2019 LifeSpan Annual Conference

Thank you for attending the 2019 LifeSpan Annual Conference in Ocean City, MD - September 24-27, 2019.

  Save the date for next year's conference:  September 29 - October 3, 2020 in Ocean City, MD.  

LifeSpan is the largest and most diverse senior services association in the Mid-Atlantic, representing more than 340 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, retirement communities, adult day providers, hospice providers, home and community-based services, and business partners. 

From September 24 - 27, 2019, LifeSpan's Annual Conference will bring together more than 400 leaders from these member organizations and beyond for a comprehensive week of education, exhibits and networking in Ocean City, MD.  The 22.5-hour education program will offer a range of programs to meet the needs of staff and leadership from all care settings. In addition to education, the conference will provide time for fun in the sun, networking with peers and shopping with the exhibitors.

Individual employees in good standing at LifeSpan provider member organizations may apply for a scholarship to attend the annual conference.  Check out the rules and get an application.  Brought to you by 

We look forward to seeing you in Ocean City!  

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Real Time Medical Systems  


General Sessions for the conference include:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Special Event: Movie Night: Popcorn, Movie and CEUs

6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Documentary Screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Glen Cambell I'll Be Me Poster

This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell opens to the  viewer  the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind. Glen won the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life.

Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis - the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short "Goodbye Tour," but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.

Watch the trailer for I'll Be Me.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Opening General Session
8:45 am – 10:00 am

Speaker: Kim Campbell, CareLiving, Widow of the legendary country musician Glen Campbell . 

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Kim Campbell was married to legendary country/pop star Glen Campbell for 34 years until his passing in August of 2017, following a long and very public battle with Alzheimer's. The award-winning documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, shared  their family’s journey with the world and opened a national conversation about the disease. The film’s success gave her a platform to advocate for people with dementia and their families around the country, on Capitol Hill, and even at the United Nations.  

Kim founded CareLiving.org to encourage caregivers to take care of themselves, and to improve the quality of life of families living with dementia through education, advocacy, and real-world change. She created the Kim and Glen Campbell Foundation to advance the use of “music as medicine" to alleviate depression, manage behaviors, boost cognition, and alter the brain chemistry associated with well-being and stress reduction to improve the lives of those with cognitive impairments and their caregivers.

Kim is an honorary faculty member of the Erickson School of Aging Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and sits on the board of Abe’s Garden, an Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence and state-of-the-art memory care community located in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Lunch General Session
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

It Started with A Goat!” -  A Tale of Friendship, Trust and Transformation from One Continent to Another 

Jack York, President/Co-Founder, It’s Never 2 Late®
Francis N. Njuakom, Director, Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CTVTA)

"A Society Where the Elderly Live Fulfilled Lives"

It Started With A Goat Group Photo

Inspirational and transformation can show up when you’re not looking for them!  Be prepared to be entertained and inspired by a story that started with a chance meeting in Perth, Australia between the CEO of a US based technology company and a Cameroonian Knight. That meeting, and a subsequent small donation, has led to multiple partnerships between senior living organizations in the US and remote villages in Cameroon. You will walk away inspired by the work being done in Cameroon to benefit women and the elderly and reflect on ways to find your own source of fulfillment. The story is powerful, with messages and lessons for all of us.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lunch and Awards General Session
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford,  State of Maryland 

Image of Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

Boyd Rutherford is the ninth lieutenant governor of the State of Maryland. He was elected to office with Governor Larry Hogan in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He is the first Republican lieutenant governor to ever be re-elected in   Maryland.

An accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors, Rutherford has served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services. In addition to his public service, he has extensive legal and business experience, including service in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.

As lieutenant governor, Rutherford has been a strong partner with Governor Hogan, leading the administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, reform burdensome regulations on job creators, and break the cycle of poverty between family generations.

Lt. Governor Rutherford holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Howard University. Additionally, he has a master’s degree in Communications Management   and a law degree, both from the University of Southern California.

A native of Washington, D.C., Rutherford currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Monica. They have three adult children.

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