On October 5, 2019, The Keiro Symposium, “Aging Into Tomorrow: An innovative approach to the aging process” attracted over 300 community members and leaders from all over Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. The one-day gathering at The Westin Long Beach covered new concepts about technology and aging trends that impact our community.
Keiro President & CEO Gene Kanamori welcomed attendees and urged them to challenge their perception of what it means to age, especially as they look to their future.
A new feature this year was the breakout tracks, covering Aging at Home, Social Connections, and Whole-Person Care. Each track featured an overview of the topic in the morning and in the afternoon, 12 panelists and moderators from around the U.S. and London shared different products and services that could assist in the aging process. Rich DeMuro, the Emmy Award-Winning tech reporter from KTLA-TV, moderated a panel that covered not just aging at home, but also the importance of cybersecurity and protecting your personal information when using new devices.
The morning keynote speaker Dr. Candice Hall, Owner and CEO of Next Advanced Medicine, spoke about cognitive decline and early-stage Alzheimer’s disease from a functional medicine approach, which seeks the root cause of a disease through extensive testing. The lunch keynote featured Tracey Doi and Douglas Moore of Toyota Motor North America, who shared some of the newest innovations addressing mobility for the future, including autonomous cars and robots that can assist with daily tasks.
The day concluded with an innovation fair, where the attendees could learn more from the speakers and panelists.
One participant commented, “What’s so great about this symposium is that it’s so up-to-date. I learned so many new things today, and I’d want to come back again next year.”
Keiro is a mission-driven organization engaged in improving the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers in the Japanese American and Japanese community of Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. Keiro delivers a wide range of resources to address the challenges and barriers that aging presents: isolation, limited financial resources, complex health conditions, and cognitive and memory disabilities. Keiro also partners with companies and organizations that can expand its services and ability to reach seniors and caregivers, and participates in research and innovative work where Keiro can contribute to advancing progress in resolving the challenges of aging. Keiro is based in Los Angeles.