April is always an exciting time of year for our profession and for SAGE. On the 19th of this month, more than 1,000 people will travel to Savannah, Georgia to learn, network and celebrate at the Environments for Aging Conference. I can’t help but reflect back a year ago when Emerald Expositions “listened to the customer” and abandoned the previously planned Las Vegas location for this year’s event. I applauded their flexibility in a blog last year, so I won’t repeat that encouragement…at least too much.
I continue to believe that EFA is the best design-oriented conference for senior living. It is large enough to attract quality speakers with informative content. It is small enough to provide ample networking and relationship-building opportunities without the attendees getting “lost in the crowd”. One can almost satisfy your continuing education requirements by attending the educational sessions at EFA. If you aren’t able to attend this year’s conference, know that the SAGEducation Committee is recruiting EFA presenters to share their content through the SAGE webinar series that happens each month.
Please make sure and attend this year’s session that involves the SAGE POE (Sunday, April 22, 10 AM - 12:15 PM in Room 105). Through the financial support of J+J Flooring Group, this year’s POE will be more robust and informative than ever. This presentation will be the basis for a white paper that is being developed by the POE team. This white paper will be made available to SAGE members at no cost. Thank you to the Emerald team and to The Center for Health Design for giving the POE presentation team a deep dive, two hour time slot at the beginning of the conference.
I must not forget the gathering that will kick off the EFA conference…the SAGE members’ reception. Saturday night, April 21st, SAGE members and their guests will gather to catch up, share stories, while enjoying food and some beverages. This event is made possible by a significant group of sponsors who are committed to SAGE and the principles we espouse. If you areattending EFA and will be in Savannah by 6 pm Saturday evening, please make sure and register for the event. You can learn more and register through THIS LINK. While you are there, please check out our sponsors and give them a shout out for their support.
As you mix and mingle with other industry professionals at EFA, you may be shocked to learn that not all of them are SAGE members...yet! Please encourage all of these "future members" to visit us at Booth 307.
This year, there are 32 SAGE members presenting 26 presentations at EFA--some are presenting multiple times. Let’s make sure and support these dedicated members by attending their sessions. CLICK HERE for a complete list of EFA sessions presented by at least one SAGE member.
I hope to see you in Savannah!