On Sept. 12-14, 2022, the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (ma4) brought the annual Show Me Summit on Aging and Health to Kansas City, joining with the annual Age Positive: Ideas for an Age-Friendly Future Conference. The Summit was organized around the theme “We Are Better Together!”

More than 300 attendees heard from experts in the field of aging at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza. The conference was targeted to those working with older adults in area agencies on aging, senior centers, community centers, libraries, park districts and other venues that offer programming or services for older adults.

This year’s Summit was a one-of-a-kind joint conference with ma4 and Age Positive. 

Featured Speakers

Kathy Greenlee, J.D., Keynote Speaker

Voice is Power

The best advocates are trusted, smart, steady, helpful, resourceful, and compassionate. They believe in mission and in people. A great advocate understands their voice matters.

Kathy Greenlee, J.D., served for seven years as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, at the Department of Health & Human Services in Washington, D.C. Prior to working in Washington, she worked for 18 years in Kansas state government, including her time as Kansas Secretary of Aging. During her 25 years in public service, Kathy developed expertise in the areas of aging, long-term care, disability, elder abuse, health care, LGBTQ health, and community-based services. Greenlee currently works as a consultant on projects related to Medicaid, aging services, nursing home care and elder abuse. She is the board chair for the National Council on Aging. Kathy is a University of Kansas graduate, having received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a J.D. from the School of Law.

Paul Greenwood, Tuesday Morning Plenary

TOGETHER – We CAN Put the Spotlight on Elder Abuse: A crime too often operating in the shadows

Elder Abuse has been called the crime of the 21st century with good reason. Paul Greenwood will draw upon his 22 years of prosecuting such crimes to emphasize the need for a multi – disciplinary approach and will provide examples of how working together can overcome the barrier of silence to provide justice for older adults. Working in silos is often counter -productive; but when we come together in a spirit of collaboration, communication and cooperation, great things happen!

Paul Greenwood is an Elder Abuse expert witness, Teacher/Consultant and Owner of Greenwood Law Corp; Newly “retired” Deputy District Attorney and former Head of Elder Abuse Prosecutions, San Diego District Attorney’s Office.