Sages' Symposium 2020

Sages’ Symposium to Expand Researcher Readiness

Symposium on demand

The Sages’ Symposium, a multi-day virtual event, took place in October, 2020. The 3-day event consisted of Keynotes, presentations, and active discussions aimed to bring together researchers and older adults to expand opportunities for engaged research.

The Symposium was able to:

  • Bring researchers and older adults with care needs together
  • Review the benefits and obstacles of engaged research
  • Support researchers’ readiness to conduct engaged research
  • Identify new partnership opportunities
  • Share tools and resources

Join our Mighty Network!

The Aging PCOR Mighty Network is a community network developed in preparation for the Sages’ Symposium that encourages Older Adults and Researchers to learn from one another and put forward new ideas for research and partnerships. Connect with more than 100 researchers and older adults on our social network!


Resources from the Symposium

Resources shared during our Symposium are available here, including:

  • Symposium Presentation Slides
  • Resources Cited in Chat
  • Healthier Black Elder Center Resources
  • Bureau of Sages Model/ Tools and Resources
  • Guidelines for Facilitation
  • Guides for Conducting and Advisory Board
  • PCORI Resources
  • Journal Articles
  • Accessibility Tips
  • Communication Tips
  • Tools to Support Engagement

Here are some of the Symposium Presenters:

Kate Boyd headshot Thomas Concanon headshot Tam Perry headshot

Kate Boyd, DrPHc

Program Officer,         Engagement Awards, PCORI

Thomas Concanon, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation, Director of Stakeholder and Community Engagement at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Tam Perry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University



Sages’ Symposium Funder 

A Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award EAIN-00060 funds the Sages’ Symposium to Expand Researcher Readiness as a LeadingAge LTSS Center, Collective Insight, and CJE partnership. This award was selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCORI’s engagement goals, objectives, and program criteria. Click here for more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts. Click here for more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts..

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 (reauthorized in 2019) to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Click here to view the Sages’ Symposium to Expand Researcher Readiness project summary.

The Sages’ Symposium is informed by our Sages’ Symposium Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee provides guidance on the following:

  • Symposium agenda
  • Presenters and their focus areas 
  • Approach for managing sessions 
  • Outreach strategies for Symposium participants and presenters
  • Accessibility of the Symposium location, process, and materials 
  • Symposium lessons learned and next steps

Steering Committee Members

    • Marc Cohen, Clinical Professor of Gerontology at UMass Boston and Co-Director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center@UMass Boston
    • Verena R. Cimarolli, Senior Health Services Research Associate for LeadingAge and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston
    • Rachel Lessem, Research Scientist for CJE SeniorLife
  • Robyn Stone, Senior Vice President for Research; Co-Director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston
  • Susan Finkl, Bureau of Sages Member at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania (JHEP)
  • David Gordon, Bureau of Sages Member at the CJE SeniorLife Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Mary Ana Nemenski, Bureau of Sages Member at the CJE SeniorLife Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Erin McGaffigan, Facilitator, Founder of Collective Insight LLC


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