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General Session (Now Available On-Demand)

Please Note: This on-demand session is NOT eligible for CE credit and NO attendance certificates will be issued.

Taking it to the Streets, a 45,000-mile Journey of Celebrating Aging

Let’s face it, 2020 and the first part of 2021, has left us feeling like we’ve been working our way through a minefield! The realities of COVID-19 have brought us to our knees, yet we have remained resilient, maintained our poise, and one way or another we’ll come out stronger. As we move forward through all these challenges, let’s take a break and celebrate some of the reasons we got into the health care arena in the first place. Two story tellers, Jack York from iN2L and the incomparable Larry Minnix, will celebrate the elders we serve through the story of a cross country journey that visited residents all over the land.  Independent residents, assisted living residents, and people living with dementia, they all had stories to tell and wisdom to share.  You will see through the journey the lives that we nurture every day, lives that will make you laugh, cry and reflect about your own journey into elderhood.  We’ve lived under so much pressure the last year, it’s ok to slow down and smile for an hour – you won’t regret it!  And maybe you’ll see some cameo shots of Shannon Strickler.

  • Showcase multiple examples of the resiliency of aging told through the elders themselves.
  • Change the perception of people living with dementia, highlight the joy still to be had.
  • Demonstrate the importance of resident/staff interaction in ways outside of the usual job descriptions.

Jack York, Co-founder, It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L)
Jack York is co-founder of It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), a company dedicated to helping older adults realize the full benefits of adaptive technology. Originally, York did not envision iN2L as a business; the impetus for what became the company was a philanthropic idea to donate computers to assisted living communities and nursing homes in Southern California.  With a 15-year background in the Silicon Valley, he saw a vast potential in fostering these connections, but also saw that conventional technology was too difficult for most residents to use in a meaningful way. As a result, in 1999, York retired as vice president of strategic sales for Vishay Intertechnology and started what has become a successful gerontechnology company, iN2L.  He is a sought after national and international speaker on technology being used to create personalized experiences that engage and connect older adults to their loved ones and the world at large, specifically individuals with dementia.  As of 2019, the company has a customer base of 3,000 senior living communities spread out across all 50 states.  iN2L’s work has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and dozens of senior living publications. For more information, visit

Larry Minnix, Author, Past President & CEO, LeadingAge
Author Larry Minnix was CEO of Wesley Woods, a comprehensive senior services organization, and CEO of LeadingAge, a national association of nonprofit providers. He was recognized as a Top 50 Leader by the Non-Profit Times, and Top 50 Influencer of Aging by Next Avenue. When he retired in 2015, LeadingAge named its Leadership Academy after him. He is on the Board of Trustees of AG Rhodes and on the Board of Directors of Trinity Continuing Care. Minnix is a United Methodist clergy. He is married to Dr. Kathleen Wright Minnix, historian and author. They reside in Avondale Estates, near Atlanta, and have two sons and daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. Minnix is a speaker on healthy aging and consults with nonprofits on governance and strategic planning.