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As 11,000 baby boomers turn 65 years old every day, all of us who serve the aging population are bracing ourselves for a flood of need. The over-65 population is expected to double by 2050, and we’re already starting to feel the effects of a steady influx of older Americans who are demanding better care.

Louisville healthcare leaders are putting aging care innovation in the spotlight, and rightly so. I’m proud to have helped form the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council last year to leverage the collective influence of the industry’s top CEOs. We’re focused on improving the healthcare economy of our region, with aging care innovation as a key initiative. Hosparus Health is also proud to partner with the new Thrive Innovation Center, a technology innovation and education center that’s already getting national attention for its work on improving quality of life for people over age 50.

As chair of the Health Enterprises Network, I was honored to work with the amazing team that put on Converge Louisville, the first-ever, full-day conference that highlighted Louisville as the nation’s epicenter for advances in aging care. Hosparus Health was also a premier sponsor.

Converge was an important opportunity for us to showcase Louisville’s rich history of innovation, and talk about what we need to do to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving healthcare landscape. Local and national speakers addressed some of our most pressing issues in aging care: the need for new strategies to bolster workforce development and patient engagement, the importance of leveraging the right technologies for an older audience, what Louisville can learn from Silicon Valley’s success as a hub for innovation, and how we as a community can all work together to improve population health and augment our collective continuum of care.

During the Converge Louisville conference, I heard plenty of examples from colleagues and partner organizations about how they are rising up to meet the new challenges the explosion of the aging population is bringing to the forefront.

The takeaways for me and other conference attendees were simple: We must all take risks, support our entrepreneurs, celebrate and learn from our failures, continually improve our operating processes, streamline care delivery, and develop strategic partnerships to meet and exceed mounting needs.

By the end of the day, I think everyone agreed that Louisville is already poised to be the aging care epicenter of the world. But, if we truly want to take center stage, we need to do a better job of sharing our story with the world. Hosparus Health, the hospice and palliative care provider of choice in Kentucky and Indiana, does a great job of telling our stories, but we can always do more. And we are.

As we celebrate our 40 years of providing compassionate care this year, we are telling stories at every opportunity. The more we can share how we’ve touched your lives, the more we can continue to educate our communities on the value of hospice and palliative care.

As healthcare providers begin to care for the Silver Tsunami, we look forward to continuing the conversations we started at Converge Louisville to connect, innovate, invest, communicate and replicate best-in-care practices for each and every member of our communities. Hosparus Health is proud to be the chosen provider to help patient’s shine as long and as bright as they can by delivering quality care that optimizes each patient’s quality of life.

Fulfilling our mission and the missions of the other aging care companies headquartered here will ensure that Louisville is the indisputable epicenter of aging care quality and innovation, armed with a talented workforce and the most advanced platforms and technologies to meet the needs of the millions of baby boomers, now and in the future.