Building on the 2016 Aging Re-Imagined symposium, Aging Re-Imagined 1.5 featured Jennie Smith Peers, Director of the National Center for Creative Aging, whose work focuses on the research and public policies to support arts in aging, and Nir Barzilai, MD, Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a leading scientist studying methods to extend healthspan. The speakers will be introduced by T. Lee Covington, Director of Senior Services, who will present new data on the aging-friendliness of Forsyth County.
President and Chief Executive, Senior Services, Inc.
Lee Covington, President and Chief Executive, Senior Services, Inc. Covington joined Senior Services in August 2015 as its chief operating officer, bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management and leadership. Prior to joining Senior Services, Covington worked as the executive director of Rockingham County’s Aging, Disability and Transit Services, and filled several leadership roles at the Arc of the Piedmont, a nonprofit organization that helps people with intellectual and development disabilities in Charlottesville, Va. He has a master’s degree in public administration from UNC-Greensboro.
Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research and of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging
Nir Barziali, MD, Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research and of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. He is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research, professor in the Departments of Medicine and Genetics, and member of the Diabetes Research Center and of the Divisions of Endocrinology & Diabetes and Geriatrics.
Dr. Barzilai’s research interests are in the biology and genetics of aging. One focus is the genetics of exceptional longevity, where we demonstrated that centenarians have protective genes that allow delayed aging or protection against age-related diseases. The second focus is on the metabolic decline of aging, and we hypothesize that the brain leads this decline.
Born in Israel, Dr. Barzilai served as chief medic and physician in the Israel Defense Forces. He graduated from The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology in Haifa and completed his residency in internal medicine at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. He served in a refugee camp during the war in Cambodia (1979-1980) and built a nutritional village in the homeland of the Zulu (1983 – Kwazulu). He was an invited speaker at the Fourth Israeli Presidential Conference on the Future in 2012.
Executive Director of National Center for Creative Aging
Jennie Smith-Peers, Executive Director of National Center for Creative Aging, leading the nation in supporting capacity building, cutting-edge research, and public policies for older adults in the arts. Prior to her tenure at NCCA, Jennie served as Executive Director of Elders Share the Arts, a pioneering arts and aging organization headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. Under her leadership, ESTA became an active advocate for older adults within the New York City cultural field and developed an innovative cross-sector training program with the State Office on Aging and the Arts of Pennsylvania, now one of ESTA’s signature pieces of training.
Her love of working with older adults began during her time as an AmeriCorps member which focused on supporting the health and well-being older adults throughout the Middle Tennessee area. Subsequently, Jennie led parallel careers as a professional actress and administer in aging, She is invited to speak locally and nationally on the importance of creativity in later life, intergenerational arts education, and strategies on how to use reminiscence and life review.
Jennie holds a BFA from Emerson College; is a graduate of Antonio Fava’s Stage Internazionale di Commedia dell’Arte in Reggio-Emilia, Italy; and is currently finishing her graduate degree in Drama Therapy from NYU, focusing on ways reminiscence can support the long-term remission of late-life depression.