director, Saveelders Tanzania


10:45 am EDT

Panel: That’s Debatable Revisited Post-COVID-19

Our panel of thought-leaders make the case for what they think is the most challenging key issue facing our sector on a global scale: technology, workforce, or consumer voice. Following a similar, popular panel discussion at the 2019 Global Ageing Network Biennial Conference in Toronto, find out how our panelist’s views have changed—or not changed—in light of the global pandemic.

Donald Macaskill
CEO, Scottish Care

Stephen Cornelissen
Adjunct Professor & Group CEO, Mercy Health

Emi Kiyota
Founder & President, Ibasho
United States

Robyn Stone
SVP of Research & Co-Director of the LTSS Center at UMass Boston, LeadingAge
United States


11:30 am EDT

Facilitated Networking Zoom


12:00 pm EDT

Panel: The Care Home of the Future

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, aged-care providers and those who work with them rose to the occasion with a flurry of creativity, innovation, and resiliency. Be part of this dynamic session to hear three providers and a prominent senior living architect discuss what our communities and services will look like in the future.

Philippe Saad
Principal, DiMella Shaffer
United States

Rutger de Graaf
Innovation Advisor, Mennistenerf and Pennemes

Vincenzo Paolino
Founder & CEO, Almacasa

Cheyne Chalmers
COO, Ryman Healthcare
New Zealand


12:55 pm EDT

Panel: Building Community Infrastructure to Support Older Adults

Global Ageing Network colleagues from three different continents discuss community programs they have developed in their countries, each of which emphasize partnerships, innovation, and communication.

Vic Rayner
CEO, National Care Forum England
United Kingdom

Kenneth Yang
Executive Director, Penn Asian Senior Services/ PASSi
United States

Hany Rooze
Business Development Manager, JDC–Eshel

Femada Shamam
CEO, The Association for The Aged /TAFTA
South Africa


9:00 am EDT

Chair’s Welcome & Keynote Dialogue: Global Impact: A Conversation with Katie Sloan & Marcus Riley

Global Ageing Network (GAN) Executive Director Katie Sloan and GAN past chair and representative to the U.N. Marcus Riley discuss their experiences and perspectives on working on the global stage to improve the lives and welfare of older persons, as well as how providers can help other organizations achieve a high level of success in providing human rights, quality long-term care, and healthy ageing.

Katie Sloan
Executive Director, Global Ageing Network
United States

Marcus Riley
Executive Chairman, Global Ageing Network
United States


9:35 am EDT

Workforce Challenges in the Emerging Post-Pandemic Era

Join ageing services leaders from three different parts of the world as they share their experiences managing the pandemic. We will discuss threats to supporting ageing services workers, and how the international community can create career pathways, implement living wage programs, enhance working conditions, and foster social change to help make careers in caregiving attractive to workers.

Jiří Horecky
President, European Ageing Network
Board Member, Global Ageing Network
Czech Republic

Joseph Musgrave
CEO, Home and Community Care Ireland

Kevin McCoy
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Unity

Dr. Rosy Pereyra
President, International Longevity Centre Dominican Republic
Dominican Republica


10:30 am EDT

Panel: Advances in Dementia Care

Colleagues from Canada, The Netherlands, and Australia share their organizations’ philosophies on caregiving for those with dementia. The conversation will cover approaches for intergenerational settings, support for those with physical and psychological symptoms of dementia at home or a care home, and the experiences of residential communities that have shifted from segregation to inclusion for those living with dementia.

Kirsten Jacobs
Sr. Director Shared Learning Initiatives, LeadingAge
United States

Suellen Beatty
CEO, Sherbrooke Community Center
United States

Gea Sipjkes
President/CEO, Humanitas Deventer
The Netherlands

Colm Cunningham
Director, Dementia Center HammondCare


11:15 am EDT

Facilitated Networking Zoom


11:45 am EDT


Global senior services corporation Sodexo promoted the Vision 2040 project to examine how the senior care market will look in 2040. From our panelists and key project research findings,learn where our field is headed and what actions your organization will want to take to prepare for and thrive in the future.

Nancy Judy
Global Corporate Communications Leader, Sodexo
United States

Pietro Ferraro
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Strategy for Healthcare & Seniors, Sodexo
United States

Emi Kiyota
Founder & President, Ibasho
United States


12:35 pm EDT

Closing Keynote Address: Innovation in Aged Care by Joseph Coughlin

The global pandemic may be a critical tipping point for our field. Hear from one of our great thought leaders in ageing and technology, as he considers the role of innovation in aged care and how we can take advantage of this unique moment in time to rethink what we, as providers and business firms, can offer to older consumers moving forward.

Joseph F. Coughlin
Director of the MIT AgeLab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States


1:05 pm EDT

Global Ageing Conference 2023 Announcement & Invitation from Scottish Care and Conference


Scholarship Fund

To maximize the participation of providers and others from all parts of the world and from less resourced organizations we are, once again, creating a scholarship fund for the Global Ageing Summit in September. If you are able and willing to make a contribution, it would be greatly appreciated. Any amount will help.

You can send a check made out to Global Ageing Network to 2519 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC USA. We can also send wire transfer instructions or instructions for paying by credit card. Please contact Shannon Davis at sdavis@globalageing.org if you need additional information or would like to contribute to the scholarship fund.

Thank You to the 2021 Global Ageing Network Virtual Summit Sponsors: