The 2022 Gerontology Symposium:

Broadening our Support for Persons Living with Dementia
and Their Caregivers

Monday, May 9, 2022

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Burlington, Vermont


Who Should Attend? Professionals and Caregivers

The conference is designed to present topics and information relevant for both family and professional caregivers who work with our population of older adults. This is the third year that the conference will be open to family caregivers.

2022 Symposium Details

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Accreditation DetailsExhibitor registration for Gerontology Symposium 2022

Thank you to our sponsors:


UVM Medical Center Auxiliary

Receive notice about future Conferences

Send an email to:
aging@uvm.edu with "Conference" in the subject line.  

Keynote PresentationPhoto of keynote speaker Dawn Simonson

"Act on Alzheimer's: A Whole Community Approach to Dementia Support"

Dawn Simonson, MPA

President and CEO, Trellis Healthcare

Dawn Simonson is the President and CEO of Trellis. Dawn champions organizational vision and provides strategic leadership resulting in services and programs that benefit older adults and their families in the Twin Cities region and throughout Minnesota. With deep experience in the field of aging, healthcare, and advocacy, Dawn is recognized for her leadership as an innovator and collaborator. Her priorities are to develop networks and other partnerships that support older adults to live health and secure lives at home.

Dawn is a respected voice in the aging policies and practices arena through her voluntary lead roles with the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging, Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Minnesota's ACT on Alzheimer's initiative, and Dementia Friendly America. She is a member of the Milken Alliance to Improve Dementia Care and a past president of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and of the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care.

She was named one of 2020's 100 most influential people in healthcare by Minnesota Physician magazine and received the 2021 Ann K. Johnson Community Health Spirit Award from the Delta Dental Foundation of Minnesota.

Dawn has a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.


Nurses, Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators and Mental Health Counselors interested in continuing education credit, please see "Accreditation Details".


The Center on Aging is proud to present professional development at an affordable cost. We thank our sponsors and exhibitors for their support, which enables us to keep the fees as low as possible.

  • Professionals: $35
  • Family Caregivers: $20 (discounted registration is intended for those caring for a family member)
  • Continuing Education Credit: add $20

If you need to cancel your attendance, you must email michele.morin@med.uvm.edu or call (802) 656-2292 by April 25, 2022 to receive a full refund less a $10 cancellation fee. Refunds are not possible after this date. Substitutions may be possible; please call (802) 656-2292 to inquire.