USC Morton Kesten Summit

Transforming Homes and Communities to Support Healthy Aging: Innovations and Visions for the Future

Friday, October 5, 2018
Event: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
3540 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90007

The 2018 National Summit will explore developments in four key areas of supportive home environments:


Presenters from across the country will report on developments in national, state, and local policy, research, and innovative service delivery solutions. An expert panel will discuss our political climate and opportunities for the future.


Attendees will include professionals and practitioners from aging, housing, disability, and healthcare sectors.

Take Action

Gain a better understanding of new developments and current best practices in supportive home environments, partnerships and initiatives in which to get involved, and fresh insight into today’s national aging policy agendas.

Confirmed Speakers


Kathleen Cameron, MPH
Director, National Falls Prevention Resource Center
National Council on Aging, Arlington, VA
“Evidence-based Programming through Clinical and Community Collaboration”




Kendell Cannon, MD
Healthcare Design Fellow
Clinical Excellence Research Center
Stanford Medicine
“CAPABLE: Supporting Individual Goals to Build Independence”



Caroline Cicero, PhD, MSW, MPL
Instructional Assistant Professor of Gerontology, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Director, USC Age Friendly University Inititative
“The Future of Housing in an Age-Friendly Los Angeles”



Susan M. Duncan, RN
Designer, Instructor, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
“2018 Universal Design Competition Winners”




Aaron Hagedorn, PhD
Instructional Associate Professor, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
“Smart Uses of Smart Tech: Technology for Aging in Place”




Rodney Harrell, PhD
Director, Livability Thought Leadership
Public Policy Institute
“Creating Livable, Age Friendly Communities: Today and Tomorrow”



Paul Irving, JD
Chairman, Milken Institute, Center for the Future of Aging
“What’s Next – Looking Toward the Future”




Jack Lahey, MSW
Clinical Director, Skid Row Housing Trust
“Aging in Place in Permanent Supportive Housing: Current Crises, Avoidable Pitfalls, and Opportunities”




Emily Nabors, MSG
Program Manager, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
“Building a Skilled Professional Home Modification Workforce”




Jon Pynoos, PhD
UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology
Policy and Planning
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
“What’s Next – Looking Toward the Future”



Rosemarie Rossetti, PhD
Speaker, Author, Consultant, and President of Rossetti Enterprises Inc.
Co-Founder, Universal Design Living Laboratory
“Meeting the Demand for Homes that Make Life Easier”



Francesca Salipur, PhD, MD
Healthcare Design Fellow
Clinical Excellence Research Center
Stanford Medicine
“CAPABLE: Supporting Individual Goals to Build Independence”



Robyn Stone, PhD
Senior Vice President of Research
LeadingAge, Washington, DC and
Co-Director, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston
“What’s Next – Looking Toward the Future”



Scott Trudeau, PhD, OTR/L
Productive Aging and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program Manager
American Occupational Therapy Association
“Occupational Therapy: Bridging the Gap Between Form and Function “



Reginald Tucker-Seeley, MA, ScM, ScD
Edward L. Schneider chair in Gerontology and Assistant Professor
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
“Household Financial Well-Being and Health”



Kathleen Wilber, PhD
Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology
Professor of Health Services Administration, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
“Age-Friendly Communities: Exploring Innovations from Around the Globe”



Click here for the 2018 Summit Agenda


Registration: $60
Deadline to Register: September 25th

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and parking.
Contact Leon Watts, MAG regarding registration questions at

Registration for the Summit includes parking at the Figueroa Street Parking Structure, adjacent to the Radisson Hotel where the Summit is taking place. See the map below and visit for an interactive version.

Hotel Information

USC has arranged a block of hotel rooms at a group discount rate at The Radisson across from campus. Please refer to the information below to make reservations.

The deadline to reserve a room under the group discounted rate is September 13, 2018.

  •  Reservations can be made online at or by phone at 800.333.3333.
  • Please refer to the event name – “National Morton Kesten Summit” and the access code “MORTON”
  • The promotional code is valid only for the time between check in on October 4th to check out on October 6th. If you need to reserve a room before or after these dates, please call the hotel directly at 213.748.4141.
  • Guests are responsible for all charges.
  • Parking is available at $25 per night.
  • The last day to make reservations under the discounted rate is September 13, 2018.

CEUs will be available for RCFE (Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly), NHAP (Nursing Home Administrators), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Workers), and MFT (Marriage and Family Therapists).

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Morton Kesten Summit History

This periodic event is endowed by a family member in memory of the late Morton Kesten, an executive of Colonial Penn Insurance Company at the time it was servicing AARP. The Morton Kesten Summit has historically been convened to address the needs of California’s increasing number of individuals aging in place.

To learn more about previous summits held at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in 2016, click here, and in 2014  click here.

To learn more about the annual Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition, click here.

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